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  • 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...
  • Sony’s ‘The Interview’ pulls in over $31 million online, $5 million in theaters

    01/08/2015 9:54:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Sony’s 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 MSNBC’s “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 leader’s eyebrows. In what appeared to be a case of severe over-plucking, Kim’s 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 uncle’s 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 they’re 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 Sony’s 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 Kremlin’s spokesman said on Friday. It would be Kim’s 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...
  • New message from Hackers to Sony: We'll stand down if you never release the movie

    12/19/2014 9:56:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 12/19/2014 | Brian Stelter
    The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a "very wise" decision to cancel the Christmas day release of "The Interview," a source close to the company told CNN. The email message was received by Sony's top executives on Thursday night and was obtained by CNN. The source said that the company believes the email was from the hackers because it followed a pattern of previous messages, sent to a list of particular executives and formatted in a particular way. A Sony spokesman declined to comment.
  • Russia invites North Korean leader to Moscow for May visit

    12/19/2014 8:10:44 AM PST · by McGruff · 28 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Dec 19, 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two, the Kremlin's spokesman said on Friday. It would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy came to Moscow last month in the framework of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations.
  • N. Korea: Putin Spokesman Confirms Kim Jong-un Invited to Visit Moscow

    12/19/2014 6:46:54 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Dec. 19 2014
    Putin Spokesman Confirms Kim Jong-un Invited to Visit Moscow Reuters Dec. 19 2014 16:21 Last edited 16:23 Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, the Kremlin's spokesman said Friday. It would be Kim's first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy came to Moscow last month in the framework of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations. "Yes, such an invitation was sent,"...
  • Kim Jong-un to Host 87th Annual Oscars

    12/18/2014 4:47:23 PM PST · by inkling · 19 replies
    Ricochet.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    HOLLYWOOD (KCNA) — The Revolutionary Artists Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Scientists are happy to announce that His Excellency Kim Jong-un will host the 87th annual Academy Awards. This will be the first time a supreme leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has led the ceremony, but it most certainly will not be the last. “All peoples celebrate Dear Leader’s most humble decision to host the Oscars,” said Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. “We have witnessed his strength and honor from afar and welcome the divine opportunity to explode our love in...
  • Romney urges Sony Pictures: Fight back and release “The Interview” for free online

    12/18/2014 10:13:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    By gum, he sounds like presidential material to me. Your move, Jeb. .@SonyPictures don’t cave, fight: release @TheInterview free online globally. Ask viewers for voluntary $5 contribution to fight #Ebola.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014 More than 13,000 retweets as I write this. Clearly there’s a demand for countermeasures among an American public that doesn’t like the idea of foreigners, especially savages like the Kim cabal, holding veto power over their culture. (Too bad China, Kim’s chief patron, already sort of does.) Am I right, though, in thinking that no major Republican pol aside from Romney has said anything...
  • Gallows Humor (Hollywood And The Appeasement Mentality)

    12/18/2014 9:29:55 AM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 18, 2014 | Gerard Perry
    Sony’s capitulation in the face of threats by unidentified sources, who are presumed to support the odious Kim dynasty, serves to confirm what most of us have known for some time. Namely, the extent of allowable political discourse in popular culture is inextricably linked to the willingness of the objects of political criticism to violently suppress that criticism. Or, at the very least, intimate the unpleasant nature of the response in store for those willing to offer a dissenting voice. An interview the iconic Indo-British author and apostate Salman Rushdie did with Irshad Manji several years ago is worth watching...
  • North Korea Attacks America’s Moral Cowardice

    12/18/2014 3:59:01 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 5 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Berman
    A rogue nation targeted a multinational corporation and won.  North Korea has almost certainly ordered the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, stealing and publicly dumping enough data to make a dent in the company’s stock price. North Korea cannot challenge the United States militarily, despite what movies have portrayed.  Regardless of their saber-rattling, and America’s reduced presence on the Korean peninsula, a real attack of any substance against our ally South Korea (or Japan for that matter) would bring a suicidal level of retribution on the North, and they know it.  But they’ve found a vein where they can draw...
  • North Korea WILL get to see Kim Jong-un assassination movie The Interview as activists plan to send

