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Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump pulls out....for now

Listen to "Trump Blows Up Summit with Kim as North Korea Blows Up Its Nuclear Site" on Spreaker.

I love this show 'Loud and Clear'.  Brian Becker and John Kiriakou (excellent hosts) are joined by Hyun Lee, a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea and writer for Zoominkorea.org, and Steve Gowans, a journalist and author of “Washington’s Long War on Syria.”

Hyun Lee is a good friend and long-time Korean-American activist.  She's one of the most articulate people around on this important subject.

Trump once again reveals to the world his unpredictability and instability as he pulls out of the planned June 12 talks with North Korea.  As it turns out North Korea yesterday brought international journalists to a series of explosions at its Punggye-ri site in the mountainous north of the country, where it has previously tested their nuclear weapons.

The destruction included two tunnels, a barracks and observation towers, according to South Korea's Yonhap, which said that American, British, Chinese and Russian journalists were all invited.

I've long felt that the hard-right, now in control of US foreign policy, would not ultimately allow this North Korea-US peace effort to flourish.  Maybe history will prove me wrong - I hope it does - but it seems clear that John Bolton is working overtime trying to ensure that this deal (like the Iran nuclear deal) is prematurely killed.

Why is it OK for the US and its allies to test and deploy nuclear weapons?  Why does the US get to decide that the nukes from Israel, England or France are acceptable but those in North Korea, China or Russia are not?  It's hypocrisy.

The media is reporting today that now Trump is saying the June 12 meeting in Singapore might be back on schedule.  Hang onto your hat!

Bruce

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