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  • Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry receives 36 years in prison

    11/11/2014 4:06:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 2 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11-11-2014 | foxnews.com
    A South Korean court sentenced the captain of a ferry whose sinking left over 300 people dead and plunged the country into prolonged mourning and soul-searching to 36 years in prison Tuesday. Capt. Lee Joon-seok was convicted of gross negligence, but was also acquitted of a homicide charge, which claimed that he left the passengers behind while the ship was sinking. Family members of the victims, most of whom were teenagers, immediately criticized the sentence for Lee and other crew members as too lenient, some weeping and shouting during the court proceedings. The vessel's chief engineer got 30 years, and...
  • North Korea Releases 2 Detained Americans

    11/08/2014 7:54:26 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies
    U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller have been released from North Korea, where they were detained for two years and seven months, respectively, the U.S. State Department announced Saturday.
  • North Korean officials executed ‘for watching South Korean TV soap operas’ in Kim Jong-un’s latest

    10/30/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Ten senior members of North Korea’s ruling party have been executed after they were caught watching soap operas. The officials were killed on the order of dictator Kim Jong-Un, taking the number of senior government and military members executed this year to 50, South Korea's intelligence agency have said. The ten were ‘executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising’.
  • 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.
  • (URGENT) Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

    10/19/2014 3:16:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/19
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  • North Korea leader Kim re-appears, with walking stick: state media

    10/14/2014 3:05:34 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | Tony Munroe
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, shown using a cane for support, re-appeared in state media on Tuesday after a lengthy public absence that had fueled speculation over his health and grip on power in the secretive, nuclear-capable country. Several pictures on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper showed Kim smiling and gesturing on a visit to a housing development, although there was no indication which day the event took place. He was surrounded by aides and wearing his signature dark buttoned suit, and appeared to be supporting himself with a black walking stick.
  • Why so many Koreans are called Kim

    10/13/2014 7:15:13 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 49 replies
    economist ^ | 9-8-2014
    A SOUTH KOREAN saying claims that a stone thrown from the top of Mount Namsan, in the centre of the capital Seoul, is bound to hit a person with the surname Kim or Lee. One in every five South Koreans is a Kim—in a population of just over 50m. And from the current president, Park Geun-hye, to rapper PSY (born Park Jae-sang), almost one in ten is a Park. Taken together, these three surnames account for almost half of those in use in South Korea today. Neighbouring China has around 100 surnames in common usage; Japan may have as many...
  • Nuke negotiations with Iran are worse than the 1951-53 peace process with North Korea

    10/12/2014 10:53:21 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 2 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | October 12, 2014 | Dan Miller
    Parallels between the current negotiations with Iran over nukes and those with North Korea and China over the end of the U.S. - U.N. “police action” in Korea should be considered in evaluating the former. That is the purpose of this article.Among the conclusions to be drawn is that Obama's America and the rest of the "international community" are heading down a foolishly misguided path in nuke negotiations with Iran. The path is likely to lead to results more inconclusive and substantially worse than did negotiations to end the Korean Conflict. Korea negotiationsNegotiations looking to the end of the Korean conflict began on July 10, 1951 at Kaesong, a...
  • Coup D’état: Dennis Rodman Takes Over North Korea In Violent Overthrow (Satire)

    10/10/2014 3:58:17 PM PDT · by Cry if I Wanna · 7 replies
    DuffleBlog ^ | October 10, 1946 | Paul
    PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been deposed in a violent overthrow led by Dennis Rodman, the former NBA basketball star who had been serving as Mayor of Pyongyang since earlier this year. According to two high-level sources, Rodman jailed Jong-un and his top lieutenants before naming himself Supreme Worm of the Democratic People’s Republic Of Korea, Duffel Blog has learned. The sources said that Rodman seized power after he won a game of H-O-R-S-E against the former leader he once called his “best friend.”
  • North Korea fires artillery into South: Yonhap

    10/10/2014 3:18:31 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Oct 10, 2014 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - North Korea fired artillery into South Korea on Friday, aimed at a region near the rivals' military border where an activist group had sent leaflets flying into the North, Yonhap news agency said.
  • Koreas trade fire after N Korea ship violates NLL

    10/08/2014 1:07:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Korea Herald/Asia News Network ^ | Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 | The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
    South and North Korean patrol ships traded fire in the West Sea on Tuesday morning after a North Korean warship violated the Northern Limit Line, a de facto sea border.
  • Sorry, North Korea Conspiracists: Kim Jong Un Is Probably Just Sick

