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  • Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

    09/15/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ubergizmo.com ^ | 09/14/2014 | Edwin Kee on
    Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border over with its neighbor, North Korea. The SGR-A1 will be able to detect intruders with the help of machine vision (read: cameras), alongside a combination of heat and motion sensors. The whole idea of the Samsung SGR-A1 is to let this military robot sentry do the...
  • S. Koreas soft power: Soap, sparkle & pop-How a really uncool country became tastemaker of Asia

    09/10/2014 12:10:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2014
    The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. By Euny Hong. Picador; 288 pages; $16. Simon & Schuster; 14.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk FROM Gangnam Style and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Koreas cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world. Filipinos are hooked on its dramas. The French love its pop music and its films. Last year South Korea raked in $5 billion from its pop-culture exports. It has set its sights on doubling that by 2017. Much has changed since 1985, when Euny Hong, a Korean-American journalist and...
  • Car Crash Kills 2 in Korean Girl Band

    09/07/2014 9:29:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 26 replies
    Newser ^ | Sept 7, 2014 | Newser Editors
    A second member of the South Korean band Ladies' Code died from injuries sustained from a motor accident, her management said today. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, better known as Rise, died this morning at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She had been unconscious after undergoing hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday's accident. Fellow band member Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after a van carrying the group crashed into a guard rail on a rain-drenched highway near Seoul.
  • At US base, S. Korean ex-prostitutes face eviction.

    09/06/2014 9:51:08 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 39 replies
    WTOP Radio ^ | Sep 6, 2014 | Joyce Lee
    More than 70 aging women live in a squalid neighborhood between the rear gate of the U.S. Army garrison here and half a dozen seedy nightclubs.
  • North Korea confirms it has landed a man on the Sun

    09/05/2014 3:26:46 PM PDT · by TLI · 36 replies
    www.tweaktown.com ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    North Korea confirms it has landed a man on the Sun North Korea sends a 17-year-old man to the Sun, a journey that took just four hours By: Anthony Garreffa This just in: North Korea has landed a man on the Sun. 17-year-old Hung Il Gong started his journey at 3am this morning, travelling alone, to reach our nearest star, a journey that took him just 4 hours. A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: "We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every...
  • Relics discovered from various eras

    09/01/2014 7:28:34 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    Korea JoongAng Daily ^ | Sept 01,2014 | KIM HYUNG-EUN
    As is often the case with archeological findings in Korea, local researchers have come across a host of treasures in a place where a city development project is underway. The site is Chungju, North Chungcheong, and the discovery was made by the Foundation of East Asia Cultural Properties Institute. The relics go back to as early as 75,000 years ago, ranging from the Paleolithic Era; the Three Kingdoms era (57 BC-AD 668); the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392); and the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Among them, however, the most intensive academic attention is being garnered for the seals found in Goryeo-period tombs, which...
  • Life in the Gruesome Stalinist Hell of North Korea (gallery)

    08/18/2014 6:09:41 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Talk about lack of public beach access:1500+ miles of DPRK coastline are lined with an electric fence to deter potential defections by sea More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Pope Makes Biggest Gesture Yet To China, Eyes Ties

    08/17/2014 5:46:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2014 | Nicole Winfield
    HAEMI, South Korea (AP) -- Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is rather a partner in dialogue.
  • Pope Francis: 'There is only one Korea' (an insightful response to a teen's question)

    08/15/2014 2:02:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the division between North and South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that the two are “one family,” calling for prayers of re-unification while stressing repentance and forgiveness. “There is only one Korea, but this family is divided,” the Pope said to a large gathering of young people from across the continent. His off-the-cuff comments came during an Aug. 15 gathering with youth of Asia at Solmoe Shrine, birthplace of...
  • Pope to Asian youth: Are you ready to say 'yes' to Christ?

