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North Korea: Reality Check! - the reality of a country that has fought for its independence and won; surviving, like a little SpartaDemocratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) have constantly been the subject of colonial wars and aggression. Korea fought a stubborn anti-colonial struggle against the Japanese since the latter occupied their country brutally from 1910 until 1945. The Koreans in fact emerged from the Second World War as a victorious member of the allied forces. But US imperialism, hungry to expand its colonial domination, took up seamlessly from the Japanese in occupying the south of the Korean peninsula, setting up its puppet Syngman Rhee as the head of a fascistic comprador capitalist clique, rather than allowing nation-wide elections as was its obligation; realising that the victorious national liberation forces led by Marxist revolutionaries (Kim Il Sung, et al) would sweep to power. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/43043-north-korea-reality-checkDemocratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) have constantly been the subject of... more
Former "Vanguard" correspondent Laura Ling will join Cenk Uygur on "The Young Turks" tonight at 7/6c to discuss developments in North Korea and the death of dictator Kim Jong Il.
UPDATE: Journalist Euna Lee will also join the conversation via satellite from New York.
Ling and Lee were detained and held for 140 days in North Korea while reporting for "Vanguard" in 2009 on North Korean defectors.
Ling, who is now the host of "E! Investigates," shared the story of her captivity in a special, 22-minute "Vanguard" interview from 2010. See it here:
(Photo: Getty Images)Former "Vanguard" correspondent Laura Ling will join Cenk Uygur on "The... more
A new era has arrived for North Korea and nobody in the western world really knows exactly what is going to happen next. Kim Jong-Il is dead, and now control over the most bizarre country on earth has been handed over to 29-year-old Kim Jong-Un. Many believe that he is even younger than that. North Korea was already quite unstable while Kim Jong-Il was leading it, and now we have a young man that is going to be eager to "prove himself" to the North Korean hierarchy. Unfortunately, a lot of young men under the age of 30 don't handle fame and fortune too well, and a lot of them tend to be hot-headed. Hopefully Kim Jong-Un will turn out to be a reformer that will open up the doors of North Korea, but he could also end up being worse than his father. We just do not know at this point. We know that Kim Jong-Un was educated in Switzerland as a boy, we know that he speaks French, English and German, and we know that he is reportedly a fan of the NBA. Other than that, we just don't know a whole lot about him. What we do know is that Kim Jong-Un is a product of a totalitarian society that is absolutely obsessed with destroying the United States, and that is a very frightening thing.A new era has arrived for North Korea and nobody in the western world really knows... more
Supreme leader - or Dear Leader to his people - of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-il became ruler of his country following the death of his father Kim Il-sung. Can one of the world's few surviving communist regimes continue without Jong-il in charge?Supreme leader - or Dear Leader to his people - of the Democratic People's... more
North Korea , kim jong il Death Causes Citizens and Military to have Very Disturbing Attack of GriefKim Jong-il, the "dear leader" still venerated by many in North Korea but reviled abroad, has died aged 69, state media announced on Monday morning.
The official KCNA news agency described his young son and heir apparent as "the great successor", urging the nation, people and military to rally behind and "faithfully revere" Kim Jong-un.
The North Korean leader suffered a heart attack on Saturday due to physical and mental over-work, KCNA reported. He was on his train, travelling to offer "field guidance" to workers, when he died.
Kim had recovered from a reported stroke in 2008, and Monday's announcement was unexpected. But he had already begun grooming Kim Jong-un to take control of the "hermit state", appointing him a general last year and giving him several high profile roles.
Experts say there is increasing domestic cynicism about the regime, which has proved incapable of meeting basic economic needs while exerting rigid control. Collective punishment has left an estimated 200,000 people in prison camps and last year the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea described the country's situation as "sui generis", adding: "Simply put, there are many instances of human rights violations which are both harrowing and horrific."
