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North Korea reports serious drought
The Seattle Times ^ | May 28, 2012

Posted on 05/28/2012 11:44:04 AM PDT by Pinkbell

NAMPHO, North Korea — North Korea is reporting a serious drought that could worsen already critical food shortages, but help is unlikely to come from the United States and South Korea following Pyongyang's widely criticized rocket launch.

North Korea has had little rain since April 27, with the country's western coastal areas particularly hard hit, according to a government weather agency in Pyongyang. The dry spell threatened to damage crops, officials said, as the country enters a critical planting season and as food supplies from the last harvest dwindle.

In at least one area of South Phyongan Province where journalists from The Associated Press were allowed to visit, the sun-baked fields appeared parched and cracked, and farmers complained of extreme drought conditions. Deeply tanned men, and women in sun bonnets, worked over cabbages and corn seedlings. Farmers cupped individual seedlings as they poured water from blue buckets onto the parched red soil.

"I've been working at the farm for more than 30 years, but I have never experienced this kind of severe drought," An Song Min, a farmer at the Tokhae Cooperative Farm in the Nampho area, told the AP.

It was not clear whether the conditions around Nampho were representative of a wider region. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said it had not yet visited the affected regions to confirm the extent and severity of the reported drought.

North Korea has suffered chronic food shortages for the past two decades because of economic and agricultural mismanagement as well as natural disasters. A famine in the 1990s killed an estimated hundreds of thousands of people.

The country's past appeals for food aid have been met with some skepticism, however, amid concerns that aid would be diverted to the military and Pyongyang elite without reaching the hungry.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nkbrutality; nkdrought; northkorea; northkoreadrought
This is so sad because the elite won't starve, only the poor, average citizens subject to a brutal regime. The goverment cares more about power, nuclear ambitions and rockets, and grandiose displays than they do for their own people. Here are some pictures of children who are starving in North Korea already. As these pictures were taken a time ago, some of these children may be deceased now:


1 posted on 05/28/2012 11:44:14 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell

Very Sad

What is the blueberry stains mean on that kids face how or what causes it?


2 posted on 05/28/2012 11:54:21 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Pinkbell

I’m sure fat boy won’t miss any meals.


3 posted on 05/28/2012 11:57:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Pinkbell
help is unlikely to come from the United States and South Korea following Pyongyang's widely criticized rocket launch

For better or for worse, the U.S. won't idly stand by. They've had many chances to deliver the kill shot to the NK regime in this respect over the years and have never done it.

4 posted on 05/28/2012 11:59:41 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Pinkbell

These poor children are the fruits of Karl Marx, Joseph Engles, the Fabians, and other know-it-all, “intellectual” do-gooders.


5 posted on 05/28/2012 12:00:22 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Pinkbell

Lets ship tons of grain to NK, so that their scientists won’t have grumbling stomachs when they build their nuclear weapons.


6 posted on 05/28/2012 12:03:54 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: al baby

This image actually came from a video posted to ABC (Australia) in October 2011. From the article accompanying the video:

One image shows children lying two to a bed. One toddler scratches obsessively at his face, his bedmate lies next to him motionless, a purple goo smeared on his face to treat a fungal infection.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-07/north-korea-starvation/3335420


7 posted on 05/28/2012 12:11:56 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Woo hoo! Another moderate candidate! Thanks GOP and voters!)
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To: bkopto

True. The sad thing is there are channels on Youtube who upload North Korean propaganda, and the brainwashed socialists post comments like, “North Korea is the best Korea,” or “I wish I lived there,” or “Long live socialism.” They claim that those of us who criticize the regime are brainwashed by American propaganda when the truth is, they are the ones brainwashed. The are mere useful idiots who would be disposed of if the socialists they revere take power. I wish they could be shipped off to North Korea and forced to live as the citizens do, not treated special like the foreigners are.


8 posted on 05/28/2012 12:18:48 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Woo hoo! Another moderate candidate! Thanks GOP and voters!)
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To: dfwgator

Even less food for the prisoners in the gulags—as if they have enough to eat anytime.


9 posted on 05/28/2012 12:20:54 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Pinkbell
North Korea reports serious drought

The solution is obvious. Just execute more top NK military brass.
10 posted on 05/28/2012 12:39:33 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Pinkbell; All
It is far worse than anyone realizes. The following YouTube video is from a North Korean who escaped from that Hellhole, his name is DavidKoHannah and this is one of the most disturbing things I have ever seen, the inhuman brutality of the Pyongyang regime makes the Nazi camps look almost like vacation resorts, I kid you not:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwakb8JeMww/


WARNING - brace yourself before viewing the above video, it is not for the squeamish.
11 posted on 05/28/2012 12:51:25 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup
It is far worse than anyone realizes

No it's not, only to those that live in Obama world is it shocking.

Would you feed a rabid dog?

12 posted on 05/28/2012 1:35:05 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: Pinkbell

Hate to say it but we should be using our food stuffs as a weapon against saudi Arabia and Iran. North Korea as well as Syria too.


13 posted on 05/28/2012 1:39:26 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: MrPiper
It has nothing to do with "living in 0bama world", the majority of those poor bastards are victims of the Kim family regime, they're not rabid, they are starving to death and being pushed into human cannibalism.

Make no mistake, there are few on FR who despise and rage against the North Korean dictatorship more than I do, so if you're going to snark about rabid dogs, direct your indignation at the right targets, which is the leadership of the regime in Pyongyang, not their victims imprisoned in the concentration-torture camp system.