    08/15/2014 1:53:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis speaks during his meeting with young people for Asian Youth Day August 15, 2014. Credit: EWTN. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Aug. 15 meeting with Asian youth, Pope Francis emphasized the need to respond joyfully to God’s call in order to carry the hope of Christ to a world that desperately needs it. “Dear young friends, in this generation the Lord is counting on you!” he told throngs of young people from across the Asian continent. “Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to him? Are you ready?” “Just as the...
  • North Korea fires rockets into sea on Francis first day in Seoul

    08/14/2014 2:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 14, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    (ANSA) SEOUL - PRESIDENT PARK KEUN-HYE WELCOMES THE POPE TO SOUTH KOREANorth Korea fired a number of short-range rockets into the sea just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul. Border security has been tightened. Meanwhile, Francis has sent a message to China. Upon his arrival in South Korea, Francis was welcomed by President Park Geun-Hye and also by three rockets. The Pope flew into Incheon airport in Seoul at 10:15 (local time) this morning for a five-day visit. North Korea fired three short-range rockets from a 300-millimeter multiple rocket launcher, into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), shortly before the...
  • Be guardians of hope, Pope Francis tells Korea's bishops

    08/14/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 14, 2014
    Pope Francis addresses the Korean Bishops' Conference in Seoul, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 03:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day of his historic papal visit to South Korea, Pope Francis urged local bishops to not only remember their rich history of martyrdom but look to the future with hope and missionary zeal. “As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are guardians of the wondrous works which he accomplishes in his people,” the Pope said in his Aug. 14 address to the country's Catholic...
  • Parolin: Papal visit to Korea is an initiative for Asias future (tv schedule)

    08/13/2014 5:04:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 12, 2014 | ALESSANDRO DI BUSSOLO*
    In an interview with the Vatican Television Centre (CTV), the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, talked about the issues Pope Francis will be focusing on during his visit to Korea: evangelization in Asia, the Asian youth gathering, the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs who are examples of lay saints and he Popes call for dialogue and reconciliation between the two Koreas. In the full version of the interview, Cardinal Parolin also speaks of Asias desire for God, the significance of Pope Francis encounter with suffering Koreans, from the disabled to relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster...
  • Butt batteries: Scientists store energy in used cigarette filters

    08/13/2014 2:28:15 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2014 | Michael Szabo; Mark Potter
    (Reuters) - Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power everything from mobile phones to electric cars. In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Nanotechnology, researchers from Seoul National University outlined how they transformed the used filters, which are composed mainly of cellulose acetate fibers and are considered toxic and a risk to the environment when discarded. "Our study has shown that used cigarette filters can be transformed into a high-performing carbon-based material using a simple one-step process, which simultaneously...
  • ICR in Korea: An Audience of Millions (Institute for Creation Research)

    08/05/2014 8:26:09 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 2014 | ICR staff report
    <p>Creation research is alive and well in South Korea. This year, the Institute for Creation Researchs own Dr. Randy Guliuzza was invited to speak at several major occasions, and the results were nothing less than astounding.</p> <p>The ever-dynamic Korea Association for Creation Research (KACR) hosted its annual conference on May 30 in Wonju, South Korea. KACR kicked off in 1981 with the help of ICR founder Dr. Henry M. Morris and Dr. Duane Gish, and it has since grown into the worlds largest creation organization.1,2 Several hundred of its 10,000 members perform doctorate-level research in academic institutions throughout South Korea.3 KACR President Dr. Eunil Lee, a professor of medicine at Korea University, takes care to nurture KACRs historic roots with ICRthis year inviting Dr. Guliuzza to give the keynote address at their annual conference. The lecture had an overflow attendance of young creation scientists, and Dr. Guliuzza was enthusiastically received.</p>
  • South Korea Sent Thousands of Choco Pies Over North Korea via Balloon

    08/04/2014 5:44:56 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 37 replies
    ViralSoil ^ | 8/1/2014 | None credited
    On Wednesday, about 200 South Koreans attached thousands of chocolate snacks to 50 giant balloons and released into North Korea after Pyongyang reportedly banned the coveted treats from the country earlier this month. The pies, which have become popular among hungry North Koreans, are considered as a symbol of capitalism and represent a cultural impact that might encourage an uprising. “We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most favorite foodstuffs in North Korea,” said Choo Sun-Hee, one of the organisers of Wednesday’s balloon launch.In response to the activity, Pyongyang has pressed...
  • American Detained in North Korea Feels 'Abandoned' by Government