But people in the streets of Pyongyang burst into tears as they learnt of Kim's death, Associated Press reported. At a North Korean restaurant in Beijing, staff wept hysterically when told what had happened.Kim Jong-il, the "dear leader" still venerated by many in North Korea but... more
A funny thing happens when one uses the term “police state” to describe behavior by authorities in response to the Occupy protests. Very Serious Company turns pale and insists that the United States is not turning into a police state—at least not yet. America isn’t North Korea or East Germany or Russia, for goodness sake, Very Serious Company continues.A funny thing happens when one uses the term “police state” to describe... more
Enigmatic and internationally reviled reality television despot Kim Kardashian has died.
http://www.examiner.com/apocalypse-in-national/kim-kardashian-is-deadEnigmatic and internationally reviled reality television despot Kim Kardashian has... more
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Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.
Kim's death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.
Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media. The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean television announces in a "special broadcast" that its leader Kim Jong Il has died in Pyongyang. He was 69.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/north-korea-leader-kim-jong-il-died-15185456#.Tu6qW7ggd4oKim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.... more
Facebook accounts believed to belong to the North Korean leader's grandson have caused a stir in the South.
South Korean media discovered accounts thought to belong to Kim Han-sol, the 16-year-old son of Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-il's eldest son, on Saturday.
According to reports, the posts revealed a teenager who said he was in favour of democracy and that his favourite film was "Love Actually".
Seems the bad taste in movies run in the family...
Photos showed Kim Han-sol with bleached blonde hair and dressed stylishly.
He is now believed to have blocked public access to his social networking accounts after being bombarded with South Korean media attention, the Korea Herald reported.
Kim Han-sol's sense of fashion has provoked considerable interest in the South Korean media, with Facebook photos showing him wearing rimmed glasses, earrings and a pendant in the shape of a cross.
A photo taken with a young woman has attracted interest because Mr Kim captioned it with the comment: "I'm going to miss you so much", a South Korean paper reported.
The unidentified girl replied: "I love you too, yeobo." ''Yeobo'' is a term of endearment that husbands and wives in Korea use to address each other, the paper explained.
And in one post, the teenager is said to have asked fellow students if they preferred democracy or communism - and said he preferred democracy.
Kim Han-sol is believed to live with his father, Kim Jong-nam, in China and also in the former Portuguese territory of Macau.
On Friday, the United World College in Bosnia said that he would be enrolling there as a student.
The South Korean press also says it has discovered accounts belonging to Kim Jong-nam, who was passed over by his father as successor to the North Korean leadership.
His page contained posts insulting his half-brother, Kim Jong-un, his father's chosen successor.
The South Korean paper says Kim Jong-nam was posting under the name "Kim Chol", a pseudonym he uses for hotel reservations when travelling to Singapore and Hong Kong.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15165334Facebook accounts believed to belong to the North Korean leader's grandson have... more
The founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program claims that in the late 1990s North Korean officials paid kickbacks to senior Pakistani military figures in exchange for critical weapons technology.
Abdul Qadeer Khan has given a United States-based expert documents that appear to show North Korea's government paid more than $3.5 million to two Pakistani military officials as part of the deal, the expert told The Associated Press Wednesday.
To back up his claim, Khan released what he said was a copy of a North Korean official's 1998 letter to him, written in English, that purports to describe the secret deal.
Khan gave the documents to Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an authority on Pakistan's weapons program. He did so because he has been accused by his government of running a covert nuclear smuggling operation without official knowledge or consent.
"He gave it to me because he regarded it as showing that the story, the perception that he had been a rogue operator was false," Henderson said.
The letter, along with a statement by Khan describing the deal, suggests that at least some top-level Pakistani military officials knew early on about some of Khan's extensive sale of nuclear weapons technology to other countries, including North Korea, Iran and Libya.
If that's true, it could deepen the distrust between the United States and Pakistan, which are struggling to set aside their differences and cooperate in the battle against militant extremists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The significance of the revelation is in dispute. Henderson said the documents prove Khan's claims that his nuclear arms smuggling network had high-level support from the Pakistani government, but others say the letter bolsters the government's claims it didn't know what Khan was up to.
The Washington Post said it obtained the documents and first reported on them on its website Wednesday after a lengthy effort to authenticate them.
The letter Khan released is dated July 15, 1998, and marked "Secret." It carries the apparent signature of North Korean Workers Party Secretary Jon Byong Ho.
