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  • Rome's Meaningless Claim to "Unbroken Chain Of Succession"

    05/03/2015 12:05:34 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 207 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turrretin ^ | November 26, 2010 | TurretinFan
    The following is an example of Rome's claim of "unbroken succession" - provided by pope John Paul II:Nevertheless, the Roman Pontiffs have exercised their authority in Rome and, according to the conditions and opportunities of the times, have done so in wider and even universal areas, by virtue of their succeeding Peter. Written documents do not tell us how this succession occurred in the first link connecting Peter with the series of the bishops of Rome. It can be deduced, however, by considering everything that Pope Clement states in the letter cited above regarding the appointment of the first bishops...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    05/02/2015 12:50:12 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 37 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned in...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1)

    05/01/2015 11:05:57 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1) For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of...
  • A Refresher on “Apostolic Succession”

    02/28/2015 11:26:52 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 51 replies
    triablogue ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Bugay
    Thomas Hobbes said “The Papacy is not other than the Ghost of the deceased Roman Empire, sitting crowned upon the grave thereof”. History has borne out this statement. The question of “authority” is at the heart of every discussion between Protestants and Roman Catholics since the time of the Reformation, and yet the Church of Rome (“Roman Catholicism”) bases all of its claims to authority upon “apostolic succession” … the notion that there was an unbroken succession of “successors” from the time of the Apostles till now. Bryan Cross has said “The Church always had the concept of apostolic succession.”,...
  • House of Saud divided: Generational shift seen in royal succession battle

    01/22/2015 5:02:25 PM PST · by aimhigh · 14 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 01/09/2015 | Taylor Luck
    (Note: This was written a month ago) With 91-year-old Abdullah’s hospitalization with pneumonia Jan. 2, all eyes in Saudi Arabia immediately turned to Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the defense minister and the king’s 79-year-old half-brother. Yet due to Salman’s own deteriorating health – those close to the palace say the crown prince is suffering from the early stages of dementia – a campaign is growing within Riyadh to bypass Salman and give the throne to Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, 69, another of the king’s half brothers, should Abdullah be deemed unfit to rule. Both the crown prince...
  • Richard III's DNA throws up infidelity surprise

    12/02/2014 4:36:01 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | 12-2-14 | Paul Rincon
    Analysis of DNA from Richard III has thrown up a surprise: evidence of infidelity in his family tree. Scientists who studied genetic material from remains found in a Leicester car park say the finding might have profound historical implications. Depending on where in the family tree it occurred, it could cast doubt on the Tudor claim to the English throne or, indeed, on Richard's. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. But the scientists would not be drawn on what meaning it might have - if any - for the current Royal Family, as it was still unknown...
  • Saudi dynasty moves to forestall succession crisis

    03/30/2014 4:17:13 PM PDT · by gooblah · 12 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 6 hours ago | By Angus McDowall
    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's appointment of Prince Muqrin as deputy crown prince is a first step towards addressing its biggest dynastic challenge for 50 years and forestalling a possible succession crisis in the world's top oil exporter. The ruling al-Saud family is fast approaching the moment when it must decide how to jump down a generation from a line of brothers born to the country's founder King Abdulaziz to their sons and nephews, a process fraught with difficulty. For a dynasty that now sees itself as governing a rare island of stability in a region aflame with conflict and...
  • I WANT TEXAS TO SECEDE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THERE IS NO PROOF WE CAN'T DO IT.

    12/08/2013 8:52:07 AM PST · by carlo3b · 135 replies
    I know many on this site will look at this and think it is one more crackpot talking nonsense.. That may not be entirely wrong, but I am not a crackpot, and my attitude is shared by too many intelligent folks that are entirely fed-up with the direction we are going.. Texas is suffering from our own success.. We are attracting the disaffected millions, from failed governments around the country, to our state because of our business friendly atmosphere, low taxation, low costs, great weather, and great opportunities.. All of that would be fine, if the newcomers would leave their...
  • Secession Movement Sweeping Maryland & Colorado

    11/27/2013 4:34:48 AM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 40 replies
    mrconservative.com ^ | 23 Nov 13 | Ben Walters
    Could we soon have 52 states? The succession movements in Colorado and Maryland are at full speed. Citizens in Alleghany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties don’t feel that their interests are being represented in Annapolis any longer. Now they are looking to split off from the rest of the state to form Western Maryland. This effort is being called: A New State initiative. Scott Strzelczyk, leader of the Western Maryland initiative puts it bluntly, “people are fed up with the liberal majority and want an “amicable divorce.” The five counties make up about 11% of the entire state and...
  • IS RED STATE AMERICA SECEDING?

