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Aug 27 10:30

Korea’s Lotte Group vice chairman found dead, suicide suspected

One of the seniormost executives at South Korea’s Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the family-run conglomerate.

Aug 24 16:29

North Korea launches a Netflix-style streaming service called Manbang

Some days, life just throws you a giggle. Today is one of those days.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea) has announced a new Netflix-style on-demand streaming service. It’s called Manbang.

In Korean, ‘manbang’ means ‘everything.’ In English-speaking countries, it has some different connotations. Obviously.

Aug 24 13:36

US Condemns N Korea Missile Test, Says Ready For 'Any Attack'

The US military has denounced North Korea’s ballistic missile as a “provocation” and vowed to defend Washington and its allies allies from any attack from the East Asian country.

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile at 2029 GMT Tuesday (4:59 am Wednesday local time), just two days after threatening a nuclear attack in retaliation to large-scale US and South Korean joint military exercises.

Aug 24 11:31

The Strategies of Global Warfare: War with China and Russia? Washington’s Military Design in the Asia-Pacific

It is important to focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia in a broader geopolitical context. China, North Korea as well as Russia are potential targets under Obama’s “Pivot to Asia”, involving the combined threat of missile deployments, naval power and pre-emptive nuclear war.

We are not dealing with piecemeal military endeavors. The regional Asia-Pacific military agenda under the auspices of US Pacific Command (USPACOM) is part of a global process of US-NATO military planning.

US military actions are carefully coordinated. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region. In turn, the planning of military operations is coordinated with non-conventional forms of warfare including regime change, financial warfare and economic sanctions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why are peace and prosperity never the options here, only more wars and more destruction?!?

That is a question I want answered by our politicians.

I have a tremendous respect for Professor Chossudovsky; he does have a real gift for calling geopolitical issues like he sees them.

I cannot tell you when a major, dramatic moment of conflict is going to take place; but I can tell you, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that it is coming.

Watching what is going on around the world, courtesy of the US government, is kind of like watching that archetypal dream, where you see the coming of a slow-motion train wreck, and it is impossible to stop. And Mike and I have seen this coming for quite some time.

Here are some links about intelligent prepping, which I hope you will find useful; because at this moment, the most powerful, life-affirming thing we can do is take care of ourselves, and the people we care about.


How to be an intelligent prepper without breaking the bank

Why This NYC Firefighter Is Prepping For The End Of Civilization

Back to Basics: How to Start Prepping Before the SHTF

Prepping 101 – A Step By Step Plan for How to Get Started Prepping – pt.2

Prepping: 10 simple ideas on how to start

Aug 24 10:25

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions.

Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine could help North Korea evade a new anti-missile system planned for South Korea and pose a threat even if nuclear-armed North Korea's land-based arsenal was destroyed, experts said.

The ballistic missile was fired at around 5:30 a.m. (2030 GMT) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where a submarine base is located, officials at South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defence Ministry told Reuters.

The projectile reached Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ) for the first time, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a briefing, referring to an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More wars in the region are not going to stop the trajectory of North Korea's growth in military hardware; and with this test firing, it appears as though North Korea's capabilities are improving rapidly.

I wish that China, South Korea, Japan, and the US could get Kim Jung Un to the negotiating table, and negotiate a true peace treaty to replace the armistice, with guarantees on military and trade opportunities if North Korea stops their nuclear missile development; but of course, that... would be logical.

If not, I would not be surprised to see North Korea actually being able to target their missiles by the end of this year, with this much improvement seen on this sub-launched missiles.

Aug 24 07:49

Fresh tensions as North Korea test-fires submarine-launched ballistic missile off its east coast

The missile, fired from a North Korean submarine, flew about 500 km (300 miles) towards Japan in a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a nuclear test and as series of missile launches this year.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday's missile breached his country's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and condemned what he called an 'unforgivable, reckless act.'

Aug 23 10:30

N. Korea lays land mines near border to prevent defection by soldiers: sources

North Korea was seen laying anti-personnel mines along its side of the inter-Korean border, presumably to block potential defection by its own soldiers, a government source said Tuesday.

"Several North Korea military-laid land mines were seen on the northern side of a bridge in Panmunjom last week," the source said. The small bridge known as the Bridge of No Return is located within the truce village and spans the military demarcation line between the two Koreas.

It was the first time North Korea was seen planting mines in Panmunjom since the inter-Korean armistice agreement in July 1953, although two South Korean soldiers were maimed last August in mine blasts blamed on the North in the eastern part of the inter-Korean border.

The source said the North Korean action "appears to be designed to prevent its front-line servicemen from defecting."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, in fact, these reports are true (because they are not sourced), they may indicate further North Korean preparations for war, coupled with preparations to keep their front-line soldiers from defecting.

Aug 18 12:32

Will the Korean Powder Keg Explode? Seoul Holds Biggest Artillery Drill Ever

Artillery drills on the North Korean border constitute a stark escalation in South Korea’s military practice, causing concern that Pyongyang may react amid heightened provocation.

On Thursday, South Korea’s army conducted its largest-ever artillery drills near the tense border with North Korea, risking an escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

An underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on April 24, 2016.
© REUTERS/ KCNA
North Korea Threatens to Destroy US Military Bases in Asia-Pacific Region
Dozens of military units along the border on Thursday deployed some 300 artillery systems that simultaneously fired shells in multiple directions, according to an army official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Military.com.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears, with US government enabling, South Korea's military is attempting to get a military provocation going from North Korea, that the South could use as an "excuse" for invading North Korea.

There is one minor problem with that however, and that is....China.

