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  • New Spotlight on North Korea’s Horrors (Operation Squirrel)

    04/17/2014 6:09:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | April 17, 2014 | Marco Rubio
    This week, Australian justice Michael Kirby, who led the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, is briefing members of the U.N. Security Council regarding the widespread atrocities being committed on a daily basis against innocent people by one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Given Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine and other global challenges, the report of this U.N. commission has not received the attention it deserves.
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking

    04/16/2014 8:41:37 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 16, 2014 | BY NARAE KIM
    South Korean coastguard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land. So far 179 people have been rescued and six confirmed dead in what could be the country's worst maritime accident in 20 years. It is not known why the 6,586 metric ton vessel, built in Japan 20 years ago, sank.
  • Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea

    04/16/2014 8:21:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014
    Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. -excerpt- The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.
  • Rescuers Race to Find Survivors of South Korean Ferry Sinking

    04/16/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL—South Korea said almost 300 people remain missing after a passenger ferry sank early Wednesday near the country's southwest coast. Rescue services raced to find survivors from the ship, which quickly rolled over and may have trapped passengers inside. Two bodies have been recovered from the site. Officials said the cause of the disaster hadn't been determined.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Korean Cruise Ship Sinks - 260 lost

    04/15/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 88 replies
    Chinese Dragon TV | 4/15/2014 | Chinese Dragon TV
    It has just been reported that a Korean cruise ship with 450 aboard has sunk. Only 190 are reported to have been saved- many high schoolers aboard.
  • UN food program inflated amount of oversight ... North Korea

    04/12/2014 11:09:10 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 11, 2014 | George Russell
    The United Nations’ World Food Program failed to carry out sufficient inspections of food distribution sites in North Korea to ensure that supplies went to the country’s suffering people rather than the dictatorial communist regime, according to the U.N. agency’s own internal watchdog. ... Moreover, even WFP’s knowledge of what aid supplies it has received from abroad are based on the say-so of a regime-run company that the watchdog says may be lying about the amount of work it does, overcharging the U.N. for the work—and in any case is doing it without a contract, which keeps the relationship legally...
  • North Korea 'is capable of striking U.S. with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack'

    04/10/2014 1:38:23 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 65 replies
    North Korea has the capability to deliver on its threats to carry out a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack on the United States, it has been claimed. Dr Peter Vincent Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, has reportedly seen a long-suppressed government report that concludes North Korea is capable of using an Unha-3 rocket to carry out an attack on the U.S.. He says the U.S. would be particularly vulnerable to such an attack, as any rocket from North Korea is likely to travel over the South Pole and approach from the south - something...
  • DHS study: North Korea capable of EMP attack on U.S.

    04/10/2014 4:00:16 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | April 9, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – A long-suppressed report prepared by the Department of Homeland Security for the Defense Department concludes that North Korea could deliver on its threats to destroy the United States with a nuclear electromagnetic pulse attack. The report remains blocked from release to the American public. However, a copy obtained by Peter Vincent Pry from sources within DHS finds North Korea could use its Unha-3 space launch vehicle to deliver a nuclear warhead as a satellite over the South Pole to attack the U.S. from the south. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/dhs-study-north-korea-capable-of-emp-attack-on-u-s/#vd4I5JDwebgQHTta.99
  • She Has a PhD in Kimchi

    04/08/2014 5:17:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Straits Times ^ | APR 9, 2014 0 0 | Rebecca Lynne Tan
    Manjo Kim was turned down by 11 American universities when she wanted to do further research on the dishWhen Dr Manjo Kim told her chemistry professor that she was keen to pursue research on kimchi, he scoffed. The then-Korean marine biochemistry undergraduate at Pusan University, and later Seoul University, was interested in her country's national condiment. Undeterred, she decided to apply for PhD fellowships at 11 American universities to do research on kimchi, but was turned down. Finally, she was accepted into Leeds University in Britain, where she wrote her doctorate dissertation on the topic in the 1960s.
  • ..Kim Jong-un has 'enemy of the state' executed by FLAMETHROWER in latest round of brutality

    04/08/2014 5:19:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 73 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 8, 2014 | John Hall
    A senior North Korean official has been executed with a flamethrower after Kim Jong-un branded him an 'enemy of the state', it has been claimed. O Sang-hon is said to have been brutally killed for his close ties to the communist leader's uncle Jang Song-taek, who was himself publicly tried and executed in December after being found guilty of corruption and 'counter revolutionary' activities. Mr O is thought to be the latest of 11 senior Workers Party figures to have been executed this year over their links to Mr Jang, with South Korean media reporting that Kim Jong-un has plans...
  • John Piper Responds to Pastor David Yonggi Cho's Conviction for Embezzling $12M

