In SIPRI’s latest tracking, the U.S. remains dominant, China is in distant second, Russia has semiconductor and sanctions problems, Israeli sales are boosted by the Washington-mediated Abraham Accords and a Taiwanese company enters the top 100 for the first time.
Category: South Korea
US-South Korea Provocations in the Pacific
The resumption of the recent joint military exercises is viewed with alarm by China, which, like North Korea, has repeatedly pointed to U.S. attempts to set up a NATO-like organization in Asia, writes Aditya Sarin.
Remembering Barbara Ehrenreich & Work Left Undone
Every walkout, every outstretched hand, every word written or spoken in defense of workers’ rights, is a victory — whether it results in immediate and obvious success or not, writes Richard Eskow.
FW de Klerk: South Africa’s Last Apartheid President
The man who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela was driven by pragmatism, not idealism, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.
The Real Strike Behind Netflix Hit ‘Squid Game’
Many viewers of the hugely popular series may not realize how the fantastical vision of wretched worker suicides is rooted in South Korea’s recent union history, writes Minsun Ji.
Ending US-South Korea Military Exercises Key to Diplomacy
Ann Wright reports that Blinken, rather than acknowledging the danger of these exercises, has criticized their suspension as an appeasement of Pyongyang.
ELECTION 2020: What Trump & Biden Get Wrong About North Korea
Christine Ahn says the two leading presidential contenders present a false dichotomy about U.S. diplomatic options with North Korea.
Danger in the South China Sea
In 2020, The Trump administration has dramatically increased the number of show-of-force missions, Ann Wright reports.
COVID-19: Confucius is Winning the Coronavirus War
Compare hundreds of millions of Asians’ serene response to the coronavirus crisis with the West’s fear, panic and hysteria, writes Pepe Escobar.
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Trump’s Creaky Door to Peace in the Koreas
The question is, which side betrayed the once-promising prospect of denuclearization and an end of seven decades of flashpoint tension in Northeast Asia.