China has a mutual defense pact, which is renewed about every 20 years or so. As reported at pri.org in April, 2013:

North Korean threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States have left its closest ally, Beijing, in a difficult position. Under a treaty signed half a century ago, China is obliged to “render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal” in the event North Korea comes under “armed attack by any state.” According to the Council on Foreign Relations, China has been ambivalent about its commitment to the Sino-North Korean Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance. But as tensions on the Korean peninsula escalate, China is likely to come under increasing pressure to state its position. The Pentagon confirmed earlier on Wednesday that an advanced ballistic missile defense system was being sent to Guam to protect US interests in the event of a North Korean attack. In a statement published by the North's official KCNA news agency, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said war with the United States could break out "today or tomorrow." China, along with South Korea, would bear the brunt of hostilities in the region and Beijing is no doubt working around the clock to prevent such an event. As the largest provider of food, fuel and industrial machinery to North Korea, China is seen as wielding the greatest influence over the hermit kingdom.

Sounds eerily contemporary, doesn't it?!?

What China has got to do, goading both the US and South Korea diplomatically, is resume 4-way talks to create a breakthrough in replacing the current Armistice (which is simply a cessation of violence between North and South Korea) with an actual peace treaty, guaranteeing various rights and privileges for North Korea, and needs to it very much being tied into North Korea's stopping of its nuclear weapons program.

Aug 17 14:31

North Korea resumes plutonium production at Yongbyon

North Korea has resumed plutonium production by reprocessing spent fuel rods at its main Yongbyon nuclear facility, citing the United States’ hostile policy toward Pyongyang.

Aug 17 11:51

THAAD Comes To Korea, But At What Cost?

The recent announcement that South Korea had agreed to deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system on its territory marks an important advance in the Obama Administration’s militarized Asia pivot. The THAAD battery threatens to destabilize the military balance of power and draw South Korea into an anti-China alliance with the United States and Japan.

Aug 08 08:35

South Korea Scoffs at China’s Fear of THAAD, Tells Beijing to Stop North Korea

Seoul argues that North Korea poses a present and immediate threat to regional security, but China worries more about being encircled by an increasingly aggressive United States.

Aug 06 09:32

Japan Convokes National Security Council Meeting Amid North Korean Missile Test

Japan convoked an emergency meeting of the National Security Council after North Korea fired a missile on Wednesday, which presumably dropped in the Japanese exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan, media reported.

The decisions made at the meeting are not disclosed so far, Kyodo agency said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the Japanese Security Council: what will ultimately get Kim Jung Un to stop testing missiles is a true, solid peace treaty, to replace the armistice (which a mere cessation of fighting between North and South Korea) which currently exists, with guarantees on trade, the cessation of sanctions, and freedom of navigation.

Any military response - from ANY country- will only accelerate North Korea's race to develop a maneuverable nuclear device, as a deterrent to being attacked, most probably by South Korea and the US.

And of course, any such move like that will involve China on North Korea's side, so...double plus ungood.!!

Aug 03 11:03

US Warns North Korea Over Ballistic Missile Test

The United States has issued a stern warning over North Korea’s new ballistic missile test, saying it was prepared to “defend ourselves and our allies.”

Aug 01 09:42

US-S Korea Military Drills Proceed as N Korea Warns of 'Vicious' Showdown

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at a fever pitch as rhetoric spouted from Pyongyang’s top brass is even more militaristic than ever before with statements of direct action and declarations of war.

Secretary of the US Army Eric Fanning said on Saturday that annual military drills between the United States and South Korea will move forward as scheduled despite North Korea’s dire warning of a "vicious" showdown if the war games proceed only days after Pyongyang declared war on America.

The commitment to proceeding with the drill follows statements by North Korea’s top diplomat for US affairs saying that the maneuvers are perceived by Pyongyang as open aggression and that the regime of Kim Jong-Un is ready to go to war in response.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that these US/South Korean drills are engineered to drive Pyongyang to respond militarily, as a way of starting a back-door war with China, and we have been perilously close enough to that with operations like the joint Japanese/Indian/US military maneuvers, called "Operation Malabar", conducted in the South China Sea.

Jul 30 09:03

‘Irreparable Consequences’: China, Russia Angry About THAAD in South Korea

The United States and South Korea announced plans in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, ostensibly to counter threats from North Korea, but the move received immediate condemnation from Russia and China, who view the installation as a veiled attempt by Washington to undermine Beijing and Moscow’s mutual nuclear deterrent.

“This missile defense system tends to undermine stability in the region. We hope that our partners will avoid any actions that could have irreparable consequences,” cautioned the Russian foreign ministry in the wake of Washington and Seoul’s announcement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Jul 30 08:27

South Korea Outlawing Opposition to War With North Korea: Seoul Used National Security Laws to Arrest Citizens Opposed to War

Little is known in the outside world about the National Security Act in South Korea. It was enacted in 1948 and has been used to quash any opposition to the US military in South Korea or to the South Korean political establishment, which was founded by Washington when it selected the subservient and traitorous Korean collaborators that worked for the Japanese during Tokyo’s occupation of the Korean Peninsula to run South Korea instead of allowing the fiercely independent Korean resistance fighters that had fought against the Japanese during the Second World War takeover.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 29 13:08

Police State South Korea Clamps Down on Peace Movement. Deployment of US THAAD Missile System in South Korea

On July 26, 2016, the South Korean government blocked the entry of two Korean American peace activists – Juyeon Rhee and Hyun Lee – into its country. The two are representatives of the U.S.-based Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. They had traveled to South Korea to participate in the annual Jeju Peace March as well as join protests against the recent U.S.-South Korean decision to deploy the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system in South Korea.

