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A Murderous History of Korea

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In the West, treatment of North Korea is one-sided and ahistorical. No one even gets the names straight. But if American commentators and politicians are ignorant of Korea’s history, they ought at least to be aware of their own.

Bruce Cumings , London Review of Books

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https://cdn.lrb.co.uk/assets/covers/m/cov3910.jpg May 18, 2017 | More than four decades ago I went to lunch with a diplomatic historian who, like me, was going through Korea-related documents at the National Archives in Washington. He happened to remark that he sometimes wondered whether the Korean Demilitarised Zone might be ground zero for the end of the world. This April, Kim In-ryong, a North Korean diplomat at the UN, warned of ‘a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’. A few days later, President Trump told Reuters that ‘we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.’ American atmospheric scientists have shown that even a relatively contained nuclear war would throw up enough soot and debris to threaten the global population: ‘A regional war between India and Pakistan, for instance, has the potential to dramatically damage Europe, the US and other regions through global ozone loss and climate change.’ How is it possible that we have come to this? How does a puffed-up, vainglorious narcissist, whose every other word may well be a lie (that applies to both of them, Trump and Kim Jong-un), come not only to hold the peace of the world in his hands but perhaps the future of the planet? We have arrived at this point because of an inveterate unwillingness on the part of Americans to look history in the face and a laser-like focus on that same history by the leaders of North Korea.


Bruce Cumings teaches at Chicago, and is the author of The Korean War: A History.


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If you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 
• Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea?
• ‘Fire And Fury’ Time?
• Trump’s Warning To North Korea Called ‘Exactly Wrong’ And ‘Reckless’
• Tell Congress: Trump cannot act on North Korea without congressional approval.
• 3 big lies about North Korea
• “Get Trump an Atlas”.

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Has Trump Threatened Nuclear War on North Korea? The Real News / Dandelion Salad
August 8, 2017 | As President Trump threatens North Korea “with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen,” the need for diplomacy is as urgent as ever, says veteran journalist Tim Shorrock.

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‘Fire And Fury’ Time? Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

August 8, 2017 | You have heard by now that President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea if it doesn’t back down. Read Noah Rothman’s analysis of the terrible choices facing the US. Excerpts:
We have reached the tipping point.

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08/08/2017 “That is about the stupidest and most dangerous statement I have ever heard an American president make.”

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Tell Congress: Trump cannot act on North Korea without congressional approval, VoteVets.org 

August 9, 2017 | Here is the plain truth: if the United States is going to take military action against North Korea, it should only happen after Congress exercises its Constitutional duty as the sole branch of government responsible for declaring war.

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August 03, 2017

  • Lie #1: North Korea constantly threatens and provokes the United States
  • Lie #2: North Korea is a “rogue state” led by a madman who clings to nuclear weapons and refuses to negotiate
  • Lie #3: The Korean War has been over for more than 60 years

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Geography 101: “Get Trump an Atlas”. Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research

August 10, 2017 | Trump wants to bomb North Korea with nuclear weapons. Where is the target country?
A War on North Korea Will Inevitably Engulf South Korea and the entire Northeast Asian Region


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Seymour M. Hersh | Trump's Red Line

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Retaliation: Tomahawk missiles from the 'USS Porter' on the way to the Shayrat Air Base on April 6, 2017. (photo: Quelle/Robert S. Pri/dpa Picture-Alliance/Robert S)

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  • Donald Trump’s war on journalism has begun. But journalists are not his main target 

Seymour M. Hersh, Die Welt

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https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/if-war-is-the-answer.jpg?w=540  25.06.2017 | On April 6, United States President Donald Trump authorized an early morning Tomahawk missile strike on Shayrat Air Base in central Syria in retaliation for what he said was a deadly nerve agent attack carried out by the Syrian government two days earlier in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Trump issued the order despite having been warned by the U.S. intelligence community that it had found no evidence that the Syrians had used a chemical weapon.

The available intelligence made clear that the Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives. Details of the attack,  including information on its so-called high-value targets, had been provided by the Russians days in advance to American and allied military officials in Doha, whose mission is to coordinate all U.S., allied, Syrian and Russian Air Force operations in the region.

Seymour M. Hersh "Sy" Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine on military and security matters. He is writing an alternative history of the war on terror.

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Abby Martin: Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem in Venezuela.

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To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. 

Abby Martin, teleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

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June 17, 2017 | Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change.

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To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. 

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Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DEQpAYjVoAQCzqF.jpg 07/09/2017 | Chris Uhlmann, political editor for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, didn’t mince any words when reporting on President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit. 

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U.K.’s Corbyn Told Truth about Terrorism

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  • Analysts credit the Labour Party’s strong showing in the U.K. election to economic issues, but its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, also told voters the truth about how the West’s Mideast wars have spread terrorism, notes Lawrence Davidson.
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Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News

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June 10, 2017 | On May 26, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of British Labour Party, made a speech which dealt in large part with security and foreign policy. Much of his presentation was surprisingly accurate. Here is what he said:

—There is a cause-and-effect relationship “between wars our governments supported and fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.” For instance, the May 22 Manchester bombing, which killed 22 people, may well be connected to the United Kingdom’s involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent civil wars.

—This cause-and-effect relationship is not a matter of speculation. “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to these connections.”

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

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None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

Bruce Riedel, Brookings

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMonday, June 5, 2017 | Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.

I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

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