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  • North Korea warns will act to get back ship held by Mexico

    04/08/2015 7:53:33 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 7, 2015 | Michelle Nichols
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea accused Mexico on Wednesday of illegally detaining one of its ships with some 50 crew and warned it would take "necessary measures" to release the vessel, which United Nations sanctions monitors say belongs to a blacklisted shipping firm.
  • Report: Secret 'Talks About Talks' Taking Place Between U.S. and North Korea

    02/03/2015 6:37:48 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    weekly standard ^ | 2/3/15 | Daniel Halper
    ....there are secret "talks about talks" taking place behind the scenes between the two countries, according to a new report. "The United States and North Korea have been actively discussing the possibility of returning to denuclearization talks, raising the prospect of a new round of diplomacy even as Washington takes a tougher line against Pyongyang.
  • Texas theater to show “Team America” in place of canceled “Interview”

    12/18/2014 7:44:13 AM PST · by mylife · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/14 | Mary Katherine Hamm
    Sometimes, you just need Texas. As the rest of the entertainment industry was being brought to its knees by the threat of more hacking and terrorism, a theater in Texas decided to both capitalize on this story and stand up for freedom of speech. The only bummer is they’re holding a free screening, as I’d hoped they’d rake in a bunch of cash for filling a gap in the market, which would be as appropriately American as the statement they’re making about our values. They should be rewarded, and they will be, at least with brand recognition and good will:
  • 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...
  • Kerry: ‘Quieter’ North Korea Shows U.S. Making Progress

    07/20/2014 10:33:45 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    wsj blogs ^ | 7-21-2014 | ALASTAIR GALE
    Does a “quieter” North Korea represent progress in dealing with the rogue state’s threat to peace? On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. was “moving forward” with efforts to denuclearize North Korea and pointed to coordination with China, most recently on Mr. Kerry’s visit to Beijing. Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press, Mr. Kerry also cited a “quieter” North Korea since his previous visit to Beijing in April 2013 as evidence of progress on restraining Pyongyang’s aggression.
  • North Korea Defends Its Awful Obama Comments

    05/12/2014 1:57:16 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 57 replies
    Newser ^ | May 12, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    "I am sure Obama is a monkey and doubt he is a human." Obama, a "sub-human," "should not dare stab his finger at … our republic, the people's paradise, like a raven arguing that he is whiter than the heron." "Dark head-dome and dull gray eyes, cavernous nostrils, thick-lipped maw—the more I gaze at him, the more I see a monkey in a primeval forest."
  • North Korean screed against Obama illustrates ‘race-based’ worldview

    05/08/2014 6:42:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 8, 2014 | Chico Harlan
    SEOUL — In a recently published and lengthy racist screed, North Korea calls President Obama a “clown,” a “dirty fellow” and somebody who “does not even have the basic appearances of a human being.” Propriety has never been a part of North Korean rhetoric, but rarely has Pyongyang so ferociously — and personally — attacked a U.S. leader, in this case pulling language right out of the American 1850s. The attack seems unabashed, except for one thing: Unlike most articles published by the North’s state-run news agency, this one wasn’t translated into English. “He is a crossbreed with unclear blood,”...
  • NKorea complains over barber's Kim Jong Un poster

    04/16/2014 8:48:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    AP ^ | April 16, 2014
    LONDON (AP) -- North Korean diplomats have asked the British government to take action against a London hair salon's poster poking fun at distinctively coiffured leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Mongolian-flagged cargo ship with North Korean crew sinks off South Korea

    04/03/2014 7:10:24 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 36 replies
    (Reuters) - A Mongolian-flagged cargo ship with 16 North Korean crew members has sunk off the southern coast of South Korea, a South Korean coast guard official said on Friday.
  • Cuba-North Korea Arms Smuggling

