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Why Trump’s cancellation of the North Korea summit may undermine the US-South Korea alliance PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 25 May 2018 06:31
By Karl Friedhoff Karl Friedhoff is a fellow in public opinion and Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
https://thebulletin.org/why-trumps-cancellation-north-korea-summit-may-undermine-us-south-korea-alliance11847
 
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Exploiting divides between the United States and South Korea on North Korea policy is standard operating procedure for Pyongyang. The cancellation of the Trump-Kim summit helps to further that goal. But the most serious fault lines for the US-Korea alliance lie within the alliance itself. Donald Trump’s treatment of South Korea is a throwback to a time when South Korea was poorer, weaker, and less influential. If it continues, it will lead South Koreans from across the political spectrum to question not just US bases in South Korea but the necessity of the alliance.
 
The South Korean public is generally distrusting of the North Korean regime. Kim Jong Un is the least favored leader in the region, averaging 0.77 on a 0-10 scale from August 2016 through November 2017. The next closest leader was Japan’s Shinzo Abe with an average score of 1.8 over that same period. In 2014, fewer than 10 percent thought North Korea would ever abandon its nuclear programs.
 
These views also color policy preferences of the South Korean public. In a 2015 survey, nearly 70 percent opposed resuming economic aid to North Korea and a plurality at that time preferred South Korea to maintain a hardline stance in its policy toward the North.
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Environmental Uncertainties Halt Deep Sea Mining PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:13

Environmental Uncertainties Halt Deep Sea Mining

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The Asia Pacific region is characterised by high marine biodiversity. Credit: Andrew Heyward/AIMS

SYDNEY, Dec 17 2012 (IPS) - The world’s first deep sea mineral (DSM) mining venture in the Bismarck Sea off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific has come to a halt after two years of development.

While the mining company is embroiled in a disagreement over project funding, unprecedented opposition by politicians, academics and local communities has focussed on the unknown environmental and social impacts of this untried mineral extraction process.

Deep sea mining, considered the new resource frontier, has been the subject of debate since the 1960s. But financial and technological constraints have hindered the viability of ventures.

Now, the gradual depletion of land-based mineral resources, a rise in demand for metals by growing economies in Asia and rapid technological advances have generated new interest in deep sea mining.

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Blue Arab eyes A poem on Ahed Tamimi PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Friday, 18 May 2018 09:38

 

By Larry Hannant

 

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In their line of work smiling is rare

Uzis and tear gas the more common fare.

But from ten years ago there’s photos that show

Israeli goons smirking at the bravado

of a Palestinian girl, not even eight,

thrusting her fist in the face of their mate.

Ahed Tamimi, three feet of temerity,

a stripling they dismissed with hilarity.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 May 2018 13:28
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The United States’ Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow   
Thursday, 17 May 2018 12:29

The United States’ Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela

 

NACLA, May 17, 2018

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/1636f5f161ae9f00 See article on original site

 

It used to be generally frowned upon to openly call for military coups and U.S. intervention in Latin America. Not anymore. At least not when it comes to Venezuela, a country where—according to the prevailing narrative—a brutal dictator is starving the population and quashing all opposition.

Last August, President Trump casually mentioned a “military option” for Venezuela from his golf course in New Jersey, provoking an uproar in Latin America but barely a peep in Washington. Similarly, Rex Tillerson, then-Secretary of State, spoke favorably about a possible military ouster of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro.

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 May 2018 14:55
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Geo-engineering Chemtrails Third annual Summit PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Sue Hiscocks   
Monday, 07 May 2018 11:19

What is Canada and the rest of the world going to do to stop the US from spraying stratospheric aerosol over the planet?

 
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