    10/10/2013 7:43:59 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 45 replies
    WND ^ | 10-10/13 | Pat Buchanan
    In the last decade of the 20th century, as the Soviet Empire disintegrated, so, too, did that prison house of nations, the USSR. Out of the decomposing carcass came Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Moldova, all in Europe; Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia. Transnistria then broke free of Moldova, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia fought free of Georgia. Yugoslavia dissolved far more violently into the nations of Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo. The Slovaks seceded from Czechoslovakia. Yet a Europe that plunged straight...
  • Islamic Republic of Great Britain under President Charles Windsor?

    03/21/2013 11:04:24 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 17 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | Enza Ferreri
    The UK's Queen Elizabeth II has unfortunately been ill with gastroenteritis recently. Understandably this has started speculations, I hope premature, about what could happen in case of her death. I like her, and I wish her a very long life. Who will succeed the Queen is a very worrisome question. I dread to think of her son and heir to the throne Prince Charles as the King, not only because of his, shall we say, lack of grasp of reality (Oriana Fallaci, the Italian best-selling author who, with her book The Rage and the Pride (Amazon USA) , (Amazon UK) ,...
  • The Baltimore Catechism: Part One: The Creed, The Catholic Church

    03/02/2013 2:32:24 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    The Baltimore Catechism.com ^ | 1941 | The Baltimore Catechism
    The Baltimore Catechism Revised Edition (1941) Part One: The Creed   The Catholic Church Lesson 11 from the Baltimore Cathechism"I believe in ... the Holy Catholic Church ..."136. What is the Church? The Church is the congregation of all baptized persons united in the same true faith, the same sacrifice, and the same sacraments, under the authority of the Sovereign Pontiff and the bishops in communion with him.The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. (Matthew 13:24)137. Who founded the Church? Jesus Christ founded the Church.And I say to thee, thou art Peter,...
  • N. Korea: Neither Mission nor Prudence in Kim's Expression (Kim Jong-nam says his bro is clueless)

    02/09/2012 6:59:21 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 02/09/12 | Park Seong Guk
    Neither Mission nor Prudence in Kim's Expression By Park Seong Guk [2012-02-09 11:12 ] Kim Jong Nam has revealed more about the rule of Kim Jong Eun and his view of the future of North Korea in previously unreleased e-mails between he and Tokyo Shimbun editor Yoji Komi . “In that young man’s expression I can see neither the mission nor the prudence of a man who has become the successor to a troubled country like North Korea, nor the expression of a man worrying about a future vision for the state,” Kim is quoted as saying in one of...
  • Top Risks of 2012: North Korea - Implosion or Explosion

    01/23/2012 6:48:19 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Eurasia Group ^ | Jan. 2012(?)
    5 – North Korea Implosion or Explosion Don’t be fooled by stories of how smoothly the transition is proceeding in Pyongyang. The first rule of analyzing North Korea—it’s the world’s most opaque regime and no one really knows what’s going on inside—has not changed. Maybe things really are going smoothly. Maybe they’re already off the rails. We do know that North Korea is a nuclear power, that provocation is its traditional foreign policy tool of choice, and that North Korean collapse is the likeliest way to bring American and Chinese soldiers face to face in an unpredictable and dangerous security...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-nam Resurfaces in Beijing(Dad's death is only natural?)

    01/16/2012 2:14:05 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/16/12
    Kim Jong-nam Resurfaces in Beijing Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's eldest son Kim Jong-nam has resurfaced in Beijing a month after his father's death. He was spotted by South Koreans including Park Seung-jun, a professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Incheon University, waiting at Terminal 3 of Beijing Capital International Airport for an Air China flight to Macau on Saturday afternoon. Kim Jong-nam was wearing a padded navy blue jacket, jeans and a light-blue baseball cap. He was alone. Witnesses spotted Kim in the Air China business lounge searching the Internet on a computer. Asked if he had...
  • Economic reform takes backseat in North Korea

