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Philippines says communist peace talks have failed | AFP

The Philippines says that peace talks with communist rebels have collapsed and a target of ending the decades-long insurgency by 2016 is impossible to achieve. Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s administration is looking for a “new approach” following nearly three years of failed negotiations and a fresh surge in deadly violence, chief government negotiator Alex Padilla told AFP. “We are at ...

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Saudis Debate 1,000-Mile Yemen Border Fence | Global Voices

Earlier this month, BBC reported that Saudi Arabia is building a 1,000-mile fence on its border with Yemen. The news was barely reported in Saudi national press, but it was widely and critically reported in Yemeni press. The development was debated tensely in the Saudi Twittersphere. Supporters cited its absolute necessity for the safety of the kingdom while opponents spoke ...

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As brother goes on trial, wife of China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner says ‘I’m not free’ | The Washington Post

Liu Xia, under house arrest in China’s capital since her imprisoned husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, made a rare appearance Tuesday at a trial, yelling out a car window: “I’m not free.” Liu was allowed to leave the Beijing apartment where she has been held for two-and-a-half years to attend the trial of her brother on fraud ...

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Economic Growth Is Key to Peace in Aceh | The Jakarta Globe

After many long years of civil strife, Aceh is finally experiencing prolonged peace. While there have been scattered incidents of violence, by and large the province has remained calm since the 2005 peace accord. Peace has provided an economic dividend. Despite having a higher poverty rate than the national average, the province’s gross domestic product rose 5.2 percent last year. ...

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Bill Maher Slams ‘Warmongers’ Itching To Go To War With North Korea: We Need To Start Defining ‘Peace As Strength’ | Mediaite

Bill Maher, with the use of his usual colorful choices of language, closed one of his shows recently with a New Rule railing against the U.S. military-industrial complex for being so eager for a possible war with North Korea. Maher mocked the Korean leader as “Kim Jong Pugsley” and said he’s not really worried about North Korea targeting the U.S., ...

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The U.S. chokehold on North Korea | SocialistWorker.org

By David Whitehouse — North Korea’s escalating threats are a response to new shows of force by the U.S. IN THE 60 years since the end of the Korean War, U.S. policy toward North Korea has fluctuated between the options of “containment” and “rollback.” Sometimes, the policy has shifted in the course of one presidency. Bill Clinton and George W. ...

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Mobilizing the propagandists in North Korea | BBC News

I have followed Pyongyang’s propaganda since the 1960s. It is a depressing chore, enlivened by the odd wry smile. Their recent jibe at the “venomous swish of her skirt” – a propos Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president – was offensive, but it is an arresting phrase. That is an exception. Most Pyongyang prose is leaden and shrill. Bluster ...

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New Era of Nuclear-Armed North Korea Forces U.S. to Reconsider War Games at Regime’s Door | Democracy Now!

As North Korea threatens to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, the Obama administration is quietly expressing concern its own recent actions may have been too provocative and could inadvertently trigger a deeper crisis. We discuss the latest on North Korea and tensions in the region with Christine Hong, assistant professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and ...

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David Cameron warns Trident needed as deterrent to North Korea | The Guardian

David Cameron has issued a stark warning against any move to abandon Britain’s Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran. The prime minister said it would “foolish” to leave the country defenceless at a time when the “highly unpredictable and aggressive” regime in North Korea was developing ballistic missiles that could eventually ...

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‘Combat-ready’ N. Korea threatens US mainland, Hawaii | GlobalPost, aljazeera.com

North Korea is ready. In a characteristically calm statement, the North Korean army has ordered all long-range artillery and rockets into “class-A combat readiness,” and guess where they’re pointed, just guess. One bonus missile defense shield if you said all US military bases in the Asia-Pacific region, including the mainland. South Korea – which yesterday signed a new pact with ...

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