The text says, "Please give the agreed documents, components, etc. to a ... (North Korean Embassy official in Pakistan) to be flown back when our plane returns after delivery of missile components."
The letter never mentions the word "nuclear." But Khan's written description of the events surrounding the letter makes it clear that the Workers Party official was referring to components and plans for Pakistani centrifuges used to enrich uranium.
Highly enriched uranium can be used either to make fuel for nuclear reactors or to form the explosive core of a nuclear weapon.
Jehangir Karamat, a former Pakistani military chief named as the recipient of the $3 million, said the letter was untrue. In an email to the Post from Lahore, Karamat said Khan, as part of his defense against allegations of personal responsibility for illicit nuclear proliferation, had tried "to shift blame on others."
The other official, retired Lt. Gen. Zulfiqar Khan, called the letter "a fabrication."
The Post said the assertions by Khan and the details in the letter could not be independently verified.
But the newspaper quoted one senior U.S. official who said the signature appeared genuine and the contents were "consistent with our knowledge" of the events described. Another intelligence official said the letter contained information known only to a handful of people.
Khan has long denied claims that he was working behind his government's back in his covert nuclear technology sales to foreign governments.
"This is a piece of dramatic evidence that Khan did not act as a single rogue agent, but instead was operating at the instruction of others," Henderson said. "I think the main point of this is that Pakistan used this technology to trade for diplomatic advantage."
David Albright, an authority on nuclear proliferation with the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, disagreed, saying the letter and Khan's narrative are evidence he acted alone.
"It shows that Khan was a rogue agent and that he colluded to provide centrifuge components to North Korea without Pakistani official approval," Albright said.
He said that in Khan's narrative, which has not been released, the scientist claimed he had assured the military that North Korea would not use the centrifuges for its nuclear weapons program, since it already had more advanced technology for that purpose.
Albright said the claim was false, but Pakistani military officials could have found it plausible.
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Read more: http://poststar.com/news/national/article_55119faf-6ac2-5633-b9ba-925407600688.html#ixzz1RQ5SdueaThe founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program claims that in the late 1990s... more
"When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning, and more than five of them were hospitalised," said coach Kim.
"Some stayed in hospital and then came to Germany later than the rest of us. The goalkeeper and the four defenders were most affected, and some midfielders as well. The physicians said the players were not capable of participating in the tournament.
"But World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don't want to think about anything but football.
"The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will."
Hmmm.....sounds like the US women's team just kicked your ass in the World Cup!
http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/blog/dirty-tackle/post/North-Korea-blames-loss-to-U-S-on-players-getti?urn=sow-wp2852"When we stayed in Pyongyang during training our players were hit by lightning,... more
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North Korea reportedly test-fires missiles
By Paula Hancocks, CNN
June 7, 2011 10:09 p.m. EDT
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea test-fired a short-range missile off its western coast in the middle of last week, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Quoting an intelligence source, Yonhap says Pyongyang launched a KN-06 short-range missile in an attempt to improve it and increase its range.
This launch would be the North's first test of a short-range missile in 19 months. In July 2009, North Korea fired a series of short-range missiles off its east coast, a move criticized by the international community.
The South Korean Ministry of Defense tells CNN they cannot comment on the report.
Tensions have been high between the two Koreas since two attacks last year killed 50 South Koreans.
North Korea also announced last week it will cut all ties with the South and threatened to strike with military force. It is not the first time Pyongyang has threatened to attack Seoul.CNN... North Korea reportedly test-fires missiles By Paula Hancocks, CNN June... more
North Korea and Iran appear to have been exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of sanctions, a leaked UN report shows.
The report, obtained by Reuters, said regular transfers had been taking place through "a neighbouring third country", named by diplomats as China.
The sanctions were imposed on Pyongyang by the UN after it conducted a series of nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
They ban all trade in nuclear and missile technology with North Korea.
They also imposed an arms embargo and subjected some North Korean individuals to travel bans and assets freezes.
North Korea has twice tested nuclear devices and said in September last year that it had entered the final phase of uranium enrichment.
The country is believed to have enough plutonium to make about six bombs, but is not thought to have developed a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The report was written by a UN panel of experts monitoring Pyongyang's compliance with the sanctions.
