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  • Hennessy responds to the loss of its best customer

    12/23/2011 2:53:45 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy Magazine ^ | 12/232011 | Isaac Stone Fish
    Say what you want about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, the man liked his Hennessy. For two years in the mid-1990s, he was the world's largest buyer of Hennessy Paradis cognac, importing up to $800,000 of the stuff a year, both to quaff himself and to give as gifts, and his death has caused a resurgence in discussion and commentary on his expensive cognac habits. So does Hennessy appreciate all of the free advertising provided by the coveted Dear Leader seal of approval? "There's been no negative feedback, but it hasn't affected sales either," Jennifer Yu, Director of Communications...
  • N. Korea's rejection of foreign delegations raises questions about stability

    12/20/2011 11:24:01 AM PST · by gandalftb · 39 replies
    Yonhap ^ | 2011/12/20 | Staff Writer
    North Korea's decision to not welcome foreign delegations to the funeral of former leader Kim Jong-il has some analysts in South Korea speculating about instability in the North, with the abrupt death of Kim heightening the uncertainty surrounding his untested heir-apparent. North Korea declared a 13-day mourning period through Dec. 29 from the day of Kim's death on Saturday, while stating it will not accept foreign delegations at a state funeral set for Dec. 28 in Pyongyang. No entertainment will be allowed during the mourning period.
  • Another Kim on the Throne in North Korea? Maybe Not

    09/27/2010 5:58:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 27, 2010 | Gordon G. Chang
    The most dangerous regime on earth may reveal the identity of its next leader on Tuesday. On Tuesday, the North Korean regime, always opaque and endlessly fascinating, will reveal the identity of its next leader.Maybe.The Korean Workers’ Party will hold its first major gathering since 1980 this week. At the 1980 Congress, Kim Jong Il, the current leader, made his debut. Analysts think his son, Kim Jong Un, will be introduced at the event as the next Kim to rule the North.Not much is known about the autocrat-in-waiting. He is the youngest of the three acknowledged sons of Kim Jong...
  • North Korea probed over claims World Cup flops were tortured after early exit from tournament

    08/11/2010 1:16:20 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 12 replies · 1+ views
    UK Mail Online ^ | 8/11/10 | Mail Foreign Service
    Fifa has launched an investigation into allegations that the North Korean World Cup coach and players were punished by the government after they lost all three of their games in the tournament in South Africa. Last month, Radio Free Asia said that the Korean squad, apart from two foreign-based players, were subjected to 'harsh ideological criticism' after their team conceded the most goals of all 32 at the tournament. Their coach Kim Jong-hun was also publicly humiliated and sentenced to hard labour for their performance. Read more:
  • North Korea succession moves seen as sign Kim's health declining

    04/01/2010 10:38:55 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 387+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 3/30/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    The Kim Jong-Il regime in North Korea is moving closer to appointing Kim's son as the new dictator by preparing official portraits of Kim Jong-Un. The Daily NK, which boasts of having sources and communications with people inside the totalitarian state, reported March 15 that authorities in Pyongyang are preparing to distribute portraits of Kim Jong-Un, Kim's youngest son. Some analysts have interpreted the portrait preparations as a further sign in the decline of Kim's health. The leader suffered a stroke last year but U.S. intelligence analysts said he appeared to have recovered after treatment by foreign doctors. Lee Young...
  • Dear Kim

    12/16/2009 6:03:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 486+ views ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Nuclear Diplomacy: President Obama has sent a "personal" letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, hoping to coax him back to the table to talk about cutting his nation's nuclear program. Good luck with that. Repeated U.S. entreaties to the hermit state to cut its nuclear arsenal have availed us nothing. Just this month, U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth traveled to North Korea with a bunch of new diplomatic carrots for the regime. The result? Bosworth put it this way, in classic diplomatese: "We identified some common understanding on the need for and a role of six-party talks and the...
  • Gates Warns North Korea Not to Provoke U.S. (oooh! Kim so scared!)