    04/05/2014 7:39:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/05/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    When asked about the conviction of David Yonggi Cho, founder of world's largest Pentecostal congregation in South Korea, for embezzling $12 million from his church, popular pastor John Piper took the opportunity to warn pastors in the U.S. who might "love money," in a recent message."With every public dishonoring of Christ, every public dishonoring of His Word and His Gospel, and His Church, it makes me angry and it makes me sorrowful," said Piper in a recent episode of Ask Pastor John.Yonggi Cho who pastors Yoido Full Gospel Church and oversees a network of churches numbering 800,000, was found...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches

    04/04/2014 9:06:22 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4 | No Attribution
    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.
  • Reports: Drone on island was flown by North Korea, South says

    04/01/2014 11:30:12 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 2, 2014 | Ashley Rowland
    SEOUL — South Korean defense officials think a drone found Monday on one of its northwest border islands was flown by North Korea, according to media reports. The drone was found on Baengnyeong Island, located about 10 miles from North Korea, around 4 p.m. Monday after a three-hour exchange of artillery fire between the two Koreas along their disputed maritime border. Ministry of National Defense officials could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday, but a spokesman said Tuesday the ministry was investigating the origin of the drone. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un described his country’s relations with the...
  • Signs of earthquake off North Korea prompts nuclear test fears

    03/31/2014 8:10:29 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3-31-2014 | Chad O'Carroll
    A magnitude five earthquake has been detected 132km (80 miles) from the Korean peninsula early on Tuesday morning, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has said. The quake, which was said to have occurred at approximately 03:48 local time, took place at a depth of nearly 16km (10 miles) in the sea west of the Korean peninsula – just days after North Korea threatened to carry out a “new form” of nuclear test. While North Korean nuclear tests have previously been detected by the USGS quake monitoring center, the location and depth of the earthquake did not immediately suggest North...
  • BREAKING: Artillery Fired From North & South Korea / South Korea Evacuates & Scrambles F-15 jets.

    03/30/2014 10:51:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/31/14 | Jim Hoft
    F-15 fighter jets appear to have made a immediate flight to Baengnyeong border island, The island residents evacuated to shelters South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se: North Korea to face ‘serious consequences’ if it carries out another nuclear test Fox News Reports: South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border Monday after North Korean shells from a live fire drill conducted by Pyongyang fell into the water south of the frontier, Seoul officials told the Associated Press.
  • North, South Korea exchange fire across disputed western sea border, Seoul says

    03/30/2014 10:20:36 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 3-31-2014 | FoxNews.com
    South Korean Marines fired artillery shells across a disputed sea border Monday after North Korean shells from a live fire drill conducted by Pyongyang fell into the water south of the frontier, Seoul officials told the Associated Press. No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, an official with South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said. He provided no other details and spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules. There were no immediately reports of any injuries. However, residents of a South Korean island near the border said that they had been moved...
  • Residents of South Korean Border Town Taken To Shelter

    03/30/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    Residents of a south Korean Border Town have taken shelter after the North began firing on them.
  • Sec. Kerry to initiate North - South Korea peace process. Huh?

    03/30/2014 11:16:26 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 8 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 30, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Anticipating the prompt success of the Israel - Palestine peace process as well as the desired outcome of the P5+1 nuke talks, Secretary Kerry will next devote his efforts to securing peace between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea. WASHINGTON, D.C., Happy World News Service. Recent developments make it clear that a Kerry Peace Process agreement between Israel and Palestine is about to be signed, finally bringing lasting peace to the Middle East. Progress there has greatly increased the chances for a successful outcome of the P5+1 negotiations with Iran. The tensions have all but vanished and the talks are moving forward swiftly and well. Indeed, it is almost certain that there will be a final deal of...
  • Dennis Rodman: People Will 'Kiss My *$$' When North Korea Democratizes

    03/10/2014 10:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Sports ^ | March 10, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Dennis Rodman is patiently waiting for the moment when the West credits him for single-handedly opening up North Korea to the rest of the world. The former basketball star and failed vigilante-diplomat told ESPN's Mark Schwarz that he "hated" America's reaction to his trip to the country, but apologized "if I put anybody in harm's way." Rodman, who returned from the limelight after a hiatus and trip to rehab, told Schwarz that he had high hopes for North Korea. "It's so intriguing to hear him talk about sports," Rodman told Schwarz of the nation's dictator, Kim Jong-Un, the foremost violator...
  • Obama Plans to Travel to Mexico, Europe and Asia

