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  • (3rd LD) U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Pyongyang this week

    11/15/2015 9:53:09 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/11/16
    (3rd LD) U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Pyongyang this week NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to visit North Korea this week, a high-level U.N. source said Sunday, a surprise trip that raises hope for progress in inter-Korean relations and efforts to resolve the North Korean nuclear standoff. Ban's visit to Pyongyang will be the first time in his capacity as U.N. chief, the source told Yonhap News Agency without providing exact dates of the trip. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the trip has not been formally announced. It was also...
  • Kim Jong-un travels with personal toilet, say North Koreans

    11/14/2015 6:27:11 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 13, 2015 | Sang Yong Lee
    Kim Jong-un travels with personal toilet, say North Koreans It would be ‘unthinkable’ for Supreme Leader to have to use public lavatories as he tours the country inspecting factories and facilities, sources tell DailyNK Sang Yong Lee for Daily NK, part of the North Korea network Friday 13 November 2015 11.15 GMT North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un travels with a mobile toilet built into one of the vehicles in his convoy when he conducts routine inspections of military bases and state-run factories around the country, according to sources close to his personal guards. “The restrooms are not only in Kim...
  • At the mercy of Dennis Rodman in North Korea: film director tells all

    11/11/2015 4:20:56 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Guardian ^ | November 5, 2015 | Oliver Hotham
    At the mercy of Dennis Rodman in North Korea: film director tells all Erratic behaviour, media scrums and skiing. Colin Offland talks to NK News about his new film following the basketball star’s trip in 2014 Oliver Hotham for NK News, part of the North Korea network Thursday 5 November 2015 06.00 GMT Colin Offland’s film about Dennis Rodman’s trip to North Korea is a rollercoaster of a documentary. Following the former Chicago Bulls basketball player and a motley crew of his fellow ex-NBA colleagues, the film – called Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang – depicts the group’s efforts...
  • N. Korea: Fading loyalty may explain leader's penchant for pomp

    11/08/2015 4:46:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Nikkei ^ | November 5, 2015 | MASANORI YAMAKUCHI
    November 5, 2015 7:00 pm JST Fading loyalty may explain leader's penchant for pomp MASANORI YAMAKUCHI, Nikkei online news deputy editor TOKYO -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's decision to call the first party congress in nearly 36 years is stirring speculation about what he is up to. The ruling Workers' Party on Oct. 30 announced that it will hold the convention in early May. The gathering, the party statement said, will present a new "strategic line" for building a "thriving socialist nation," and will galvanize the party, army and people into launching a "general offensive" toward that goal....
  • Family Dresses Up Baby As Kim Jong-un & Dennis Rodman For Halloween

    11/03/2015 5:18:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | October 31, 2015 | Garret Heinrich
    Family Dresses Up Baby As Kim Jong-un & Dennis Rodman For Halloween October 31, 2015 3:26 PM By Garret Heinrich An American family decided that there was no better costume for their eight-month old’s first Halloween than North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un and his friend Dennis Rodman. The little girl does look amazingly like the baby-faced supreme leader as she totes around a stuffed Dennis Rodman Chicago Bulls doll.
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister Caught on Camera Acting Strange

    10/14/2015 4:12:11 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Oct. 12, 2015
    Kim Jong-un's Sister Caught on Camera Acting Strange North Korean leader Kim Jong-uns sister Yeo-jong (in white dotted circle) stands back while her brother gives a speech marking the Workers Partys 70th anniversary in Pyongyang in this video clip from the North Korean Central TV. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong (in white dotted circle) stands back while her brother gives a speech marking the Workers Party's 70th anniversary in Pyongyang in this video clip from the North Korean Central TV. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong was caught on camera behaving oddly during a military parade marking...
  • Reckless Lunacy (Oliver North on Obama & disarmament)

    08/23/2012 4:55:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament. The following people hope you won't notice until after Nov. 6: Vladimir Putin, Liang Guanglie, Kim Jong-un, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, A.Q. Khan and of course, Barack Obama. The 10 individuals above share a common fascination: nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin, Russia's modern czar; Liang Guanglie, minister of national defense for...
  • N. Korea: Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low

