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US Media’s Silence on Latest Missile Test by North Korea Shows There’s Nothing They Can Do

Pyongyang (GPA) – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) tested another ballistic missile over the weekend and the reception among US media and government has been predictably quiet. The missile test occurs at the same time the US is preparing to carry out a missile intercept drill off the coast of California. The US exercise seems […]

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Philippines: Martial Law Threatens Escalation of Abuses

Manila (HRW) – Duterte Places Mindanao Under Military Rule, Suspends Habeas Corpus The Philippine government’s declaration of martial law in the southern island of Mindanao threatens to widen the scope of abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 23, 2017, the Duterte administration declared martial law and suspended habeas corpus after […]

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NPR Can’t Help Hyping North Korean Threat

Washington D.C. (FAIR) – UN Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on March 8 that “all options are on the table” regarding North Korea. Between then and April 27, published 60 stories on US/North Korea relations. Here’s a representative exchange (Morning Edition, 4/20/17): David Greene, host: A pretty ominous-sounding warning from North […]

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Trump Advisers Call for More Troops to Break Afghan Deadlock

Kabul (Tasnim) – Senior Trump administration and military officials are recommending sending several thousand additional American troops to Afghanistan to try to break a military deadlock in the 15-year war there, in part by pressuring the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government. The added troops would allow American advisers to work with a greater number […]

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US Bill Calls for Inspections of Russian Far East Seaports

Moscow (SCF) – On May 4, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea targeting its shipping industry and slave labor among other things as tensions continued to mount over North Korea’s advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act (H.R. 1644) is designed to undercut North Korea’s economy […]

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North Korea Accuses CIA of Biochemical Plot to Assassinate Kim Jong-Un

Pyongyang (GPA) – Pyongyang says this effort from the U.S. and South Korea has gone “beyond the limits.” North Korea accused the CIA and South Korea’s intelligence service of attempting assassinate its leader, Kim Jong-Un, with a bio-chemical weapon. The statement from North Korea’s Ministry of State Security released Friday said the U.S. intelligence agency […]

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India Faces Growing Pressure over Kashmir

Kashmir (SCF) – International pressure on India to resolve the festering Kashmir conflict is likely to increase in the coming months. The situation in the Kashmir Valley, the epicenter of a powerful Pakistan-backed armed insurgency against the Indian state since 1990 and the main bone of contention in the India and Pakistan territorial dispute, has deteriorated […]

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TPP Nations Resume Trade Talks in Canada Without US

Ottawa (GPA) – Canada and Japan are looking to take the lead in the post-TPP world, while civic organizations warn against reviving the controversial trade pact. The 11 counties remaining in the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the U.S. pulled out of the deal began new talks Tuesday in Canada to define next steps, while civil society […]

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Trump Demands Payment for THAAD System He Sent to South Korea

Seoul (GPA) – After upsetting both adversaries and allies by moving a missile defense system to South Korea, Trump is now demanding payment for his idea. This week saw the arrival of a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system that was delivered to South Korea ahead of schedule under orders of the […]