    01/02/2012 2:47:26 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 01/02/12 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    Economic reform takes backseat in North Korea January 02, 2012 By YOSHIHIRO MAKINO / Correspondent SEOUL--A Politburo meeting may signal a change in the decision-making process in North Korea--but that's about all expected to be different in the short term under Kim Jong Un's rule. Kim has shown increased dependence on the military as he tries to secure his position as North Korea's new leader. This approach will make it difficult to reform the nation's anemic economy or implement an open-door policy that could help the people. Kim, who on Dec. 30 was named supreme commander of the military, inspected...
  • Kim Jong Un pins his survival on N. Korean military

    01/02/2012 2:43:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 12/31/11 | YOSHIHIRO MAKINO
    Kim Jong Un pins his survival on N. Korean military December 31, 2011 By YOSHIHIRO MAKINO / Correspondent SEOUL--The relationship between Kim Jong Un and the country's military appears to be unsettled, with the inexperienced North Korean leader trying to keep the generals happy while at the same time keeping them in check. In the "military-first" policy created out of fear by his father and former leader Kim Jong Il, the military exerts great influence over the country's civilian leadership. On Dec. 30, the National Defense Commission announced that Pyongyang will maintain its hard-line policies. A South Korean government official...
  • N. Korea: The Signs Are Bad, and Time Is Short(expect more of the same)

    12/31/2011 2:46:30 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    The Daily NK ^ | 12/30/11
    The Signs Are Bad, and Time Is Short By The Daily NK [2011-12-30 09:52 ] On Thursday, ten days of mourning for Kim Jong Il was wound up. Internally, there have been no signs of anything out of the ordinary since Kim’s sudden death was announced on December 19th. In content and style, the mourning process was very similar to that of Kim Il Sung, up to and including the wailing mourners. Although international observers have long held concerns about the new leader, twenty-something year old Kim Jong Eun, the North Korean authorities have not taken long to proclaim him...
  • Who Is in Charge of N.Korea's Nuclear Weapons?

    12/26/2011 8:55:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/26/11
    Who Is in Charge of N.Korea's Nuclear Weapons? New North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is taking control of the renegade country's nuclear weapons, Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told the National Assembly's Defense Committee last Tuesday. "It also seems that Kim Jong-un has the final say on nuclear weapons considering that the power is being handed over to him now," he added. Kim Jong-un is vice chairman of the Workers Party's Central Military Commission, which now commands the military. A South Korean intelligence officer said the North Korean military attaches the greatest importance to the nuclear arms, and Kim Jong-un is...
  • N. Korea: Purges 'Ensure Kim Jong-un's Succession'

    12/26/2011 8:52:43 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/27/11
    Purges 'Ensure Kim Jong-un's Succession' A series of executions and unexplained deaths since North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son Jong-un was anointed heir to the throne in January 2009 were apparently meant to remove obstacles to the transition. Kim senior instituted several bloody purges to ensure his iron grip on power since he officially took over from his own father in 1994. The most prominent example is perhaps the death of Ri Je-gang, a former senior deputy director of the Organization and Guidance Department and a close aide to Kim Jong-il who oversaw key military appointments for more than two...
  • Jang Song-taek Cements Position in N.Korean Regime

    12/26/2011 1:13:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 12/26/11
    December 26, 2011 Jang Song-taek Cements Position in N.Korean Regime Jang Song-taek, the uncle and patron of new North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, appeared on state TV on Sunday dressed in full military uniform for the first time. Until now, Jang had only been spotted in a suit and tie. Korean Central TV broadcast footage of Kim Jong-un and Jang paying their respects to dead leader Kim Jong-il, who lies in state at Kumsusan Memorial Hall in Pyongyang. Jang's insignia confirm his military status as a four-star general in addition to his existing titles of vice chairman of the powerful...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's Brother 'Under House Arrest in Pyongyang'

    06/30/2011 6:29:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/01/11
    Kim Jong-il's Brother 'Under House Arrest in Pyongyang' North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's half-brother Pyong-il, the North's perpetual ambassador to Poland, is rumored to have been under house arrest since he arrived in Pyongyang in May. A source familiar with the North's internal affairs on Thursday said Kim Pyong-il is under house arrest because Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un and his followers are maneuvering to hold him in check. "Anyone who is believed to pose an obstacle to Kim Jong-un's succession, even members of his own family, is subject to elimination," the source added. Experts say Kim Jong-un is...
  • Al-Qaeda names Zawahiri to succeed bin Laden

