Archive for April 16th, 2013

16/04/2013

USA-East Asia Looking Into the Abyss

Human Wrongs Watch

“North Korea could dismantle its verbal and physical threats, hoping for peace treaty-normalization in return. Like in Cuba 1962, that would not be one good for another, but one wrong for another. Would USA, used to dictate outcomes giving nothing in return, agree? Like in 1962 keeping it secret, with a “profile in courage” narrative? Hopefully, but not very likely, some secret deals are in the making. A change of mentality is needed, like in Europe in 1950. That may take centuries, but could also happen very quickly under enlightened statesmanship.”

Source: TRANSCEND Media Service

Source: TRANSCEND Media Service

By Johan Galtung,  Kyoto,  Japan,  15 Apr 2013 – TRANSCEND*  

It has never been this bad since the 1950-53 Korea war.

October 1962, the Cuba-USSR-USA crisis, comes to mind. There were horror visions of mushroom clouds.

A proud Cuba, with a strong leader-dictatorship, a social revolution in the near past, was denied a normal place in the state system, bullied by the USA and some allies with sanctions and boycotts into isolation for now more than 50 years.

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16/04/2013

Rich Countries in Crisis? The Others to Buy More Weapons

Human Wrongs Watch

By SIPRI*, Stockholm, 15 April 2013World military expenditure totaled $1.75 trillion in 2012, a fall of 0.5 per cent in real terms since 2011, according to figures released today by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).* 

 **A Royal Air Force British Aerospace Harrier GR.9 aircraft conducts a combat patrol over Afghanistan on 12 December 2008. | Photo credit:  Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon | Source: http://dams.defenseimagery.mil/defenselink/assetcolcreate.action?name=previewcol&id=1a583d908b3872997186fc8ef7de84ef3f8053a9&scope=request&nextpage=/vims_dlink_preview.jsp | Wikimedia Commons

**A Royal Air Force British Aerospace Harrier GR.9 aircraft conducts a combat patrol over Afghanistan on 12 December 2008. | Photo: Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon | Wikimedia Commons

The fall—the first since 1998—was driven by major spending cuts in the USA and Western and Central Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and Japan.

The reductions were, however, substantially offset by increased spending in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America.

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