It said that "prohibited ballistic missile-related items are suspected to have been transferred between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [North Korea] and the Islamic Republic of Iran", using regular scheduled flights on national carriers Air Koryo and Iran Air.
For arms and related material, "whose illicit nature would become apparent on any cursory physical inspection", Pyongyang appeared to prefer the use of chartered cargo flights, Reuters quoted it as saying.
The flights would travel "from or to air cargo hubs which lack the kind of monitoring and security to which passenger terminals and flights are now subject".
This presented "new challenges to international non-proliferation efforts", said the panel.
The report said North Korea's uranium enrichment programme was "primarily for military purposes" and so Pyongyang should be "compelled to abandon" it and have it placed under international monitoring.
It also raised concerns about safety at the nuclear complex at Yongbyon, warning of an "environmental disaster" if it were to be decommissioned or dismantled without care.
The report said the transfers travelled through "a neighbouring third country". The country was not named in the report but one diplomat told the BBC some sanctions-busting takes place through China.
He said Beijing was unhappy with the experts' report, and that the Chinese member of the panel had not signed off on it.North Korea and Iran appear to have been exchanging ballistic missile technology in... more
Hundreds of thousands of people exist with virtually no rights, treated essentially as slaves, in some of the worst circumstances Amnesty International has documented in the last 50 years
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y0yhV6IT7o&feature=channel_video_titleHundreds of thousands of people exist with virtually no rights, treated essentially as... more
Former US President Jimmy Carter has accused the US and South Korea of human rights violations against North Koreans by withholding food aid.
Mr Carter made the comments after a three-day private visit to Pyongyang.
He also said North Korea was willing to hold unconditional talks with South Korea - a message conveyed in a note from leader Kim Jong-il.
South Korea wants the North to apologise for two deadly attacks last year before talks can restart.
It blames North Korea for sinking its warship in March 2010 with the loss of 46 lives - something Pyongyang denies. It also wants an apology for the shelling of a border island in November that killed four people.
The US has stressed that Mr Carter's visit was "strictly private", while the South Korean foreign minister said he did not have "high expectations" that the former leader could deliver a break-through.
Mr Carter travelled to North Korea with three former national leaders from The Elders group and held talks with Kim Jong-il's deputy, Kim Jong-nam.
Speaking in Seoul after his return, he said North Korea needed food aid.
File image of worker carrying hay in Taziri, North Korea, in December 1995 North Korea was hit by severe famine in the 1990s as its economy and crop base collapsed
"One of the most important human rights is to have food to eat, and for South Korea and the US and others to deliberately withhold food aid to the North Korean people is really a human rights violation," he said.
South Korea and the US have both suspended food shipments to the North in the past few years as a result of worsening political relations and concerns over monitoring the aid.
But, says the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Seoul, North Korea has been warning of especially severe food shortages this year as a result of the harsh winter.
North Korea has been dependent on food aid since famine in the mid-1990s.
On Wednesday Samaritan's Purse, a US-based charity that surveyed food needs in North Korea in February, warned that food stocks in some parts of the country would run out by June.
On dialogue, Mr Carter said that although he did not meet Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader "sent word that he and the people of North Korea are willing to negotiate with South Korea or the United States... on any subject at any time without preconditions".
"He specifically told us that he was prepared for a summit with [South Korean] President Lee Myung-bak at any time," he said.
But he said that although the communist nation expressed "deep regret" over the warship sinking and the shelling, it did not apologise for either event.
Wider disarmament talks involving the US, China, Russia, Japan and the two Koreas broke down over two years ago on the issue of how North Korea's dialogue partners could verify that the information it had presented on its nuclear work was accurate and complete.
China is pushing for the talks to restart but both the US and South Korea say inter-Korean tensions must be eased first.
Mr Carter returned without a US national detained in the communist state, businessman Jun Young-su who is reportedly accused of conducting missionary work.
The former president last year secured the release of another US citizen jailed in the country, but said before he left that he did not expect to raise the case of Mr Jun on this occasion.Former US President Jimmy Carter has accused the US and South Korea of human rights... more