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From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- new version

Local Futures offers a free, shortened version of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. This 19-minute abridged version "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

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August 11, 2017

What we want: "How to Achieve Peace Talks with North Korea"

CodePink's Medea Benjamin: "The United States has also long held a “pre-emptive first strike” policy towards North Korea. This frightening threat of an unprovoked U.S. nuclear attack gives North Korea good reason to want its own nuclear arsenal."

How to Achieve Peace Talks with North Korea


The Progressive magazine, August 10, 2017

"I returned home from a peace delegation to the Korean Peninsula, only to hear my country’s President threaten it with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

Trump’s latest blustering, a reckless escalation of an already dangerous situation, came in response to another intercontinental ballistic missile tests by North Korea. But it was not the only response.

The United States and South Korea also launched their own ballistic missiles as a show of force. South Korean President Moon Jae-in reversed his decision to halt deployment of the U.S. weapon system known as THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), greenlighting the addition of four launchers to complete the system that has been opposed by both North Korea and China. And at the United Nations, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose strict new sanctions on Pyongyang that may cost this poor nation $1 billion a year.

The North Korean nuclear program is certainly alarming, as are the regime’s myriad human rights violations. But the question is how best to de-escalate the conflict so that it doesn’t explode into an all-out nuclear war."...

"In believing that nuclear weapons are key to their nation’s survival, North Korea’s leadership is also surely considering the fate of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Both leaders gave up their nuclear programs only to see their countries subsequently invaded. Seen this way, the North Korean leadership is not acting irrationally."...

"...the Chinese do have another proposal, known as “a freeze for a freeze.” This means a freeze on North Korean missile and nuclear tests in exchange for a halt on U.S.-South Korean war games.

These massive war games have been taking place every year in March, with smaller ones scheduled for late August. A halt would alleviate tensions and pave the way for negotiations. So would halting the deployment of the destabilizing THAAD system so disliked by South Korean villagers, North Koreans, and the Chinese."...
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