After being detained by immigration officers at Incheon International Airport, the two were deported pursuant to Articles 11 and 12 of the Korea Immigration Law, which prohibits the entry of foreigners who, among other things, are “deemed likely to commit any act detrimental to national interests of the Republic of Korea or public safety.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Under President Park, South Korea has morphed into a dictatorship of immeasurable proportions, behaving as though she is Obama's "poodle", and doing everything humanly possible to provoke North Korea, including the acceptance of the THAAD deployment in her country.

Jul 28 11:40

N. Korea: US has crossed red line, relations on war footing

North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press on Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.

Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.

The United States and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises south of the Demilitarized Zone, and Pyongyang typically responds to them with tough talk and threats of retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Until North Korea actually finds and masters a weapons delivery system which works, Kim Jung Un is impotent to cause any real harm.

That having been said, however, there have been numerous speculations this year about North Korea having developed, or being in the process of developing an EMP weapon.

Should that ultimately prove true, it would really be nasty for South Korea and certain areas of the US (particularly here in Hawaii).

Jul 26 15:08

Kerry Warns N Korea Of 'Real Consequences' Of Nuclear Program

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned North Korea of “real consequences” of its nuclear and missile tests.

Jul 25 09:23

S. Korea and THAAD

Jul 22 18:36

North Korea makes extraordinary claim about Theresa May

NUCLEAR North Korea has accused Theresa May of misleading the British public over the threat the pariah state's atomic arsenal poses to the UK.

In an extraordinary intervention in the debate over the renewal of Britain's Trident nuclear weapons deterrent, North Korea's foreign ministry claimed it was "illogical" to suggest Kim Jong-Un's stockpile would be aimed at the UK.

A spokesman said: "It is illogical that the DPRK's nuclear weapons pose a threat to the UK.

"It is a pity that the UK makes an excuse for the building of [nuclear submarines] by finding fault with the DPRK, thousands [of] kilometres away from it."

Jul 22 10:38

Is Korean War Possible?

Today, the Korean peninsula is one of the most militarized places on the entire planet. It is here where the interests of large powers like the US, China, and Russia intersect. The range of forces that could be deployed in a possible conflict (within a fairly limited space on a rough terrain) is truly impressive. Yet, the prospects of a large military conflict are doubtful. Chances of an easy victory are too small for all potential parties. But if such a confrontation does take place, what would be the outcome of a second Korean war: a rapid blitzkrieg or a trench war massacre?..

Jul 18 20:06

North Korea launches three ballistic missiles in response to US defence system

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan early on Tuesday morning, the latest riposte against the decision by Washington to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the weapons were Scud-type missiles, with a range of up to 360 miles, enabling them to strike targets anywhere in South Korea.

Jul 15 10:38

The US-Led Militarization of Southeast Asia. China, Russia, North Korea and Iran Are Targets in Pentagon World War III Scenarios

There are two central issues, Professor Chossudovsky explained. “One is the fact that the United States has a project to militarize the Asia Pacific region, specifically threatening China. The other issue is …the [territorial] disputes between China, the Philippines, Vietnam, etc.”

The second issue, according to the analyst, would be much easier to resolve if it weren’t for US involvement, which is using the territorial disputes as part of its so-called ‘pivot to Asia’, “essentially preventing these countries from reaching negotiations, and building a situation of crisis within the Asia-Pacific region.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is painfully apparent that the folks in Foggy Bottom (DC) have collectively lost their reality license, to believe that they can simultaneously take on all of these countries.

China will come to the aid of North Korea; and Russia will come to the aid of Iran, if attacked; and China will come to the aid of Russia if attacked, and the converse will be true as well.

And the aspect to all of this which is completely confounding is, how do the players at the Pentagon, State Department, and White House believe that there can be a successful outcome to these wars, when the US military doesn't have the weaponry, the troop strength, the manufacturing, or the money to insure that successful outcome?!?

This is utter madness, writ large; and unfortunately, just because something the US government could do would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is utterly no guarantee that it will not do just that.

The US government's weapons procurement system is absolutely incestuous, because those same corporations wanting weapons and systems contracts support the candidacies of those Representatives in Congress, overtly and covertly, who green light them.

The resulting products are, far too frequently, weapons which under-perform; are hideously expensive, and late, and incapable of keeping up with strides made by weapons developers in countries like China and Russia.

Please understand; I hate war as a method of resolving geopolitical disputes.

Having said that, however, when weapons are deployed in conflict, I want them to work beyond the expectations of our military personnel.

Jul 15 06:06

South Koreans Throw Bottles at Prime Minister in Protest Over THAAD

Residents of South Korea’s Seongju threw bottles at Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Friday in protest over Seoul stationing the US THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) system in the city, local media reported.

Jul 13 12:11

China calls on US to cease THAAD deployment in South Korea

China has reaffirmed its strong opposition to the US deployment of an advanced missile system in neighboring South Korea, warning that Beijing would take necessary steps to protect its interests.

Jul 13 12:10

North Korea test-fires short range ballistic missile: Seoul’s military

North Korea has reportedly test-fired a short-range ballistic missile a day after Seoul and Washington reached a controversial agreement on the deployment of an advanced US missile system to the Korean Peninsula.

Jul 13 11:14

Thousands of S. Koreans protest US missile defense system as Seoul announces location

South Korea’s military has announced the location of its THAAD anti-missile defense system, intended to deter threats from North Korea. The plan, which greatly angered regional powers, has led thousands of Koreans on to the streets in protest.
Seoul and Washington say the system is intended to both counter threats in the region and defend US troops stationed there. It forms the core element of the America’s multilayered defense program. But the local residents fear it will lead to deteriorating health and will negatively impact the agricultural economy. The system’s high-powered radar has been linked to infertility and cancer, according to local rumors, which the government dismissed as “baseless.”

Jul 11 19:45

North Korea closes only communication channel with U.S.

