The Korean War, Sixty Years On: Whither the U.S.-South Korean Alliance and Relations with North Korea
July 19, 2013 12:00PM
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Featuring H. E. Ahn Ho-Young, South Korean Ambassador to the United States; Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy, Council on Foreign Relations; and Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, Author of Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World; moderated byChristopher Preble, Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.
The Korean War ended six decades ago, but so far hopes for reform and liberalization in North Korea have been frustrated. On the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, South Korea’s ambassador to the U.S. will address the future of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, which also turns 60 this year. Two Korea experts will follow with commentary on relations between Washington and Seoul, as well as appropriate policy towards Pyongyang. Should America pursue more intense involvement or turn the North Korean “problem” over to its neighbors, including China?
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NORML Happy Hour
2323 18th Street NW
(Abnormal people welcome)
||It’s that time again, we are hosting another NORML night at the Town Tavern in Adams Morgan (DC) on Friday, July 19th!
With a $5 donation to NORML at the door, you will receive mixed rail and domestic bottle drinks specials for $3 from 6-9 pm. We will have trivia and raffle drawings with chances to win special NORML merchandise!
You will also get the opportunity to meet the nation’s leading marijuana law reform activists, including NORML’s Executive Director, Allen St. Pierre, Founder Keith Stroup, NORML Women’s Alliance Founder, Sabrina Fendrick, Communications Director Erik Altieri, and Membership Coordinator Jil Staszewski.This is a great opportunity to meet like minded people in the area so please share this event with other activists who might like to join!
***NOTE: We encourage our guests to please be responsible and sensible, and to utilize public transportation. If a cab is needed, you may contact the Yellow Cab Company of DC: (202) 546-7900. Additional contact information will be provided at the event.***
Rise of the Warrior State with Radley Balko
||Join the DC-area staff of Reason and Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces,” at H.R. 57 in Washington, DC on Monday, July 22 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
We’ll be celebrating the release of “Rise of the Warrior Cop” at H.R. 57, D.C.’s only non-profit center for the preservation of jazz and blues with live music from The Cold Stares. Balko will be on hand to discuss his new book and answer your questions.
What: Book Party with Radley Balko, author of “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces”
When: Monday, July 22 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: H.R. 57, 1007 H St. NE
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||Join America’s Future Foundation and Young Britons’ Foundation in a Transatlantic Toast to Liberty!
Meet liberty-minded colleagues from Britain during their annual visit.
Catch up with AFF friends new and old
Young Britons Foundation is the leading organization promoting the ideas of liberty to students and young people in the UK. Each summer, it brings a delegation of its student leaders to the U.S. In proper fashion, we would like to bring us together on common ground and drink to our common ideals. Come and make a transatlantic toast to liberty!
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Who coined the term “creative destruction?” Leonard Read published what famous essay in the December 1958 edition of “The Freeman?” Which amendment protects Americans from the forced quartering of soldiers?
Do you know the answers? Test your knowledge against your friends at Liberty on the Rocks trivia night!
Happy hour will start at 6:00 PM and trivia will start at 7:00 PM. Teams will consist of 3-6 players. $5 cost per team to play. If you don’t have a team, we will help to form teams that night! You can be 18+ years old to play, and 21+ to drink.
Winning team will receive a $50 Visa gift card!
It’s time to get competitive so form your teams wisely and start brushing up!
Mackey’s is conveniently located on 1823 L St, just a couple of blocks from Farragut West (blue and orange) and Farragut North (red) metro.
Drink specials: $3 Miller and Coors light; $4 Sam Adams, Heineken, Yeungling, Leinenkugel, Anchor Steam, Dos Equis, Amstel; $4 rail, house white and red wine. Happy hour prices for selected appetizers.
Hunter Patterson, Libertarian Stand Up
The Big Hunt
1345 Connecticut Avenue NW
||Come see new and improvedish Hunter try stand up again. I’ll be doing mostly new material that probably won’t involve any cursing.
August 4th is being called “1984 Day” or “19(8/4) Day,” meant to be a play on the novel 1984 and the date. Like those held earlier this month, this will be a set of simultaneous nationwide events, except we won’t market them just as “protests” but instead emphasize the variety of the ways we’ll be promoting action against unconstitutional surveillance.
Many local organizations already went ahead with plans for rallies/protests on August 4th, but in DC, we wanted to do something fun. Here are some fun, lighthearted activities we can do on 1984 day.
• Host “group learning events” based on teaching each other and the community how to use technology (e.g. encryption) to avoid surveillance. The folks over at Prism Break have focused on personal avoidance of surveillance and you could consider helping others do the same.
(AKA Crypto- Parties.. Just a side note- I am well-versed in this subject and would not mind hosting one for interested parties outside of the scope of 1984 day as well)
• Reserve time at a local art house theater and host a showing of relevant films. (Kind of like what MOCO did the other day!)
More Light-Hearted Local Activities:
• Host a fun run or bike ride or similar event, like many charities host to promote their cause. This might be especially effective in communities where such events are already a common way the community comes together.
• Get a local radio station to a host a scavenger hunt for Rt4. Items include pictures of security cameras, Verizon trucks, government plates, etc. (I really love this!)
• Get together to use costume and street theater. Some local organizers, like those in DC, will be encouraging people to dress up like a spy (or how people might imagine one to look). Participants could go about a normal day like this and, when questioned on it, spread awareness and literature. You could also engage in other activities to draw attention, like those in the next section…
Costume, Street Theater and Exhibition
• Urban Drive-In: using projectors, set up a video anti-NSA playlist in a public place (gain permission from business owners to use their wall).
• Pretend you work for the NSA and stand on a street corner reporting on people’s activities (loudly) into a non-operating headset.
• Carry around a non-operating mic with “NSA” written on it and pretend to record people.
• Just walk around or go door-to-door asking what people know about the NSA and the scandal, with some sort of interesting addition (free candy, buttons, etc) so we are remembered.
This sort of thing can up being just awkward if not pulled off carefully and with confidence, so make sure you’re well-prepared and take lengths to avoid annoying people.
Please let me know your thoughts.
Restore the Fourth DC
If anyone is interested in hosting a film and discussion — I am happy to lend my copy of War on Whistleblowers — it is a good film.
another idea i can offer is to host a FOIA (freedom of information act) party — it’s a program we did a few years ago but haven’t pushed it much recently, but we have a bunch of resources, template letters for people to submit FOIA requests to the various agencies. right now it’s archived on our old website: http://www.defendingdissent.org/program/foia.html
It’s an activity that can be included with a movie or discussion.