    10/05/2015 7:57:01 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low Lee Sang Yong | 2015-10-05 10:14 Images of Kim Jong Un at a young age utilized in various state-run media for propaganda purposes. Image: Korean Central Television (KCTV) In order to consolidate his legitimacy as a descendant of the Mt. Baekdu bloodline and third generation ruler of the Kim Dynasty, the regime is trying to stimulate the publics adoration for Kim Jong Un, but inside sources are reporting that school students do not even consider Kim Jong Un to be a real leader. Ever since Kim Jong Un rose to power,...
  • N. Korea's Kim Jong Un now tips scales at 130 kg: paper

    09/26/2015 7:30:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 66 replies
    Nikkei Asian Review ^ | September 26, 2015
    September 26, 2015 9:57 pm JST N. Korea's Kim Jong Un now tips scales at 130 kg: paper SEOUL (Kyodo) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's reported weight gain is continuing unabated, with the South Korean government estimating from his body shape and gait that he has put on some 30 kilograms over the past five years and presently weighs around 130 kg, South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported Saturday. Since obesity is often linked to health problems such as cardiovascular disease, neighboring countries are paying close attention to changes in Kim's waistline. When Kim officially emerged as successor...
  • Kim again? North Korea leader backs surfing to revive ailing tourism industry

    09/12/2015 11:28:21 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Daily Star ^ | September 12, 2015 | Harry Kemble
    Kim again? North Korea leader backs surfing to revive ailing tourism industry NORTH KOREA leader Kim Jong-un is forever looking for ways to expand his country's rather narrow cultural agenda. By Harry Kemble / Published 12th September 2015 His latest brainwave is to turn his backward state into a surfing haven. Tourism fell by 40% last year in North Korea and it is hoped the water sport will help boost figures. Despot Kim has reportedly given permission for a surfing camp to be held on the east coast and a group of 20 surfers are on their way....
  • North Korea Appears to Seek Economic Reform Without Openness

    09/11/2015 7:44:47 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    RFA ^ | 2015-09-11 | Andrei Lankov
    North Korea Appears to Seek Economic Reform Without Openness A commentary by Andrei Lankov 2015-09-11 Nearly four years have passed since the sudden death of his father made Kim Jong Un the new leader of North Korea. This period of time is long enough to make educated guesses about the direction the young leader wants to take, and the goals he wants to achieve. To put things simply, he seemingly wants to initiate policy which in many regards is similar to the reform and openness policy of China under Deng Xiaoping. However, unlike China, Kim Jong Un seemingly wants what...
  • N. Korea: Truth behind Kim's pass on China trip revealed

    09/01/2015 2:56:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-09-01 | Choi Song Min
    Truth behind Kim's pass on China trip revealed Choi Song Min | 2015-09-01 17:38 North Koreas Kim Jong Un is said to have backed out of attending a massive military parade in China, which will celebrate the countrys 70th anniversary victory in World War II, after Beijing refused to receive the leader with highest respects. Pyongyang specifically requested that Kim stand side by side with President Xi Jinping up on the official balcony overlooking Tiananmen Square but was turned down, Daily NK has learned. Talk of the massive military parade in China and V-day celebrations that fall on the 3rd...
  • Offensive Asian Jokes Matter

    08/29/2015 5:53:34 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 23 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-29-2013 | MOTUS
    Just because I was bored, I Googled Trump and the results were predictable; on the first page of results, 90% negative and 10% neutral. Its hard to understand how his poll numbers keep going up when hes so unpopular. Its probably something like the Yogi Berra phenomenon, Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.This was my favorite headline from the whole crop: Donald Trump Mocks Asians: Uses Broken English While Speaking About China & Japan - Hollywood Life. Because, you know, Hollywood would never THINK of mocking Asians.The media just doesnt get The Donald yet: political correctness is really not...
  • (2nd LD) N. Korea's Kim fires party officials

    08/28/2015 4:34:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | Aug. 28, 2015
    (2nd LD) N. Korea's Kim fires party officials (ATTN: UPDATES with S. Korean government's response in last 3 paras) SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has dismissed some members of the ruling party's central military commission, state media reported Friday. The dismissals took place at an enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency. It did not say when the meeting was held, but the communist nation is known to often report events a day after they take place. The meeting "dismissed some...
  • North Korean Escapees Report Solid Support for Dictator Kim

    08/26/2015 12:21:09 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/26/2015 | Jeyup S. Kwaak
    SEOULNorth Koreans who fled the country last year said in a new survey that public support for dictator Kim Jong Un appears solid despite citizens frustrations about the poor state of the economy. The survey suggests grass roots capitalism continues to spread in North Korea to substitute for the failed state distribution system and is likely to continue its uncomfortable coexistence with the nations repressive regime. The Seoul National University Institute for Peace and Unification Studies each year surveys more than 100 North Koreans who defected in the previous calendar year. It provides firsthand insight into developments in the isolated...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un snubs China's invitation to military parade: source

