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  • Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

    03/31/2015 11:36:50 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 31, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang.
  • Flashback: Obama: Iran Only Wants ‘Defensive’ Nukes

    03/31/2015 11:27:00 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 3/31/15 12:41pm | Joel Gehrke
    If President Obama seems less worried than Israel that Iran will obtain nuclear weapons as a result of his administration’s negotiations with the regime, maybe that’s because he’s less worried than Israel about Iran having nuclear weapons. “I think Iran is like North Korea,” Obama told David Brooks when he was running for president in 2007. “They see nuclear arms in defensive terms, as a way to prevent regime change.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagrees. “The ideology of Iran’s revolutionary regime is deeply rooted in militant Islam, and that’s why this regime will always be an enemy of America,”...
  • Iran, North Korea, nukes and Obama

    03/30/2015 10:15:39 AM PDT · by DanMiller
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | March 30, 2015 | Dan Miller
    North Korea has ample nukes and wants money. Iran wants (and may already have) nukes, has money and will have more as sanctions are ended. The two rogue nations have long had a symbiotic relationship and it has not diminished. Yet "our" P5+1 negotiators, under the leadership of Obama's minions, ignore that inconvenient problem as well as Iran's missile development, "possible" nuclear weaponization and increasing regional hegemony.I wrote about the Iran - North Korea connection back in 2013 in articles titled China, Iran and North Korea — a radioactive stew,  Iran, North Korea and Nuke Negotiations and elsewhere. As I noted in the radioactive stew article,...
  • Scott Walker Lands Former Senator as National Security Expert for 2016 Race

    03/27/2015 12:19:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ken McIntyre
    What were Talent’s first impressions?“I found him to be exactly what he appears to be: He’s very down to earth, he has an air of confidence about him but there’s no arrogance with it. I like that. He’s just a regular guy.”Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has added one of Washington’s leading advocates of military readiness to the ranks of advisers helping prepare him for a likely campaign for president. Jim Talent, who represented Missouri in both the House and Senate before becoming a fellow at The Heritage Foundation, confirmed Thursday that he has joined Walker’s budding national security and foreign...
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandez’s release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the “Cuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Mystery Threat to American Warships Is Likely North Korean

    03/20/2015 11:49:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | MARCH 19, 2015 | KYLE MIZOKAMI
    In 2013, the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet hinted at a mysterious and “newly discovered threat” to American warships. Whatever it was, it was serious — and had America’s admirals spooked. We knew the threat was probably a missile, because the Navy’s only mention of it was inside a contracting request for a new electronics countermeasures system designed for surface ships. The Navy awarded a $65-million contract to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory to develop the system within a “critically short” time frame. Military & Aerospace Electronics, which first noticed the request, suggested that the threat was a radar-guided anti-ship missile from a...
  • North Korean envoy says his country has nuclear missiles

    03/20/2015 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 12:24 PM EDT
    A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time. North Korean Ambassador to Britain Hyun Hak Bong said in a recent interview with British broadcaster Sky News that his government would use the missiles in response to a nuclear attack by the United States. Asked whether North Korea has the ability now to launch a nuclear missile, Hyun replied, “Any time. Any time. Yes.” “If the United States strike us we should strike back,” he said. …
  • Steinem, other prominent women plan to walk across Korean DMZ

    03/19/2015 12:57:27 PM PDT · by PROCON · 80 replies
    AP ^ | March 11, 2015 | CARA ANNA
    UNITED NATIONS — Making a dramatic statement in Korean relations, Gloria Steinem and other prominent women on Wednesday announced their intention to walk across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea to call for reunification. The DMZ is the world's most fortified border, with the two countries still technically at war. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers face off across the heavily mined zone. Organizers of the effort called WomenCrossDMZ.org on Wednesday said they hope for 30 women, including two Nobel Peace laureates, to cross from North Korea to South Korea on May 24, which is International Women's Day...
  • Bangladesh seizes gold from North Korean diplomat ( 27kg,59lb!)

