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May 29, 2018
Dear Friends:

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          In this newsletter is:

1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018
2. POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN ROCKS!
3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Three New Ratifications To The Treaty To Prohibit Nuclear Weapons
          b) North Korea - United States Summit May Be On Again
          c) India Thumbs Nose At US Sanctions

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1. NOON VIGIL FOR PEACE: THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018

We vigil for peace in front of the Rolla Post Office THIS THURSDAY, MAY 31, FROM NOON TO 1:00 PM (and most subsequent Thursdays until peace is established). Please try to join us. The temperature is predicted to be in the 80s. If you do not feel comfortable standing with us in front of the Post Office, please consider driving by and showing your support for our message by honking your horn and flashing a peace sign.

2. POOR PEOPLE'S CAMPAIGN ROCKS!

Apparently Jefferson City saw some action today, as activists reportedly shut down the State Capitol. Did anybody from here go?

This is how revolution looks:

The Poor People's Campaign was inspired by Martin Luther King's profound and prophetic words: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” (misquoted in the above article) “Approaching” is probably no longer the right word.

3. THE MISFIT MATHEMATICIAN (Tom's column, http://tomsager.org)
          a) Three New Ratifications To The Treaty To Prohibit Nuclear Weapons
          b) North Korea - United States Summit May Be On Again
          c) India Thumbs Nose At US Sanctions

THREE NEW RATIFICATIONS TO THE TREATY TO PROHIBIT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons made progress during the month of May. Palau, Austria and Vietnam have ratified the treaty bringing the total ratifications to ten. 50 are needed for the Treaty to take force. Another 48 nations have signed but not yet ratified the Treaty.

Let's hear a loud HIP-HIP-HOORAY for Palau, Austria and Vietnam.

Of the nine nuclear weapon states, only North Korea has expressed interest in nuclear disarmament; but not without adequate security safeguards.

NORTH KOREA - UNITED STATES SUMMIT MAY BE ON AGAIN

Looks like the DPRK-US summit may be on again, thanks to a smart diplomatic move by South Korean President, Moon Jae-in. Moon staged an impromptu visit to the North and met with Kim Jong-un, where they announced their purpose was the successful resurrection of the North Korea - United States summit.

Ray McGovern writes, “It is no longer a fantasy to suggest that the DMZ could evaporate just as unexpectedly and quickly as that other artifact of the Cold War did the Berlin Wall almost three decades ago.”

INDIA THUMBS NOSE AT US SANCTIONS

India has announced that it will not honor the new US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela and will continue to trade with these two petroleum-exporting nations. Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj said, “We don't make our foreign policy under pressure from other countries.

It appears that the days when the United States could unilaterally impose economic sanctions and expect most of the world to follow suit are over.

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Wage peace,

Helen
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