U.S. seizes North Korean ship it accuses of violating sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Thursday that it has seized a North Korean cargo ship that was used to violate international sanctions, a first-of-its kind enforcement action that comes amid a tense moment in relations between the two countries.
The “Wise Honest,” North Korea’s second largest cargo ship, was detained in April 2018 as it traveled toward Indonesia and is in the process of being moved to American Samoa, Justice Department officials said.
Officials made the announcement hours after the North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea, a second weapons launch in five days and a possible signal that stalled talks over its nuclear weapons program are in trouble. The public disclosure that the vessel is now in U.S. custody may further inflame tensions, though U.S. officials said the timing of their complaint was not a response to the missile launch.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and North Korea will seek a common understanding of what denuclearization means when President Donald Trump presses Kim Jong Un next week to give up all of the North’s nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

|AIWA! NO!|American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced variousindecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa. Back in 2008, when I was still a U.S. Army captain fresh from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called “security and stabilization missions.” We’d plan to assault some notional city center, destroy the enemy fighters there and then transition to pacification and “humanitarian” operations.

The Trump Administration Is Militarizing the Whole Planet

|AIWA! NO!|American militarism has gone off the rails — and this middling career officer should have seen it coming. Earlier in this century, the U.S. military not surprisingly focused on counterinsurgency as it faced variousindecisive and seemingly unending wars across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa.

Back in 2008, when I was still a U.S. Army captain fresh from Iraq and studying at Fort Knox, Kentucky, our training scenarios generally focused on urban combat and what were called “security and stabilization missions.” We’d plan to assault some notional city center, destroy the enemy fighters there and then transition to pacification and “humanitarian” operations.

U.S., EU Warn Ukraine Ruling Endangers Press Freedom, Corruption Fight

AIWA! NO!//The United States, the European Union, and international media watchdogs have expressed concern over a Ukrainian court ruling that gives the authorities access to the cellphone data of an RFE/RL investigative reporter spanning a period of 17 months.
The court decision could have “a chilling effect on press freedom and anticorruption efforts in Ukraine,” the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said in a tweet on September 5, after a Kyiv court approved the prosecutor-general’s request to allow investigators to obtain information from mobile service providers about calls to and from Natalya Sedletska.