    03/01/2014 3:57:15 PM PST · by Red Steel · 20 replies
    wsj ^ | Feb 12, 2014 | Jared A. Favole
    For the next several months, Washington won’t be seeing as much of President Barack Obama as usual. In February, March and April, the president is traveling to nine countries: Mexico, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines. His trip to Mexico is next week. He is heading to Europe in March and Asia in April. On Friday, Mr. Obama is traveling to California to visit the drought-stricken Central Valley and meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II at Sunnylands, the Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. The president’s domestic travels are expected to pick up as the midterm...
  • Pro-Abortion Blogger: Killing Puppies is “Horrific” But Killing Babies is “Heroic”

    02/26/2014 2:08:16 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies
    Life News ^ | February 26, 2014 | Jill Stanek
    <p>Jodi Jacobson is editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check, a pro-abortion website dedicated “to safeguard… sexual and reproductive health and rights against false attacks and misinformation.”</p> <p>Jacobson has stated it is “profoundly disrespectful” to oppose late-term abortions, which she defines as “at or after 24 weeks or in the third trimester.”</p>
  • Yahweh’s Substance is your makeup "Christ alive" in you, surrender and receive !

    02/03/2014 6:04:16 PM PST · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    My substance is your makeup but do not look for it to be anatomical and my atomic number is eternal never wasting away for truly I AM Wonderful in ALL aspects of this one word "ETERNAL". I AM thus an eternal constant and there is no slide rule that can measure my kingdom for I have no beginning or end to measure yet I have storehouses ,does my Word not proclaim this ?! So tell me my children is there really a need to be earthbound when even now you carry this makeup within you ?! Let me allow you...
  • Come To The Waters [charismatic caucus]

    02/22/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by Jedediah
    I am testing the fruit of your humility(actual surrender) in the waters of My Virtue(obedience to my Word spoken or written)and in this washing only your true fruit shall pass(survive) through this furnace of fire remaining silver or gold for I must find my image alone in these waters that have the ability to Quench(satisfy) this Fire(My Spirit) . Malachi 4:1-2 4 “Watch now,” the Lord Almighty declares, “the day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. The proud and wicked will be burned up like straw; like a tree, they will be consumed—roots and all. 2 “But for...
  • US v China: is this the new cold war?

    02/21/2014 10:47:07 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 29 replies
    FT ^ | February 20, 2014 10:52 pm | Geoff Dyer
    (snip) China does not have a grand ­imperial plan to invade its neighbours, in the way the Soviets did. But in any country with a ­rapidly growing military – one that is flexing its muscles and is involved in a score of unresolved territorial disputes – there is always the risk that its leaders might be tempted by some sort of military solution, the lure of a quick win that would reorder the regional balance. If China and its neighbours all believe that the US has a credible plan for a conflict, this both deters any eventual Chinese adventurism and...
  • Sinai attacks: Deadly bombing hits Egypt tour bus

    02/16/2014 11:27:13 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16 February 2014 | anon
    A bomb attack on a tourist bus in the Sinai peninsula has killed at least three South Korean tourists and an Egyptian driver, officials have said. A number of South Koreans were also hurt in the attack, which came as the bus was preparing to cross into Israel. ...
  • CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's Jewish

    02/08/2014 11:23:21 PM PST · by IsraelBeach · 35 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | February 9, 2014 | Karen Levy
    CIA Director: Jonathan Pollard Is In Prison Because He's JewishBy Karen Levy Israel News AgencyJerusalem — February 9, 2014 ... There have been many senior US officials who have called for Israeli Jonathan Pollard to be released, but none ever came from this highest of security institutions. Former CIA Director James Woolsey has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Jonathan Pollard, now in his 29th year behind American bars over charges of spying for Israel. Speaking to the Israel News Agency, Woolsey stated: "It's enough. After a quarter century the time has come to free Pollard. That doesn't...
  • Staying Out of Other People's Wars

    02/08/2014 11:41:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | February 8, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    "If these negotiations [with Iran] fail, there are two grim alternatives," said Sen. Richard Durbin, "a nuclear Iran, or war, or perhaps both." Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham returned from the Munich security conference saying that even John Kerry agrees that President Obama's Syrian policy has failed. They are urging another look at air strikes. North Korea is warning that should the annual U.S.-South Korean military exercises go forward in March, it could mean war, possibly nuclear war. Philippines President Benigno Aquino III this week compared his country's situation to Czechoslovakia in 1938, and the disputed islets off his...
  • Marijuana AND Crystal Meth Legal in North Korea?

