Posted on February 21, 2016 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton (H/T Jay H.)
A reader has sent me a link to a Youtube video recording of Prof. Charles Armstrong discussing the state of affairs in North Korea today and where he thinks it is headed in the future. The talk took place recently at Columbia University and was sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Affairs Council (APAC) of that same university which studies .
Prof. Armstrong talks about a changing dynamic in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) whereas they are actively seeking to open their nation to the outside world a bit. The new airport serves as a sign of this program. And he concludes his discussion by saying it’s possible, though they wont completely veer from the authoritarian path they are currently on, that this new openness will create a new version of North Korea but not one entirely different from what it is. He also stresses that this is not some obscure pipe-dream of a future in that North Korea is already moving toward this goal in many ways. He mentions a slightly better economy for the people of North Korea and the fact that fewer people are leaving the country now than there were just 5 years ago. He talks about how many North Koreans have cell phones and the readily available internet, though, according to him, it is still heavily controlled in terms of access to certain sites and ideas.
It’s an interesting talk and I thank Jay for sharing it with us.
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Posted on August 28, 2015 by willyloman
(So much for 50 missing subs, huh? The State Department’s “land mine attack” bullshit just blew up in their faces, if you will pardon the pun)
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made a surprise statement saying the recent agreement between the two Koreas marks a “landmark occasion” and paves the way for “reconciliation” and “trust” for the divided nation.
The North and South Koreas agreed to end their military standoff on Tuesday, after an exchange of artillery fire had raised tensions along the border to a critical level. The two countries will also be opening up new channels of communication in order to improve ties that have been cut off since 2010.
“The joint press release published at the contact provided a crucial landmark occasion of defusing the acute military tension and putting the catastrophic inter-Korean relations on the track of reconciliation and trust,” the North’s KCNA news agency quoted Kim as saying at a meeting with military aides.
[read more here]
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Posted on August 24, 2015 by willyloman
(And so do I)
from Sana News Agency
Syria expressed on Sunday its strong condemnation of the U.S.-South Korean military exercises and propaganda targeting the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
“Syria has been following with concern the latest developments in the Korean Peninsula,” said Foreign and Expatriates Ministry in a statement.
It referred to the continued U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises and the “provocations” which South Korea carried out across the border with the DPRK “that are aimed at disrupting [the latter’s] security and stability.”
[read more here]
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Posted on December 17, 2014 by willyloman
by Scott Creighton
Oh dear God.. commerce has been driven to a grinding halt. We must now take action to ‘fix’ the interwebs or else our “freedoms” are at stake.
Sony has come out and said they aren’t releasing the latest Seth Rogen piece of shit movie. This is a film where he once again professes his less-than-closeted love for James Franco while at the same time, does what he can to promote still more disinformation regarding North Korea. Of course, it’s “just comedy”… and we all know no one uses humor to promote disinformation (isn’t that right Jon
Sony has finally come out and claimed they have to postpone the release of their horrible, rote, sophomoric comedy “The Interview” because of some threats being supposedly made by a group that no one can really track back to North Korea.
You want to know what that is? Why they can’t track the threat back to North Korea?
Because North Korea doesn’t give a shit about some stupid fucking Seth Rogen movie. That’s why.
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