North Korea said Monday it has decided to close its only direct diplomatic link with Washington, a move made days after the United States slapped sanctions on the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and other officials over human rights abuses.

Pyongyang and Washington do not have formal diplomatic relations, but North Korea's mission to the United Nations in New York has acted as the main communication conduit between the two countries.

Now it will deal with "DPRK-US relations under the wartime law of the DPRK," according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's state-run news agency.

Jul 11 07:09

“The Doomsday Forum”: Senior Military, Nuclear Weapons Officials Convene… America’s “$1 Trillion Nuclear Weapons Plan”. Take out Russia, Iran and North Korea?

On June 21, 250 top military brass, military planners, corporate military-industrial ”defense” contractors, top officials and scientists from the nuclear weapons laboratories as well as prominent academics gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico to discuss, debate and promote the Pentagon’s One Trillion Dollar Nuclear Weapons program.

Russia is allegedly “threatening the Western World”. The objective is to develop the pre-emptive use of nuclear weapons (i.e. nuclear war as a means of self-defense).

The event organized by “The Strategic Deterrent Coalition” (a non profit organization) was funded by Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Orbital ATK, BAE Systems among other generous donors.

Jul 10 18:01

Now SOUTH KOREA wants British free trade deal as UK ministers struggle to cope with demand

SOUTH KOREA has joined the race to tie-up a major free trade deal with the UK in the wake of its exit from the European Union.

Jul 08 10:29

U.S. Helps Deploy Anti-Missile System In South Korea

South Korea and the United States said on Friday they would deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea to counter a threat from North Korea, drawing a sharp and swift protest from neighboring China.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, anti-missile system will be used only as protection against North Korea’s growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, the South’s Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said in a joint statement.

“This is an important ... decision,” General Vincent Brooks, commander of U.S. forces in South Korea, said in a statement. “North Korea’s continued development of ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction require the alliance to take this prudent, protective measure to bolster our ... missile defense.”

Beijing said on Friday it lodged complaints with the U.S. and South Korean ambassadors over the THAAD decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In this instance, China is being the adult in the room, and their leadership is entirely right to protest the presence of THAAD missiles in South Korea.

And there is the consistent problem with North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs; a guidance system which is completely non-functional. And how soon that will be remedied (and most probably, by which foreign power, like Israel, which has robust guidance system), is anyone's guess.

But Kim Jung Un will see this as an absolute threat, and will respond accordingly, which is just what DC wants to see happen.

The logical thing to do here would be to get North Korea back to the negotiating table, with China, and iron out a real peace treaty, with guarantees for trade, to replace the Armistice in place right now.

Unfortunately,logic never wins in DC when there is a potential war to wage with which to potentially knock the other guy down.

But the US government knows that any military action against North Korea means war with China; and that, scarily enough, is what they want to see happen here, to beat down the growing Chinese economy, and currency, with some kind of excuse they hope the American public will sign off on.

Jul 08 10:04

US Urges N Korea To Avoid Sparking Tensions

The United States has warned North Korea to avoid actions and statements that could increase tensions in the region, following Pyongyang’s threat of taking “toughest countermeasures” against Washington over imposing sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Jul 07 10:33

North Korea says US sanctions on Kim Jong-un are 'a declaration of WAR'

North Korea has proclaimed that the new U.S. sanctions targeting its leader Kim Jong-un amounted to a 'declaration of a war' and vowed to take strong retaliatory measures.

The move by the United States constituted 'the worst hostile act' and 'an open declaration of a war' against the North, Pyongyang's foreign ministry said in a statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It comes after the U.S. announced sanctions against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the first time on Wednesday, citing 'notorious abuses of human rights'.

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 29 17:08

North Korea Drill Under Personal Guidance Of Nation’s Leader Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un supervises aircraft, navy and artillery exercises, communicates with military officers, according to state news channel.

Jun 23 10:51

North Korea Test Necessitates Stronger US Defense: Carter

US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says North Korea’s latest launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile raises the need for strong missile defenses for all the allies of Washington in the region.

Jun 22 15:09

US Condemns North Korea Missile Tests, Says Ready For 'Any Attack'

The US State Department has condemned North Korea for launching two Musudan mid-range ballistic missiles, saying the US remains “prepared” in the face of any threat.

Jun 22 01:31

North Korea conducts second launch of ballistic missile

North Korea has conducted the second launch of a ballistic missile during the day, Reuters news agency reported referring to a South Korean military source. According to the agency, North Korea carried out a second launch of medium-range missile Musudan about two hours after the first launched had failed. There have been no reports yet about whether the last launch was successful or not. The first launch of the Musudan missile took place earlier on Wednesday at 05:58 local time near Wonsan on North Korea's northeast. Japan’s Defense Ministry noted that no security threats were registered in connection with the launch of a ballistic missile, but called it a threat to the global community.
Washington wants UN Security Council to consider new missile launches in North Korea - http://tass.ru/en/world/883869

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 20 12:36

North Korea threatens to strike US bases in case of provocations

North Korea (DPRK) is ready to deliver a strike on the American bases in the region in case of provocations, a representative of the DPRK National Defense Commission (NDC) said in a statement released by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday. According to him, the US facilities, including the Anderson Air Force Base on Guam where B-52Hs bombers are deployed and naval bases for nuclear submarines "have long been put into the range of the Korean People’s Army precision strike"...

Jun 20 07:52

Call for a National Debate on U.S. “Regime Change” Policy

We are a group of concerned U.S. citizens currently visiting Russia with the goal of increasing understanding and reducing international tension and conflict. We are appalled by this call for direct U.S. aggression against Syria, and believe it points to the urgent need for open public debate on U.S. foreign policy.

