Trump’s Korean Shell Game

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by John Feffer Conmen always keep up a patter. While they’re extracting the wallet from your pocket, they maintain a nonstop monologue so that you focus on their mouth and not what they’re doing with their hands. Beware the voluble… Continue Reading  

A Meaningful Plan for North Korea’s Development

North Korean poster proclaiming an economically powerful country.

by Emanuel Pastreich  We must feel sympathy for the North Korean government officials suddenly faced with slick corporate operators from Koch Industries, or elsewhere, who come in to overwhelm them with gaudy presentations, to bribe them and to do everything… Continue Reading  

Korea’s Two “Impossibles”

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by John Feffer When, in early March, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had… Continue Reading  

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration

John Bolton (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

by John Feffer For a man with a reputation for venting spleen and flying off the handle, John Bolton bided his time before finally rising to the position of power he now occupies. The former U.S. ambassador to the UN… Continue Reading  

Beyond Hegemony and a Liberal International Order

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by Gordon Adams America’s place in the world is experiencing an historic turning point. All the mumbo-jumbo about being the “exceptional” and “indispensable” nation, the natural “leader” of something called the “West,” the guarantor of some kind of international system… Continue Reading