    08/24/2015 12:31:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/24
    Kim Jong-un snubs China's invitation to military parade: source 2015/08/24 BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declined an invitation from China to attend a huge military parade next month marking China's victory over Japan in World War II, a diplomatic source said Monday. The rejection of the Chinese invitation represents the strained political ties between the allies over the North's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons and wayward behavior, according to the source. China has invited world leaders to attend the military parade on Sept. 3, a high-profile show of force. Many Western leaders are expected...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea says preparation for military action complete

    08/21/2015 6:20:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/21
    (3rd LD) N. Korea says preparation for military action complete 2015/08/21 21:06 SEOUL, Aug. 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's front-line troops have completed their preparation for military action against South Korea, Pyongyang's state media said Friday, as the North's leader has declared a "quasi-state of war." North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the country's front-line military to have full combat readiness against South Korea at an emergency meeting of the central military commission of the Workers' Party, following the North's firing of artillery shells across the heavily fortified border. "The Korean People's Army (KPA) front-line large combined units entered into...
  • The flying marshal: North Korea builds private runways for plane-loving Kim

    08/19/2015 7:58:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | James Pearson
    The flying marshal: North Korea builds private runways for plane-loving Kim SEOUL | By James Pearson His father was afraid to fly, but North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has taken to the skies, building a series of small runways long enough to land light, private aircraft next to some of his palaces, satellite imagery shows. Construction on Kim's personal landing strips began in 2014 and some were completed as recently as last month, according to satellite imagery identified by Curtis Melvin of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. "These runways are located near Kim family compounds...
  • In North Korea, Kim Jong Un Exiled His Sister's Friends For Bragging About Ties To Family

    08/18/2015 5:01:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    IBTimes ^ | August 17 2015 | Tim Marcin
    In North Korea, Kim Jong Un Exiled His Sister's Friends For Bragging About Ties To Family By Tim Marcin  August 17 2015 10:53 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reportedly exiled about 10 government officials, banishing them from the capital city of Pyongyang, after they bragged about ties to the leader's family. The officials were forced to outer regions after they disclosed they were close with Kim Yo Jong, the leader's younger sister, during their time at Kim Il Sung University, the South Korean outlet Daily NK reported. “A number of officials working at major state agencies in Pyongyang...
  • [S. Korea] Barack Obama and Kim Jong-Un sing "All By Myself" in the middle of Hongdae

    08/13/2015 1:54:00 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2015/04/15.
    [S. Korea] Barack Obama and Kim Jong-Un sing "All By Myself" in the middle of Hongdae Link to the Video
  • N. Korea: NK leader had vice premier executed with gun: sources

    08/12/2015 2:58:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/12
    NK leader had vice premier executed with gun: sources 2015/08/12 18:41 SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of the country's vice premier by shooting earlier this year, sources said Tuesday, in another sign of the leader's reign of terror. Vice Premier Choe Yong-gon was executed in May as he had expressed discomfort against the young leader's forestation policy, according to the sources. South Korea's state spy agency earlier said that the North Korean leader has tightened grip on his power base in a brutal way, including the execution of about 70 senior officials....
  • What do these new images of North Korea mean?

    08/11/2015 9:58:45 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | August 12 2015 | Brian Todd
    Kim Jong Un might be enriching uranium for nuclear bombs and planting landmines in South Korea.
  • Kim Jong-un: Photos of North Korean leader surrounded by his adoring female fanbase

    08/11/2015 7:25:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    IBTimes ^ | August 11, 2015 | David Sim
    Kim Jong-un: Photos of North Korean leader surrounded by his adoring female fanbase By David Sim August 11, 2015 12:11 BST North Korea has released photos of Kim Jong-un meeting the country's women's football team at Pyongyang airport after they won the East Asian Cup. The leader lavished praise on the side for beating their bitter enemy South Korea, and held each player's hand to express his approval. The women appeared to be overwhelmed by the gesture, many of them in floods of tears. 10 August 2015: Members of the North Korean women's football team surround Kim Jong-un as he...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un Sightings

    08/01/2015 4:39:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
  • Kim Jong-Un has farmer shot for not producing any lobsters at turtle farm [tr]