    03/28/2014 10:51:42 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 3 replies
    FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE ^ | 3/28/2014 | Humberto Fontoiva
    Council on Foreign Relations Caught Lying about Cuba-North Korea Arms Smuggling Posted By Humberto Fontova On March 28, 2014 @ 12:04 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Back in July a North Korean ship trying to sneak military contraband through the Panama Canal after leaving Havana was stopped by Panamanian authorities on a tip it was carrying illegal drugs. Instead the ship, named the Chon-Chon Gang, was found to be crammed with missiles, MIGS and mucho military contraband from terror-sponsoring Cuba en route to North Korea. Nuke-rattling North Korea, by the way, has been under a UN arms embargo...
  • Kim Jong-Un Orders Massacre of 33 Christians

    03/10/2014 7:33:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/09/2014 | Rick Moran
    Posted By Rick Moran On March 9, 2014 @ 1:06 pm In Politics | 34 Comments They’re being charged with attempting to overthrow the regime, but their real crime is that they were working with jailed South Korean Christian missionary Kim Jung-wook to set up 500 underground churches in North Korea.They are not being “executed.” Using that word would lend some legality and moral framework to Kim’s action. This is nothing less than a massacre of innocent human beings — a slaughter that should raise an outcry in every civilized nation of the world.The Daily Mail reports: Thirty-three North Koreans...
  • Pentagon: North Korea Develops Unmanned Strike Aircraft From Stolen U.S. Target Drone

    03/05/2014 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5 March 2014 | Bill Gertz
    North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress. Images of the North Korean drone in flight were shown as part of a March 2013 military drill, the Pentagon report said. “The drone appeared to be a North Korean copy of a Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone,” the report said. “North Korean press coverage of the event described the UAV as being capable of precision strikes by crashing into the target.”
  • N.Korea Fires Multiple Launch Rockets

    03/04/2014 12:09:03 PM PST · by Parmenio · 40 replies
    NHK World ^ | March 4, 2014 | NA
    North Korea fired several rockets into the Sea of Japan on Tuesday. The South Korean Defense Ministry on Tuesday said a total of 7 rocket-propelled projectiles were fired at 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM local time from near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, North Korea. The ministry said the 4 rockets fired in the afternoon are believed to be a new model of multiple-launch rocket. It also said those rockets landed in the Sea of Japan after traveling about 150 kilometers. A spokesperson for the South Korean Defense Ministry strongly denounced the launches, calling them a threat against the...
  • What will it take to kick North Korea out of the U.N.?

    02/22/2014 12:04:47 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 15 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Feb. 21, 2014 |
    It is testimony to suffering and terror on a massive scale. This week the United Nations’ commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea released an exhaustive examination of conditions within the Hermit Kingdom. Following numerous public hearings and nearly a year of investigation, the 372-page report provides a detailed look at the horrors inflicted on the people of North Korea by their own government. “Systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations have been, and are being, committed in [North] Korea,” it says, referring directly to the dictatorship of Kim Jong Un. “The gravity, scale...
  • North Korean leader fed uncle to starving dogs, report says

    01/03/2014 5:41:37 PM PST · by ETL · 65 replies ^ | January 03, 2014 | Edmund DeMarche
    The execution of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle was more brutal than initially reported, according to a Beijing-controlled newspaper, which said the country's second-most-powerful figure was thrown into a cage filled with starving dogs and eaten alive. The Singaporean Straits Times cited a report from Wen Wei Po, a Beijing-control newspaper, that said Jang Song Thaek and five close associates were stripped and fed to 120 dogs that had not eaten for three days. The entire process, witnessed by 300 senior officials, lasted for about an hour, the report said. Fox News could not immediately verify the report.
  • North Korean Businessmen In China Called Back By Pyongyang Following Jang Song Thaek Execution

    12/17/2013 11:33:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    International Business times ^ | December 16 2013 | Michelle FlorCruz
    North Korea’s community of businessmen in China is being called home by Pyongyang following last week’s dramatic purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and North Korea's highest-ranking proponent of ties with China. Jang's publicly broadcast purge from office and subsequent secret execution made headlines around the world, leaving watchers to speculate about the leadership’s intentions. One expert, Chris Torrens, the London-based director of global risk analysis at Control Risks, said that Jang’s execution may have been related to his business connections in China, a theory that continues to hold water as more...
  • Empire of Madness: Caligula in Pyongyang

