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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Trump’s ‘Great Relationship’ With A Homicidal Drug Warrior

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

When Maximo Garcia heard that he was on a list of local drug suspects in Mayombo, he tried to clear his name with the police chief, explaining that he no longer used drugs and had never sold them. Four days later, the Philippine news site Rappler reports, a masked gunman shot up Garcia’s house as he and his family were eating lunch, wounding him and killing his 5-year-old granddaughter.

So it goes in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which has claimed somewhere between 7,000 and 13,000 lives since he took office in June 2016.…

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West Underestimates The Other North Korean Threat

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

The war of words between the Trump White House and the North Korean dictator over nuclear weapons has led national security experts to warn that the U.S., South Korea and its allies are overlooking another dire prospect: the threat of biological weapons.

“Threats posed by North Korea’s biological weapons program must be considered a realistic proposition and addressed by the international community,” wrote Hyun-Kyung Kim, Elizabeth Philipp and Hattie Chung in their new report, “North Korea’s Biological Weapons Program: The Known and The Unknown,” from Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.…

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