    05/29/2009 10:58:23 PM PDT · by prismsinc · 33 replies · 1,283+ views ^ | May 29, 2009 | AP via FoxNews
    SINGAPORE -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would respond quickly if moves by the communist government threaten America or its Asian allies. "We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in the region -- or on us," Gates told an annual international meeting of defense and security officials from Asia and the Pacific Rim. Gates called North Korea's nuclear program a "harbinger of a dark future" but said he does not consider it a direct military threat to the United States...
  • Life of Kim Jong-Il: "Womanizing, Booze-Swilling Individual" (Video)

    CNN's John Vause looks at the life of North Korea's reclusive leader. Everything you wanted to know about the man behind the insane dictator in under 3 minutes!
  • Obama's Brainwashed Kidz: Sing For Change! (Pyongyang Remix)

    11/11/2008 10:43:12 PM PST · by Prole · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Youtube ^ | October 1, 2008 | ReasonTV
    Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen, I know that it's late, but I thought you might find this Youtube video interesting. First and foremost, most of us have seen the disturbing "Sing For Change" video that was posted by a bunch of brainwashed cultists who support Obama. These people not only remind me of the Jonestown people, but they scare me even more now that I realize the amount of mental illness which pervades our Republic. Second, I found this video to be both humorous and disturbing when we examine the similarities of Kim Jung Il and Barack Hussein Obama. The cults...
  • Obama: “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”

    10/27/2008 12:26:24 PM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 53 replies · 6,476+ views
    Michael Medved Show Interview ^ | 10-17-2008 | John Lott
    The following is from an interview of John Lott by Dave Bose, substituting for Michael Medved on the Michael Medved radio show. Lott is currently a professor at the University of Maryland and is the author of "More Guns, Less Crime" and "Freedomonics." Lott taught at the University of Chicago the same time Obama was an instructor at Chicago. The transcript picks up approximately half way through the audio file... Dave Bose: Just before the break, Professor Lott, I was mentioning that actually know Barack Obama. You met at the college. John Lott: We were both at the University of...
  • Talk of Kim Jong Il's reported stroke is taboo in North Korea

    09/22/2008 10:46:16 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 25 replies · 370+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9-23-08 | Barbara Demick
    PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA -- A simple question about Kim Jong Il's health provokes a torrent of angry, broken English. "It's a pack of lies," declared Oh Keum Suk. The 26-year-old North Korean tour guide jumped from his seat at a coffee shop and in an exaggerated motion stormed away. Then he turned on his heels to chew out the foreigner who had dared ask about reports that the North Korean leader had suffered a stroke. "Kim Jong Il is my father, my grandfather, my family. How do you talk about my family that way?" The topic is so taboo that...
  • At the Jacksonville Obama rally...

    09/20/2008 11:20:30 AM PDT · by rjp2005 · 64 replies · 477+ views
    here ^ | today | yours truly
    Bluebird to Nest-egg, Operation Scout the "O" a go. Just kidding. Anyway, stopped by Metro Park to see what the Dems are up to, size of crowd. Long lines. Heard numbers of 14,000 - very possible, yet can't see into park. In addition to cameras being banned, no cell phones are allowed being blared by volunteers on bullhorns. No lawn chairs either, nor food or drink. Hyper-controlling Dems for ya there. Saw one guy holding an "Abortion is Black Genocide" sign and "Abraham Lincoln was a Republican". Gave him a nod and a thumbs up. After a few minutes, I...
  • China Helps North Korea Celebrate 60 Years of Oppression

    09/09/2008 8:09:06 AM PDT · by ETL · 893+ views ^ | September 9, 2008 | Robert Vance
    Most of my Chinese friends and students act as if I am claiming that men live on Mars when I tell them about the atrocities that are taking place in North Korea. For them, North Korea is their friendly Communist neighbor and the mere suggestion that people there are dying of starvation or that the regime is murdering entire generations seems to offend people here. Most Chinese people are in complete denial about what is happening in North Korea as is the Chinese government which continues to support, defend, and even praise North Korea at every turn. On Monday, Beijing...
  • North Korea Cracks Down on Cell Phone Users

    06/27/2007 9:05:45 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 321+ views
    azconservative ^ | 23 June 2007 | John Semmens
    The Communist government of North Korea has stepped up the number of public executions of cell phone users and those who circulate outside information in the country. Under that nation’s laws, citizens are prohibited from communicating with the outside world. “The peace and happiness of the Korean people must not be disturbed through the transmission of unauthorized information,” said Wee Fat, Minister of Happiness and Tranquility for the government. “All that we need to know will be told to us by our great leader, Kim Il Jong.” Wee defended the severity of the punishment saying it was “necessary to stamp...
  • N Korea general jokes about Bush (N Korea commits to smiles by 2012)