    06/16/2011 6:57:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | 06/16/11
    Al-Qaeda names Zawahiri to succeed bin Laden By Lynne Nahhas (AFP) – 7 hours ago DUBAI — Al-Qaeda on Thursday named Egyptian surgeon Ayman al-Zawahiri to succeed slain leader Osama bin Laden and vowed no let-up in its deadly "jihad" against arch-foes the United States and Israel. "The general command of Al-Qaeda announces, after consultations, the appointment of Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the group," the jihadist network said in a statement posted on an Islamist website. Zawahiri, the group's long-time number two, succeeds bin Laden who was killed by US commandos in a May 2 raid in Pakistan....
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il puts son and sun on agenda during China mission

    05/24/2011 9:06:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | 05/24/11 | Jonathan Watts
    Kim Jong-il puts son and sun on agenda during China mission North Korean leader seeks support for anointed successor and visits solar energy plant as guest of Beijing officials Jonathan Watts in Beijing guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 24 May 2011 12.30 BST The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, is exploring the potential of solar energy amid a debilitating dispute over his country's nuclear power programme. On a visit this week to China, North Korea's main ally and aid donor, Kim requested a tour of a solar photovoltaic manufacturing plant in Yangzhou between meetings with senior Communist officials and a trip to a...
  • Furry Hat Offers Clues to Progress of N.Korean Succession(symbol of NK alpha-male)

    02/19/2011 6:19:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 01/31/11
    Furry Hat Offers Clues to Progress of N.Korean Succession North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir Jong-un is already being treated with the same level of protocol as his father. A senior South Korean government official last Friday said Kim Jong-un seems to have moved up to the same rank as his father. "The most conspicuous sign is that Kim Jong-un has started wearing a top-quality furry hat that only Kim Jong-il has been wearing so far," the official added. Kim junior wore the same hat as his father in video clips showing Kim senior's so-called on-the-spot guidance trip...
  • Kim Jong-eun's Intensifying Purge of N. Korean Military (jail being filled with generals)

    01/10/2011 6:13:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Free North Korea Radio ^ | 01/10/11 | Lee Myung-sung
    /begin my excerpts Kim Jong-eun's Intensifying Purge of N. Korean Military Lee Myung-sung 2011-01-10 As New Year starts, N. Korean military is in the middle of inexplicable personnel reassignment and purge drive Our source inside N. Korea reported on Jan. 8 that the number of inmates is suddenly swelling at (Jang-hyun-dong) Military Prison. It is under the control of Defense Ministry and located at Jang-huyn-dong Valley, Kimchaek City, North Hamkyung Province. It is right below Machon-ryong Pass. Lately many of (incoming) inmates are former generals purged by Kim Jong-eun. /snip The source said that common soldiers and company (mid-level) officers...
  • North’s succession will be rocky, says report

    01/09/2011 5:48:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 01/08/11 | Christine Kim
    North’s succession will be rocky, says report January 08, 2011 Since the public debut of Kim Jong-un as chosen successor to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, there has been speculation that the succession process itself could be tumultuous because of Kim Jong-un’s youth and inexperience. According to a yearly report from the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), there could be conflict and a scramble for power among the North’s elite in 2011 if Kim Jong-il steps down or dies. Kim Jong-il’s third son, Kim Jong-un, sensing a threat to his future leadership, could act to stabilize his ascension this...
  • N. Korea: Low Profile of an Heir Reinforces a Mystery

    01/08/2011 1:26:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    NYT ^ | 01/07/11 | MARK McDONALD
    January 7, 2011 Low Profile of an Heir Reinforces a Mystery By MARK McDONALD SEOUL, South Korea — When he was introduced to the public in September, Kim Jong-un appeared destined to succeed his father, Kim Jong-il, as the leader of North Korea, an irascible, destitute and nuclear-armed nation. But a growing number of experts in Seoul are beginning to question whether he has been fully certified, despite his elevation to a high military rank and the urgency created by his father’s poor health. “There are some minor but real reasons to ask if we are rushing our judgment about...
  • N. Korea: Jong-un’s birthday is now holiday, says report (getting more equal)