    10/04/2014 5:38:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 37 replies
    Time ^ | 10/03/2014 | Hannah Beech
    North Korean state media reports also serve to educate local elite who know how to read between the lines. “These are signals but signals only for people in the know,” says Lankov. “I am quite sure the official media reports about his ill health would have been signed off on by the great man himself.” Another possible hint that Kim is not fully incapacitated, as some of the wilder North Korea rumors have it: a leadership shuffle was recently announced in Pyongyang. “I don’t think that would have been authorized without him,” says Lankov. “He may be undergoing some sort...
  • High-level North Korean delegation to attend AG closing ceremony (current & former No. 2 men)

    10/03/2014 6:32:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 159 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2014-10-04
    High-level North Korean delegation to attend AG closing ceremony North Korea plans to send a high-ranking delegation to the Incheon Asian Games closing ceremony Saturday, Seoul's Ministry of Unification said. According to official sources, the North informed the South on Friday that it wants to send Hwang Pyong-so, Choe Ryong-hae and Kim Yang-gon to the ceremony slated for 6 p.m. Saturday. The three officials plan to arrive via a direct air route from North Korea to Incheon at 10 a.m. Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae is expected to hold talks with the North Korean officials after their arrival. Hwang was recently...
  • Has Kim Jong-Un lost control of North Korea? Pyongyang is on lockdown and nation's former

    10/03/2014 10:46:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ted Thornhill
    A former North Korean counter-intelligence officer has claimed that Kim Jong-Un is no longer in control of the nation and is now just a 'puppet leader'. Jang Jin-sung, who used to be an influential officer in Kim Jong-il's propaganda division, made the sensational assertion at a September conference in Holland attended by several elite exiles, it's been reported. The capital, Pyongyang, meanwhile, has been placed into lockdown with even the elite banned from entering or leaving, according to a respected news site. This adds weight to Jin-sung's claim, as a North Korean expert said that this kind of measure is...
  • North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Suffering From 'Gout Due to Hereditary Obesity'

    09/26/2014 5:48:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26, 2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is said to be suffering from gout, a hereditary disease which he seems to have inherited from his father and grandfather. The ruling North Korean leader, who is believed to be his early 30s, has not been seen in public for more than three weeks. He also skipped the regular session at the Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on Thursday amid increasing speculation that he is severely ill.
  • North (Korea) has nuke missiles: source

    09/23/2014 6:17:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jeong Yong-Soo and Ser Myo-Ja
    North Korea is developing new missiles capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads, South Korean intelligence authorities told the JoongAng Ilbo yesterday. The North has performed a series of test-firings of new short-range missiles since Aug. 14. Designated as KN-10, the new ground-to-ground missiles are believed to be designed to carry nuclear payloads. “We’ve come to the conclusion that the rockets test-fired three times since last month are new missiles based on their speeds and altitudes,” a senior South Korean government official told the JoongAng Ilbo. “Based on our analysis and other intelligence, we concluded that they are intended to carry...
  • Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

    09/15/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ubergizmo.com ^ | 09/14/2014 | Edwin Kee on
    Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally – as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border over with its neighbor, North Korea. The SGR-A1 will be able to detect intruders with the help of machine vision (read: cameras), alongside a combination of heat and motion sensors. The whole idea of the Samsung SGR-A1 is to let this military robot sentry do the...
  • S. Korea’s soft power: Soap, sparkle & pop-How a really uncool country became tastemaker of Asia

    09/10/2014 12:10:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Economist ^ | August 9, 2014
    The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture. By Euny Hong. Picador; 288 pages; $16. Simon & Schuster; Ł14.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk FROM “Gangnam Style” and competitive electronic sports to kimchi-flavoured pot noodles, South Korea’s cultural exports are eagerly consumed around the world. Filipinos are hooked on its dramas. The French love its pop music and its films. Last year South Korea raked in $5 billion from its pop-culture exports. It has set its sights on doubling that by 2017. Much has changed since 1985, when Euny Hong, a Korean-American journalist and...
  • Car Crash Kills 2 in Korean Girl Band

    09/07/2014 9:29:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 26 replies
    Newser ^ | Sept 7, 2014 | Newser Editors
    A second member of the South Korean band Ladies' Code died from injuries sustained from a motor accident, her management said today. Kwon Ri-sae, 23, better known as Rise, died this morning at a hospital in Suwon, just south of Seoul. She had been unconscious after undergoing hours of emergency brain surgery following Wednesday's accident. Fellow band member Go Eun-bi, 22, died shortly after a van carrying the group crashed into a guard rail on a rain-drenched highway near Seoul.
  • At US base, S. Korean ex-prostitutes face eviction.