    12/17/2013 3:34:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 22 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 12/17/2013 | Vladimir Tismaneanu
    North Korea is Stalin’s ultimate dream come true. It is a most dangerous actor in world politics and a despicable tyranny where reason and moderation are treated as mortal enemies. Blind obedience is mandatory and so is infinite subservience to the Supreme Leader, the administrator of truth, memory, and universal poverty. It is the most hermetic regime in the world, an armed-to-the-teeth totalitarian despotism whose possession of  nuclear weapons  gives nightmares to all those who know how the Kim dynasty and its sycophants operate. It is, in fact, as the recent bloody purges made clearer than ever, a huge concentration...
  • Kim Jong-un's Aunt Helped Purge Her Own Husband in North Korean Treachery

    12/12/2013 4:26:03 PM PST · by george76 · 81 replies
    abc ^ | ‎12‎/‎12‎/‎2013‎ | JOOHEE CHO
    Details emerging from North Korea about Kim Jong-un's surprising public purging of his uncle from a top position indicate that it was a family affair with his aunt and brother, armed with a pistol, taking part in the arrests of ranking officials. ... "What you have to understand is that the North Korean dynasty is run by an absolute blood-based hereditary mindset," pointed out Lee Yun-keol, the president of North Korea Strategic Information Service Center. The purge drama was designed by Kim Kyong-hee, Jang's wife, and Kim Jong-un, Lee said. ... The South Korean media have also been reporting that...
  • N. Korea: Jang Sung-taek Executed Immediately after Special Military Trial

    12/12/2013 2:08:40 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 12/13/2013 | Jang Yong-hoon
    /begin my excerpts N. Korea: Jang Sung-taek Executed Immediately after Special Military Trial (Seoul=Yonhap News) Jang Yong-hoon = N. Korea held a special military trial on Dec. 12 and sentenced Jang Sung-taek to death. The sentence was carried out immediately, according to KCNA on Dec. 13. KCNA reported, "A special military trial by State Security Department of DPRK was held on Dec. 12. By 60th provision of state criminal law, it sentenced Jang to death and the sentence was carried out immediately." /end my excerpts
  • NKorea executes leader's uncle as a traitor

    12/12/2013 2:12:32 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 34 replies
    AP ^ | 12-12-2013
    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday announced the execution of Kim Jong Un's uncle, calling the leader's former mentor a traitor and "worse than a dog." The announcement came only days after Pyongyang announced through state media that Jang Song Thaek — long considered the country's No. 2 power — had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life." Jang was seen as helping Kim Jong Un consolidate power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, two years ago. Jang was...

    11/29/2013 10:31:42 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    South Korea (AP) -- North Korea state media claimed Saturday that an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month has apologized for alleged crimes during the Korean War and for "hostile acts" against the state during a recent trip. North Korean authorities released video showing 85-year-old Merrill Newman, wearing glasses, a blue button-down shirt and tan trousers, reading his alleged apology, which was dated Nov. 9 and couldn't be independently confirmed. Pyongyang has been accused of previously coercing statements from detainees. There was no way to reach Newman and determine the circumstances of the alleged confession. "I have...
  • North Korea parades its American prisoner in chilling 'confession' video ...

    11/30/2013 5:31:18 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | November 30, 2013 | MARIE-LOUISE OLSON
    A video has been released by the North Korean government showing detained American veteran Merrill Newman, 85, admitting to being 'guilty' of crimes including killing innocent civilians when he was a soldier in the Korean War. Newman, who has not been heard from since he was detained on October 26, is seen reading a four-page hand-scribbled letter on camera in an undisclosed location in the video released on Saturday. The veteran from California looks uneasy in the video, and with shaking hands apologizes for what he supposedly did 60 years ago. ‘I realize that I cannot be forgiven for my...
  • North Korea 'publicly executes 80 people'

    11/11/2013 11:10:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 26 replies
    North Korea publicly executed around 80 people earlier this month, many for watching smuggled South Korean TV shows, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday. -excerpt- In the eastern port of Wonsan, the authorities gathered 10,000 people in a sports stadium to watch the execution of eight people by firing squad, the source quoted one eyewitness as saying.
  • The Democratic People's Monarchy of North Korea, All Hail King Kim Jong-un!