    12/23/2010 9:44:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 12/24/10
    Jong-un’s birthday is now holiday, says report December 24, 2010 North Korea has declared a public holiday to mark the birthday of leader Kim Jong-Il’s youngest son, a report said yesterday, as the regime grooms him to take over power from his father. Good Friends, a Seoul-based welfare group with contacts in the North, said the propaganda department in the northeastern city of Hoeryong had since mid-October held lectures for ruling party secretaries at each factory, workplace and public institution. The lectures, among other topics, mentioned the accomplishments of “Young General” Kim Jong-un “as well as the honor and pride...
  • Military Escalation in Korea

    11/11/2010 7:19:51 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CFR ^ | November, 2010 | Paul B. Stares
    Military Escalation in Korea CPA Contingency Planning Memorandum No. 10 DOWNLOAD THE FULL TEXT OF THE MEMORANDUM HERE Overview Further provocations by North Korea as well as other dangerous military interactions on or around the Korean peninsula remain a serious risk and carry the danger of unintended escalation. Moreover, changes underway in North Korea could precipitate new tensions and herald a prolonged period of instability that raises the possibility of military intervention by outside powers. This Center of Preventive Action Contingency Planning Memorandum by Paul Stares analyzes potentially dangerous crises that could erupt in Korea due to the atmosphere of...
  • N. Korea's heir mentioned second to father among state funeral organizers(from No.6 to No.2)

    11/07/2010 3:54:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 11/07/10
    N. Korea's heir mentioned second to father among state funeral organizers SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Yonhap) -- Mentioning his name ahead of all other senior officials', North Korea announced Sunday that Kim Jong-un, the 20-something son of leader Kim Jong-il, would aid his father in organizing a funeral for a powerful military officer who died earlier this week. The sequence -- placing Kim Jong-il's third son ahead of the Cabinet premier, the chief of general staff and the defense minister -- is the clearest signal yet that Kim Jong-un is officially in line to take over from his 68-year-old father. Kim,...
  • Executive Order--Change of Order of Succession

    11/06/2010 9:41:49 AM PDT · by freedommom · 24 replies
    white house ^ | 11-4-2010 | white house
    Executive Order--Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered that: Section 1. Order of Succession. Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order, the following officers, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of Attorney General, during any period in which the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, the Associate Attorney General,...
  • Executive order of succession within the DOJ

    11/04/2010 6:47:34 PM PDT · by MONKEY429 · 82 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | 11/04/2002 | white house press
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 04, 2010 Executive Order--Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et seq., it is hereby ordered that: Section 1. Order of Succession. Subject to the provisions of section 2 of this order, the following officers, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of Attorney General, during any...
  • Kim Jong-il's oldest son against North Korea dynastic succession(plot thickens)

    10/12/2010 6:43:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 10/12/10 | Peter Foster
    Kim Jong-il's oldest son against North Korea dynastic succession The eldest son of Kim Jong-il who was passed over in favour of his younger brother in the race to succeed his father as leader of North Korea, has said that he opposes the idea of a dynastic succession in the secretive Stalinist state. By Peter Foster in Beijing Published: 9:20AM BST 12 Oct 2010 Kim Jong-nam, 39, who lives in the gambling hub of Macao and was once said to be too "wayward" for the leadership, said he did not approve of the hereditary principle that saw his 27-year-old half-brother...
  • NKorea's Kim, heir apparent son at lavish parade

    10/10/2010 12:28:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/10/10
    NKorea's Kim, heir apparent son at lavish parade Published October 10, 2010 | Associated Press Clapping, waving and even cracking a smile, Kim Jong Il's son and heir apparent joined his father Sunday at a massive military parade in his most public appearance since being unveiled as North Korea's next leader. Kim Jong Un, dressed in a dark blue civilian suit, sat next to his father on an observatory platform at Kim Il Sung Plaza as tanks carrying rocket-propelled grenades and long-range missiles rolled by as part of celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the reclusive state's ruling Workers' Party....
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrent to counter U.S. threat(right on time)

    09/30/2010 7:37:22 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/30/10
    (2nd LD) N. Korea vows to bolster nuclear deterrent to counter U.S. threat NEW YORK/SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korea will not give up but rather bolster its nuclear deterrent as long as the United States threatens the communist nation, a senior diplomat from Pyongyang said Wednesday. Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon made the remark during a keynote speech at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, claiming that the North's nuclear weapons are for self-defense, not for attacking or threatening others. "As long as the U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers sail around the seas of our country, our nuclear...
  • 'North Korea delays Workers' Party meeting' (kim's health going bad or power struggle?)