    03/08/2015 6:54:24 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 3-6-15 | BBC
    Customs officials in Bangladesh have seized gold worth around $1.7m (Ł1.1m) from the hand luggage of a North Korean diplomat. Son Young-nam, first secretary at the North Korean embassy in Dhaka, landed in the city on a flight from Singapore on Thursday night. His baggage was searched and almost 27kg (59lb) of gold bars and ornaments were recovered. Authorities in Bangladesh say they plan to pursue charges against him. Mr Son initially refused to allow customs officers and police to examine his luggage.
  • N. Korea: Mongolian leader to N. Korea: 'No tyranny lasts forever'

    11/16/2013 4:43:33 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | November 15, 2013
    Mongolian leader to N. Korea: 'No tyranny lasts forever' BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Yonhap) -- Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, at the end of his rare visit to North Korea late last month, encouraged the North to let its people "live free" and emulate Mongolia's model of transformation, saying, "No tyranny lasts forever," according to a transcript of Elbegdorj's speech on Friday. Elbegdorj gave the speech at the Kim Il Sung University on Oct. 31 or before wrapping up his four-day visit to North Korea, the Mongolian leader's office said in the transcript. It marked the first visit by a head of...
  • North Korea warns it will turn White House into a ‘wasteland’

    03/06/2015 8:23:29 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/06/2015
    SEOUL, March 6 (UPI) — A North Korean news website denounced remarks a former U.S. negotiator made in Seoul and threatened to decimate the White House and other “strongholds” into a wasteland. The strongly worded statement, released on Saturday Pyongyang time, focused on the statements made by Christopher Hill, the former top U.S. delegate in the six-party talks. The negotiations, which addressed the North Korean nuclear crisis, were discontinued in April 2009 when North Korea pulled out of the talks.
  • Who is Mark Lippert - The man so close to Obama? (now ambassador, slashed in Korea)

    03/05/2015 1:31:49 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Truth On Target ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kerry Picket
    Who really is Mark W. Lippert? OBAMA used Senate Office to influence Kenyan Presidential Elections...
  • N. Korea bars tourists from popular race over Ebola concerns

    02/22/2015 7:24:38 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    North Korean authorities are barring foreigners from this year's Pyongyang marathon, a popular tourist event, due to ongoing Ebola travel restrictions. Nick Bonner, co-founder of Beijing-based Koryo Tours, a tour agency that specializes in North Korea travel, said more than 400 foreign runners had signed up with his agency alone for the event, which is to be held April 12. He said he was informed by officials on Monday that the race would be open only to local runners. Though no cases of Ebola have been reported anywhere near North Korea, the country shut its borders to foreign tourists in...
  • 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.
  • North Korea: Fairyland or 'country of mushrooms'?

    02/13/2015 3:07:06 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | Fri February 13, 2015 | Paul Armstrong
    (CNN)"Let us build a fairyland for the people by dint of science!" That's one of several new rallying cries for North Korea's people as the isolated regime prepares to mark the 70th anniversary of its founding this year with hundreds of new slogans aimed at encouraging patriotism.
  • Decoding North Korea's Fish And Mushroom Slogans (North Korean Propaganda Slogans Alert)

    02/12/2015 8:16:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/12/2015 | Magazine Monitor
    For the full list of slogans, as translated by BBC Monitoring, read on: Let us all turn out in the general offensive to hasten final victory in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu! Let us greet the 70th anniversaries of national liberation and Party founding with high political enthusiasm and brilliant labour feats! Let us glorify the 70th anniversaries of national liberation and Party founding as revolutionary, auspicious events noteworthy in the history of Kim Il Sung's nation and Kim Jong Il's Korea! The great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are the eternal leaders of our revolution, the...
  • Groups, States Supported by Cuba Continue to Spread Terror

    02/10/2015 2:52:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | February 10, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    U.S. officials consider removing Castro regime from terror listU.S. officials are considering removing Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, even as Cuban allies continue to launch military attacks and trade for weapons. As part of President Barack Obama’s announcement in December that he would normalize relations with Cuba, Obama instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s terror designation and issue a report in six months. While reports indicate that the administration is leaning toward removing Cuba from the terror list, such an action would conflict with the Cuban regime’s support for Colombian militants, Iran, and...
  • North Korea strikes down US talks, vows 'final doom'

    02/03/2015 9:36:20 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/2/15 | Park Chan-Kyong
    North Korea on Wednesday appeared to rule out any resumption of dialogue with the United States, threatening to react to any US "war of aggression" with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare. The statement from the country's top military body, the National Defence Commission (NDC), came after reported moves by Washington and Pyongyang to revive long-stalled six-nation talks on denuclearisation. The NDC said recent comments from President Barack Obama had revealed that the United States' goal was to "bring down" North Korea. The statement was an apparent reaction to an interview Obama gave on January 22 in which he spoke of...
  • Michael Malice For The Hour (On Hillary, The Depravity of Kim Jong-Un, and influence of Ayn Rand)

    01/30/2015 11:13:48 AM PST · by OddLane · 12 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 30, 2015 | Gerard Perry
    Although most of you are at least partially familiar with the work of Brooklyn author and Fox Business pundit Michael Malice, there’s always more to learn. Which is why I decided to sit down with him this week and pick his mind about topics ranging from the calculated inhumanity of the Kim Dynasty to the rapidly evolving publishing industry.
  • Iran-Syria-North Korea Nuclear Nexus

