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Monday, March 19, 2018
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Trump Is A Wimp

There are all sorts of possible reasons to admire Donald Trump, but none more imaginative than one offered by a fan attending his Pennsylvania rally before Tuesday’s congressional election. Trump’s planned meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, said retiree Paul Ambrose, was the product of his unflinching toughness.

March 18, 2018

Trump’s North Korea Gambit Could Be A Big Deal, For Good Or Ill

It’s not Richard Nixon’s opening to China. It’s not Neville Chamberlain’s journey to Munich. But President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is one of those decisions that could produce important results, good or bad. The administration portrays this as a triumph for Trump’s tough approach, which has allegedly forced the enemy to the negotiating table.

March 12, 2018

Trump Official Admits White House Is Open To Visit From Kim Jong Un

Trump tried to escape his porn star scandal by announcing impending direct talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Instead, he simply created a bigger mess. After a year of unhinged threats, Trump’s posture on North Korea has swung wildly in the other direction. But meeting directly with Kim, something no other president has offered, would be disastrous for the woefully unprepared Trump.

March 12, 2018

Trump Makes A Mess Of North Korea Talks Hours After Announcing Them

Trump’s hastily reached decision to accept an invitation to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has sent the White House into a tailspin, leaving senior administration officials scrambling to coordinate talking points about an agreement upon which no one seems to have agreed.

March 10, 2018
North Korea

Will The U.S. Talk To North Korea?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday during his debut tour of Africa that he “saw potentially positive signals” after a high-level South Korean delegation met with North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and his officials, but maintained that the U.S. was “a long way from negotiations,” Agence France-Presse reported.

March 9, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump greets his daughter Ivanka as he arrives to speak during the final session at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Ivanka Security Clearance Status Arises In South Korea

The first daughter was informed of President Donald Trump’s sanctions targeting North Korea’s shipping and trading companies and vessels before meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin according to CNN. “

February 24, 2018

America Has Been Silent On A Human Rights Tragedy

In Myanmar today, the thugs have won. Any moral leadership we thought Aung San Suu Kyi possessed has been badly damaged. Her former supporters have made a vocal call for her to give back her Nobel Peace Prize. The word “genocide” is now used, with some justification, for the brutal treatment of the Rohingya people at the hands of the Burmese military.

February 18, 2018

How James Mattis Struggles To Prevent War With North Korea

James Mattis has spent the past few months traveling the globe with Grant, Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant. His heavily dog-eared copy details the mutual respect and affection shared between Grant, the top U.S. military leader during the Civil War, and his boss, President Abraham Lincoln.

February 15, 2018

There’s A Massive Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding In Asia: The Plight Of The Rohingya

Relief workers for International agencies sit with me in Dhaka (Bangladesh). They are talking about the difficulties faced by the Rohingya people who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh over the past several months. Over 650,000 people from the Rohingya community came into Bangladesh since August 25 of last year.

January 16, 2018
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Trump Avoiding Press Corps After Hawaii Nuke Alert

Donald Trump’s press office came dangerously close to putting Trump in front of reporters during a disastrous weekend, but averted that catastrophe at the last second. While Trump avoided the press following his despicable racist rant and played golf while Hawaii endured 38 minutes of terror, White House reporters were kept away from Trump all weekend.

January 15, 2018
North Korea

Trump Says He Would Talk To North Korea

Asked at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland about a renewed rapprochement between North and South Korea that threatens to leave out Washington, Trump said he “always believes in talking.” Trump said the recent contact between the two Koreas was a “big start” — and again took credit for making it happen.

January 8, 2018

Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button?

“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

January 4, 2018

Trump Re-Designates North Korea As A ‘State Sponsor’ Of Terrorism’

President Donald Trump says he is putting North Korea back on the small list of official “state sponsors of terrorism,” a move that could lead to additional sanctions against the nuclear-armed government. Trump said the designation is part of a sanctions regime that would include “a very large” new sanction on Tuesday…

November 21, 2017

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

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. Although Duterte’s bloody crusade has drawn international criticism, Donald Trump evidently did not think the subject…

November 19, 2017

West Underestimates The Other North Korean Threat

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.

November 19, 2017

Donald Trump’s Strange Bro-mances With Duterte And Putin

Duterte, a self-styled “toughie” who boasts of personally killing many people and who likes to compare himself to Satan, has been on a murderous rampage since his election last year. In the name of eliminating drugs, he has unleashed a massive military assault across the country, not merely targeting dealers, but also anyone using drugs.

November 17, 2017
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‘I Wouldn’t Call Kim Short And Fat,’ Tweets Trump

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un engaged in a new round of and jibes Saturday, when Trump sarcastically said he would never call Kim “short and fat” after North Korea described Trump as a “dotard.”

November 13, 2017

In A Sharp Shift, Trump Calls For North Korea To ‘Make A Deal’

Instead, at a news conference in South Korea’s capital Tuesday within range of North Korean artillery, Trump spoke in unusually measured tones and called on North Korea’s ruler to “come to the table and make a deal” to give up its growing nuclear weapons arsenal.

November 8, 2017

Network And Cable News Ignore Rohingya Plight In Primetime

The Myanmar government’s military forces are conducting ethnic cleansing of the country’s Rohingya Muslim population — an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar — through systematic violence and expulsion.

October 19, 2017

Negotiating With North Korea A Waste Of Time: Trump

Only hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson revealed that US officials are in exploratory contact with their North Korean counterparts, Trump appeared to undercut his top diplomat by declaring on Twitter that any talks would be futile.

October 2, 2017

North Korea Says Trump Has Declared War

North Korea’s foreign minister on Monday accused US President Donald Trump of declaring war against his country and said Pyongyang was ready to defend itself by shooting down US bombers. The latest threats stoked a week-long war of words that began when the American leader threatened in his address to the United Nations General Assembly to “totally destroy” North Korea if it launches an attack.

September 26, 2017

North Korea Warns Of ‘Inevitable’ Attack

“None other than Trump himself is on a suicide mission,” Ri said in a speech before the U.N. General Assembly — turning the tables on Trump’s accusation that Kim is suicidal. The insults make “our rocket’s visit to the entire U.S. mainland inevitable all the more.” On Tuesday, Trump had used the same forum to mock Kim as “Rocket Man” and warn that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if attacked.

September 24, 2017

Why Is This Man Trump’s Favorite Foreign Leader?

Irma, Houston, Russiagate, tax reform, and don’t forget North Korea. Big stories consuming our media landscape in a country both enthnocentric and myopic, even on the sleepiest news day. So I will keep this brief. In 2014, after he and Najib Razak played a round of golf, Donald J. Trump gave a photo of himself to the Malaysian leader, inscribed, “To my favorite prime minister.” This is according to reporting by Mark Landler, in a New York Times article, “Trump Welcomes Najib Razak, the Malaysian Leader, as President, and owner of a Fine Hotel.”

September 20, 2017

US Warns N.Korea Will Be ‘Destroyed’ If Threats Continue

With US officials and their allies scrambling to find ways to contain an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang, the US president will address the UN General Assembly on Tuesday and then confer Thursday with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts on the sidelines of the meeting.

September 18, 2017

With Refugee Camps Overwhelmed, Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Sleep On Roadsides

Overwhelmed and underfunded, aid agencies in Bangladesh are at a breaking point. But nearly three weeks into Rakhine State’s bloody conflict and the humanitarian crisis shows no signs of relenting. Around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now sought refuge in the country’s southern state of Chitagong, but with refugee camps at full capacity and insufficient support from aid agencies, it makes for an inhospitable home.

September 15, 2017