And may I say, that your compassion is truly touching. /s
14 posted on 05/28/2012 1:44:56 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: Pinkbell

Oh yes, lets play rope a dope again and again with good old uncle stupid. Queen Hillary and king of the world DingleBarry Obummer will come running to aid their fellow travelers victims. Remember, the one you feed today will probably be the one shooting at your sons/daughters tomorrow. Let China feed them as they are their lap dogs. The more they starve, the more they will cross into China!


15 posted on 05/28/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT by BTCM (Death and destruction is the only treaty Muslims comprehend.)
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To: mkjessup
And may I say, that your compassion is truly touching

I have no compassion since the gov forced me at gunpoint to pay for lazy folks life style.

16 posted on 05/28/2012 2:20:24 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: mkjessup
And may I say, that your compassion is truly touching

I have no compassion since the gov forced me at gunpoint to pay for lazy folks life style.

17 posted on 05/28/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: mkjessup
And may I say, that your compassion is truly touching

I have no compassion since the gov forced me at gunpoint to pay for lazy folks life style.

18 posted on 05/28/2012 2:20:53 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: jiggyboy
since China borders N. Korea, you tread lightly in that area....during the Korean war after the allies crossed the 38th parallel, the chinese poured across that border and we were suddenly at war with China... Our troops were pushed back to the 38th parallel and a so called truce was struck...
19 posted on 05/28/2012 2:34:02 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Pinkbell

Thank you


20 posted on 05/28/2012 2:34:41 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: mkjessup

whoever decided to turn that into a song is an idiot. I couldn’t watch it because of that idiot singing.


21 posted on 05/28/2012 2:45:57 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Pinkbell

bookmark


22 posted on 05/28/2012 3:05:39 PM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: MrPiper
And may I say, that your compassion is truly touching
I have no compassion since the gov forced me at gunpoint to pay for lazy folks life style.


You are a sick puppy. Go find yourself some professional help.
23 posted on 05/28/2012 3:57:14 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mamelukesabre
whoever decided to turn that into a song is an idiot. I couldn’t watch it because of that idiot singing.

What sort of idiot doesn't have the sense to mute the audio if they find it so objectionable? The message in that video ought to resonate with anyone who possesses a human conscience.
24 posted on 05/28/2012 4:00:42 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: mkjessup
And may I say, that your compassion is truly touching I have no compassion since the gov forced me at gunpoint to pay for lazy folks life style.

You are a sick puppy. Go find yourself some professional help.

When the starving start banging on your door, and you have nothing to give, and they think you are lying, we'll see where your compassion is. Its coming.

25 posted on 05/28/2012 4:09:35 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: Chong

I think what you just stated is understandable, in light of the fact that you a.) still have family in Korea and b.) the poster in question ‘MrPiper’ appears to have comprehension issues, but my view is that from a purely humanitarian standpoint, the video I posted the URL to in my #11 speaks for itself. A horrific tragedy is taking place in North Korea and the appeasement of that regime has to end, I am not advocating sending more aid to the Kim regime which will do nothing but keep their military and their elites well fed, the only thing that Kim Jong Un and those backing him are going to understand is the use of force.


27 posted on 05/28/2012 4:41:56 PM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: Chong
NUKE both sides of the DMZ

, north side only, the south is worth saving. Folks north Of the DMZ are walking dead.

the good thing about NK is it is a poster child for the communist and I love to hold it up to gun banners.

28 posted on 05/28/2012 4:46:59 PM PDT by MrPiper
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To: mkjessup
So good men should die to help those that gave up freedom?

look at all the good American men in WWII who gave their all for what? The Obama world?

What do you think should be done to NK if not nuke? You think more strongly worded Obama letters will help?

29 posted on 05/28/2012 4:58:16 PM PDT by MrPiper
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If the two koreas were united, I think in about 15 years they would become a bigger economy than the UK or France. The rank would probably end up something like: USA, china, japan, brazil, germany, korea.

It needs to happen.


30 posted on 05/28/2012 5:14:26 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Who/says it needs to? It won’t because north Korea’s nuts and hardcore communist.


31 posted on 05/28/2012 5:48:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

so was east germany...look at them now.


32 posted on 05/28/2012 5:54:02 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

China want a them separate, there is no leverage to change this and we do not have Reagan bankrupting the evil soviet empire to tear the wall down. Further the level of control over average citizens in nk is much greater than east Germany, which was occupied by Soviets and had friendly puppet governments installed. To equate the two is utterly ridiculous.


33 posted on 05/28/2012 6:04:00 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

What are you smokin? A country divided in half with commies on one side and capitalist democracy on the other...You say its not similar to germany? Whatever.


34 posted on 05/28/2012 6:12:50 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

I did not say they didn’t have some similarities.

I am saying what you did, in equating the two, just because they have some similarities, that because unification worked for Germany it will for Korea too, is ridiculous - because there are also a lot of differences to their particular situation that weren’t issues for Germany.

Please refrain from replying to me.


35 posted on 05/28/2012 6:45:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Pinkbell

Is this one of those magic droughts that only affect communist countries? Must be. I’m sure the hunger has nothing to do with the system itself.


36 posted on 05/30/2012 4:41:06 PM PDT by BinaryBoy (Anyone But Romney)
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