    12/17/2014 10:18:08 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 17 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 123/17/2014 | Annabel Grossman
    North Korean defectors are planning to attach DVDs of The Interview to 15-foot helium balloons, which they will send over the border into their home country. Fighters for a Free North Korea, led by former government propagandist Park Sang Hak, has for years used the tactic to smuggle transistor radios, DVDs and leaflets into North Korea. If all goes to plan, the latest move will see dozens of copies of the Seth Rogen movie released from South Korea and drifting for several hours before scattering over Pyongyang.
  • 'The Interview' NYC Premiere Canceled After to Terrorist Threats

    12/17/2014 7:17:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Entertainment Tonight ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jackie Willis
    Fans of Seth Rogen and James Franco are going to have a harder time seeing the guys' latest funny film, The Interview, as several movie theaters are refusing to play the movie. The Thursday premiere of The Interview at New York City's Landmark Theater was canceled after threats alluding to attacks of 9/11 were made by hackers responsible for the leaks of private Sony documents. Rogen and Franco's new comedy is about two journalists who set out to assassinate the North Korean president, and since the recent promotion of the movie, Sony Pictures has faced tremendous pressure to pull the...
  • Defector Says North Korea Castrates Disabled People; Performs Experiments Before Leaving Them to Die

    12/13/2014 11:02:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/13/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    A North Korean defector gives a horrible account of how people with mental or physical disabilities are seen as a stain on the nation's image and are therefore used for performing experiments before being deliberately neglected until they die. "Disabled children are being taken away, suffering indescribable things and dying," said Ji Seong-ho, who escaped North Korea in 2006 after losing his left leg above the knee and his left hand at the wrist. Ji, the founder of the organization Now, Action, Unity, Human Rights, or NAUH, who was in London this week to protest outside the North Korean embassy,...
  • N. Korea: Kim Yo-jong grows in clout as brother relapses

    12/12/2014 8:33:06 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies
    Korea Joonang Daily ^ | Dec 10,2014 | LEE YOUNG-JONG, SER MYO-JA
    Kim Yo-jong grows in clout as brother relapses PYONGYANG ODYSSEY Dec 10,2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is experiencing a relapse of his recent health problems, South Korean government officials said Monday. According to the Ministry of Unification, Kim was limping severely in a video clip recently aired by the state-run Korean Central TV. He was limping particularly painfully at an event with female pilots that took place at the end of last month. The Rodong Shinmun, the Workers’ Party’s newspaper, reported Kim’s visit to the air base on Nov. 28 with photos, but no video was aired until Sunday...
  • North Korea Forces Everyone Named Jong-Un to Change Their Names (Except for the Dictator)

    12/06/2014 12:11:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Media Research Center TV ^ | December 3, 2014 2:44pm ET | Dan Joseph
    Imagine living your entire life using the name that was given to you at birth and then having the government tell you that you have to change it. We’re not at that point in the United States (yet), but in North Korea, that’s exactly what everyone with the name “Jong-Un” is being forced to do. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un apparently loves his name so much that he’s decided that no one else can use it. Since Jong-un is quite a popular name in the country, it looks like a lot of people are going to have to look for...
  • MSNBC's Wagner: Obama No Dictator . . . Compared to Kim Jong Un

    12/04/2014 4:14:06 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations: Alex Wagner has demonstrated that Barack Obama is no kind of emperor or dictator . . . compared to Kim Jong Un, the brutal ruler of perhaps the world's worst regime, North Korea. Wagner was riffing off the news that Kim has banned North Korean parents from naming their children Jong Un and ordered those already bearing the name to change it. After describing other elements of Kim's cult of personality, Wagner concluded: "to all the detractors who compare our American president to an emperor and a dictator, this is what a...
  • N.Korea's Nasty Young Rulers

    12/04/2014 11:28:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Nov. 28, 2014
    N.Korea's Nasty Young Rulers Kim Yeo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, had been appointed a vice director in the Workers Party Central Committee. Until now, she was referred to only as a "senior official." The position is equivalent to a vice minister in the South. But Kim Yeo-jong is only 27 years old. Her father, former leader Kim Jong-il, was appointed vice director in the party when he was 32, and her aunt, Kim Kyong-hui when she was 30. The North Korean press did not say which department Yeo-jong is in charge of, but officials here...
  • Kim Jong-Un's aunt 'died of a stroke as she argued with him on the phone about execution of .....'