    09/15/2010 3:10:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 09/15/10
    09-15-2010 17:38 'North Korea delays Workers' Party meeting' By Kim Se-jeong North Korea appears to have postponed its meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party due to internal problems, according to observers here. It has been widely speculated that the meeting, which would have been the biggest political gathering in 30 years, could take place early Wednesday. Yonhap News Agency, quoting anonymous sources from North Korea, reported that the authorities there had informed international organizations operating in Pyongyang that the meeting would be delayed due to floods. “It appears that the flood damage had a severe effect on public opinion toward...
  • Kim’s poor health sets back meet, says source

    09/13/2010 6:55:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 09/14/10 | Christine Kim
    Kim’s poor health sets back meet, says source September 14, 2010 A deterioration in the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has delayed a long-awaited Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, a South Korean government official told the JoongAng Daily yesterday. But Kim is not ill enough for the meeting to be canceled altogether and it will be convened soon, said the official, who asked not to be identified. The communist leader’s health worsened after his unexpected visit to China last month, according to the source. Kim was expected any day to preside over a meeting of the Workers’ Party,...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's Heir 'Met Chinese President'

    09/13/2010 5:22:55 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/13/10
    Kim Jong-il's Heir 'Met Chinese President' North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's son and heir apparent Jong-un met Chinese President Hu Jintao during a recent trip to China, North Korean sources claimed Friday. They said Jong-un, escorted by a team of three bodyguards, accompanied Kim senior on his China tour but traveled in a separate vehicle from his father and behaved as if he were a member of the entourage to avoid exposure to the press. Kim senior introduced his son to Hu and other Chinese leaders at a dinner in Changchun, Jilin on Aug. 27, the sources said. At the...
  • N. Korea: The Trouble with Kim Jong-il's Succession(cracking ruling elites)

    08/21/2010 12:37:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 08/20/10 | Kang Chol-hwan
    The Trouble with Kim Jong-il's Succession Kang Chol-hwan The North Korean party elite have recently felt the country is at something of a historic turning point, with regime change just around the corner. Leader Kim Jong-il believes that the only way for him to maintain his power is to establish the hereditary succession of his son, but it is doubtful whether the entire party agrees. Ri Je-gang, the first deputy director of the Workers Party's Organization and Guidance Department, the prop for Kim Jong-il's heir apparent, recently died in a mysterious car accident, and Pak Jae-kyong, the deputy director in...
  • 'NK Mass-Produces Badges, Portraits of NK Heir-Apparent'

    08/17/2010 6:21:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    KBS ^ | 08/16/10
    'NK Mass-Produces Badges, Portraits of NK Heir-Apparent' [2010-08-16, 14:30:19] Open Radio for North Korea says North Korea mass-produced badges and portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s third son and heir-apparent, Jong-un. The Seoul-based radio station that broadcasts programming for listeners in the North quoted a senior government source as saying Monday that the Mansudae Art Studio was ordered by a superior authority to mass-produce badges and portraits of the heir-apparent at the end of April. The report said the badges and portraits are expected to be given out as gifts to high-level officials during a meeting of senior members...
  • If Kosovo, why not Palestine? (Free Kosovo, Free Palestine)

    07/28/2010 9:03:53 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Palestinians, who have longed for freedom for over 40 years, should declare independence On July 22, the International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion on the following question posed to it by Serbia: "Is the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law?" By a 10-4 majority, the court ruled that, because "general international law contains no applicable prohibition of declarations of independence", Kosovo's declaration of independence in February 2008, coordinated with and supported by the American and most EU governments and subsequently recognised by 69 countries, "did not violate...
  • New North Korean Leader Could Rule By September

    07/23/2010 2:37:42 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 1+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 7-23-2010 | Daily Beast
    New North Korean Leader Could Rule By September Daily Beast Jul. 23, 2010, 3:51 PM As N. Korea rattles its saber at the U.S., American intel agents are racing to learn more about Kim Jong Un, who may succeed his ailing father as leader within weeks. Philip Shenon reports on the wave of executions that has Korea watchers on edge. The CIA is scrambling to gather every scrap of information it can find on the youngest son of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il in the belief that the Swiss-educated, Hollywood-loving, Nike-wearing son could take over for his ailing father...
  • Future U.S. Spy Chief Warns of More Attacks from N.Korea

