Ann Wright’s 7/14/17 Article on North Korea

Published on Friday, July 14, 2017 by Common Dreams

US Experts Say North Korean Leadership May Be Ruthless and Reckless, But They Are Not Crazy By Ann Wright

‘Time is Not on Our Side’: Former senior US government officials say there must be dialogue with North Korea 

South Korean soldier on DMZ (Photo-Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Korean soldiers look toward the North Korean side along the DMZ that divides the two countries. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Despite the rhetoric from the Trump administration about military confrontation with North Korea, the common theme of many U.S. experts on North Korea is that the U.S. presidential administration MUST conduct a dialogue with North Korea—and quickly!  Military confrontation is NOT an option according to the experts.

And most importantly, the new President of South Korea Moon Jae-in was elected in May 2017 on a pledge to engage in talks with North Korea and pursue diplomacy to finally officially end the Korean conflict. Nearly 80 percent of South Koreans support a resumption of long-suspended inter-Korean dialogue, according to a survey by a presidential advisory panel showed in late June.

On June 28, 2017, six former high level experienced U.S. government officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations over the past thirty years sent a letter to President Trump stating that “Kim Jong Un is not irrational and highly values preserving his regime… Talking is not a reward or a concession to Pyongyang and should not be construed as signaling acceptance of a nuclear-armed North Korea. It is a necessary step to establishing communication to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. The key danger today is not that North Korea would launch a surprise nuclear attack. Instead the primary danger is a miscalculation or mistake that could lead to war.” …

Together, they wrote:  “there are no good military options, and a North Korean response to a US attack would devastate North Korea and Japan. Tightening sanctions can be useful in increasing pressure on North Korea, but sanctions alone will not solve the problem. Pyongyang has shown that it can make progress on missile and nuclear technology despite its isolation. Without a diplomatic effort to stop its progress, there is little doubt that it will develop a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States.”

More at  https://goo.gl/WoPRcY

 

 

 

Sat. Oct. 14, 2 pm Army Veteran, Diplomat, Antiwar Activist

170925Col Ann Wright Iowa Peace Rally

A TALK BY COL. ANN WRIGHT 

“NORTH KOREA, RUSSIA, AND IRAN TODAY” 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2:00 PM 
COMMUNITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 5550 N FRESNO STREET 
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Colonel Ann Wright (Retired) spent twenty-nine years in the US Army and Army Reserves and sixteen years as a US State Depart diplomat before resigning on the eve of the Iraq War in 2003. Since her resignation, she has been active in Veterans For Peace, the Korea Peace Network, and CODEPINK. Join us as Ann discusses current foreign policy toward nations the US considers hostile and asks, “Why not try diplomacy instead of military bluster?”
See “Veteran and Antiwar Activist Col. Ann Wright Comes to Fresno” on page 7 of the October edition of your Community Alliance newspaper or go to https://goo.gl/shZdjD

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TV Schedule The Vietnam War & Streaming

 Show times on ValleyPBS in Fresno  (See end of schedule for other options)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 Premier

7:00 – 8:00           They Were Our Fathers Gold Star sons and daughters honor their dads on Father’s Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 1 – Déjà Vu

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 1 – Déjà Vu (Repeat of 8pm)

Monday, September 18

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 2 – Riding the Tiger

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 2 – Riding the Tiger (Repeat of 8pm)

11:00     They Were Our Fathers Gold Star sons and daughters honor their dads on Father’s Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. (Repeat 9/17)

Tuesday, September 19

7:30 – 8:00            Saigon Stories Vietnamese-born Lily Jang travels back to Vietnam to discover U.S.-Vietnamese connections.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 3 – The River Styx

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 3 – The River Styx (Repeat of 8pm)

Wednesday, September 20

7:30 – 8:00            Peace Meals A Vietnam Vet and a Vietnamese refugee meet for a meal and conversation about the war and life after.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 4 – Resolve

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 4 – Resolve (Repeat of 8pm)

Thursday, September 21

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 5 – This Is What We Do

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 5 – This Is What We Do (Repeat of 8pm)

11:00 – 12:00      American Medevac The extraordinary story of a Vietnam wartime rescue mission and the survivors who met 43 years later.

Friday, September 22 No showings of The Vietnam War

Saturday, September 23 No showings of The Vietnam War

Sunday, September 24

Catch up day. If you missed some or all of Episodes 1 -5, they will be repeated beginning at 11:30 am and Episode 6 will follow the repeats beginning at 8:00 pm.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm         The Vietnam War Episode 1 – Déjà Vu (Repeat 9/17)

1:00 – 2:30            The Vietnam War Episode 2 – Riding the Tiger (Repeat 9/18)

2:30 – 4:30            The Vietnam War Episode 3 – The River Styx (Repeat R 9/19)

4:30 – 6:30            The Vietnam War Episode 4 – Resolve (Repeat 9/20)

6:30 – 8:00            The Vietnam War Episode 5 – This Is What We Do (Repeat 9/21)

New episode:

8:00 – 9:30           The Vietnam War Episode 6 – Things Fall Apart

9:30 – 11:00        The Vietnam War Episode 6 – Things Fall Apart (Repeat of 8pm)

11:00 – 12:00      Makers Women in War American women’s participation in war—from Vietnam to the present.