    11/29/2014 7:55:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 November 2014 | Thomas Burrows
    Kim Jong-Un's aunt 'died of a stroke as she argued with him on the phone about execution of her husband' Claimed Kim Kyung Hui died from stroke after arguing with Kim Jong Un She was furious about the execution of her husband, Jang Song Thaek He was killed last year on charges of trying to overthrow the government Defector said Ms Kim had a stroke while on the phone to her nephew She had been one of the most prominent figures in the oppressive regime By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline Published: 12:56 GMT, 29 November 2014 | Updated: 13:59 GMT,...
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister named as senior official

    11/27/2014 5:52:00 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 44 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 27, 2014
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister named as senior official Kim Yo Jong named as a departmental vice director within ruling party's Central Committe The Associated Press Posted: Nov 27, 2014 5:55 AM ET| Last Updated: Nov 27, 2014 5:55 AM ET North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister is a senior official in the ruling Workers' Party, strengthening analysts' views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country. State media on Thursday referred to Kim Yo Jong as a departmental vice director within the party's Central Committee. Analysts say...
  • [WSJ] ‘The Interview’: Comedy Gold in North Korea

    11/27/2014 9:15:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Korea Times ^ | November 26, 2014
    [WSJ] ‘The Interview’: Comedy Gold in North Korea November 26, 2014 Clowns behind enemy lines have always helped us fear evil empires a little bit less. Charlie Chaplin mocked the Nazis in the “The Great Dictator” (1940) and Jack Benny did, too, in “To Be or Not to Be” (1942). Bill Murray and Harold Ramis made mayhem behind the Iron Curtain in “Stripes” (1981). Now James Franco and Seth Rogen infiltrate North Korea and parody its leader Kim Jong Un in “The Interview.” “For decades, people have used humor to enlighten political situations,” says Mr. Rogen, who also co-wrote and...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities

    11/25/2014 12:49:26 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | Leon Siciliano,
    Kim Jong-un tours museum of US 'cannibal' atrocities North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has described Americans as "cannibals" after visiting an anti-US museum in Pyongyang By Leon Siciliano, and AFP, video source ITN 2:36PM GMT 25 Nov 2014 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under pressure over Pyongyang's human rights record, has toured a museum dedicated to alleged atrocities by US forces during the Korean War, state media said Tuesday. The visit to the Sinchon Museum of United States War Atrocities was aimed at rousing the whole country "to an all-out anti-US struggle," the state-run KCNA news agency said. It comes...
  • [N. Korea] Russian FM: Putin ready for summit with N.K. leader

    11/20/2014 9:24:31 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-11-21
    Russian FM: Putin ready for summit with N.K. leader Published : 2014-11-21 09:28 Updated : 2014-11-21 09:28 Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to hold a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Moscow's top diplomat said Thursday after holding talks with Kim's special envoy. Russia confirmed that it is ready for contact with North Korea at various levels, including the highest level, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in response to a question from Yonhap News Agency whether his discussions with the North's special envoy, Choe Ryong-hae, included the possibility of Kim's visit to Russia. Lavrov also said that the...
  • North Korea Is Not Pleased: Dance Video Features Kim Jong Un

    11/18/2014 6:39:57 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    NPR.org ^ | July 21, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    He grins, he fumes, he fights — and through it all, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dances his way in and out of preposterous situations. That's the premise of a video that has become popular in China and reportedly sparked a protest from North Korea. Citing "a source in China," the Chosun Ilbo reports that "the North feels the clip, which shows Kim dancing and Kung-Fu fighting, 'seriously compromises Kim's dignity and authority.'"
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un abandoning Xi Jinping to chase Putin

    11/18/2014 4:07:57 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-11-18
    Kim Jong-un abandoning Xi Jinping to chase Putin Staff Reporter 2014-11-18 15:11 (GMT+8) Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. (Internet photo) North Korea's supreme leader Kim Jong-un appears to be switching his diplomatic focus from China to Russia and is attempting to line up a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, reports Duowei News, a Chinese political news outlet based overseas. The 31-year-old dictator, who has reappeared on the scene following a mysterious health-related absence, sent his special envoy Choe Ryong-hae to Moscow on Monday for an eight-day trip with undisclosed intentions, according to a report from South...
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin

    11/14/2014 5:46:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | Gopi Chandra Kharel
    North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un to Visit Moscow and Meet Putin By Gopi Chandra Kharel November 14, 2014 14:56 IST North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sending a special envoy to Russia next week before his own possible visit to Moscow, reports from Russia, China and the Korean peninsula suggested on Friday. Kim plans to send a top Communist Party official to Russia next week as his special envoy, according to Moscow's foreign ministry. But this official North Korean trip is likely to be a prelude to a visit to Moscow by the North Korean leader himself, some observers in...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN

    11/13/2014 4:53:16 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Reuters(via The Guardian) ^ | 13 November 2014
    Kim Jong-un accountable for massive human rights atrocities, says UN Comments by special rapporteur in North Korea are strongest yet about supreme leader’s responsibility for abuses Reuters in Seoul The Guardian, Thursday 13 November 2014 08.30 GMT A UN investigator has said there is enough evidence to hold North Korean leader Kim Jong-un accountable for “massive” human rights atrocities committed by the state. The comments by Marzuki Darusman, special rapporteur on human rights in North Korea, are some of the strongest yet from the UN about Kim’s responsibility for what they say are widespread abuses. A UN inquiry concluded in...
  • North Korea executes members of Workers' Party for watching South Korean soap operas

    11/08/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 60 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Oct 29, 2014 | Julian Ryall
    Allies of Kim Jong-un's ousted uncle among the victims of firing squads, some for watching South Korean television As many as 50 senior members of the North Korean government and military have been publicly executed so far this year, according to South Korea's intelligence agency. The victims of the purges - which the National Intelligence Service believes are continuing - include 10 members of the ruling Workers' Party who were executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising.
  • [Between Seoul and Pyongyang] Details on the Attempted Assassination of Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang

    11/07/2014 5:20:36 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 2014-11-04 | Ju Sung-ha
    /begin my excerpts [Between Seoul and Pyongyang: by Ju Sung-ha] Details on the Attempted Assassination of Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang 2014-11-04 03:00:00 A picture on Nov. 3,2012, the day of assassination attempt. Everybody is laughing, following Kim Jong-un, but only Jang Song-thaek (on the left of Kim) is not, holding his hands back and staring forward. From N. Korea’s Central TV.Attempt on Kim Jong-un’s life occurred in Pyongyang, two years ago, on Nov. 3, 2012 Kim Jong-un’s schedule on the day included the tour of Ryu-kyong-won, a multipurpose recreation facility, people’s outdoor skating rinks, and roller-skating rinks, which were nearing...
  • North Korea leader on TV without cane but still limping in sign of recovery

    11/06/2014 8:07:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 6, 2014
    North Korea leader on TV without cane but still limping in sign of recovery SEOUL Thu Nov 6, 2014 8:38am EST (Reuters) - North Korea's state television showed leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday walking with a limp but without a cane in the clearest indication yet that he was recovering from an unconfirmed health problem that had kept him sidelined for more than a month.
  • N. Korea: Pumpkin sculpture of Kim Jong-un on display in Ohio

    11/02/2014 4:13:30 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2014/11/02
    Pumpkin sculpture of Kim Jong-un on display in Ohio 2014/11/02 14:45:36 Washington, Nov. 1 (CNA) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has appeared in the United States, but not in person. He has shown up in the U.S. state of Ohio in the form of a pumpkin sculpture by American artist Jeanette Paras. In an e-mail to CNA, Paras said she decided to create a pumpkin version of Kim for Halloween this year because the North Korean president is often the subject of media stories in the U.S.
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong Un unhappy with construction of new airport terminal

    11/01/2014 6:02:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 41 replies
    NK News ^ | November 1st, 2014 | Justin Rohrlich
    Kim Jong Un unhappy with construction of new airport terminal Recent field guidance continues state media trend of showing Kim's hands-on leadership November 1st, 2014 Justin Rohrlich North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed dissatisfaction during a recent inspection of the construction of Terminal 2 at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday. Construction at the airport, which has been undergoing renovations since 2011, will now be halted while modified designs for the interior are prepared. “Defects were manifested in the last phase of the construction of the Terminal 2 because the designers failed to...
  • Hot Shots Photos of the Day: Cute Baby Gorilla, Wooden Car, and Kim Jong-Un Stuffed Toys

    10/31/2014 8:16:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    IBT ^ | October 31, 2014 | David Sim
    Hot Shots Photos of the Day: Cute Baby Gorilla, Wooden Car, and Kim Jong-Un Stuffed Toys By David Sim October 31, 2014 11:24 BST Kim jong-un stuffed toys North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the newly-completed Pyongyang Baby Home and Orphanage. We can't help wondering who arranged the stuffed toys behind him
  • [N. Korea] Report: Kim Jong-un Executes Another Powerful Aide