Jun 17 09:46

North Korea Predicts War in August, Says US Planning a Preemptive Strike

The country’s foreign ministry released a statement accusing the United States of planning preemptive airstrikes and vowing to treat such an assault as an act of war.

Jun 17 05:38

South Korea Holds Sea Drills to Prepare for Pyongyang’s ‘Provocations

South Korea is conducting maritime exercises off the western coast to prepare for possible North Korean provocations, the country’s Navy said in a Thursday statement.

"We are keeping full combat readiness to swiftly respond to the enemy's possible provocations in waters off the west coast," the statement says, as quoted by the South Korean Yonhap news agency.

The three-day exercise started on Thursday and involves around 20 warships. The drills aim to prepare South Korean servicemen for North Korea’s possible crossing of the western maritime border (Northern Limit Line), the Navy said.

South Korea Welcomes US Financial Restrictions Against North Korea
In May, North Korea warned that it would open fire at any South Korean warships that trespass the maritime border following an incident involving North Korean patrol and fishing vessels.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Keeping "full combat readiness" takes a very definite toll on your soldiers, and is generally not done unless a country's leadership and military intend to use those resources quickly.

One can only imagine what the South Korean government, enabled and abetted by the US, may be planning to do against North Korea, courtesy of some contrived false flag event.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 03 09:15

Trump Wins Support From North Korea

Donald Trump appears to be finding some friends in North Korea.

The presumptive U.S. Republican presidential nominee has been getting good press this week in the North’s carefully controlled media, first in an opinion piece that praised him as “wise” and full of foresight, then Wednesday in the official mouthpiece of the ruling Worker’s Party itself.

Jun 01 15:02

N Korea Backs ‘Wise Politician’ Trump, Slams ‘Dull Hillary’

An editorial published by North Korean state media is singing the praises of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, singling him out as a key figure in helping to unify the Korean peninsula.

The DPRK Today article by Han Yong Mook, a self-described Chinese North Korean scholar, labels Trump as a “wise politician” and a “far-sighted presidential candidate”.

May 30 10:04

Japan Puts Military On Alert For Possible North Korea Missile Launch

Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile firing, while South Korea also said it had detected evidence of launch preparations, officials from Japan and South Korea said.

Tension in the region has been high since North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and followed that with a satellite launch and test launches of various missiles.

Japan ordered naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan, Japan’s NHK state broadcaster said.

A Japanese official, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed the order. A spokesmen for Japan’s defense ministry declined to comment.

A Patriot missile battery on the grounds of Japan’s Ministry of Defense had its missile tubes elevated to a firing position.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Historically,the guidance systems on North Korean missiles have performed miserably, to date.

That having been said,however, if another country, like Israel, (which was caught attempting to sell nuclear technology to then-apartheid South Africa) , sells North Korea a functional guidance system, which North Korean scientists can reverse-engineer, then all bets are off, and the region may well be headed into war.

May 29 08:44

FLASHBACK - 9/11: Cover For A Coup D'Etat?

September 11th 2001. The day that will forever live in infamy as the day when the reset button was hit on over two centuries of American history and allowed for the new doctrines of preemptive war, the domestic police state and the codifying of torture into the law of the land. The real meaning as well as the cause of 9/11 continues to resonate and be debated throughout the alternative media and the blogosphere despite the sanctimonious reverence given to it by the corporate, state controlled mainstream media where those who dare to even suggest that it was blowback are shouted down by angry demagogues standing atop their electronic soapboxes. That one single day more than anything else has been used as the justification the rise of the new American fascist state and the illegal wars of aggression that feed the colossus that is the military industrial complex.

May 18 07:48

Trump Willing To Speak To Kim Jong-Un Over Nukes

Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has expressed willingness to talk with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in an effort to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

May 17 12:30

North Korea, Following China And India, Pledges No-First-Use Of Nuclear Weapons - So Could Obama

North Korea’s May 7 declaration that it would not be first to use nuclear weapons was met with official derision instead of relief and applause. Not one report of the announcement I could find noted that the United States has never made such a no-first-use pledge. None of three dozen news accounts even mentioned that North Korea hasn’t got one usable nuclear warhead. The New York Times did admit, “US and South Korean officials doubted that North Korea has developed a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile that would deliver a nuclear payload to the continental United States.”

May 15 17:46

The US In Korea: Lessons Lost, Lessons Learned

With the American public’s limited attention span for international affairs tied up by fears of ISIS (also known as Daesh), intractable wars in the Middle East and unease about Putin’s Russia, Obama’s much-touted Asia-Pacific pivot frequently gets third or fourth billing on the foreign policy marquee.

May 12 12:30

‘Ready To Make N Korea More Prosperous’: Massive Parade In Pyongyang

North Korea ends ruling party congress with colorful parade.

May 10 12:39

Ex-N. Korea army head, who Seoul said was executed, is alive

A former North Korean military chief who Seoul had said was executed is actually alive and in possession of several new senior-level posts, the North's state media said Tuesday.

The news on Ri Yong Gil marks yet another blunder for South Korean intelligence officials, who have often gotten information wrong in tracking developments with their rival. It also points to the difficulties that even professional spies have in figuring out what's going on in one of the world's most closed governments.

May 09 13:51

Korea’s Next Generation

The street protests of the Arab Spring happened largely because of disgruntled youth. The unemployment rate for young people in the Middle East and North Africa verged on the catastrophic in 2012: 42 percent for Tunisia and 38 percent for Egypt. Moreover, the rates had shot up significantly since 2010, so it seemed as though the already intolerable conditions were only getting worse. Young people came together through social media and took over the public spaces, demanding change.