    09/06/2014 9:51:08 AM PDT · by GreyFriar · 39 replies
    WTOP Radio ^ | Sep 6, 2014 | Joyce Lee
    More than 70 aging women live in a squalid neighborhood between the rear gate of the U.S. Army garrison here and half a dozen seedy nightclubs.
  • North Korea confirms it has landed a man on the Sun

    09/05/2014 3:26:46 PM PDT · by TLI · 36 replies
    www.tweaktown.com ^ | Jan 23, 2014 | Anthony Garreffa
    North Korea confirms it has landed a man on the Sun North Korea sends a 17-year-old man to the Sun, a journey that took just four hours By: Anthony Garreffa This just in: North Korea has landed a man on the Sun. 17-year-old Hung Il Gong started his journey at 3am this morning, travelling alone, to reach our nearest star, a journey that took him just 4 hours. A North Korean central news anchorman said during a live broadcast: "We are very delighted to announce a successful mission to put a man on the sun. North Korea has beaten every...
  • Relics discovered from various eras

    09/01/2014 7:28:34 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    Korea JoongAng Daily ^ | Sept 01,2014 | KIM HYUNG-EUN
    As is often the case with archeological findings in Korea, local researchers have come across a host of treasures in a place where a city development project is underway. The site is Chungju, North Chungcheong, and the discovery was made by the Foundation of East Asia Cultural Properties Institute. The relics go back to as early as 75,000 years ago, ranging from the Paleolithic Era; the Three Kingdoms era (57 BC-AD 668); the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392); and the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Among them, however, the most intensive academic attention is being garnered for the seals found in Goryeo-period tombs, which...
  • Life in the Gruesome Stalinist Hell of North Korea (gallery)

    08/18/2014 6:09:41 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 18 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Talk about lack of public beach access:1500+ miles of DPRK coastline are lined with an electric fence to deter potential defections by sea More at Reaganite Republican...
  • Pope Makes Biggest Gesture Yet To China, Eyes Ties

    08/17/2014 5:46:48 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 17, 2014 | Nicole Winfield
    HAEMI, South Korea (AP) -- Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn't coming in as a "conqueror" but is rather a partner in dialogue.
  • Pope Francis: 'There is only one Korea' (an insightful response to a teen's question)

    08/15/2014 2:02:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing the division between North and South Korea, Pope Francis emphasized that the two are “one family,” calling for prayers of re-unification while stressing repentance and forgiveness. “There is only one Korea, but this family is divided,” the Pope said to a large gathering of young people from across the continent. His off-the-cuff comments came during an Aug. 15 gathering with youth of Asia at Solmoe Shrine, birthplace of...
  • Pope to Asian youth: Are you ready to say 'yes' to Christ?

    08/15/2014 1:53:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | August 15, 2014
    Pope Francis speaks during his meeting with young people for Asian Youth Day August 15, 2014. Credit: EWTN. Daejeon, South Korea, Aug 15, 2014 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an Aug. 15 meeting with Asian youth, Pope Francis emphasized the need to respond joyfully to God’s call in order to carry the hope of Christ to a world that desperately needs it. “Dear young friends, in this generation the Lord is counting on you!” he told throngs of young people from across the Asian continent. “Are you ready to say ‘yes’ to him? Are you ready?” “Just as the...
  • North Korea fires rockets into sea on Francis’ first day in Seoul

    08/14/2014 2:27:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 14, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    (©ANSA) SEOUL - PRESIDENT PARK KEUN-HYE WELCOMES THE POPE TO SOUTH KOREANorth Korea fired a number of short-range rockets into the sea just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul. Border security has been tightened. Meanwhile, Francis has sent a message to China. Upon his arrival in South Korea, Francis was welcomed by President Park Geun-Hye and also by three rockets. The Pope flew into Incheon airport in Seoul at 10:15 (local time) this morning for a five-day visit. North Korea fired three short-range rockets from a 300-millimeter multiple rocket launcher, into the East Sea (Sea of Japan), shortly before the...
  • Be guardians of hope, Pope Francis tells Korea's bishops

