US Secretary of State Blackmails China over North Korea

By John Chan "Information Clearing House" -"WSWS" - In meetings with Chinese leaders last weekend, US Secretary of State John Kerry engaged in a barely disguised form of blackmail to pressure Beijing to use “all options” to force its ally North Korea to dismantle its nuclear programs and destroy its nuclear weapons. Impoverished North Korea is completely dependent on China for vital imports, including oil a ...

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North Korean Crisis: Who is behined?

By Dennis J. Bernstein In early March, the U.S. and South Korea launched an expanded set of war games on the Korean Peninsula, prompting concerns in some circles that the military exercises might touch off an escalation of tensions with North Korea. Christine Hong, a professor at the University of California at Santa Cruz, worried that the U.S. “was lurching towards war” since “the military exercises that t ...

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South Korea: Back to the Blue House

IT WAS 34 years ago that Park Geun-hye left Cheong wa Dae (the “Blue House”), South Korea's presidential mansion. Her father, Park Chung-hee, was the autocratic strongman who led the "miracle on the Han river" in the 1960s and 70s. From 1974 until 1979, when he was assassinated, his daughter served as his first lady. Since she won a perfectly democratic election in December 2012, she returned to the Blue Ho ...

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