May 09 13:29

North Korea Expels BBC Crew For ‘Distorted’ Coverage

A BBC crew is being expelled from North Korea after being detained over what the self-isolated state’s leadership called “distorted” reporting that spoke “ill of the system.”

Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, his producer and cameraman were held in detention over the weekend but have since been taken to the airport, the BBC says.

May 03 09:19

Let’s Talk About Korea: The Dangerous Tone of US Media

Often, when people are first becoming personally acquainted with me and my political views, I will be asked point-blank: “Do you support North Korea?” I always respond, “No, I don’t support North Korea. I support all of Korea.”

May 03 08:04

China, Russia criticize US missile system in S Korea

China has for the second time in as many months officially protested Washington’s expected deployment of an advanced missile system in the Korean peninsula.

The US and its South Korean ally have been in talks for the past three months to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as a response to Pyongyang’s recent ballistic missile tests; experts warn that some are designed for carrying nuclear warheads.

During a press conference with his Russian counterpart in Beijing on Friday China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that both countries considered the US move far exceeding relevant actual defense needs.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Look, I am tired of pussy-footing around! I only have another 7 months in office. Let's get this @#$%ing World War going, already!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Apr 28 07:05

China Will Not Allow War on Korean Peninsula

On Tuesday, reports emerged of North Korea preparing to launch another medium-range ballistic missile later in April.

"China fully complies with the UN Security Council resolution on North Korea… We stand for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, call for maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, stand for resolving problems through dialogue," Xi Jinping said on Thursday.

Apr 27 13:19

YOUR DAILY DOES OF BOOGA BOOGA - EMP ALERT: 2 N. KOREAN SATELLITES NOW ORBIT OVER U.S.

North Korea now has two satellites orbiting over the United States capable of performing a surprise electromagnetic pulse attack at an altitude and trajectory that evade U.S. National Missile Defenses, a national security expert warned in an interview with Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This clown does not understand orbital mechanics. Satellites orbit around the earth, and while they pass over the US, so do virtually all satellites. No satellite orbits just over one part of the ground except those in geosynchronous orbit, from which an EMP weapon would be useless.

Apr 26 15:44

Obama Reveals Plans To Build A "Missile Defense Shield" Around North Korea

While it has amounted to nothing more than mere populist posturing and jawboning, with the occasional entertaining (fabricated) clip of a submarine missile launch thrown in for good measure, North Korea's launches of ballistic missiles have succeeded in provoking anger among the international community, which has so far been unable (or unwilling) to provide an adequate response to Kim Jong Il's periodic "shows of strength", mostly for domestic consumption.

However, Obama now appears ready to respond. In an interview with CBS' Charlie Rose, Obama described the regime as "a massive challenge."

"Our first priority is to protect the American people and our allies, the Republic of Korea, Japan, that are vulnerable to the provocative actions that North Korea is engaging in," Mr. Obama said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And just who is paying for this new boondoggle?

Apr 25 12:21

Is China Massing Troops Along North Korea's Border?

n Saturday, North Korea test fired a submarine based ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. Though the missile only traveled 19 miles, which has led South Korean officials to deem the test a failure, the test is the most successful to date. The US military tracked a previous submarine launch on April 14th, which didn’t appear to reach flight at all.

Prior to the launch, multiple international news agencies reported that 2,000 Chinese soldiers were massing along the border with North Korea, in anticipation of a possible 5th nuclear test (which hasn’t happened). China’s Defense Ministry vehemently denied the claim, saying “The relevant report does not accord with the facts…the Chinese military maintains normal combat readiness and training on the China-North Korea border.”

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Apr 25 10:14

Obama Dismisses NKorea Proposal on Halting Nuke Tests

A day after North Korea's foreign minister told The Associated Press that his country is ready to halt its nuclear tests if the United States suspends its annual military exercises with South Korea, President Barack Obama said Sunday that Washington isn't taking the proposal seriously and Pyongyang would "have to do better than that."

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, interviewed Saturday by the AP, also defended his country's right to maintain a nuclear deterrent and warned that Pyongyang won't be cowed by international sanctions. And for those waiting for the North's regime to collapse, he had this to say: Don't hold your breath.

"Stop the nuclear war exercises in the Korean Peninsula, then we should also cease our nuclear tests," he said in his first interview Saturday with a Western news organization.

Obama dismissed North Korea's latest overture at a news conference Sunday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover, Germany.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to President Obama: the longer you wait to engage with China in serious negotiations to replace the Armistice (which is simply a cessation of military activities)with a real peace treaty, the sooner Kim Jung Un, or his successor will possess - and be able to successfully aim - a nuclear weapon.

This should have been on your "to do" list from the very moment you took the oath of office; but obviously, you have chosen to just let the situation fester here, because you have been hoping for a potential war with China, in order to defeat the rise of the yuan.

But sir, I need to ask you: did you happen to get the memo that last week that China is issuing a gold-backed yuan, which is not convertible at all into US dollars?!?

Apparently, Mr. President, the Chinese government was way ahead of you on this.

Apr 25 08:40

Obama rejects North Korea's nuclear offer: 'You'll have to do better than that'

President says it will continue to stress ties to Japan and the South until North gets more serious about denuclearization than talk ‘based on a press release’

Apr 20 14:02

China deploying thousands of troops along North Korea border: Report

China is deploying troops along its border with North Korea, as Pyongyang could be preparing a fifth nuclear test ahead of its Seventh Party Congress in May.

The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy, a nongovernmental organization in Hong Kong, announced Wednesday that Beijing has dispatched 2,000 soldiers along the border, South Korean news service Newsis reported.

China has previously deployed troops along its border with North Korea.