    08/14/2014 2:13:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 14, 2014
    Pope Francis addresses the Korean Bishops' Conference in Seoul, South Korea on August 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14, 2014 / 03:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On the first day of his historic papal visit to South Korea, Pope Francis urged local bishops to not only remember their rich history of martyrdom but look to the future with hope and missionary zeal. “As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are guardians of the wondrous works which he accomplishes in his people,” the Pope said in his Aug. 14 address to the country's Catholic...
  • Parolin: “Papal visit to Korea is an initiative for Asia’s future” (tv schedule)

    08/13/2014 5:04:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 12, 2014 | ALESSANDRO DI BUSSOLO*
    In an interview with the Vatican Television Centre (CTV), the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, talked about the issues Pope Francis will be focusing on during his visit to Korea: evangelization in Asia, the Asian youth gathering, the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs who are examples of lay saints and he Pope’s call for dialogue and reconciliation between the two Koreas. In the full version of the interview, Cardinal Parolin also speaks of Asia’s desire for God, the significance of Pope Francis’ encounter with suffering Koreans, from the disabled to relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster...
  • Butt batteries: Scientists store energy in used cigarette filters

    08/13/2014 2:28:15 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2014 | Michael Szabo; Mark Potter
    (Reuters) - Scientists in South Korea say they have found a way of converting used cigarette butts into a material capable of storing energy that could help power everything from mobile phones to electric cars. In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Nanotechnology, researchers from Seoul National University outlined how they transformed the used filters, which are composed mainly of cellulose acetate fibers and are considered toxic and a risk to the environment when discarded. "Our study has shown that used cigarette filters can be transformed into a high-performing carbon-based material using a simple one-step process, which simultaneously...
  • ICR in Korea: An Audience of Millions (Institute for Creation Research)

    08/05/2014 8:26:09 AM PDT · by fishtank · 7 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Aug. 2014 | ICR staff report
    <p>Creation research is alive and well in South Korea. This year, the Institute for Creation Research’s own Dr. Randy Guliuzza was invited to speak at several major occasions, and the results were nothing less than astounding.</p> <p>The ever-dynamic Korea Association for Creation Research (KACR) hosted its annual conference on May 30 in Wonju, South Korea. KACR kicked off in 1981 with the help of ICR founder Dr. Henry M. Morris and Dr. Duane Gish, and it has since grown into the world’s largest creation organization.1,2 Several hundred of its 10,000 members perform doctorate-level research in academic institutions throughout South Korea.3 KACR President Dr. Eunil Lee, a professor of medicine at Korea University, takes care to nurture KACR’s historic roots with ICR—this year inviting Dr. Guliuzza to give the keynote address at their annual conference. The lecture had an overflow attendance of young creation scientists, and Dr. Guliuzza was enthusiastically received.</p>
  • South Korea Sent Thousands of Choco Pies Over North Korea via Balloon

    08/04/2014 5:44:56 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 37 replies
    ViralSoil ^ | 8/1/2014 | None credited
    On Wednesday, about 200 South Koreans attached thousands of chocolate snacks to 50 giant balloons and released into North Korea after Pyongyang reportedly banned the coveted treats from the country earlier this month. The pies, which have become popular among hungry North Koreans, are considered as a symbol of capitalism and represent a cultural impact that might encourage an uprising. “We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most favorite foodstuffs in North Korea,” said Choo Sun-Hee, one of the organisers of Wednesday’s balloon launch.In response to the activity, Pyongyang has pressed...
  • American Detained in North Korea Feels 'Abandoned' by Government

    08/02/2014 1:36:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The sister of an American tour guide who has been detained in North Korea for nearly two years renewed her urgent call for his release Thursday, saying that reports he feels abandoned are devastating. Choson Sinbo, a pro-North Korea newspaper based in Japan, published an interview July 30 with Kenneth Bae in which he is quoted as saying that nothing seems to be happening in his case and he feels abandoned.
  • Father Kapaun

    07/31/2014 7:39:29 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Real Life Catholic ^ | 7-31-14 | Chris Stefanik
    The story of Fr. Kapaun, 2011 recipient of the Medal of Honor.
  • Creating can be just as beautiful as the final product. (ceramics) (video)

