Just a day before the Trump administration blamed Iran for an attack on two oil tankers connected to Japan in the Gulf of Oman, without offering a shred of evidence, members of Congress revealed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had privately briefed them on possible justifications for a war on Iran. The two oil tankers were targeted as




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In an sharp deterioration of diplomatic ties, China has blocked a request for a U.S. warship to visit the post of Hong Kong, the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city said on Tuesday, amid rising tensions between Beijing and Washington over escalating tariffs and a U.S. decision to impose sanctions on China's military for engaging in military deals




An unidentified man stands next to a tiled fireplace where a house once stood in Hiroshima, Japan, on Sept. 7, 1945. The vast ruin is a result of "Little Boy," the uranium atomic bomb detonated on Aug. 6 by the U.S.

While European and Iranian leaders work to salvage the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in May and reimposed his first round of sanctions on Monday, activists, survivors, and Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui marked the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. dropping an atomic bomb on the Japanese city by calling for the




Demonstrators against the G20 Summit stand on stage wearing masks depicting from left : British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, in Hamburg, Germany, July 2, 2017. (Axel Heimken/AP)

Those who are unfriendly toward Russia keep on spreading the myth that Moscow is isolated on the world stage. The reality is quite different, but the idea of Russia as an outcast who has been expelled from the international community is something they badly want to be true. The fact that Russia is not a member of the G7 is usually used as an


Mood Darkens as US, Japan, North Korea Start Throwing Punches on Way to the Ring

“Deliberately provoking the other party at a time when conditions on the Korean Peninsula are moving in the direction of peace and reconciliation can be regarded as nothing other than a dangerous attempt to pour cold water on the mood for dialogue … and take us back to square one.” — DPRK Foreign Ministry

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WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. summit with North Korea fast approaches, both countries are jostling to preserve their respective interests. The tense signals, subtle shifts in position, and U.S. provocations make clear that the summit won’t be short on tough negotiations. Despite the honeyed words of previous months following U.S. President Donald


Protests Sweep Japan to as Right-Wing Government Pushes for Further Militarization

Japan’s citizens are enraged by the nationalism gripping the former imperialist power. Inflammatory public displays by right-wing lawmakers along with a precipitous increase in the purchase of US weaponry have sparked massive protests.

An anti-war protest in Toyko, Japan. (Photo: Akinori Gomi)

TOKYO -- Massive protests took place across Japan on Thursday to mark 71st Constitution Memorial Day as tens of thousands of people rallied against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s continued attempts to scrap the pacifist aspects of the 1947 U.S.-penned Constitution. The protests drew up to 60,000 participants in Tokyo alone, where Japanese people of