    01/28/2015 7:27:24 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 1 replies
    FrontpageMag.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Majid Rafizadeh
    HassanAs Iranian and American chief diplomats continue to meet to find ways to speed up nuclear negotiations and strike a final nuclear deal that would lead to the removal of all international sanctions on the ruling clerics, the Obama administration persists in ignoring the recent revelations about the Islamic Republic and its covert operations in the region.
  • North Korea slams 'loser' Obama for regime collapse remark

    01/25/2015 1:22:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 1/25/15
    North Korea Sunday described US President Barack Obama as a "loser" over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility towards Pyongyang. The comment from the North's foreign ministry came after Obama spoke of the eventual collapse of the regime ruling what he called "the most isolated, the most sanctioned, the most cut-off nation on Earth". "We will keep on ratcheting the pressure, but part of what's happening is... the Internet over time is going to be penetrating this country," Obama said in an interview on YouTube from the White House last week.
  • On this day in 1968.

    01/23/2015 7:48:46 AM PST · by LouAvul · 28 replies
    North Korea seized the USS Pueblo and accused the crew of spying. The crew was released 11 months later. NK, however, kept the vessel.
  • North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin

    01/23/2015 5:51:59 PM PST · by BBell · 6 replies
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.
  • Teenager says he escaped North Korea and made it to Sweden, claims asylum

    01/21/2015 8:06:19 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 21, 2015
    A 17-year-old who says he is a street child from North Korea is seeking refugee status in Sweden, maintaining he walked across a frozen river into China and traversed two continents in cars, the trans-Siberian railway and the back of a truck. But he offers no evidence to back his claims and Swedish authorities suspect he may be Chinese.
  • Assad’s Secret: Evidence Points to Syrian Push for Nuclear Weapons

    01/18/2015 10:22:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 09, 2015 – 09:20 PM | Erich Follath
    For years, it was thought that Israel had destroyed Syria’s nuclear weapons capability with its 2007 raid on the Kibar complex. Not so. New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to built the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran. […] Analysts say that the Syrian atomic weapon program has continued in a secret, underground location. According to information they have obtained, approximately 8,000 fuel rods are stored there. Furthermore, a new reactor or an enrichment facility has very likely been built at the site—a development of incalculable geopolitical consequences. Some of the...
  • 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...
  • Iran building nuke plant in Syria; State Dept: What difference does it make?

    01/13/2015 6:36:27 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 1/13/15 | Car in Jerusalem
    Sunday's Der Spiegel had a massive expose on the continuing efforts of Bashar al-Assad to build a nuclear weapons plant, which included evidence that Iran is constructing such a plant for Syria in Qusayr, less than two kilometers from Syria's border with Lebanon. The issue came up in the State Department's Monday daily briefing. Disturbingly, spokeswoman Marie Harf said that the United States did not plan to raise the issue in the Iranian nuclear talks, claiming that those talks only deal with Iran's nuclear capabilities and not with Syria's. According to findings of Western intelligence agencies, however, the situation...
  • North Korea asked Russia for Su-35 fighter jet supplies - reports

    01/09/2015 7:44:37 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Tass, Russia ^ | January 09, 2015
    TOKYO, January 9. /TASS/. North Korea has requested Russia to provide it with Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo daily has reported citing a military source. The particular proposal was made during the November visit to Russia of Choe Ryong Hae, a top Communist Party official and close ally to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Choe Ryong-hae, who visited Moscow as a special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in November last year, asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to provide Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets,” the report said, citing the source. North Korea is capable of producing...
  • 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...
  • Dying of Laughter in North Korea

    01/08/2015 5:29:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    NORTH KOREA isn't very funny, and the ghastly Kim Jong Un is no joke. All the more reason not to discount humor — the caustic humor of mockery, satire, and farce — as a weapon against the totalitarian regime in Pyongyang. For all the outrage generated by North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures' email network, more cold-blooded by far is the Kim government's response within its own borders to Seth Rogen's sophomoric new spoof. "North Korea has begun the expected crackdown to prevent the movie 'The Interview' from polluting the 'people's paradise,'" reports Nightwatch, a national-security intelligence newsletter. "A...
  • Hollywood COMPLETELY Caves to Kim Jong/North Korea

    01/07/2015 3:53:17 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 13 replies
    LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 01/07/15 | Steven Crowder
    A HILARIOUS video in which Kim Jong positively b**chslaps Hollywood around. Should tinseltown bend over for tiny tyrants? I say nay. What say YOU?
  • Sanctions on North Korea? Who Cares.