    08/13/2013 4:35:32 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 14 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 8/14/2013. | South China Morning Post
  • Ex-U.S. President Carter plans to visit North Korea - report(AGAIN)

    07/30/2013 4:27:11 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29, 2013
    Ex-U.S. President Carter plans to visit North Korea - report July 29, 2013 - 05:15 SEOUL (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is planning to visit North Korea soon to try to win the release of a U.S. citizen held for committing crimes against the reclusive state, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. Carter has made contact with the North to arrange for the visit, and he is likely to make the trip in a personal capacity to secure the release of Kenneth Bae, the U.S. citizen, a source in Washington was quoted as saying by Yonhap....
  • How to send your kid to summer camp in North Korea

    06/15/2013 9:31:43 PM PDT · by GeronL · 18 replies
    NK News Pro ^ | June 6, 2013 | Justin Rohrlick
    While some kids are being sent away to summer camps in New England right now, others are on their way to the Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wonsan, North Korea. .... Far from just a getaway for North Korean children, thousands of young people from countries including China, Russia, Nigeria, Mongolia, Mexico, Syria (where North Korean military officers have reportedly begun advising Assad’s forces), Tanzania, and Thailand have attended the Songdowon camp since it opened in 1960, which expanded to accommodate 1,200 guests in 1993 “under the special care of President Kim Il Sung and the leader Kim Jong Il.”
  • North Korea Children Stage Mock Military Parade (Your mind will be blown away)

    06/01/2013 6:16:27 AM PDT · by BCW · 28 replies
    SKY News ^ | 01 JUN 2013 | SN
    North Korean youngsters dressed in miniature replicas of military uniforms have celebrated Children's Day with a parade featuring toy cars decorated to look like tanks and rocket launchers.
  • DOJ invoked Espionage Act in calling Fox News reporter criminal 'co-conspirator'

    05/22/2013 6:11:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/22/2013 | Judson Berger
    The Justice Department did more than seize a Fox News reporter's emails while suggesting he was a criminal "co-conspirator" in a leak case -- it did so under one of the most serious wartime laws in America, the Espionage Act. It's the same law used by the Nixon administration to go after The New York Times and Daniel Ellsberg over the leak of the Pentagon Papers. It's the law used to charge the Rosenbergs, American communists, for allegedly passing secret information to the Soviet Union -- they were executed for the offense in 1953. One Washington attorney, who represents two...
  • North: Tyrannical Twins

    02/21/2013 7:34:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 22, 2013 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Last year, the Obama administration announced to the world that it was planning to pursue a new Asia/Pacific-oriented national security strategy. Since then, North Korea has countered with a strategy of its own. In December, Pyongyang successfully launched a multistage intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a warhead-sized payload to the U.S. mainland. On Feb. 12, the North Koreans tested an improved-design nuclear weapon. After the test, Pyongyang announced that despite tightened United Nations sanctions that theoretically went into force last month, its latest nuclear test bolstered its defenses against U.S. "hostility." In a lengthy broadcast on the...
  • Christian Sentenced to 15 years hard labor in NK

    05/02/2013 10:06:34 AM PDT · by FreedomStar3028 · 12 replies
    NBC news ^ | 5-2-2013 | FreedomStar3028
    An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency.
  • NKorea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire

    03/05/2013 5:40:20 AM PST · by pgkdan · 23 replies
    My Way News ^ | 03/05/13
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea vowed Tuesday to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, citing a U.S.-led push for punishing U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills. North Korea's Korean People's Army Supreme Command warned of stronger additional countermeasures in a statement that came amid reports that Washington and North Korean ally Beijing have approved a draft of punishing sanctions for a U.N. Security Council resolution responding to North Korea's Feb. 12 nuclear test. The draft is expected to be circulated at the U.N. this week.
  • The Polonium Diversion

