North Korea

The Spawn of Judy Miller?

It only took a few paragraphs in to Salon's critique of the NY Times' handling of revelations - more specifically, the NY Times' exclusion of revelations - in wikileak's #cablegate  to begin to wonder about Obama's action, as well, and the meaning of it:

North v. South: Mounting Tensions in Korea

Oh, bugger -- another conflict brewing on the international stage. From the LA Times:


North Korea fires on South Korean island

Numerous casualties are reported as artillery rounds strike the island. South Korean troops return fire.

By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010|12:11 a.m.
Reporting from Seoul

North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery rounds onto a populated South Korean island, apparently causing numerous casualties after Pyongyang claimed Seoul was readying for "an invasion," according to media reports here.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak called an emergency session of his national security council in an underground bunker at the presidential residence late Tuesday to devise a response to the attack, which occurred near the disputed western border between north and south.


South Korean soldiers returned fire but it was not clear whether any North Koreans were killed or injured.

The South Korean military was conducting drills near Yeonpyeong island when the North opened fire about 2:30 p.m. Seoul time, officials said. Pyongyang had earlier sent letters to Seoul that it considered the exercises "preparation for an invasion," which South Korea denied, officials said.


A spokeswoman for Lee said the Seoul government was looking into the motive behind the sudden attacks.

"Our Navy was conducting a maritime exercise near the western sea border today. North Korea has sent a letter of protest over the drill. We're examining a possible link between the protest and the artillery attack," said Kim Hee-jung, the spokeswoman.



Just what the world needs -- more armed conflict.

And just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, too.

Hat-tip ThomasTallis of DelphiForums for the heads-up.

Today Daily Kos officially jumped the shark

There used to be a time when the Daily Kos was the place to go for reality-based content. When quality writers like Emptywheel, Buhdydharma and Toquedeville could be found regularly. Then came the Democratic Primaries and things got really ugly, really fast. It was as if the place became infested with wingnuts, the way you were attacked for being progressive. Many fled, never to be seen again.
Don't get me wrong, there are still quality writers to be found at Daily Kos. Guys like MinistryofTruth and Crashing Vor. It's just that the site has been steadily drifting away from being reality-based for quite a few years now.
And today, they officially jumped the shark.

Dear Leader Has Pancreatic Cancer ??

As you'll see in the video of a Fox News snippet, Reuters is reporting North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has pancreatic cancer.

However Yonhap News Agency in South Korea reports, The South Korean government has no information on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il having pancreatic cancer as reported by a local broadcaster Monday, officials said.

South Korea Steps Up Pressure For North Korea Dialog

North Korean leader Kim Jong-il paid homage to his late father Kim Il-sung today (Wednesday) as the country marked the 15th anniversary of ll-sung's death, amid North Korea's renewed standoff with the international community over its missile and nuclear programs.

UN Security Council to Discuss N. Korea Missile Firings

By Lee Chi-dong - Yonhap News Agency

SEOUL, July 6 (Yonhap) -- The U.N. Security Council will soon discuss how to deal with North Korea's firing of ballistic missiles over the weekend, which violated the council's existing resolutions against the communist nation, South Korea's top nuclear envoy said Monday.

Happy 4th Of July America From North Korea (updated with link and video)

I have done a couple of postings regarding North Korea using South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

What better way to get the news than straight from the closest source than a rewrite from AP, UPI or others.

Here's what Yonhap has reported regarding more missle firings.