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’s Anti-immigrant Policy – Hurting Graduate Schools And Global Competitiveness

A third-generation immigrant student graduates from university with his grandmother beside him.

by Tony Wyman The impact on graduate schools of Trump’s anti-immigrant policy If you attend a graduation ceremony this summer, one thing that is likely to catch your attention is the number of foreign-sounding names receiving advanced degrees, particularly ones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Many of these students are the second- or third-generation offspring of immigrants, legal and otherwise, entering the United States to make a better life for themselves and their children and grandchildren. Like many immigrants before them, they have taken advantage of the…

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Russian Journalists Should Stay Away From Their Windows

video still of man falling from window in the movie The Exorcist

by Tony Wyman Russian journalists and windows, balconies and staircases According to local police in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, journalist Maxim Borodin, the reporter who embarrassed the  regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin by breaking the story of the deaths of hundreds of Russian mercenaries killed in Syria by American troops, fell to his death from the fifth-floor balcony of his apartment complex.  The police ruled his death a suicide Mr. Borodin, who was 32 and, according to his friends, excited about plans he was making for his future,  joins…

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U.S. To Make Controversial Embassy Move To Jerusalem

architectural model of the proposed U.S. Embassy to be constructed in Jerusalem

By Lynda Bryant-Work U.S. set to move embassy to Jerusalem A newly chiseled stone plaque on the wall marks the building where the United States plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.  The date coincides with Israel’s proclamation of independence in the spring of 1948. On Dec. 6, 2017, President Donald Trump formally announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy, and ordered the planning of the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,…

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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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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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North Korea Gets What It Wants From Trump Meeting Before It Even Happens

by Tony Wyman   If you believe the White House – we are on the verge of a historic turn-around in American-North Korean relations, thanks to President Donald Trump‘s “bold” and “unprecedented” offer to meet directly with the communist regime’s dictator. But most seasoned observers call Mr. Trump’s invite to meet with Kim Jong-Un, less complimentary things.  Nicholas Kristof, of The New York Times, said: “President Trump’s decision to meet Kim Jong-un strikes me as a dangerous gamble and a bad idea. I’m afraid that North Korea may be playing Trump,…

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As Long As Assad Remains In Power, The West Is Losing In Syria

photo image of bombed out apartments and buildings in the suburbs of Damascus.

by Tony Wyman Assad will remain in control of Syria – Missile strikes or not   President Trump rightly called Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad a monster. That is precisely what the tyrant is, an evil man with no conscience who deserves to meet a bloody end at the hands of his own people. While last night’s strikes degraded his ability, we’ve been told, to use chemical weapons such as Chlorine gas, to murder more helpless children in his country, it did nothing at all to remove Mr. Assad from power. What…

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Trump’s New Tariffs Set To Drive Up Cost Of Living

By Lynda Work Canadian lumber tariffs imposed in 2017 are already having an impact on the housing and paper industries and the new steel tariffs will make the crunch even worse. Home prices are set to be driven up making it difficult for young buyers and even the middle-class buyer to purchase a property. The steel tariffs tack on 25 percent to steel, which is used in home foundations, floors and high-rise construction, and 10 percent for aluminum from foreign suppliers. The Trump administration levied tariffs of more than 20…

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