    12/27/2006 12:16:00 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies · 555+ views ^ | December 10, 2006 | Edward Jay Epstein
    The Polonium Diversion At least a dozen people have been contaminated by the rare radioactive isotope Polonium 210. The list includes Alexander Litvinenko, the ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the KGB who died from a dose of Polonium 210 in London on November 23rd; Andrei Lugovoi, a former colleague of Litvinenko in the KGB, who met with Litvinenko at the Pine bar of the Millennium Hotel in London the day he became ill, November 1st; Dmitry Lugovoi, Lugovoi’s business associate, who also attended that November 1st meetings; 7 employees of the Millennium Hotel; Mario Scaramella, an Italian security consultant, who dined with...
  • Bombing the Syrian Reactor: The Untold Story

    02/23/2013 8:09:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 61 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Elliott Abrams
    As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, there is much discussion of the regimeÂ’s chemical weapons and whether SyriaÂ’s Bashar al-Assad will unleash them against Syrian rebels, or whether a power vacuum after AssadÂ’s fall might make those horrific tools available to the highest bidder. The conversation centers on SyriaÂ’s chemical weaponry, not on something vastly more serious: its nuclear weaponry. It well might have. This is the inside story of why it does not. Relations between the United States and Israel had grown rocky after IsraelÂ’s incursion into Lebanon in 2006, for Secretary of State Condoleezza...
  • Point Man on U.S. Sanctions to Depart

    01/23/2011 10:22:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 2 replies
    wsj ^ | 1/24/11 | JAY SOLOMON
    ISTANBUL—The point man for the Obama administration's financial wars on Iran, North Korea and al Qaeda, Stuart Levey, has decided to leave his senior U.S. Treasury Department post at what is turning out to be a particularly critical time. Mr. Levey's departure will leave President Barack Obama without the principal architect of Washington's economic-sanctions campaign against Tehran, just as that campaign is likely to be ramped up following the breakdown of talks among Iran, the U.S. and a bloc of global powers on Saturday. The negotiations, held in Turkey, were aimed at curtailing Iran's nuclear program. With no date set...
  • Ominous rumblings in North Korea

    07/22/2012 4:42:59 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 07/22/12 | Arthur I. Cyr
    07-22-2012 16:14 Ominous rumblings in North Korea By Arthur I. Cyr Strange things are happening in North Korea, which is nothing new. This time, however, developments apparently reflect divisions within the leadership of the isolated totalitarian regime. Conceivably, this could spark a renewed Korean War. Ri Yong-ho, a powerful military figure and until recently a close ally of young North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, has been relieved of command, allegedly due to illness. This explanation is generally discounted. In a May statement, Kim criticized those in the military for "developing a taste for money" amid reports of corruption. Kim has...
  • N.Korea Moves Arms Closer to Border

    10/13/2011 6:07:14 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 51 replies
    N.Korea Moves Arms Closer to Border 10/13/11 North Korea has recently moved fighter jets near the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border, and ground-to-air missiles close to Baeknyeong Island. There is speculation that it plans a minor provocation while South Korean president Lee Myung-bak visits the U.S. since any show of unity between the two allies tends to incense the North. "The North Korean military was seen moving mobile missile launchers at a ground-to-ship missile base near the NLL," a government source said. "There's likelihood that the North will launch a military provocation" while Lee is away. The...
  • N. Korea, a Leading Nuclear Proliferator, Is Tapped to Lead U.N. Disarmament Body

    06/30/2011 7:45:47 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 4 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 6/30/11 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – North Korea’s appointment to the rotating presidency of the U.N.-linked Conference on Disarmament raised eyebrows Wednesday, but it is just the latest in a series of jarring appointments at the United Nation’s various agencies. The Conference on Disarmament (CD) position in Geneva comes because North Korea -- under its official name, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- is next up in the alphabetical rotation for the presidency, which changes hands among the CD’s 65 member-states six times a year. The custom applies irrespective of a member state’s actual record on promoting the CD’s agenda, which covers weapons of...
  • North Korea: One of the Happiest Places on Earth?