    07/07/2015 12:52:41 PM PDT · by pabianice · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/7/15 | Boyle
    Kim Jong-Un said the manager was a 'defeatist' and had him put to death He had been offering field guidance to managers at a terrapin farm The dictator was angered by their inability to breed any lobsters North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has ruthlessly executed a 'defeatist' terrapin farm owner after reacting furiously to the farm on a tour in May. Following the embarrassing tour, Kim reportedly lashed out at the owner, promising 'grave consequences' for not producing any lobsters. According to Daily NK, the dictator was enraged by the farm not keeping the tanks clean and allowing several baby...
  • Kim Jong-uns brother goes missing after attending two straight Eric Clapton concerts in London

    05/25/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 28 replies
    The Korea Times | 5/23/2015 | staff
    LONDON/MOSCOW/BEIJING, May 23 (Yonhap) Kim Jong-chol attended an Eric Clapton concert in London for the second time this week, but where the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un headed Saturday remained unknown. He had been scheduled to arrive in Beijing on Saturday from Moscow on his way to Pyongyang, a source with knowledge of the stopover said. However, the name of Jong-chol was not on the registry of the flight from London to Moscow, according to the source. He also wasnt seen at the Beijing airport Saturday.
  • North Korea 'photoshopped Kim Jong-un submarine missile pictures'

    05/20/2015 2:23:10 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 42 replies
    Reuters ^ | 20 May 2015 | Andrew Marszal
    Photographs showing Kim Jong-un proudly watching as a North Korean missile was launched from an underwater submarine were manipulated by state propagandists, experts claimed on Tuesday. German aerospace experts said photos of the launch were "strongly modified", including reflections of the missile exhaust flame in the water which did not line up with the missile itself. Considering the track record of North Korean deceptions, it seems sensible to assume that any North Korean SLBM [submarine-launched ballistic missile] capability is still a very long time in the future, if it will ever surface, Markus Schiller and Robert Schmucker, of Schmucker Technologie,...
  • North Korea: Execution By Anti-Aircraft Gun for Sleeping: The Photographic Evidence

    05/15/2015 8:48:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/15/2015 | Tyler Durden
    North Korean defense minister Hyon Yong Chol made a mistake: he fell asleep at an official event at which Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un was present.Kim, keen on sending a strong message amid rumors that his grip on absolute power may be slipping, reportedly decided that the appropriate punishment for napping during a rally is execution by anti-aircraft gun.If true, this would mark the latest in a series of purges which seem to lend some credence to the notion that Kims family name is no longer sufficient when it comes to securing absolute power and universal admiration both from...
  • North Korea executes defense chief for falling asleep during meeting, South Korea's spy agency says

    05/13/2015 9:37:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/13/2015
    South Korea's spy agency told the country's lawmakers Wednesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un executed his defense chief for falling asleep during a meeting and talking back to the young leader. Lawmaker Shin Kyoung-min says that officials from the National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary committee that People's Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire with hundreds watching at a shooting range at Pyongyang's Kang Kon Military Academy in late April. Shin was one of the lawmakers who attended the briefing. The office of another lawmaker, Lee Cheol Woo, released similar information about...
  • North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed'

    05/13/2015 5:02:05 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | May 13, 2915
    North Korea's Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea's spy agency has told parliament. MPs were told Mr Hyon was killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds, the Yonhap news agency reports. It said Mr Hyon had fallen asleep during an event attended by Kim Jong-un and had not carried out instructions. The news comes weeks after the reported execution of 15 senior officials.
  • North Korea executes defence chief for napping at military event

    05/12/2015 7:32:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-12-15 | BY JU-MIN PARK AND JAMES PEARSON
    N. Korea has executed its defence chief on treason charges, Seoul's National Intelligence Service was quoted as telling lawmakers, in the latest of a series of high-level purges since Kim Jong Un took power after his father's death in 2011. Hyon Yong Chol, who heads the isolated country's military, was purged and then executed by firing squad with an antiaircraft gun, watched by hundreds of people, South Korean media reported on Wednesday, citing the NIS's comments to a parliamentary panel. Hyon, who spoke at a security conference in Moscow in April, was said to have shown disrespect to Kim by...
  • North Korea's Kim ordered 15 executions this year: South's spy agency