    05/08/2007 2:58:59 AM PDT · by Cornpone · 17 replies · 1,262+ views
    News24 (South Africa) ^ | 8 May 2007 | News24
    Seoul - A North Korean general cracked a joke about US President George W Bush at the start of military talks on Tuesday with South Korea that takes aim at president's unpopularity for being mired in the Iraq war and other issues. "I read a political joke, called 'Saving the President,' on a US internet site a while ago," Lieutenant General Kim Yong Chol told his South Korean counterpart as they opened three days of meetings at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas, according to pool reports. "US President Bush, distressed by the Iraq...
  • World War II is over, allow Japanese nukes (Charles Krauthammer alert!)

    10/24/2006 7:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies · 1,052+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | October 20, 2006 | Charles Krauthammer
    The first stop on Condoleezza Rice's post-detonation, nuclear reassurance tour was Tokyo. There she dutifully unfurled the American nuclear umbrella, pledging in person that the United States would meet any North Korean attack on Japan with massive American retaliation, nuclear if necessary. An important message, to be sure, for the short run, lest Kim Jong Il imbibe a little too much cognac and be teased by one of his "pleasure squad" lovelies into launching a missile or two into Japan. But Rice's declaration had another and obvious longer-run intent: to quell any thought Japan might have of going nuclear to...

    10/15/2006 9:02:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 2,322+ views
    The Daily Mirror ^ | October 10, 2006 | Christopher Hitchens
    NOT even in the lowest moments of the Third Reich, or of the gulag, or of Mao's "Great Leap Forward" was there a time when all the subjects of the system were actually enslaved. In North Korea, every person is property and is owned by a small and mad family with hereditary power. Every minute of every day, as far as regimentation can assure the fact, is spent in absolute subjection and serfdom. The private life has been entirely abolished. One tries to avoid cliche, and I did my best on a visit to this terrifying country in the year...
  • Kim Jong-Il's Coming Out Party

    10/11/2006 10:29:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 673+ views ^ | October 9, 2006 | Frank Gaffney
    For several years, North Korea has said it had nuclear weapons and the world has generally assumed that it did. With Pyongyang's apparent underground detonation of such a device on Monday, whatever lingering uncertainty there may have been has dissipated. Call it Kim Jong-Il's coming-out party. Now the question of what to do about one of the most dangerous regimes on the planet -- a state-sponsor of terror that has expressed a willingness to sell its nuclear technology to those with the cash to buy it -- recurs with fresh urgency. Let's get one thing straight at the outset: The...
  • Kim Jung-il's takes his small man complex to the extreme (PIC)

    10/11/2006 9:07:12 PM PDT · by Registered · 41 replies · 2,036+ views
    RegisteredMedia ^ | 10-12-06 | Registered
  • North Korea Going Underground?

    08/26/2006 8:33:04 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 8 replies · 560+ views
    Oh My News ^ | August 25 | Ludwig De Braeckeleer
    Last week, ABC News and CNN were told by unidentified U.S. officials that North Korea seems to be preparing for an underground nuclear test. "It is the view of the intelligence community that a test is a real possibility," a senior State Department official told ABC News on Aug. 17. A U.S. intelligence agency has recently picked up "suspicious vehicle movement" at a location suspected by the U.S. to be a nuclear test site, a senior military official was quoted as saying. The suspicion seems to be widely shared among members of the U.S. Intelligence community. "It is the view...
  • US, South Korea launch annual joint military exercises

    08/21/2006 2:55:32 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies · 227+ views
    Seoul, Aug. 21 (AP):U.S. and South Korean forces launched annual joint military exercises on Monday, mostly computer-simulated drills that North Korea has labelled a rehearsal for invasion and demanded be canceled. The exercise takes place amid renewed concerns about North Korea after a news report last week said the communist country might be preparing to conduct its first-ever known nuclear test. The North stoked tensions in the region last month by test-launching seven missiles _ including a new long-range model believed capable of reaching the U.S. _ drawing U.N. Security Council sanctions. Some 17,000 troops, including 10,000 Americans, are participating...
  • Kim Jung Il Comix