    06/01/2011 7:37:34 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies
    Time via Yahoo ^ | Jun 1, 2011 | HILLARY BRENHOUSE
    According to a global happiness index released in North Korea, the country and its allies are the most cheerful countries in the world. Naturally, the "American Empire" strikes Pyongyang as just plain sad. Shanghaiist reports that North Korea's Chosun Central Television recently came out with a happiness index compiled by local researchers. Their findings? China is the happiest place on the planet, earning 100 points (a perfect score!). At number two is none other than North Korea itself. Cuba, Iran and Venezuela (in that order) round out the top five.
  • Skinny jeans, adult films, human excrement sell 'like hot cakes' in North Korea

    12/28/2010 10:56:24 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies · 14+ views
    Skinny jeans, adult films, human excrement sell 'like hot cakes' in North Korea * From: NewsCore * December 29, 2010 5:27AM SKINNY jeans, adult films and human excrement are among some of the most wanted items for consumers in North Korea. Kim Young-soo, a professor at Seoul's Sogang University who has interviewed several recent defectors from the Communist country, said that the items were selling "like hot cakes". Other popular items sold in North Korea included TV dramas and instant noodles, he said. Yonhap news agency reported that shops began selling human excrement to deal with acute shortages of fertiliser...
  • Another Holbrooke/Hill Embarassment

    03/23/2009 9:34:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 915+ views ^ | March 23, 2009
    According to Richard Holbrooke, Richard Holbrooke is essentially this country's top diplomat -- Hillary Clinton is merely his "pupil. This despite the fact that Holbrooke has hit the trifecta of shady business dealings over the last few years: a member of AIG's board with more than $800,000 in compensation, a managing director at Lehman Brothers, and the recipient of a "Friends of Angelo" loan from Countrywide (that alone was enough to get Jim Johnson thrown under the Obama campaign bus). Now comes another revelation from the New York Times. Despite repeated denials, according to three sources, Holbrooke did offer former...
  • North Korea's undercover journalists revealmisery of life in dictatorship

    11/27/2010 9:51:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Telegraph [UK] ^ | 11/27/10 | Julian Ryall
    With its ruthless dictator, network of forced labour camps and iron grip of its ruling party, North Korea is the last country one might expect to see a middle-aged woman berating a policeman for demanding a bribe. But extraordinary video images smuggled out of North Korea, combined with reports of graffiti and posters critical of the regime, indicate a growing willingness among a previously cowed public to speak out and demand change. Such dissent would once have been unthinkable in the reclusive state, but now hunger and plummeting living standards are now triggering demands for freedom - something that no...
  • State Department analyst charged with leaking information about North Korea

    08/27/2010 8:47:58 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/28/2010
    Steven Kim, who worked as an employee of a contractor, was named in a federal indictment unsealed Friday. He was charged with illegally disclosing national defence information, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and with making false statements to the FBI, which has a maximum five-year sentence. Steven Kim It comes only a month after an Army official was arrested for allegedly leaking classified documents to the Wikileaks whistle-blower website. The Justice Department said in June 2009 Kim knowingly passed information about US intelligence concerning a foreign country to a national news organisation and in September...
  • (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source(actually MIG-21)

    08/17/2010 10:56:49 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 70 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/18/10
    (LEAD) N. Korean helicopter crashes in China, killing pilot: source SHENYANG, China, Aug. 18 (Yonhap) -- A North Korean helicopter crashed in a Chinese border area, killing the pilot aboard who may have attempted to defect to Russia, intelligence sources here said Wednesday. The crash took place in Fushun Prefecture in the province of Liaoning Tuesday afternoon, the sources said, adding the pilot was the only person in the chopper when it crashed. "The pilot died on the spot," one source said, adding the Chinese authorities were able to identify the nationality of the helicopter only after the crash. Chinese...
  • Nuclear Leak In North Korea

