A 15 minute video giving insight into the precarious, complex and radically trail-blazing history of Haiti, the first black republic in the world.

US President Donald Trump called Haiti a shithole and allegedly claimed Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS” (according to a New York Times article in 2017).

To watch the video, follow the link to watch this really interesting video about the Haitian people and the colonial roots that led to their current struggles.

The video highlights the many ways that Haitians blazed the trail. On January 1st 1804, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, an African-born ex-slave declared Haiti an independent country, freed from colonial control.

Haiti was the first black republic in the world and the first country in the Western hemisphere to abolish slavery completely.





BR Meyers interview with Slate magazine

Read the interview about the often forgotten issues of Korean nationalism and aspirations for reunification on the Peninsula.

Regarding South Korea’s unique perspective on the future trajectotry of unification:

The current South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, has repeatedly made clear that he opposes the use of military force against North Korea no matter what happens. He and his camp support the idea of a North-South confederation. Pyongyang has always seen confederation as a brief transition to a takeover of the South, while Seoul sees it as a symbolic union that will enable it to postpone real unification indefinitely.

Discussing the long shadow of Germany reunification that may be worrying the North Korean Kim regime:

The example of East Germany exerts a far greater cautionary effect on the North Koreans than Qaddafi’s fate does. The Honecker regime took what Americans and South Koreans keep recommending to North Korea as the “pragmatic” way out of its problems: It began opening up to the West, quasi-formally recognized the rival coethnic state’s right to exist, and focused on improving its own citizens’ standard of living. We all know how that ended. The same road would be even deadlier to North Korea, because while communism can legitimize itself with promises of a more equal society, an ultranationalist state that makes peace with the race enemy has no reason to exist.


BR Meyers




Most disarming thing I’ve read today: White House May Share Nuclear Power Technology With Saudi Arabia

According to the ProPublica article, the Trump administration is holding talks on providing nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia — a move that critics say could upend decades of U.S. policy and lead to an arms race in the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia needs approval from the U.S. in order to receive sensitive American technology. Past negotiations broke down because the Saudi government wouldn’t commit to certain safeguards against eventually using the technology for weapons.

Because what the Middle East needs is the potential for a nuclear capable Saudi Arabia.

And of course Mike Pence is involved in some capacity.

Read the ProPublica article about these developments…


Trump dances with a sword as he arrives to a welcome ceremony by Saudi Arabia's King Salman at Al Murabba Palace in Riyadh


China sending Special Envoy to North Korea… but still no meeting between Kim and Xi

Beijing announced it will send Song Tao, a special envoy of China’s President Xi Jinping, to North Korea on November 17. A Chinese spokesperson Geng Shuang said that Song’s is travelling to North Korea to give a briefing on the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Song Tao, a special envoy of China's President Xi Jinping to visit North Korea Source: Yonhap News

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Russia’s alternative vision for Asia: accommodating a nuclear North Korea?

Russia and North Korea share a short border but a long history.

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com

When the United States and the Soviet Union drew the seemingly innocuous line dividing the Korean peninsula in 1953, it was regarded as a temporary administrative division for processing Japanese forces after World War II.

However, since then, Russia (and its Soviet Union predecessor) have been ensnared in the fate of the hermit Communist state.

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Seoul-Beijing detente on THAAD is win-win for China [LINK]

 and , writing in their 7th November piece for 38north.org, discussed some potential corollaries of the the recent de-escalation between China and South Korea over the contentious THAAD issue.

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Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), US anti-ballistic missile defense system for shooting down ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. Source: http://www.defensenews.com/

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