    01/06/2015 12:33:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 6, 2015 | D.W. Wilbur
    In a display of resolve the Obama Administration announced new sanctions, a “proportional response”, directed against the government of North Korea in response to the North Korean dictatorship’s recent reported cyber-attack involving senior executives of the SONY Corporation. In a country where the citizens have been eating dirt for years because of the communist regime’s policies, such a response by Barack Obama will clearly have no impact on the North Korean dictatorship’s behavior. Aside from the bluster of their ‘official statements’, the rogue regime simply isn’t very concerned about U.S. sanctions. They will just find ways to skirt any additional...
  • CNN Scammed by North Korean Parody Twitter Account

    01/05/2015 11:37:51 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 5, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un resolutely denounces extreme gullibility of U.S. Cable News Network jackals." Okay, that wasn't a real tweet, just my parody version of what a tweet from North Korea could look like since CNN actually was quite gullible to the extent that they cited a tweet from the well known North Korean parody account of @DPRK_News as if it were the real deal. Although CNN eventually pulled the parody tweet citation, @Popehat who is the real author of the @DPRK_News preserved the screen shot below for all eternity so that future generations can laugh at both the CNN...
  • 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.”
  • Crippling Sony hack 'was the work of a disgruntled former employee named "Lena" who was laid off'

    01/02/2015 2:28:35 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1-1-2015 | Joel Christie and Sara Malm
    Cybersecurity experts have given a detailed outline to the FBI about the hack attack against Sony Pictures, insisting it was not the work of North Korea but a group of current and former employees who shared a 'mutual hatred' for the company. While the FBI and Sony have announced they believe Pyongyang carried out the hack - claims that were denied by leader Kim Jong-un - independent security officials have been coming forward for the past week saying most of the evidence points to an inside job. Silicon Valley security firm Norse, which provides intelligence to companies to prevent their...
  • Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions On North Korea, After Sony Hack

    January 02, 2015 FoxNews.comThe Obama administration on Friday imposed a wave of sanctions against members of the North Korean government, amounting to the U.S. government's first official response to the cyber-attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. Despite lingering questions from private security analysts over whether North Korea was responsible for the hack -- as the FBI has alleged -- the White House described the new sanctions as retaliation against Pyongyang. "We take seriously North Korea's attack that aimed to create destructive financial effects on a U.S. company and to threaten artists and other individuals with the goal of restricting their right...
  • 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.
  • Kim Jong-un reveals North Korea WILL talk to South Korea and may hold ‘high level summit’

    01/01/2015 8:04:35 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2015 | By Jenny Stanton For Mailonline
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said he is open to more talks with his South Korea counterpart. In somewhat of a New Year's resolution, the leader said he is open to the discussions or even a summit - a statement welcomed by Seoul, the capital of South Korea, which in turn urged the North to take concrete steps towards normalisation of relations. Kim's call for improving inter-Korea relations in his New Year speech comes as Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, faces heightened criticism over its human rights record.
  • 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.
  • The Interview: Malware for Korea Fans

    12/31/2014 10:35:32 AM PST · by w1n1 · 1 replies
    wsj ^ | 12/31/2014 | S Dredge
    Android app reported to have infected 20,000 devices so far, promising pirated download while stealing bank account details. Controversial film The Interview has earned $18m so far from online sales and cinema viewings in the US, but some people in South Korea trying to download a pirated version are catching a nasty dose of mobile malware instead. The comedy, which satirises the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-un and sparked the recent cyberattack on studio Sony Pictures, is understandably eliciting plenty of interest in South Korea. See the rest of the Interview story here.
  • The Wisdom of Peace Through Strength

    12/31/2014 6:41:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson
    It was extremely encouraging to see the United States and Sony eventually stand up to the cyberbullying of the North Koreans by allowing the movie "The Interview" to be released despite threats of retaliation. Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are hallmarks of American life, and we must jealously guard these values from both internal and external threats. In fact, all of the freedoms guaranteed to American citizens by our Constitution must be steadfastly preserved, or they will be eroded. Vigilance and courage are necessary every day if we are to remain a free society. I am proud of...
  • New evidence Sony hack was ‘inside’ job, not North Korea