    04/29/2015 8:14:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 29, 2015 | Jack Kim and Ju-min Park
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as punishment for challenging his authority, South Korea's spy agency told a closed-door parliament meeting on Wednesday. A vice minister for forestry was one of the officials executed for complaining about a state policy, a member of parliament's intelligence committee, Shin Kyung-min, quoted an unnamed National Intelligence Service official as saying. "Excuses or reasoning doesn't work for Kim Jong Un, and his style of rule is to push through everything, and if there's any objection, he takes that as a challenge to authority and comes...
  • Kim Jong-Un climbs North Korea's highest mountain

    04/20/2015 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 82 replies
    Kim Jong-Un has climbed the highest mountain in North Korea, state-run media claims.
  • 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.
  • North Korea: New camouflage for biplane fleet

    04/07/2015 12:43:13 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 51 replies
    BBC ^ | April 7, 2015
    Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was seen at the controls of one of the Korean People's Air Force Antonov An-2 aircraft while on an inspection visit to an aircraft maintenance plant last week, and analysts in South Korea say that Pyongyang has updated the colour scheme of the vintage planes, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reports.
  • Kim Jong-Un's "pleasure squad":dictator recruits harem of beautiful women to serve him

    04/06/2015 9:36:56 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 31 replies
    mirror ^ | 2 April 2015 | Sam Webb
    The tyrant, who lives in luxury while his people starve, is recruiting beautiful young females to cater to his every sexual whim, it has been reported.A South Korean newspaper has reported that the tyrant, who lives in luxury while his people starve, is recruiting beautiful young females to cater to his every sexual whim. It is believed Kim disbanded the group who entertained his father Kim Jong-Il when he came to power in 2011. But now Kim, who is married to singer Ri Sol-ju and has a daughter, has resurrected the tradition and sent out his officials to recruit "tall...
  • Hermit haircut: Kim Jong Un shows off barbarous hairstyle, eyebrows

    02/19/2015 12:48:22 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 85 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | Jason Molinet
    Kim Jong Un's latest hack job created another international incident. North Korea watchers combing through the supreme leader's appearance at a politburo meeting Wednesday were struck by Kim's new look. Kim was photographed with shrunken eyebrows the size of emoticons and cartoonishly high hair.
  • A quiet revolution in North Korea

    01/15/2015 11:17:36 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    BBC News Seoul ^ | January 14, 2015 | By Stephen Evans
    A quiet revolution may be under way in North Korea. The loud one we know about - it's been going on since the Soviet Red Army wrested the northern half of the peninsula from Japanese control in 1945. The Kim dynasty has espoused communism and shouted its merits ever since. But now, surprisingly, it seems that capitalism is growing in the country - quietly, of course. Kim Jong-un has looked north over the Chinese border and decided that market reforms along the lines of those allowed by his comrades in Beijing may allow the preservation of the current structure but...
  • Kim Jong-un agrees to attend Vladimir Putin's war commemorations

    01/14/2015 8:32:30 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Jan 15 | Julian Ryall
    Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has accepted an invitation to attend a ceremony in Moscow on May 9 to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany. The invitation was extended by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and will be the young dictator's first overseas trip since he became head of state after the death of his father, Kim Jong-il, in December 2011. While other world leaders might be reluctant to extend a welcoming hand to a pariah state that frequently threatens to turn the capital cities of its enemies to "seas of fire", Mr...
  • Sonys The Interview pulls in over $31 million online, $5 million in theaters

    01/08/2015 9:54:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Sonys controversial comedy flick earned $31 million in online sales and $5 million in theaters despite cyber threats and a wide theatrical release. The online sales figure marks the most lucrative digital release for a Hollywood film ever. Sony Pictures' "The Interview" has made more than $31 million from its online and on-demand release, according to the studio. Sony announced digital figures Tuesday for the film spanning its first 11 days of release since debuting Dec. 24. Sony had previously said the film made $15 million in its first four days online, so demand for the Seth Rogen comedy has...
  • Bill Richardson: Kim Jong Un a 'victim' of bad publicity

    01/03/2015 4:08:35 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | January 2, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a victim of bad publicity, according to Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor and U.N. ambassador. He has been the victim, Kim Jong Un, of a lot of bad press, a lot of bad international attention, with the Sony hacking, with [being] taken to the International Criminal Court by some U.N. countries, a number of other very destabilizing moves that he has made, shooting the missiles, nuclear testing, Richardson said on Friday on MSNBCs News Nation with Tamron Hall.
  • [N. Korea]Brow you see them: Kim Jong-un sports bizarre shrunken eyebrows in 2015 speech

