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Casual Observations About the Ha Noi Summit

Chuck Searcy Veterans for Peace
Staff at a restaurant were discussing Trump's quick departure yesterday. "Trump left because the meeting was not successful," they said. But they added with relaxed assurance, "No problem; there will be other meetings. This will take some steps."

Disarmament: Two Roads Diverge

Pat Hynes and Frances Crowe Portside
World peace, “the most important topic on earth….not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women – not merely peace in our time but peace for all time.” That was 1963, the president was was John F. Kennedy. Contrast to today and the desire for ever greater stockpiles of nuclear bombs.

Let's Call Bolton What He Is: A War Criminal With Terrorist Ties

Juan Cole Informed Comment
In John Bolton, now Trump’s National Security Adviser, the far right and the maniacal dovetail. Jesus said that if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch. The ditch in this case could well be a ruinous war with Iran.

Here’s What Kim Really Wants Out of His Meeting With Trump

Christine Ahn Fortune Magazine
To the U.S., steps toward denuclearization have been the starting and ending point for negotiations with North Korea. But for the North Koreans, it has always been about trying to secure a guarantee to merely exist.

Two Minutes to Doomsday

Robert Hunziker CounterPunch
Not since 1953, when the U.S. and the Soviets exploded thermonuclear bombs, has the world been such a powder keg!
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