Merry Christmas War is Over (Unless Trump attacks North Korea after his next golf game with Lindsey Graham)

According to a report in The Atlantic, President Trump and major league war hawk Lindsey Graham played a round of golf this past Sunday during which time they discussed North Korea. And according to the writer of the article, one Uri Friedman, the senator from South Carolina  is now laying odds on what he sees as the chances that his golf buddy will order up an attack upon North Korea.

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Bull-in-a-China Shop Nikki Haley Says N. Korea Will Be ‘Utterly Destroyed’ Should War Break Out

One might find Nikki Haley’s comment at the UN–that North Korea will be “utterly destroyed” in the event of war–inflammatory and unproductive, though certainly it is not terribly different from similar statements from Trump himself in the past. But the timing is perhaps the newsworthy part of this.

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US to Hold Massive Military Exercise on Korean Peninsula…Again

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

US Trying to Deliberately ‘Provoke’ North Korea, says Lavrov

It was back in August that the US staged a massive 10-day war war games exercise on the Korean peninsula. Involving some 75,000 US and South Korean troops, the exercise, dubbed “Ulchi-Freedom Guardian,” saw forces deployed on land, sea, and in the air–a massive display of military power denounced by the North Koreans as a “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war”…and it was also around this time that the DPRK threatened to attack Guam.

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The North Korea that Neither Trump nor the Western Media Want You to See

Pyongyang’s Science and Technology Center is an expansive structure heated by geothermal energy, and with drip irrigation-watered live grass on inside walls. Its more than 3,000 computers are solar powered, the library has books in 12 foreign languages, and a long-distance learning program enables people from around the country to study and earn a degree equivalent to that of in-university studies.

“North Korea (the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK) is one of the least understood and most lied about countries on Earth.”

Those are the words of independent journalist Eva Bartlett, who recently made a trip to North Korea and who has posted a very informative, eye-opening article on her experience. The piece includes some truly stunning photos, as well as links to some equally stunning videos that Bartlett has posted on You Tube. Suffice to say, the media’s portrayal of North Korea as a backwards country is utterly misleading. In reality it is anything but backwards.

Click here to access Bartlett’s full article.

(H/T Siljan)