    08/02/2014 1:36:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The sister of an American tour guide who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years renewed her urgent call for his release Thursday, saying that reports he feels abandoned are devastating. Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan, published an interview July 30 with Kenneth Bae in which he is quoted as saying that nothing seems to be happening in his case and he feels abandoned.
  • Father Kapaun

    07/31/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Real Life Catholic ^ | 7-31-14 | Chris Stefanik
    The story of Fr. Kapaun, 2011 recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Creating can be just as beautiful as the final product. (ceramics) (video)

    07/30/2014 4:00:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 7-30-2014 | amoca.org
    The American Museum of Ceramic Art visits Icheon, South Korea, to observe artists as they create beautiful Korean ceramics using traditional methods. Icheon has a history of ceramic culture that spans thousands of years, and it continues to this day.
  • Migrant workers can receive severance pay only after departure. (Korea)

    07/29/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Korean Herald ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Kim Yon-se
    Migrant workers must now wait until they leave the country to receive severance pay. Migrant workers must leave the country when their visas expire, and according to law since 2011, South Korean employers have been obliged to pay their severance before their departure. Government officials claim that the revised law will prevent more illegal migrant workers from staying in the country. Weve found that a certain portion of registered workers did not leave the country even after they were paid their severance pay, an official said. They had no choice but to become the target of law enforcement authorities as...
  • Kim Jong Un may have ordered missile launch

    07/27/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    NHK World ^ | July 27, 2014 | NA
    North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. The launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the Korean War armistice. South Korean military officials say the North fired a Scud missile from around Ryongyon county in South Hwanghae Province on the western coast near the military demarcation line on Saturday night. North Korean media on Sunday suggested the country's leader Kim Jong Un himself ordered the missile to be fired. The official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim directed a firing drill after checking on the deployment of US forces in...
  • Drinking ban in Korea successful with no alcohol-related incidents

    06/24/2014 3:03:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 6/24/2014 | Ashley Rowland
    The 7th Air Force called last weekends ban on drinking a success, with no alcohol-related incidents recorded during the 66-hour period. The ban on alcohol purchase and consumption was in place for all airmen in South Korea from noon Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. Violators could have faced punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Command spokeswoman Maj. Richelle Dowdell said the alcohol stand-down was successful because it gave airmen a chance to reflect on their mission, gave them time to consider what we must do to change not only as individuals but to promote a culture of...
  • Obama Trades Seoul To North Korea For Return Of USS Pueblo

    06/07/2014 1:08:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Duffelblog ^ | June 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON, D.C. President Obama announced today that a deal had been struck with North Korea to trade the South Korean capital of Seoul to secure the safe return of the USS Pueblo, a U.S. Navy spy ship held captive since 1968. Standing next to the ships christener, Mrs. Dorothy Duvall of Palm Beach, Florida, the president told reporters at the Rose Garden ceremony he decided to act when he learned of the ships rapidly deteriorating condition. Could we someday regret handing over the capital city of an important ally to its mortal enemy? Absolutely. Might this encourage more mischief...
  • North Korea: We've detained another American

    06/05/2014 9:43:23 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 06-06-2014 | K.J. Kwon
    North Korea announced Friday that it has detained a U.S. citizen who it says entered the country as a tourist in April and broke the law. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that authorities are investigating the man, who it said "carried out acts that were inappropriate for a tourist."
  • Brazilian man goes under the knife to look Korean (Interesting Transformation)

    06/01/2014 5:27:41 PM PDT · by equalator · 30 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 5-28-2014 | Gabriel Galli
    Originally blue-eyed with blonde hair, he became interested in having plastic surgery after spending some time as an exchange student in Korea. He was inspired by how common plastic surgery is here. Xiahn, who asked not to be named to protect his family from Internet scrutiny, underwent 10 surgical procedures on his eyes, along with other less-invasive procedures, which cost him around $3,100. He also began wearing contact lenses to change his eye color.
  • S. Korea introduces female-only parking spacesthey're larger, w/ pink outlines & a miniskirt logo