    02/03/2014 3:44:56 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 February 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Reports from the trickle of western visitors to North Korea consistently indicate that cannabis is actually widely tolerated in the Hermit Kingdom- in fact, it's not even considered a drug there. Travelers speak of pot growing wildly by the side of the road, sold, rolled, and smoked openly- right in the heart of the most repressive Stalinist regime on Earth... A recent visitor to the capitol Pyongyang said he went and purchased a substantial 'shopping bag' of the wacky tabacky at an open-stall vegetable market (at a rock-bottom price), no problem. There is simply exists no taboo around pot smoking in the DPRK- foreign businessmen say...
  • North Korea's special forces comprise 200,000 soldiers

    01/30/2014 11:38:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-01-31
    The special operations branch of the Korean People's Army, tasked with conducting asymmetric warfare against the United States and South Korea, is reported to comprise 200,000 soldiers, according to the Seoul-based Chosun Ilbo. As the South Korean government's defense white paper noted in 2010, North Korean special forces consist of 60,000 specialized troops and 140,000 light infantry soldiers. General Walter Sharp, the former commander of the South Korean-US Combined Forces Command stated that the infantry soldiers are lightly armed and trained to infiltrate deep behind enemy lines to destroy key installations and engage in black ops. Specialized troops may infiltrate...
  • US-China Rivalry More Dangerous Than Cold War?

    01/30/2014 7:19:37 AM PST · by mac_truck · 24 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | 1/28/2014 | Zachary Keck
    The prominent realist international relations scholar John Mearsheimer says there is a greater possibility of the U.S. and China going to war in the future than there was of a Soviet-NATO general war during the Cold War. Mearsheimer made the comments at a lunch hosted by the Center for the National Interest in Washington, DC on Monday. The lunch was held to discuss Mearsheimer’s recent article in The National Interest on U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East. However, much of the conversation during the Q&A session focused on U.S. policy towards Asia amid China’s rise, a topic that Mearsheimer...
  • President Obama responds to North Korean invasion [Layers of satire]

    01/26/2014 11:19:25 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 26, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Having been briefed by top security advisers about North Korea's success in landing an astronaut on the Sun, President Obama today announced His decisive response. On January 21st, a satirical post "appeared at the Waterford Whisper News...." Mimicking typical North Korean propaganda, it proclaimed, THE STATE News Agency of North Korea has confirmed today that the country has become the first in the world to ever land a man on the sun. It reported that astronaut Hung Il Gong left for the sun on a specially designed rocket ship at approximately 3 am this morning. Hung, who traveled alone, reached his destination some four hours...
  • N. Korea: All relatives of Jang executed too: sources

    01/25/2014 8:47:33 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/26
    All relatives of Jang executed too: sources 2014/01/26 10:37 SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- All relatives of the executed uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, including children and the country's ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, have also been put to death at the leader's instruction, multiple sources said Sunday. Jang Song-thaek, the once-powerful uncle, was executed last month on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist regime, including contemplating a military-backed coup. All direct relatives of Jang have also been executed, the sources said. "Extensive executions have been carried out for relatives of Jang Song-thaek," one source said on...
  • New statue dedicated in honor of S. Korean 'comfort women'

    01/18/2014 12:17:02 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    UPI ^ | January 18, 2014
    SEOUL, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Organizers say a newly dedicated statue in Seoul honoring Korean women forced into sexual slavery during World War II is "an alarm bell" for future generations. "The Girl Statue for Peace" is outside the Geoje Arts Center, Yonhap news agency reported Friday. The statue in the coastal city 300 miles south of Seoul shows a young woman standing next to an empty chair.
  • SPIRIT LED

    01/16/2014 5:43:07 PM PST · by Jedediah · 2 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 1-16-14 | Jedediah
    My augmentation is "purely" spirit led and guided every step of the way FOR MY WORD IS IN YOU , nothing lacking or missing FOR I AM THE WORD AND THE SPIRIT so do not be anxious that something is missing FOR I AM WITH YOU and will "never" forsake you and this is why I AM your Yes and Amen to all you do in and through Me! Acts 17:27-29 Amplified Bible (AMP) 27 So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each...
  • Korean Choppers to Be Armed with Israeli Missiles

