Tag Archives: US foreign politics

The North Korea Summit Through the Looking Glass

As much of the world celebrates a modest step towards peace in Korea, Western pundits seem to be panicking.

North Korea Has the Upper Hand in Negotiations with Trump

by Vijay Prashad

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met with Donald Trump of the United States in Singapore. This was the first meeting of the heads of government of these two countries. The United States has been at war with North Korea since 1950. Three years into that war, which destroyed most of the infrastructure in North Korea, the two countries—and South Korea—agreed to a halt in the active fighting. But the war did not end. It remains intact. A massive military deployment by the United States at the edge of North Korea maintains the fear inside the Korean Peninsula of annihilation. This is what makes the summit between Kim and Trump so important. Threats of war are now at a low point.

A dramatic break at the G7 summit

Donald Trump has called for Russia to be readmitted to the G7 club of world leaders, opening up a new rift with Europe at the start of an acrimonious summit in Québec.

Yemen government forces advance on strategic town of Hodeida

Hodeida has been a point of contention in Yemen’s war since Saudi Arabia and its allies started a bombing campaign.

Yemeni government forces are only around 20 kilometres from Hodeida as they advance on the key rebel-held port city, the Saudi-led military coalition said on Monday.

Ecuador’s Ex-President Rafael Correa Denounces Treatment of Julian Assange as “Torture”

by Glenn Greenwald

Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, in an exclusive interview with The Intercept on Wednesday morning, denounced his country’s current government for blocking Julian Assange from receiving visitors in its embassy in London as a form of “torture” and a violation of Ecuador’s duties to protect Assange’s safety and well-being. Correa said this took place in the context of Ecuador no longer maintaining “normal sovereign relations with the American government — just submission.”