    07/10/2006 12:21:54 PM PDT · by leebert · 32 replies · 2,556+ views
    Ansaman has been keeping a lil' strip on Kim Jong Il's latest fun shennanigans....
  • Hillary Urges New Aid for North Korea

    07/06/2005 5:40:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 68 replies · 1,259+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/6/05 | Carl Limbacher
    In a preview of her strategy for handling terrorist states, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is urging a brand new aid package for North Korea in the hope of persuading brutal dictator Kim Jong Il to scuttle his nuclear weapons program. In a Washington Post op-ed piece co-authored with Sen. Carl Levin on Tuesday, Mrs. Clinton blamed President Bush for bungling the nuclear face-off. "While the [Bush] administration wrangled internally about whether to negotiate seriously with North Korea, Pyongyang was using the time to break out as a nuclear power," she complained. "Indeed, in February the North Koreans declared that they...
  • What happens after North Korea falls? - (one expert predicts the fall before end of '05)

    05/29/2005 3:23:22 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 42 replies · 1,466+ views
    It pays to take a look at the books George W. Bush hands out to his staffers. Last year Bush's book was Natan Sharansky's The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, which argues that countries that do not protect individual rights cannot be reliable partners for peace. You could hear Sharansky's arguments in Bush's extraordinary second inaugural speech in which he promised to promote freedom and democracy in the Middle East and around the world. Bush's critics like to mock him as the sort of person who never read books. But he does, and...
  • Korea’s Underground Railroad - (moving story;..and heartbreaking, too)

    05/10/2005 7:23:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 502+ views
    Our area takes great pride in the role many organizations and residents here played in the Underground Railroad during the years leading up to the Civil War. Thousands of slaves were freed because of the courage of individuals who either housed fugitive slaves or went south to escort them to freedom here in the north. It is a heritage we can be proud of. Today, there is a similar effort underway. It is happening in a land divided along lines of north and south. Race is a component. Other nations are involved. And the bravery of conductors and engineers on...
  • Three cheers for Stalinism! - (great new humorous satirical piece by Isaiah Z. Sterrett!)

    04/27/2005 9:37:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 504+ views
    I AM CONTINUALLY stunned by liberals' sublime willingness to provide conservatives with evidence to suit our points. The left-leaning punditocracy feigned outrage over the stories of several writers being paid by the federal government to advance certain Republican ideas, but it should have been the other way around; Martians arriving from their home planet would surely believe that George Bush is paying liberal writers to oppose conservatives. How else would we get such great material? Reflect on the fact that Molly Ivins' current argument against John Bolton is that the North Koreans don't like him. To recap: the North Koreans...
  • Condi Sorry for Calling N. Korea 'Outpost of Tyranny'

    04/07/2005 4:56:27 AM PDT · by peyton randolph · 10 replies · 651+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 04/07/2005 | Scott Ott
    Diplomats from North Korea today announced they would return to six-nation talks over nuclear weapons in the wake of U.S. Secretary State Condaleezza Rice's apology for referring to their nation as an "outpost of tyranny." North Korea had boycotted the talks after the offensive remark. "I should not have referred to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as an 'outpost' of tyranny," said Secretary Rice, in an unusal moment of contrition for a Bush-appointee. "Tyranny, of course, implies that North Korea is a place where a single ruler is vested with absolute power, with little regard for the condition of...
  • The Clintons Terrorist Ties

    02/12/2005 5:32:38 PM PST · by Calpernia · 117 replies · 6,108+ views
    VARIOUS ^ | Various
    In his FrontPage Magazine article Andrew Alexander’s Lies About the Cold War, Jamie Glazov speaks of the Soviet regime’s aggressive and expansionist designs against the West in the post-WWII period, and how de-classified Soviet sources prove that they had extensively infiltrated their agents into Western society. "...the Venona transcripts are thousands of Soviet intelligence messages that were intercepted and decoded over four decades by the FBI and the NSA (National Security Agency). Released over the past few years, these files prove that there was a large-scale Communist penetration of the U.S. government, and that Communist spies passed on valuable information...
  • DPRK Govt Decides to Render Emergency Relief Aid (N. Korea Donates Tiny Amount for Tsunami)