    06/23/2010 11:33:32 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 13 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/23/2010 | Gordon G. Chang
    Is Kim Jong-il building a new type of weapon? On Monday Seoul announced that the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety had detected unusually high levels of xenon gas near the North Korea border on May 14. The concentration of xenon was eight times higher than normal, and the presence of the gas is indicative of nuclear activities. Because the wind was blowing south at the time, the source of the gas could not have been one of South Korea's nuclear plants. The xenon might have originated in China or Russia, but the most likely place was the land of unexplained...
  • US considers sending carrier to Korea

    06/02/2010 1:14:44 PM PDT · by jhpigott · 67 replies · 1,397+ views
    U.S. defense officials say they may deploy the massive aircraft carrier USS George Washington off the Korean Peninsula in the Yellow Sea, where North Korea allegedly sank a South Korean warship. The deployment would be a show of force by the U.S., which has vowed to protect South Korea and is seeking to blunt aggression from North Korea. An international investigation last month blamed North Korea for torpedoing the Cheonan warship in March, killing 46 sailors. U.S. officials, who spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Wednesday that a final decision on deployment of...
  • Our Russian Oracle

    05/31/2010 5:44:58 AM PDT · by Leoni · 14 replies · 314+ views ^ | J. R. Nyquist
    Our Russian Oracleby J. R. Nyquist Weekly Column Published: 5.28.2010 North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il is ready for a fight. Two days ago the North Korean military announced, "We do not hope for war, but if South Korea ... tries to attack us Kim Jong-il has ordered us to finish the task of unification left undone during the [Korean] war." And why should there be a war? Last March North Korea sank a South Korean corvette. There are a number of possible explanations for this. Perhaps the North Koreans were testing President Obama. Perhaps it was a planned diversion, insofar...
  • The question no one seems to be asking about the North Korean Sub attack.

    05/26/2010 9:13:25 PM PDT · by Trueblackman · 36 replies · 930+ views
    Vanity | 26 May 2010 | trueblackman
    Here is the question that the so-called experts don't seem to be asking in the wake of the North Korean Sub attack is, "Was this attack a dry run for one by the Iranians for a coming attack on U.S. assets in the Persian Gulf?" I offer up the following evidence: 1)Most of North Koreans past military incidents including underground Nuclear testing have been funding by nations that have funded terrorism. 2)North Korea and Iran have the same type of mini-subs which have been built and exported by North Korea. The Iranians have been boasting they have improved on the...
  • N.Korea Leader Sets World Fashion Trend: Pyongyang (Dear Leader Fashion Alert!)

    04/07/2010 10:41:21 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies · 854+ views
    France 24 ^ | 4/7/2010 | France 24
    You Look Simply Marvelous! AFP - The trademark suit sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is now in fashion worldwide thanks to his greatness, Pyongyang's official website said Wednesday. Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said the modest-looking suits have gripped people's imagination and become a global vogue. "The reason is that the august image of the Great General, who is always wearing the modest suit while working, leaves a deep impression on people's mind in the world," it said. "To sum it up, that is because his image as a great man is so...
  • NKorea Threatens US; World Anticipates Missile (Will Wipe US Off Map)

    06/24/2009 6:16:41 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 48 replies · 1,787+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/24/2009 | Yahoo News
    SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days. Off China's coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month. The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship,...
  • Report: NKorea may fire missile toward Hawaii

    06/18/2009 4:33:57 AM PDT · by FromLori · 32 replies · 974+ views
    Google News ^ | 6/18/09
    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese newspaper said Thursday, amid escalating tensions between the communist country and the United States over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs. The missile, believed to be a long-range Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers), would be launched from North Korea's Dongchang-ni site on the northwestern coast, said the Yomiuri daily, Japan's top-selling newspaper. The report cited an analysis by the Japanese Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by U.S. reconnaissance satellites. The Yomiuri said the Taepodong-2 could fly over...