    12/31/2014 3:22:50 AM PST · by Las Vegas Dave · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/30/2014 | Post Staff Report
    US cybersecurity experts say they have solid evidence that a former employee helped hack Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer system — and that it was not masterminded by North Korean cyberterrorists. One leading cybersecurity firm, Norse Corp., said Monday it has narrowed its list of suspects to a group of six people — including at least one Sony veteran with the necessary technical background to carry out the attack, according to reports. The investigation of the Sony hacking by the private companies stands in stark contrast to the finding of the FBI, which said Dec. 19 its probe traced the hacking...
  • 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...
  • US finds Israel fourth most "unacceptable" country

    12/29/2014 11:46:32 AM PST · by Dave346 · 38 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 12.29.14, 19:37 | Yitzhak Benhorin
    Foreign Policy article examines number of times state department referred to "unacceptable" behavior this year; Israel ranked between North Korea and Pakistan. The US State Department described Israeli actions as "unacceptable" 87 times in 2014, with only three countries being more "unacceptable," according to a Foreign Policy article published last week. Journalist Micah Zenko searched the State Department's website for usage of the term, and his "top ten" list shows Israel sandwiched right between North Korea and Pakistan. Zenko pointed that the US officials regularly use the phrase "but then do very little in response to prevent or deter those...
  • It Wasn't North Korea Or Russia: Sony Hack "Perpetrator" Said To Be Laid-Off, Disgruntled Employee

    12/30/2014 7:50:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/30/2014 | Tyler Durden
    First it was, with "absolute certainly", North Korea. Then, out of the blue, an even more ridiculous theory emerged about the origin of the Sony hackers: Russia. Now, we finally get the truth, and as it turns out it was neither of the abovementioned sovereign actors who had nothing better to do than to hack movie scripts and racist emails: it was Sony's own disgruntled worker who was the source of the hack. According to Politico, FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff,...
  • Laughing at the Axis of Evil is Funny No More

    12/30/2014 7:34:54 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Sony Pictures is triumphant today because their release of the North Korea-inspired comedy The Interview by Seth Rogen and James Franco had an estimated sales of $15 million over the weekend from largely online sales. The movie was schedule to be released in about 3,000 theaters, but because of “terror” threats, it was released in a limited number of theaters and online.The revenue is about $5,000 per canceled theater, or about 300 people per theatre. Kind of light traffic for a new release with a great deal of publicity surrounding it. Count it another triumph however for a renegade state...
  • Crosses Torn Down from 400 Churches in Eastern Chinese Province of Zhejiang

    12/28/2014 7:21:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Christians say their faith has been singled out because authorities are trying to curb its growth. BEIJING — Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October. Within an hour, township officials and uniformed men barged onto the church ground and tore down the cross. "They keep a very close watch on us, and there is nothing we can do," said a church official, who spoke...
  • China Bans Christmas And This Happens To Google Traffic

    12/28/2014 7:42:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/28/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Very quietly and under the radar, authorities in China have cracked down on Christmas celebrations in China, deeming them "Western spiritual pollution." As CNMNews reports, for several years, a virtual rush to convert to Christianity has been underway in China, both in its Protestant and Catholic versions. The Department of Education this year issued a directive to limit Christianity’s appeal to young people, banning Christmas events and celebrations in schools and kindergartens, deemed “kitsch” and “un-Chinese”. The crackdown has also been spreading to universities and colleges nationwide. The result is nowhere more evident than in Google's traffic in China...  As...
  • To some Chinese, The Interview is ‘the greatest film in history’

    12/28/2014 6:30:55 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Today Online ^ | December 27, 2014
    To some Chinese, The Interview is ‘the greatest film in history’ Published: 8:23 AM, December 27, 2014 BEIJING — Even before Americans began flocking to theaters on Christmas Eve to see The Interview — Sony Pictures’ comedy about a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to kill the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un — Chinese film fans by the thousands were downloading mostly pirated versions of the movie on domestic video-sharing websites. By midday yesterday (Dec 27), more than 300,000 people had seen the film, and the reviews, by and large, were favorable. “Perfect, the greatest film in history, all...
  • Russia Seeks to Raise its Language Profile in NK (North Korea)

    12/28/2014 2:50:46 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 9 replies
    Korea Times ^ | December 28, 2014 19:36 GMT | Kim Hyo-jin
    Russia appears striving to boost the demand for its language in North Korea, amid signs that the Cold War allies try to build up strong bilateral relations. Russia's Maritime Province of Siberia donated as many as 1,400 Russian books to North Korea, the Russian news agency Interfax said Wednesday. The books vary on the subjects from Russian history, literature, culture, to language. It reported that the state government delegated the donation project to "Russkiy Mir," an orthodox cultural foundation established by Russia's president Vladimir Putin in 2007 as a vehicle for exercising soft power abroad. The foundation delivered the books...