Apr 19 17:50

No Free Ride: Keeping US Forces In South Korea Saves Money – US Army Pacific Commander

Keeping American forces stationed in South Korea is cheaper than it would be to have them in the US, said the incoming commander of US Forces Korea, in a seeming rebuke of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump’s claim that Seoul pays “peanuts” for defense.

Apr 19 08:48

CHINA ABANDONING N.KOREA IF CONFLICT OCCURS

Apr 18 06:47

'Hell within Hell': Children raped daily for years, forced to pick maggots out of open wounds and watch inmates being tortured and stamped to death at 'evil' South Korean labour camp 

The 14-year-old boy in the black school jacket stared at his shoes, his heart pounding, as the policeman accused him of stealing a piece of bread.

Even now, more than 30 years later, Choi Seung-woo weeps when he describes all that happened next.

The policeman yanked down the boy's pants and sparked a cigarette lighter near Choi's genitals until he confessed to a crime he didn't commit.

Then two men with clubs came and dragged Choi off to the Brothers Home, a mountainside institution where some of the worst human rights atrocities in modern South Korean history took place.

Apr 09 14:25

#PanamaLeaks: British Banker Linked To North Korea’s Nuclear Research

A British banker has been linked to North Korea’s efforts to create nuclear weapons, the Panama Leaks have revealed, suggesting the financier set up an offshore company used by Pyongyang to fund nuclear research.

Apr 09 08:26

South Korea Feeling Compelled To Take North Korean Nuclear Threat In Its Own Hands

On the heels of North Korea announcing that it had made nuclear warheads small enough to launch on a missile, South Korea has learned that one of those missiles, the Rodang, is capable of reaching South Korea. Whether or not that is correct, in the New York Times, Choe Sang-Hun reports:

… ONE SENIOR UNITED STATES MILITARY COMMANDER, ADM. WILLIAM E. GORTNEY, SAID AT A SENATE HEARING LAST MONTH THAT IT WAS A “PRUDENT DECISION” TO ASSUME THAT THE NORTH “HAS THE CAPABILITY TO MINIATURIZE A NUCLEAR WEAPON AND PUT IT ON AN ICBM.”

Apr 05 08:15

British banker set up firm ‘used by North Korea to sell weapons’

Nigel Cowie’s front company also allegedly helped regime expand nuclear programme, Panama Papers show

Apr 05 08:02

North Korea, Under Siege by ‘Hostile Forces,’ Threatens Nuke Strike on US

In a statement Monday by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency, a spokesman for the country’s National Defense Commission (NDC) said the recent round of UN sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program was "anachronistic and suicidal." The spokesman went on to say that the sanctions could trigger a nuclear strike against the US mainland, likening recent Western actions against North Korea as akin to the siege against Leningrad in World War II and Cuba during the Cold War.

Apr 04 08:25

Why the North Korean Regime Is Not Long for This World

At first glance you probably wouldn’t think that there is anything unusual going on in North Korea. Granted, compared to every other nation on Earth North Korea is a pretty unusual place, but their antics are fairly routine. Most of the time you won’t hear much about the country, but about once or twice a year they’ll start kicking and screaming like a toddler with nuclear weapons. They’ll threaten their neighbors and overseas enemies (that’s us) with destruction and beg for foreign aid, and maybe make a few high-profile executions before going dark again.

However, this round of provocations and demands is different.

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Apr 04 07:47

How to Ensure Peace on the Korean Peninsula: Replace the Armistice Agreement (1953) with a Peace Treaty

This important article presents the DPRK’s position. It is written by a North Korean researcher based at the Institute for American Studies (IFAS), a research and advisory agency affiliated to the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We bring this text to the attention of our readers with a view to clarifying the ongoing debate regarding the DPRK. It is essential that this position be heard and understood by Western public opinion an the international community with a view to reaching a peaceful settlement on the Korean peninsula.

Apr 02 10:57

Seoul: N. Korea fires missile and tries to jam GPS signals

North Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea and tried to jam GPS navigation signals in South Korea, Seoul officials said, hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said Saturday that authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” after observing a successful live-fire test of a new anti-air weapons system, but didn’t say when and where the test took place. South Korean military officials on Friday said they detected the North firing a surface-to-air missile off its east coast, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the two were linked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF the jamming actually took place, it is a signal from Kim Jung Un that he (hubristically) believes that he is ready for a fight with South Korea, and the US. but is trying to make South Korea and the US government the "aggressors", so that he can legitimately call on China to defend North Korea, through the terms of their their mutual defense pact.

Unfortunately, it appears that China is completely unable, or unwilling, to bring him to heel on this. And the problem is, China and North Korea have a mutual defense pact, as does the US and South Korea.

And although the alliance between China and North Korea has been under stress because of North Korea's nuclear testing,the relationship, and pact, remain in place.

I would strongly caution the US and South Korea to do everything possible to ratchet down tensions between North and South Korea; unfortunately, the recent US/South Korean military exercises included a simulated decap strike against Pyongyang, which is the polar opposite of cooling down tensions in the region.

Apr 01 11:07

North Korea Will Pursue Nuclear Missile Program, Envoy Says

North Korea will pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile program in defiance of the United States and its allies, a top Pyongyang envoy said on Friday, adding that a state of “semi-war” now existed on the divided Korean peninsula.

So Se Pyong, North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, denounced the huge joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises taking place which he said were aimed at “decapitation of the supreme leadership of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)” and conquering Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test in January and launched a long-range rocket in February. The South Korean military said on Friday that North Korea had fired a missile into the sea off its east coast.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, through their stances and threats to North Korea, the US and South Korean governments have no one else to blame for the sharp uptick in North Korean government rhetoric on their nuclear development.

I mean, a military de-cap strike simulation against North Korea in the military drills South Korea and the US have been holding?!?