    01/06/2005 1:51:50 PM PST · by The Loan Arranger · 6 replies · 290+ views
    Pyongyang, January 5 (KCNA) - - The government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea decided to render emergency relief aid amounting to $150,000 U.S. dollars as regards the strong quake and tsunami that occurred in the waters off Sumatra Island of Indonesia on December 26 last year, causing huge material losses to Indonesia, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and other countries. The government and people of the DPRK express deep condolences and sympathy to the governments and peoples of the afflicted countries and hope that the aftermath of the quake and tsunami will be eradicated and the living...
  • Gang-Run Gulag - Living Hell in North Korea

    03/17/2004 1:06:18 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 227+ views
    NRO ^ | March 17, 2004 | William C. Triplett
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a week-long series of excerpts from Rogue State: How a Nuclear North Korea Threatens America by William C. Triplett, which as released Monday. The first installment of this series can be read here and the second here.While the Kim family and its supporters live like royalty, the bulk of the North Korean population lives like serfs. Survival depends on your rank and circumstances. North Korea has the most rigid class system in the world. We see this most clearly in public health. At the top is Ward 2 of the Ponghwa Clinic in...
  • N. Korea plays a waiting game — for the outcome of U.S. election

    10/20/2004 12:38:19 PM PDT · by The Loan Arranger · 5 replies · 348+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | October 20, 2004
    North Korea has put off further negotiations on its nuclear program with five other nations until after the Nov. 2 U.S. presidential elections, intelligence officials say. North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, center in front row, poses with members of Air Force Unit 447 of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed place in North Korea in this undated photo, released by Korea News Agency Thursday, on Oct. 14 The North Koreans believe they will have an easier time negotiating with a new administration headed by Sen. John F. Kerry, who has said publicly he would begin direct U.S.-North Korea...
  • Asia Turning Up the Heat (N. Korea Pres. Hopes for Kerry Win)

    08/23/2004 7:59:44 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 836+ views
    TIME Mag. ^ | Aug. 30, 2004 Issue | DONALD MACINTYRE
    Pyongyang hinted last week that it might pull out of the next round, slated to be held next month, citing a hostile U.S. "smear campaign." With the U.S. presidential election approaching, some say Kim is stalling, hoping that John Kerry will win—and that the North will be able to get a better deal from a Democratic Administration.
  • KIM JUNG-IL TERRIFIED BY DEAN - Former Vermont Gov. a ‘Madman,’ Says Madman

    01/26/2004 5:07:51 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies · 169+ views
    KIM JUNG-IL TERRIFIED BY DEAN Former Vermont Gov. a ‘Madman,’ Says Madman North Korean dictator Kim Jung-Il got his first glimpse of Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean on the evening of the Iowa caucuses last week and is now “terrified” by the former Vermont governor, associates of Kim revealed today. According to those sources, the ruthless North Korean had spent a long, hard day reprocessing nuclear fuel rods and was looking for something relaxing to watch on TV when Dean first appeared on the screen, delivering his bizarre post-Iowa concession speech. As Dean built to a crescendo, Kim appeared alarmed...
  • Fred Kaplan: Pingponging Pyongyang [are we caving in to Elvis?]

    08/01/2003 6:44:19 PM PDT · by risk · 4 replies · 102+ views
    Slate ^ | 8-1-2003 | Fred Kaplan
    war storiesPingponging PyongyangAt last, a sign President Bush wants to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis.By Fred KaplanPosted Friday, August 1, 2003, at 3:21 PM PT Today brings news of a major concession by North Korea that might indicate a new willingness to end its nuclear-weapons program. "North Korea has dropped its insistence on one-on-one talks with the United States," the Associated Press tells us, "and is ready to accept a U.S. proposal for six-nation negotiations" that would involve Japan, China, and Russia, as well as the United States and both Koreas.The Los Angeles Times similarly leads its story: "North...
  • North Korea- Proxy

    04/26/2003 5:26:53 AM PDT · by political_chick · 3 replies · 376+ views
    Bush Country ^ | 04/25/03 | Paul Walfield
    A couple of things come to mind when the situation in North Korea is looked at. North Korea has a nuclear weapons program with at least a couple of atomic bombs, and an utterly ruthless and quite insane leader......