Akira Kawasaki | The first and foremost explanation is that Northeast Asian states are still deeply dependent on the Cold War-type thinking that nuclear weapons constitute the central component of their national security.
War and Peace
Here are the facts that the U.S. media ignore about Korea:
There are no foreign troops in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — north Korea. The last Soviet soldiers, who aided Kim Il Sung’s guerrilla army in defeating Japanese colonial rule, left in 1948. Chinese troops, who supported the DPRK after the U.S. invaded north Korea in 1950, left in 1953 after the armistice.
It is not the first time, and won’t be the last, that no one will be held to account for the heinous crimes of war, writes Vijay Prashad.
The revolution will not be televised, they say, but this one was — and publicised, a lot. And yet, for all the hundreds of thousands who gathered at the Diet and all around Japan over the summer, for all the placards in the streets and the cow-walking in the parliament in September — the security bills still passed.
As the Obama administration decides whether or not to withdraw its remaining 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, ominous signs are hovering over the country because of the Taliban’s recent offensive in Kunduz and the reckless American airstrikes