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Lethal Fluctuations: The Death Penalty in Asia

April 8, 2019           |                                       

The Malaysian government last year expressed a surprise change of heart on a policy long held dear; it would reconsider the death penalty. The case of Muhammad Lukman, sentenced to death in August for the purchase and sharing of medicinal marijuana, did much to stimulate outrage. On October 10th, law minister Liew Vui Keong announced […]

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While the recent US/North Korean summit in Hanoi ended abruptly with no agreement, Donald Trump was sufficiently strong in his self-belief to ignore the setback. It simply wasn’t in his nature to accept that Kim Jong-Un was a more efficient deal-maker, and that at least avoided an immediate crisis. This volatile relationship may be out […]

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U.S. Official To Press Iran Sanctions With Leaders In Malaysia, Singapore, India

March 28, 2019           |                                       

A top U.S. sanctions official is in Asia to push efforts to increase pressure on Iran, saying Washington was intent on making Tehran “radioactive to the international community.” Sigal Mandelker, the U.S. Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in Singapore on March 29 that she would stress in further meetings this week with […]

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The US has suspended war games as part of Trump’s commitment in Singapore, but his administration can’t be trusted to deliver a comprehensive denuclearization deal with North Korea, says Col. Lawrence Wilkerson The post Wilkerson: Don’t Trust Trump, Bolton to Deliver US-North Korea Peace appeared first on The Real News Network.

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In a summit welcomed by Washington and Pyongyang alike, the North Korean leader had an ace card. Tom Lehrer performing at UCLA’s Royce Hall, January 1960. Wikicommons/ Associated Students, University of California, Los Angeles . Some rights reserved. The previous column in this series discussed the prospects for the meeting in Singapore on 12 June […]

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U.S. Aims For 'Major North Korea Disarmament' By 2020

June 13, 2018           |                                       

The United States hopes to see “major disarmament” by North Korea within the next 21/2 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. Pompeo made the comment in South Korea on June 13, a day after a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. After their meeting, […]

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Photo by The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia | CC BY 2.0 Morning Joe on MSNC, Tuesday morning. Ugh, she says. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un just had a successful Singapore summit resulting in a signed statement lifting the specter of war from the Korean peninsula. And MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski says Ugh. He’s a […]

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Watching reactions to the Singapore summit as it unfolded became the ultimate foreign policy Rorschach test – everyone came away with a different picture of what happened. There are those who will laud it for establishing a seemingly new approach to US-North Korea relations, one that is more co-operative than confrontational. There are those who […]

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Following four hours of talks behind closed doors with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced during a press conference that America will halt its “provocative” joint war games with South Korea in return for the North’s commitment to starting the denuclearization process “right away.” “I believe this […]

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U.S., North Korean Officials Make Final Preparations For Trump-Kim Summit

June 10, 2018           |                                       

U.S. and North Korean officials meet in Singapore on June 11 to make final preparations for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines, who has taken the lead on policy negotiations with the North, was […]

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Trump Says Singapore Summit Is 'Onetime' Chance For North Korea

June 9, 2018           |                                       

U.S. President Donald Trump said that his June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a “onetime” chance for the North, adding “but I feel really confident.” Trump made the comments on June 9 at a press conference on the sideline of the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, shortly before […]

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