North Korea’s Kim Gets Cold Feet Before The Wedding – Put The Champagne On Hold

by Richard Cameron   In the last 24 hours, the narrative about the upcoming summit between Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has pivoted from upbeat speculation of a grand diplomatic breakthrough between the two Koreas and the United States, to a ominous mass of clouds on the horizon. On Tuesday, North Korea’s state information ministry, KCNA (Korean Central News Agency) issued a statement in reaction to the commencement of the U.S.- South Korean joint military exercise named “Max Thunder” : “This exercise targeting us, which is being…

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Trump CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Dances Around Her Background Supervising Torture

screenshot of video from Gina Haspel - Trump's nominee for CIA Director, during her Senate testimony

by Richard Cameron   The United States Senate is conducting hearings this week, interviewing Donald Trump’s candidate, acting CIA director, Gina Haspel, to be confirmed as former director Mike Pompeo’s permanent replacement.  The questioning is focused on Ms. Haspel’s role as having supervised a “black site” (secret detention site) in Thailand, where detainees were subjected to torture, euphemized by the intelligence community at that time as “enhanced interrogation”. Arizona Senator John McCain, in what appears to be his final battle with terminal cancer, weighed in on the Haspel nomination: “I…

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Black Cube – Donald Trump And Harvey Weinstein’s Domestic Deep State Operation

photo montage with Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and inserted the Black Cube corporate logo

by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein have more in common than anyone realized   Donald Trump – and by extension, his media surrogates, fake news Trumpropaganda websites and his minor legion of followers, speak interminably about the nebulous “Deep State” – an alleged cabal of U.S. intelligence operatives and agencies, imagined to be marshaling efforts to destroy Donald Trump’s presidency. It might be argued that Donald Trump is his own deep state in that regard.  No one has laid more land mines to destroy his term in…

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India’s Persistent Rape Culture – What’s Behind It? What Will End It?

Women protest publicly to mobilize the public to demand a change to India's national rape culture

by Richard Cameron India’s Rape Culture Editor’s note  – the reader is advised that many of the details of this report are extremely graphic and disturbing. Once again, the world was shocked at a grotesque rape story coming out of India.  Last week, a 16 year old girl was kidnapped from her home in rural Jharkand, taken to a wooden area nearby and sexually assaulted by as many as 20 men, according to reports. The girl’s family, upon hearing what happened, reported it to the village council (panchayat) and demanded arrests…

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Is Donald Trump Getting Played By Kim Jong-un? Is Trump Playing Us As Well?

by Richard Cameron   In the previous installment in our ongoing reporting on the specter of North Korea’s rogue behavior and the confused and dysfunctional handling of the threat by the Trump administration – we uncovered a fact pattern which strongly points to Kim Jong-un changing course on his nuclear program at the behest of China. In spite of that, the broad narrative of media coverage is focusing on the theater of Kim’s unexpected participation in diplomatic initiatives in February and even speculating that it might lead to a historic…

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Red State Pushes #NeverTrump Writers Overboard – Becomes OrangeState

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by Richard Cameron   Red State’s Friday Massacre At this point, many of you have perhaps heard that a significant number of writers at RedState have been cashiered. Even CNN Money has reported on it.  Before I chimed in, I wanted to confer with one of my colleagues – Susan Wright – the writer generating the most site traffic and among the group that was dismissed, to get a sense of what the prevailing motive was behind the firings. As Erick Erickson, who himself was a writer at RedState until…

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Why North Korea Is Now Suddenly Adopting A Conciliatory Nuclear Posture

photo from North Korea news agency, of Kim Jong-Un sitting at desk on the tarmac of a missile launch site witnessing a missile test launch.

by Richard Cameron   The term “Hermit Kingdom” was coined in 1882, by William Elliot Griffis.  It has most frequently been used in reference to North Korea since the partition of Korea at the end of the Korean War – (although technically, there is only an armistice, not an actual peace agreement in place).  Hermit Kingdom, describes, to paraphrase the definition given in Wikipedia – any nation that has been walled off, either by force by a dictatorial regime or by collective assent, from the rest of the community of…

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The Next Trump Toxicity Test – Arizona Congressional District 8

nighttime city scape photo of Maricopa Country and Phoenix at dusk

by Richard Cameron   Arizona Congressional District 8 Special Election The next in the series of temperature readings of the GOP’s national crisis of confidence with American voters, takes place in Arizona on April 24 – tomorrow.  Arizona Congressional District 8 (CD-8), will be the scene of a special election pitting the last (woman) standing from the recent Republican primary, against a non-politician – at least a non-career politician on the Democrat side of the ledger. The GOP candidate is Debbie Lesko – a former state legislator from Arizona’s House…

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50 Years After MLK’s Assassination – A Tale Of Four Cities, Memphis To Beijing

video still of the Reverend Martin Luther King delivering his "I have been to the Mountaintop" oration in Memphis on April 3, 1968

by Richard Cameron Memphis and Martin Luther King’s Assassination On this day, 50 years ago, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was shot to death. He had come to Memphis, Tennessee the day prior, to join in solidarity with Black city sanitation workers. They and King were known as ‘Negroes’ at the time – and that was the more polite term. The men were on strike to protest unequal pay and dangerous work conditions. While whites were paid even if they stayed home during severe weather events, blacks would be…

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Trump Toadies For State And CIA – Mike Pompeo And Gina Haspel Under The Microscope

photo of Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo - photo credit Greg Skidmore

by Richard Cameron   As is typically the fashion with Donald Trump – looking for appointees that he perceives will put loyalty to him and his personal interests ahead of their obligation to serve America, Trump has opted to move two dubious administration officials around on the organizational chart.  Since Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would not echo Trump’s patently false narrative about Russia, he was dismissed last week and in his place – subject to confirmation, will be present CIA Director, Mike Pompeo.  Pompeo, depending upon who you ask,…

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