    10/31/2014 7:05:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | October 31, 2014 | Tae-jun Kang
    Report: Kim Jong-un Executes Another Powerful Aide Kim Kyong Ok of North Korea’s powerful Organization and Guidance Department has reportedly been executed. By Tae-jun Kang October 31, 2014 Kim Jong-un may have executed one of his closest aides according to a Seoul-based think tank. According to North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS,) earlier this month Kim Kyong Ok, the First Deputy Director (First Vice Director) of the Organization and Guidance Department [OGD] of North Korea’s ruling party was executed along with some of his aides. The OGD is widely believed to be among the most powerful institutions within the DPRK state,...
  • N. Korea: HOWTO make a low-poly Kim Jong Un Hallowe'en head

    10/30/2014 6:11:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Boing Boing ^ | 2014/10/29
    HOWTO make a low-poly Kim Jong Un Hallowe'en head Cory Doctorow at 7:00 pm Wed, Oct 29, 2014 The head is about 2 1/2 feet tall, is more or less like a cardboard geodesic dome with a flat bottom. I mounted mine on a backpack frame, but you could also probably wear it over your own head somehow.
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un's Sister 'Weds Key Official'

    10/29/2014 2:32:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2014/10/29
    Kim Jong-un's Sister 'Weds Key Official' North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yeo-jong is rumored to have married a senior official. Radio Free Asia on Tuesday cited an ethnic Korean in China who visited North Korea on Sept. 10 as saying he heard from a high-ranking official in a trading company that Kim Yeo-jong is married. The source added that the official told him that Kim Yeo-jong's husband works for the Workers Party's Room 39, which manages Kim Jong-un's slush funds, but he was not able to get detailed information about him and when they got married. Ahn Chan-il at...
  • S. Korea Spy Agency: North Korea Leader Had Ankle Surgery

    10/28/2014 3:26:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 28, 2014 | VOA News
    What caused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to begin walking with a cane earlier this month? Ankle surgery, says South Korea's spy agency, as reported by Yonhap news agency on Tuesday. Kim’s six-week absence from public events set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world, from serious health issues to a possible coup. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told South Korean legislators that a foreign doctor flew to the counrty and operated on Kim in September or October to remove a cyst from his ankle, said Park Byeong-seok, an aide for opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min.
  • N. Korea: Seoul’s Spooks Say Kim Jong Un Had Ankle Tumor

    10/28/2014 5:23:16 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Oct 28, 2014
    Oct 28, 2014 North Korea Seoul’s Spooks Say Kim Jong Un Had Ankle Tumor Here’s a new theory about why Kim Jong Un was out of camera shot for 40 days: he was recovering from surgery to remove a tumor on his ankle. That’s according to South Korea’s spy agency, which told lawmakers on Tuesday that a cyst appeared on the North Korean leader’s ankle in May and foreign doctors removed it during the September-October period. Officials from the National Intelligence Agency gave their assessment during a regular parliamentary audit, but, as usual, didn’t specify how they gathered the information....
  • North Korea in a fluster about Kim Jong-un?

    10/26/2014 6:11:39 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies
    New Focus ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jang Jin-sung
    North Korea in a fluster about Kim Jong-un? October 20, 2014 by nfi-admin —1 Comment On October 19, Korean Central TV (KCTV, central state broadcaster) released footage of Kim Jong-un greeting medalists from the Incheon Asian Games, in a move confirming his continued presence. But this latest coverage of Kim Jong-un’s public activities lays bare a haphazard implementation of procedures. In North Korea, protocol requires for cadres to stand tense while facing the direction of the “Supreme Dignity” and then salute respectfully as he passes by. Yet the still below features two generals standing in a perfunctory manner in the...
  • Kim Jong Un mystery: Health questions remain as leader resurfaces with cane

    10/14/2014 12:07:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/14/2014
    SEOUL, South Korea – After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse. Now, a new, albeit smaller, mystery has emerged: Why the cane? Kim, who was last seen publicly at a Sept. 3 concert, appeared in images released by state media Tuesday smiling broadly and supporting himself with a walking stick while touring the newly built Wisong Scientists Residential District and another new institute in Pyongyang, part of his regular "field guidance" tours. The North didn't say when the visit...
  • N. Korea: Today's Fat Boy Sightings

    10/14/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/14
    He still loves smoking (look at an ashtray and a cigarette pack on the table)