    01/02/2015 8:35:47 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 57 replies
    SCMP ^ | 02 January, 2015 | Alex Millson
    Brow you see them: Kim Jong-un sports bizarre shrunken eyebrows in 2015 speech PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 January, 2015, 9:15am UPDATED : Friday, 02 January, 2015, 1:47pm Alex Millson alex.millson@scmp.com When Kim Jong-un delivered his New Year message offering to participate in high-level talks with South Korea, the setting, his outfit and posture were all strikingly similar to those he adopted exactly two years earlier. Two things, however, appeared radically different - the North Korean leaders eyebrows. In what appeared to be a case of severe over-plucking, Kims brows appeared to be significantly shorter than on earlier occasions, sitting above...
  • Kim Jong-un 'flies plane' in North Korea New Year video

    01/01/2015 8:55:53 AM PST · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1-1-15 | unattributed
    Kim Jong-un is said to have mastered the art of driving a car by the age of three, and now footage broadcast on North Korean state television appears to show that he is also a skilled pilot. In the video, which was originally broadcast on Tuesday, Kim can be seen looking through paperwork as he makes preflight checks before apparently taking control of the aircraft. Local media reported that Kim piloted the plane and landed it by himself as two assistants sat next to him.
  • North Korean student and son of executed Kim Jong-un uncles aide on run from Pyongyang agents in Fr

    12/31/2014 9:05:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 12 replies
    Henry Samuel, The Telegraph ^ | December 31, 2014 9:36 PM ET | Chong Dyn
    Kim Jong-un says North Korea is 'Open' to highest-level talks with South.
  • Kim Jong Un piloting an aircraft

    12/31/2014 8:22:23 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 57 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | December 31, 2014
    Here's a new North Korean propaganda video showing Kim Jong Un piloting a jet.
  • Hollywood Plays with Fire

    12/30/2014 10:57:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    In July of 1870, King Wilhelm sent Foreign Minister Bismarck an account of his meeting with a French envoy who had demanded that the king renounce any Hohenzollern claim to the Spanish throne. Bismarck edited the report to make it appear the Frenchman had insulted the king, and that Wilhelm rudely dismissed him. The Ems Telegram precipitated the Franco-Prussian war Bismarck wanted. Words matter. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, how much greater impact can a motion picture have? We are finding out. Egypt has banned "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the $140 million 20th Century Fox biblical...
  • North Korea slams U.S. over Internet shutdown, calls Obama a monkey

    12/27/2014 11:14:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/272014 | Simon Denyer
    <p>North Korea on Saturday compared President Obama to a monkey in a tropical forest as it blamed the administration for disrupting its Internet access amid a hacking dispute related to the movie The Interview.</p> <p>The North Korean government has been fiercely critical of the film, a comedy involving a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un, but has denied responsibility for a recent cyberattack on Sony Pictures.</p>
  • Report: Dennis Rodman Threatens to Sue 'Glorious Leader' Makers

    12/25/2014 12:55:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    GamePolitics ^ | December 23, 2014
    Report: Dennis Rodman Threatens to Sue 'Glorious Leader' Makers December 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff TMZ reports that former bestie to North Korean leader Kim Jung Un Dennis Rodman says that his friendship is over and doesn't want to be associated with him - even in a video game. The video game he doesn't want to be part of is Glorious Leader, a side-scrolling action game featuring the infamous North Korean leader. In fact, the former basketball star and on-again off-again wrestler and reality TV star says that he will sue the makers of the game if they include him...
  • 12 Pictures Of Kim Jong-un Looking Super Intimidating

    12/20/2014 10:55:24 AM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | Dec. 18, 2014 | Hans Brix
    According to The Daily Beast, as well as a handful of Twitter accounts run by movie theaters, Paramount Pictures has apparently informed theaters that theyre not authorized to air Team America: World Police. The film, which was the brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, makes gratuitous fun of North Korea and its previous leader, Kim Jong-il. The Paramount decision comes on the heels of Sonys decision to halt release and distribution of its own film, The Interview, a comedy that depicts that assassination of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Anonymous sources, believed to be from...
  • Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

    12/19/2014 10:09:44 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 27 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 Dec 14 | Unknown
    The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, the Kremlins spokesman said on Friday. It would be Kims first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy travelled to Moscow last month as part of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations. Yes, such an invitation was sent, a Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told the state news agency, Tass. Russia marks the...