With the shit-cyclone rotating around the Trump presidency on a daily basis, it's hard to keep track of what's going on elsewhere in the world. Most of the press coverage goes straight to Trump, Kushner, the Mueller probe, Stormy Daniels, on and on. Mind-numbing, and I think that's probably what they're aiming at. I always knew reality television was more than just bad entertainment - it gave me the creeps from The Real World and Survivor on forward, and now it's president of the United States. Not a good outcome for a whole host of reasons.
Anyway, there is a world out there, and stuff is happening in it that I feel we should pay attention to. Here are a few items I'm looking at.
Korea - This was a momentous week in the standoff over the Korean peninsula, largely thanks to the efforts of South Korean President Moon Jae-In and the willingness on the part of Pyongyang to come to the table. Trump will take credit for anything good that happens, and that's fine - sure, he's nearly blown us all up over this, but let him have his squeak toy of triumph, so long as there's no Korean War II. That would be a good thing for the world, as the hair-hat ass-clown said a few days ago. Will he meet with Kim Jong-Un as was announced on Thursday? No man can say. More on this next week.
Yemen - In the Senate, Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy have introduced a war powers resolution calling on the administration to stop supporting Saudi Arabia's murderous assault on Yemen. SJ Resolution 54 has been introduced though not voted on yet - I encourage you to contact your senators and urge them to vote for this legislation. You can get their phone numbers off the web, or use the Stance app to send a recorded phone message (see http://takeastance.us/ for details).
Iran - There's a good interview on Jeremy Scahill's podcast Intercepted with Iranian scholar Holly Dagres about the history of the relationship between the United States and Iran and how its current system of government is a direct response to our interference (in the form of an coup) in the 1950s. Dagres also talks about the MEK terror group that counts many American political figures among its friends, including John McCain (big surprise), Howard Dean, and others. (Check it out at https://theintercept.com/2018/02/14/intercepted-podcast-americas-distribution-of-violence/ ) Also, give a listen to Jeremy's interview with Nikhil Singh in that same episode.
All right ... back to work with me.