    05/31/2014 4:22:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kwon Mee-yoo
    Practical or patronizing? South Korea is spending mega-money on creating larger car parking spaces for women. Capital city Seoul is introducing "lady-friendly" spots reserved exclusively for female drivers, the Korea Times reports. Wider and longer than regular spots, they will be closer to elevators and marked out with pink mini-skirted logos. It's not yet known, however, if men will be fined if busted for using them. Korea Times reports the initiative is part of a nearly $700 million push to make the metropolis more female-friendly over four years. Other projects include installing 7,000 new women-only toilets, and the resurfacing of...
  • North Korea's Next Nuclear Test Could Serve as a Regional Tipping Point

    05/30/2014 9:45:01 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/14 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned this week that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, it could prompt the volatile country's neighbors to seek their own nuclear defense. "North Korea would effectively be crossing the Rubicon," she told the Wall Street Journal.
  • New documentary tells riveting story of Chosin campaign (From 2010 - on TV tonight)

    05/26/2014 5:31:22 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://video.foxnews.com/ ^ | May 26, 2014 | Fox News
    One of the most decorated battles in US military history. These first-hand accounts, .... As a fellow combat veteran, director Brian Iglesias forged a unique connection with the men he interviewed.
  • Manhunt for (Billionaire) Patriarch, Sons Over Ferry

    05/24/2014 1:40:32 PM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-22-2014 | Kwanwoo Jun
    A convoy carrying South Korean investigators looking for Yoo Byung-eun enters a compound in Anseong, south of Seoul, on Wednesday. Getty Images South Korean authorities are conducting a nationwide manhunt for three members of the family that controls the company that operated the Sewol ferry, which capsized and sank last month, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing. On Wednesday, prosecution investigatorsbacked by more than 1,000 riot policeraided a sprawling church compound in Anseong, south of Seoul, where family patriarch Yoo Byung-eun was suspected to have been hiding. Prosecutors said Mr. Yoo may have left the compound days earlier....
  • The photos Kim Jong Un DIDN'T want you to see:...

    05/09/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2014 | Ruth Styles
    From children working hard in the fields to a group of soldiers pushing a broken-down bus, these are the photographs that North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, didn't want you to see. Taken by photographer Eric Lafforgue during what would prove to be his final visit to the rogue state, the images reveal the shocking extent of the hunger, deprivation and oppression suffered by the people who live there. Lafforgue, who has now been banned from North Korea, took the pictures while in the company of state-approved guides and was asked to delete each of the images but managed to...
  • China plans for North Korean regime collapse leaked

    05/05/2014 2:17:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 5, 2014 | Julian Ryall in Tokyo
    Beijing's lack of faith in rule of Kim Jong-un exposed in contingency plans to detain key North Korean leaders, set up border refugee camps and respond to "foreign forces" China has drawn up detailed contingency plans for the collapse of the North Korean government, suggesting that Beijing has little faith in the longevity of Kim Jong-uns regime. Documents drawn up by planners from Chinas Peoples Liberation Army that were leaked to Japanese media include proposals for detaining key North Korean leaders and the creation of refugee camps on the Chinese side of the frontier in the event of an outbreak...
  • North Korea publishes list of U.S. human rights abuses

    05/04/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Shortly after the United Nations released a comprehensive report detailing North Koreas crimes against humanity, the autocratic state has angrily responded with its own report on abuses it sees inside the United States. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday published an article titled News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S. The report lists a number of complaints against the U.S., including the racial discrimination that was supposedly revealed during the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman for the 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are...
  • Wounded Korean War veteran followed his heart

    05/03/2014 4:25:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    reminisce magazine ^ | Hubert E. Ed Reeves
    I, U.S. Army PFC Hubert E. Ed Reeves, a 19-year-old quadruple amputee, was flying home in a stretcher attended by a medicbut going home! While visiting with my folks, a short note arrived in the mail from a high school girl, accompanied by her senior picture. In the letter, she wrote, Im writing just to thank you for what you have done for our country and for me as a citizen. Ive read in the newspaper of your amputations and write, not out of pity, but to wish you speedy recovery, knowing you will do well This was not another...
  • North Korean News: US a 'Living Hell', 'World's Worst Human Rights Abuser'

    05/01/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 1, 2014 | Frances Martel
    North Korea's Korean Central News Agency unleashed a torrent of wild accusations and even wilder grammatical errors at the United States this week, accusing President Obama of 'indulging in luxury' and crowning the nation a 'kingdom of racial discrimination' over the Trayvon Martin case. In a column titled "News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Record in US," the news agency accuses the United States of hypocrisy in maintaining such dire human rights circumstances while also celebrating "the 50th anniversary of the institution of citizenship act in the presence of President Obama." While it is unclear what the "citizenship act" is...
  • North Korea Warns of New Form of N-test