12:00 am              The Draft The draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod in every schism of American society.

Monday, September 25

7:00 – 8:00           Dick Cavett’s Vietnam The impact of the Vietnam War is examined through interviews conducted by the iconic talk show host.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 7 – The Veneer of Civilization

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 7 – The Veneer of Civilization (Repeat of 8pm)

Tuesday, September 26

7:30 – 8:00            Legacies of War: Coming Home The history of coming home after service, how the reception of returning service members has changed over time and the challenges veterans face upon returning.

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 8 – The History of the World

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 8 – The History of the World (Repeat of 8pm)

Wednesday, September 27

8:00        The Vietnam War Episode 9 -A Disrespectful Loyalty

10:00     The Vietnam War Episode 9 -A Disrespectful Loyalty (Repeat of 8pm)

Thursday, September 28

8:00 – 10:00        The Vietnam War Episode 10 – The Weight of Memory

10:00 – 12:00      The Vietnam War Episode 10 – The Weight of Memory (Repeat of 8pm)

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Trump’s Afghanistan Speech Offers No End in Sight for the War

“We will learn from history,” Trump said as he announced his plan in August for the war in Afghanistan. His strategy? More troops, no set timeline, and less transparency — a perfect storm for a permanent war, Phyllis Bennis, of Institute for Policy Studies, said, “Well, maybe Trump stared at the eclipse for too long, but the history books we read show us that there is no military solution for America’s longest war.”

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Saturday, September 2

The September issue of the Community Alliance has arrived. If you subscribe or donate, you know that already! Many interesting articles and ads – Pictures from “Fresno Rally Against Hate”, good article but bad news in “Why Boston Woodard Does Not Have an Article in the Month’s Newspaper”, two articles about that precious resource to the east – the forests of the Sierra Nevada, an article about a local bank that is community-oriented rather than profit centered, analysis of the recent voting records of City Council members, a Spanish language section, and more.

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Monday, September 4, 10 am at Fresno Court House Park, Van Ness Ave and Tulare St

Rally Honoring the Labor of our Immigrants, “We’re excited to continue our series of events bringing together Latino and Muslim communities and their Allies to rally and march to honor the hard work and labor of our immigrants who are the foundation of our communities! Join us in this act of resistance and action for change!” Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/339641339822186/   sukaina

Wednesday, September 6, 6 pm at St. James Episcopal Church 4147 E Dakota Ave, Fresno

Faith in the Valley Watch, a new online platform to broaden our Rapid Response efforts in support of threatened immigrants. We will have a coordinated strategy, increase the number of dispatchers and start an online location-based system to alert responders! Rapid Response network to step in and directly support vulnerable families in times of crisis. Because we know ICE operates very quickly throughout the Valley, we are ramping up our efforts to reach a broader area and have a bigger impact! For all who have been involved in the past and for those who would like to learn more, please join us!

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 pm at Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N Van Ness Ave, (open during exterior construction). Peace Fresno Meeting and Election of the board for the 2017-2018 year. Come help us celebrate another year of action for social justice and alternatives to war. Snack and dessert potluck.

Sunday, September 17 through Thursday, September 28 on Valley Public Television

A 10 part series. Go to www.peacefresno.org for the complete schedule.

 

Preview the series at www.pbs.org/vietnamwar

Ken Burns and Lynn Novik’s The Vietnam War Facebook page

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PBS website for Ken Burns and Lynn Novik’s The Vietnam War

http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/the-vietnam-war/home/

September 24 La Guelaguetza event Facebook page

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September 25 – September 29 Reboza Revival

https://www.facebook.com/events/120893338553267/ 

Radio Show Link from Wednesday August 16 – 3 to 3:30 p.m., KFCF 88.1 Free Speech Radio for Central California https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/170816-speaking-truth-to-empire-ray-mcgovern On Speaking Truth to Empire. Dan Yaseen interviewed Ray McGovern, a veteran CIA officer turned political activist.Ray grew up in Bronx, in the early Sixties he served as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then he was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief. In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. VIPS has continued to issue memorandums when intelligence agencies are misused by the establishment. His website is www.raymcgovern.com

Radio Show Link from Wednesday, August 30, 3:00 to 3:30 pm, KFCF 88.1 FM Free Speech Radio for Central California, https://soundcloud.com/speaking-truth-to-empire/170830-peace-fresno-stir-it-up-josh-shurley On Peace Fresno’s “Stir It Up” on Dan Yaseen interviewed Joshua Shurley, an army veteran turned conflict researcher who currently teaches political science at Clovis Community College. He is the organizer of the new Fresno chapter of Veterans for Peace. Also see Josh’s report from the August Veterans for Peace Convention in Chicago on the Fresno Center for Nonviolence page of the Community Alliance (September issue).

Video of Reza Nekumanesh speaking at the Rally Against Hate on August 26

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