    07/30/2014 4:00:52 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 3 replies
    wimp.com ^ | 7-30-2014 | amoca.org
    The American Museum of Ceramic Art visits Icheon, South Korea, to observe artists as they create beautiful Korean ceramics using traditional methods. Icheon has a history of ceramic culture that spans thousands of years, and it continues to this day.
  • Migrant workers can receive severance pay only after departure. (Korea)

    07/29/2014 7:48:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Korean Herald ^ | July 29, 2014 | By Kim Yon-se
    Migrant workers must now wait until they leave the country to receive severance pay. Migrant workers must leave the country when their visas expire, and according to law since 2011, South Korean employers have been obliged to pay their severance before their departure. Government officials claim that the revised law will prevent more illegal migrant workers from staying in the country. “We’ve found that a certain portion of registered workers did not leave the country even after they were paid their severance pay,” an official said. “They had no choice but to become the target of law enforcement authorities as...
  • Kim Jong Un may have ordered missile launch

    07/27/2014 8:55:22 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 13 replies
    NHK World ^ | July 27, 2014 | NA
    North Korea launched a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Saturday. The launch came the day before the 61st anniversary of the Korean War armistice. South Korean military officials say the North fired a Scud missile from around Ryongyon county in South Hwanghae Province on the western coast near the military demarcation line on Saturday night. North Korean media on Sunday suggested the country's leader Kim Jong Un himself ordered the missile to be fired. The official Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim directed a firing drill after checking on the deployment of US forces in...
  • Drinking ban in Korea successful with no alcohol-related incidents

    06/24/2014 3:03:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 6/24/2014 | Ashley Rowland
    The 7th Air Force called last weekend’s ban on drinking a “success,” with no alcohol-related incidents recorded during the 66-hour period. The ban on alcohol purchase and consumption was in place for all airmen in South Korea from noon Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. Violators could have faced punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Command spokeswoman Maj. Richelle Dowdell said the alcohol stand-down was successful because it gave airmen a chance to reflect on their mission, gave them “time to consider what we must do to change — not only as individuals but to promote a culture of...
  • Obama Trades Seoul To North Korea For Return Of USS Pueblo

    06/07/2014 1:08:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Duffelblog ^ | June 7, 2014
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama announced today that a deal had been struck with North Korea to trade the South Korean capital of Seoul to secure the safe return of the USS Pueblo, a U.S. Navy spy ship held captive since 1968. Standing next to the ship’s christener, Mrs. Dorothy Duvall of Palm Beach, Florida, the president told reporters at the Rose Garden ceremony he decided to act when he learned of the ship’s “rapidly deteriorating condition.” “Could we someday regret handing over the capital city of an important ally to its mortal enemy? Absolutely. Might this encourage more mischief...
  • North Korea: We've detained another American

    06/05/2014 9:43:23 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 06-06-2014 | K.J. Kwon
    North Korea announced Friday that it has detained a U.S. citizen who it says entered the country as a tourist in April and broke the law. The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that authorities are investigating the man, who it said "carried out acts that were inappropriate for a tourist."
  • Brazilian man goes under the knife to look Korean (Interesting Transformation)

    06/01/2014 5:27:41 PM PDT · by equalator · 30 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 5-28-2014 | Gabriel Galli
    Originally blue-eyed with blonde hair, he became interested in having plastic surgery after spending some time as an exchange student in Korea. He was inspired by how common plastic surgery is here. Xiahn, who asked not to be named to protect his family from Internet scrutiny, underwent 10 surgical procedures on his eyes, along with other less-invasive procedures, which cost him around $3,100. He also began wearing contact lenses to change his eye color.
  • S. Korea introduces female-only parking spaces—they're larger, w/ pink outlines & a miniskirt logo

    05/31/2014 4:22:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kwon Mee-yoo
    Practical or patronizing? South Korea is spending mega-money on creating larger car parking spaces for women. Capital city Seoul is introducing "lady-friendly" spots reserved exclusively for female drivers, the Korea Times reports. Wider and longer than regular spots, they will be closer to elevators and marked out with pink mini-skirted logos. It's not yet known, however, if men will be fined if busted for using them. Korea Times reports the initiative is part of a nearly $700 million push to make the metropolis more female-friendly over four years. Other projects include installing 7,000 new women-only toilets, and the resurfacing of...
  • North Korea's Next Nuclear Test Could Serve as a Regional Tipping Point