    01/09/2014 9:44:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Jan. 06, 2014
    More Israeli-made Spike missiles with the maximum range of 25 km will be installed in maritime helicopters ready for deployment next year. Several Spike missiles are already installed on vehicles defending the northwesternmost islands. But the new lot will be mounted on Wildcat maritime choppers to be purchased over the next two years, an official with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said Friday. "We've recently struck a deal with the Israeli manufacturer of the missile." The Spike missile is allegedly capable of hitting a window-size target 25 km away guided by infrared. An officer said the missile can hit the...
  • Rodman Brings Bread and Circuses to Pyongyang(breaks UN sanction)

    01/08/2014 1:39:06 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Jan 7, 2014 | DENNIS P. HALPIN
    Rodman Brings Bread and Circuses to Pyongyang 8:16 AM, Jan 7, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN .... The bread being brought by Rodman to accompany the circus is allegedly in the form of luxury birthday gifts for the North Korean dictator and his wife. Rodman seems oblivous to North Korea’s near starvation of its people, human rights atrocities, gulags, and nuclear and missile adventurism, and appears equally unconcerned that providing Pyongyang with any luxury goods is a violation of the sanctions imposed by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2094, adopted on March 7, 2013, and previous resolutions .....
  • US sending extra combat unit to South Korea

    01/07/2014 6:09:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The U.S. is sending an additional Army combat force of 800 soldiers to South Korea with tanks and armored troop carriers. A brief Pentagon announcement said the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment from the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, will deploy to two locations in South Korea on Feb. 1....
  • Korea: The King Is Dead, Long Live The King

    01/07/2014 4:59:54 AM PST · by Lower Deck · 2 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 1/7/14 | Anonymous
    Despite North Korean hostility towards a market economy, the country has become more and more dependent on it. Surveys of refugees in China and South Korea indicate that over 80 percent of North Korean buy or sell (or do both) in the free markets and most North Koreans now conduct half their economic activity via the markets. The introduction of some market economy (mainly in the form of legal markets) in the last decade has made more goods available, to those who could afford them. Thousands of new "middle class" entrepreneurs have been created. This was the first time, since...
  • History stutters when repeating itself. What it tells us is clear only if we pay attention.

    01/06/2014 12:31:28 PM PST · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | January 6, 2013 | Dan Miller
    Unless we read and understand history we lack sufficient knowledge to avoid repetition of its worst events. Barbara TuchmanMultiple tips of the hat to NEO at Nebraska Energy Observer for calling my attention to this video of which I had previously been unaware. Is the video one hundred percent faithful to Barbara Tuchman's book titled Guns of August? Videos rarely if ever are and this video goes well past August of 1914, the first month of the war, and the events leading up to it. Still, it presents her theses reasonably well.It's an hour and forty minutes long -- shorter than...
  • Dummy Dennis Rodman on his BBF's Dictatorship, Death Camps, and Executions-by-Dog: "NOT MY JOB!"

    01/06/2014 3:25:09 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 49 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 06 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
     -adds North Korea 'not that bad...' Celebrity clown and unintelligible drunkard Dennis 'Worm' Rodman arrived today in Pyongyang along with some fellow ex-NBA players he scraped-up (inc. Vin Baker and Cliff Robertson) for an exhibition basketball game- and who better to marshal such an event than an exhibitionist tool who wouldn't dream of doing anything to hurt this latest avenue to attention? The NBA all-stars are set to play the Nork's senior national team on Wednesday, although the original sponsor of Worm's planned exhibition game and DPRK basketball training camp bailed when the Boy King threatened South Korea with annihilation and thew Uncle Jang...
  • N. Korea: Lee Seol-ju forgot to wear ‘the pin‘?