    07/21/2010 4:18:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/22/10
    Future U.S. Spy Chief Warns of More Attacks from N.Korea North Korea's sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March could herald a "dangerous new period" of direct attacks by the North on South Korea to advance its goals, the future U.S. intelligence chief warned Tuesday. In a written answer in a Senate Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing, the nominee for director of national intelligence James Clapper said, "The most important lesson for all of us in the intelligence community from this year's provocations by Pyongyang is to realize that we may be entering a dangerous new period when...
  • N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say

    06/27/2010 9:09:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 1+ views
    WaPo ^ | 06/27/10 | Chico Harlan and John Pomfret
    N. Korea may formalize power transfer from Kim Jong Il to 3rd son, analysts say By Chico Harlan and John Pomfret Sunday, June 27, 2010; A09 TOKYO -- North Korea announced Saturday that it would hold a rare meeting that analysts predicted would herald the rise of Kim Jong Un, a son of ruler Kim Jong Il, as the new leader of the isolated Stalinist dictatorship. Official state news media reported that delegates from the ruling Korean Workers' Party would meet in September to select a new party leadership. Analysts said the gathering had all the hallmarks of a similar...
  • North Korea's Worker's Party Calls Conference(first party convention in 44 yrs)

    06/26/2010 6:34:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    The DailyNK ^ | 06/26/10 | Jeong Jae Sung
    North Korea's Worker's Party Calls Conference By Jeong Jae Sung [2010-06-26 17:19 ] North Korea has summoned a Chosun Workers’ Party delegates conference in early September, the first such event in 44 years. Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) reported the news today, quoting a decision of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the Party whereby, “The Politburo of the Central Party summons a delegates conference of the Chosun Workers’ Party at the beginning of September, 2010 to elect the leading apparatus of the Workers’ Party and reflect new demands for the revolutionary development of the Party, which is facing...
  • N.Korea's Rule of 4 (quadrumvirate headed by O not Jang?)

    06/09/2010 3:33:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 32+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/09/10
    N.Korea's Rule of 4 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's brother-in-law Jang Song-taek was appointed vice chairman of the powerful National Defense Commission on Monday, making him the effective No.2 in the Stalinist country, South Korean media reported on Tuesday. But defectors who were high-ranking officials in North Korea said Jang was promoted to join a core quartet centering around O Kuk-ryol, also a vice chairman of the NDC, along with Kim Yong-chun and U Dong-chuk. Defectors and sources in North Korea said power is being divided up as Kim Jong-il's health deteriorates, and at the center of the new power...
  • N. Korea: Jang Sung Taek's Star Ascends Again (No.2 and designated regent?)

    06/08/2010 12:00:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 37+ views
    Jang Sung Taek's Star Ascends Again By Kim So Yeol [2010-06-07 18:09 ] The unexpected third meeting of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly was held today, the 7th, just two months after the second meeting on April 9th. In the meeting, Jang Sung Taek was designated Vice-chairman of the National Defense Commission at Kim Jong Il’s suggestion, according to the Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA). Additionally, the Premier of the Cabinet was replaced, with Choi Young Rim taking over from Kim Young Il. Choi Young Rim was formerly Chief Secretary of the Party in Pyongyang, and is a member of...
  • North leader’s son denies asylum rumors(first-ever interview of Kim Jong-nam by S. Korean media)

    06/07/2010 5:44:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 41+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 06/07/10
    North leader’s son denies asylum rumors Kim Jong-nam gives first interview to South media June 07, 2010 Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, waves as he leaves his first-ever interview with South Korean media. By Shin In-seop MACAU - The reclusive eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gave his first-ever interview to South Korean reporters last Friday after being tracked down at a hotel in Macau, China. Although Kim Jong-nam said little in the brief exchange, he denied rumors that he has been trying to seek refuge in Europe since allegedly coming under...
  • China snaps at its junior princelings(succession problem?)

    06/05/2010 7:54:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 660+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 06/06/10 | Michael Sheridan
    June 6, 2010 China snaps at its junior princelings Public anger is growing at the wealthy offspring of the communist elite who are poised to inherit their parents’ power Michael Sheridan THEY may look bland, studious, glamorous or dowdy, but the generation of younger men and women rising to power in China have two things in common — perfect ancestry and lots of money. They are the new generation of “junior princelings” who stand to inherit power and wealth from their parents, the aristocracy of the communist system. Their influence is everywhere. As strikes spread and workers fight for higher...