    05/30/2014 9:45:01 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 12 replies
    The Wire via Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/14 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner
    South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned this week that if North Korea conducts another nuclear test, it could prompt the volatile country's neighbors to seek their own nuclear defense. "North Korea would effectively be crossing the Rubicon," she told the Wall Street Journal.
  • New documentary tells riveting story of Chosin campaign (From 2010 - on TV tonight)

    05/26/2014 5:31:22 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://video.foxnews.com/ ^ | May 26, 2014 | Fox News
    One of the most decorated battles in US military history. These first-hand accounts, .... As a fellow combat veteran, director Brian Iglesias forged a unique connection with the men he interviewed.
  • Manhunt for (Billionaire) Patriarch, Sons Over Ferry

    05/24/2014 1:40:32 PM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-22-2014 | Kwanwoo Jun
    A convoy carrying South Korean investigators looking for Yoo Byung-eun enters a compound in Anseong, south of Seoul, on Wednesday. Getty Images South Korean authorities are conducting a nationwide manhunt for three members of the family that controls the company that operated the Sewol ferry, which capsized and sank last month, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing. On Wednesday, prosecution investigators–backed by more than 1,000 riot police–raided a sprawling church compound in Anseong, south of Seoul, where family patriarch Yoo Byung-eun was suspected to have been hiding. Prosecutors said Mr. Yoo may have left the compound days earlier....
  • The photos Kim Jong Un DIDN'T want you to see:...

    05/09/2014 6:44:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 9, 2014 | Ruth Styles
    From children working hard in the fields to a group of soldiers pushing a broken-down bus, these are the photographs that North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, didn't want you to see. Taken by photographer Eric Lafforgue during what would prove to be his final visit to the rogue state, the images reveal the shocking extent of the hunger, deprivation and oppression suffered by the people who live there. Lafforgue, who has now been banned from North Korea, took the pictures while in the company of state-approved guides and was asked to delete each of the images but managed to...
  • China plans for North Korean regime collapse leaked

    05/05/2014 2:17:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 5, 2014 | Julian Ryall in Tokyo
    Beijing's lack of faith in rule of Kim Jong-un exposed in contingency plans to detain key North Korean leaders, set up border refugee camps and respond to "foreign forces" China has drawn up detailed contingency plans for the collapse of the North Korean government, suggesting that Beijing has little faith in the longevity of Kim Jong-un’s regime. Documents drawn up by planners from China’s People’s Liberation Army that were leaked to Japanese media include proposals for detaining key North Korean leaders and the creation of refugee camps on the Chinese side of the frontier in the event of an outbreak...
  • North Korea publishes list of U.S. human rights abuses

    05/04/2014 8:54:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Shortly after the United Nations released a comprehensive report detailing North Korea’s crimes against humanity, the autocratic state has angrily responded with it’s own report on abuses it sees inside the United States. The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Wednesday published an article titled “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in U.S.” The report lists a number of complaints against the U.S., including the “racial discrimination” that was supposedly revealed during the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman for the 2012 fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. “The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are...
  • Wounded Korean War veteran followed his heart

    05/03/2014 4:25:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 9 replies
    reminisce magazine ^ | Hubert E. “Ed” Reeves
    I, U.S. Army PFC Hubert E. “Ed” Reeves, a 19-year-old quadruple amputee, was flying home in a stretcher attended by a medic—but going home! While visiting with my folks, a short note arrived in the mail from a high school girl, accompanied by her senior picture. In the letter, she wrote, “I’m writing just to thank you for what you have done for our country and for me as a citizen. I’ve read in the newspaper of your amputations and write, not out of pity, but to wish you speedy recovery, knowing you will do well…” This was not another...
  • North Korean News: US a 'Living Hell', 'World's Worst Human Rights Abuser'

    05/01/2014 7:12:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 1, 2014 | Frances Martel
    North Korea's Korean Central News Agency unleashed a torrent of wild accusations and even wilder grammatical errors at the United States this week, accusing President Obama of 'indulging in luxury' and crowning the nation a 'kingdom of racial discrimination' over the Trayvon Martin case. In a column titled "News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Record in US," the news agency accuses the United States of hypocrisy in maintaining such dire human rights circumstances while also celebrating "the 50th anniversary of the institution of citizenship act in the presence of President Obama." While it is unclear what the "citizenship act" is...