    01/05/2014 3:56:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Lee Seol-ju forgot to wear ‘the pin‘? 01-02 Kim Jong-un and Lee Seol-ju started the new year visiting Keumsusan Sun Palace where their father and grandfather rested. Lee appeared in North Korean media in a long time, but it seems that there's something she missed before coming in front of her people. Lee Seol-ju on New Year's Day visiting Sun Palace without a pin on her chest unlike others including her husband, Kim Jong-un FNKR's source in Sinuiju said on 2nd that "people are wondering why Lee doesn't put the 'portrait pin' on her jacket which is required for everyone...
  • North Korean Execution Method Sparks Controversy

    01/03/2014 10:41:27 PM PST · by John Semmens · 38 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    Reports that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un had his uncle Jang Song Thaek executed by feeding him to a pack of 120 ravenous dogs was met with mixed reactions in the US. On the one hand, some environmental activists expressed relief that the traditional “bullet-to-the-back-of-the-head” method previously used by North Korea had been avoided. “Lead shot is a major factor in environmental pollution,” said Global Advocates for Environmental Awareness spokesperson, Laura Looney. “Granted, the absolute impact of one bullet is tiny. However, the turn toward a more organic method of disposal of unwanted criminals is a powerful symbolic statement...
  • KJU Had 'Scum' Uncle (+ 5 Aides) EATEN ALIVE by 120 Wild Dogs- in Front of 300 Party Officials!

    01/03/2014 7:35:36 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 39 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 January 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    There's even an old Korean name for such an 'execution by dogs' -quan jue- so I reckon it's not the first time it's happened over yonder.  Yet if the ruthlessly swift arrest and conviction of the Norks' #2 shocked you last month, the execution method now said to have been employed is unlikely to make you feel any better about it: despite the fact that his uncle Jang Song Thaek wasn't the nicest guy in the world, it's hard to imagine anyone deserving to be stripped naked and torn to ribbons by a pack of 120 vicious dogs... who had...
  • True Humilty is True Friendship

    01/01/2014 2:05:13 PM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    There is a difference between Aquaintance and a Friend "True Humility
  • Rodolfo Hernandez, 82, Dies; Awarded Medal of Honor

    12/26/2013 6:05:01 AM PST · by DFG · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/24/2013 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Rodolfo Hernandez, who received the Medal of Honor for rushing into heavy fire while wounded and armed with only an inoperable rifle and bayonet and then killing six enemy soldiers during the Korean War, died on Saturday in Fayetteville, N.C. He was 82. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced his death on its website. Mr. Hernandez was an Army corporal trying to hold a hill in May 1951 when his platoon was overwhelmed by attackers accompanied by heavy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire.
  • Rivalries Within North Korean Elite Led to Purge, South’s Spy Chief Says

    12/23/2013 5:19:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 2013/12/24 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    Rivalries Within North Korean Elite Led to Purge, South’s Spy Chief Says By CHOE SANG-HUN SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s intelligence chief said Monday that Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who was executed this month, apparently had not plotted a coup as Pyongyang had said, but had fallen victim to intrigue within the country’s elite over lucrative business deals, according to lawmakers in Seoul. Mr. Jang, 67, who was once believed to be the second most powerful man in North Korea, was executed on Dec. 12 on charges of plotting to overthrow his...
  • First 'StarCraft 2' player officially recognized as an athlete by U.S. government

    12/11/2013 6:31:48 PM PST · by Domandred · 48 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | 12/11/2013 | Patrick Howell O'Neill
    As far as the United States government is concerned, eSports and traditional sports are equal. Five months after American immigration officials first cleared professional video game players to apply for the same visas as traditional athletes, the first StarCraft 2 pro has finally obtained a P-1A visa. Kim “Violet” Dong Hwan, a 23-year-old South Korean professional StarCraft player, followed trailblazing League of Legends star Danny Le to become an internationally recognized athlete on Dec. 9. Kim said he teared up over the phone when he was finally assured that he’d be allowed to live, compete, and earn a salary in...
  • N. Korea sells gold in sign of imminent economic collapse: source

    12/10/2013 7:31:59 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 86 replies
    Yonhap ^ | Dec 11, 2013
    SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has begun to sell large amounts of gold to China in a bid to tide over its economic crisis, multiple sources familiar with North Korea affairs said Wednesday.
  • Tongues of Fire ~ Pillars of Light

    12/08/2013 4:43:22 PM PST · by Jedediah · 5 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-8-2013 | Jedediah
    My gifts are "ALIVE" in you though some have forgotten, They have not died with the Apostles For My Fruit can not rotten, "My Spirit is Eternal " and Desires to renew ( ( ) ) ~ ( ( ) ), The Day of Pentecost to "ARISE IN YOU" \!/ So raise up your hands \o/ and begin to receive ! You Shall do greater things if you just believe , I AM "HAS" sent you so will you stand up and go ?! For I AM your Talent so let my freedom within you Flow ~ ~ ~ I...