    04/30/2014 1:24:42 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 3 replies
    CanIndia ^ | April 30, 2014 08:18 GMT | News Wire
    North Korea Tuesday threatened to carry out a new form of nuclear test in response to US President Barack Obamas Asia tour. The DPRK (North Korea) will advance along the road of bolstering up nuclear deterrent, unhindered, now that the US brings the dark clouds of a nuclear war to hang over the DPRK, Xinhua quoted a spokesperson of the North Korean foreign ministry as saying in a statement. There is no statute of limitations to the DPRKs declaration that it will not rule out a new form of nuclear test clarified by it in the March 30 statement. This...
  • North Korea ups rhetoric after Obama visits South

    04/28/2014 8:07:21 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 2 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) South Korea expressed outrage Monday over a rhetorical attack on President Park Geun-hye by the North Korean government that likened her to a prostitute in a tirade far exceeding even the North's often strident standards. The statement issued by the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea expressed anger over President Barack Obama's visit to Seoul last week. It said Park was like a "despicable prostitute" with Obama as her pimp. The North's officials and state-run media frequently use flourishes of inflammatory rhetoric. They have called past South Korean presidents dogs, but have shown...
  • North Korea Calls South's Park Geun-hye a 'Prostitute' and Obama a 'Pimp'

    04/27/2014 4:48:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    IB Times ^ | 4/27/14 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korea has called South Korean President Park Geun-hye a "prostitute" at the hands of "pimp" Barack Obama. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) as saying: "Park Geun-hye's recent behaviour with Obama was like a mean immature girl begging gangsters to beat up someone she does not like. Or a crafty prostitute eagerly trying to frame someone by giving her body to a powerful pimp." Although North Korean mouthpieces often make such verbal attacks against South Korea and its leaders, the latest diatribe is seen as rather unedifying by even...
  • South Koreas prime minister offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/26/2014 8:05:27 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea South Korea's prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, blaming "deep-rooted evils" and irregularities in a society for a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing.
  • The Heroes of the Ferry Disaster (South Korea)

    04/25/2014 11:25:19 PM PDT · by Loud Mime · 12 replies
    Park Ji-young, a service crewmember who died after saving many passengers when the ferry Sewol sank off the southwest coast last week, was laid to rest on Tuesday. Dozens of people from all walks of life who had never met her showed up to pay their respects, waiting in line in front of her memorial altar over the past three days to thank and bid farewell to her. Survivors of the ferry accident and fellow students from Danwon High School also paid their last respects. The hall leading up to Park's altar was lined with wreaths sent by anonymous people....
  • Captains Uncourageous

    04/21/2014 5:14:13 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-21-2014 | Daren Jonescu
    If we are unable or unwilling to see and confront the extreme lack of character -- the dishonor -- in Captain Lee's behavior, on the grounds that "we weren't in his shoes," then we are only increasing the chances that our own response, should we ever find ourselves in similar shoes, will be as weak as his. If we rationalize his action, we are implicitly rationalizing our own. That, in fact, is likely the main reason we excuse shameful actions so easily today: we are hoping to excuse ourselves from scrutiny (including and especially self-scrutiny) regarding our own failures of...
  • Russia writes off 90 per cent of North Korean debt, expected to build gas pipeline (To South Korea)

    04/19/2014 4:45:20 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 31 replies
    Russia's parliament has agreed to write off about $10 billion of North Korea's Soviet-era debt, in a deal expected to facilitate the building of a gas pipeline to South Korea across the reclusive state. The State Duma lower house in Moscow on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to excuse the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of September 17, 2012. The rest of the debt - $1.09 billion - would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal instalments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by...
  • New Spotlight on North Koreas 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 worlds most repressive regimes. Given Russias 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 · 15 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 · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOULSouth 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 · 89 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 countrys suffering people rather than the dictatorial communist regime, according to the U.N. agencys own internal watchdog. ... Moreover, even WFPs 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 workand 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