|+ Trump, Kim and the G7
It's almost exactly the halfway point of 2018 - and President Trump and Kim Jong-Un have met.
Before we get in to politics, check out some of the weird (or perhaps precisely fit-to-context) memorabilia on sale on the streets of Singapore, including summit-branded water bottles and fans.
Meanwhile human rights groups are watching for Mr. Trump to bring up North Korea’s widespread crimes against humanity.
North Korea has one of the worst human rights records of any country, including crimes that “entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation,” concluded a 2014 United Nations report that examined North Korea.
The summit meeting comes days after a chaotic G7 where Trump managed to get himself off-side with America's key allies, including Canada. Russia was excluded from the G8 after the annexing of Crimea. It's worth looking back on the origin of the G8.
It goes back to the Reagan administration in the 1980s, writes Strobe Talbot of Politico.
"Mikhail Gorbachev was ending the Cold War and trying to convert the Soviet Union to a normal, modern state that would integrate into global economy and a rule-based international order. He hoped that the major democratic states would bring him into their fold, at least as an associate member.
The seven members of the G7 — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States—supported the Gorbachev reforms: perestroika (reconstruction of the economy), glasnost (free speech and muzzling the Big Lie), lifting repression of Soviet citizens and Moscow’s domination of Eastern Europe."