No one has to be Fellini to figure that one out, and it does appear, very clearly, that the US and South Korea are pushing toward war against North Korea before it does develop a thorough, nuclear weapon capacity.

Apr 01 10:56

US, South Korea and Japan united against North Korea: Obama

US President Barack Obama says America, South Korea and Japan are united against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Here's your rifle, Barack.

Mar 31 12:51

Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing deploying to South Korea

Several hundred members of the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing will deploy to South Korea in April, the Minnesota Air National Guard announced Thursday.

The deployment involves about a dozen F-16s and about 300 members of the 148th. They'll be deploying to Osan Air Base, about 40 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, starting the week of April 10. Officials did not immediately announce how long the deployment is slated to last.

Mar 23 07:12

'I'll bury my enemies at sea': North Korea launches new missile test as Seoul unveils 'Spartan 3000' special ops unit and warns Kim's threats could turn into nuclear war

Kim Jong Un has threatened to 'bury his enemies at sea' as North Korea launched five missiles into the ocean today in response to ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills.

South Korea said the missiles were fired near the city of Hamhung just before 3.20pm (6.20am GMT) and landed in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) around 120 miles away.

The short-range missile launches came days after Pyongyang test-fired two ballistic missiles in what the UN Security Council described as an 'unacceptable' violation of UN resolutions.

Mar 22 11:54

North Korean units fight for Bashar Assad regime in Syria — HNC

The Saudi-formed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) of the Syrian opposition has reported two militia units from North Korea are fighting for government forces. "Two North Korean units are there, which are Chalma-1 and Chalma-7," Asaad az-Zoubi, the head of the committee’s delegation to Geneva talks, said on Tuesday. According to az-Zoubi, several Iranian and Afghani nationals are also supporting the governmental troops, saying they are "pilgrims."

Mar 21 00:12

North Korea punished for helping to liberate Africa

Why is the West so obsessed with demonizing North Korea? And the answer is simple: Like Cuba, North Korea dared to step on the toes of Western colonialism and imperialism. Sacrificing its sons and daughters, it helped to liberate many African countries, and it provided assistance to the most progressive forces on the most plundered and devastated continent. This is one thing that the West never forgives. It lives off the unbridled plunder of all continents; it essentially thrives by looting its colonies. Those countries that assisted the liberation struggles, those nations that fought for freedom of the colonized world - Soviet Union/Russia, China, Cuba and the DPRK - were designated by Western ideologues as the most 'dangerous' and 'evil' places on Earth.

Mar 17 14:43

US Slaps N. Korea With More Sanctions Over Nuclear, Missile Tests

The US has imposed “robust” new sanctions, blocking businesses from any dealings with North Korea as Washington attempts to punish Pyongyang for its missile and nuclear tests. Despite crippling sanctions, the North threatens to carry out even more tests.

Mar 17 12:03

New North Korea sanctions issued by President Obama

US President Barack Obama has issued an executive order imposing new sanctions on North Korea, after its "illicit" nuclear test and satellite launch.

It freezes North Korean government property in America and bans US exports to, or investment in, North Korea.

The order also greatly expands powers to blacklist anyone, including non-Americans, dealing with North Korea.

The 6 January nuclear test and 7 February satellite launch were violations of existing UN sanctions.

Mar 17 10:09

US Imposes New Sanction Against North Korea Over Nuclear Test

US President Barack Obama has signed a new executive order that tightens the US trade embargo on North Korea over the country’s nuclear and missile tests.

Mar 16 13:28

US Treasury Official To Discuss North Korea In China Trip

A top US Treasury Department official will be visiting China this week to discuss North Korea’s recent actions and new sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang’s “destabilizing behavior.”

Mar 15 10:48

Russia to persuade North Korea to return to talks - Lavrov

Moscow will attempt to persuade Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table on the nuclear issue and cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Sputnik News cited Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying.

“We have been cooperating (with the United States) in the same way on the Iranian nuclear program, because we don't need new nuclear powers and at the same time we need to protect the universal right of every state to nuclear energy, which we did, once the agreement with Iran was reached,” Lavrov was cited by the website as saying on a Russian television channel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish Foreign Minister Lavrov the best of luck in getting Kim Jung Un back to the negotiating table.

But were I a betting woman, I would not necessarily bet on the success of such a gambit right now. Kim Jung Un is watching a mock invasion of his country by US and South Korean troops, and I cannot imagine that this is sitting quite too well with him, and notice that he has told his scientists to prepare more nuclear tests.

Unfortunately, because of the military poking and prodding he has received from both South Korea and the US government, he may feel that the only way he can negotiate from a position of strength is to have several workable nuclear bombs on tap, with guidance systems that will get them to go where he wants them to go; at least, that seems to be his thinking at the moment, based on what he has been doing militarily.

Also, reported yesterday at antiwar.com, we have the following:

According to the latest reports out of the reclusive nation’s state media, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who recently claimed his nation already had perfectly functioning nuclear warheads, announced today the country intends to test a design for such a warhead. If this happens the impact would be huge. North Korea has claimed an enormous nuclear capability for years, but beyond a few underground tests their capabilities are unclear, and most doubt they have a deliverable weapon. Kim was also said to announce planned test-fires of several types of ballistic missiles capable of carrying such warheads “soon,” though it was unclear exactly which ones. North Korea has some designs that could theoretically reach the US, but reliability and accuracy are in serious doubt.

Mar 14 19:46

Korea shifting to cashless society

As Koreans are carrying less cash, with the average standing at 74,000 won last year, down 3,000 won from the previous year, the central bank is also issuing less cash. It released 12.3 percent fewer 10,000 won banknotes last year from the previous year, while the issuance of 5,000 won notes dipped 5.9 percent and 1,000 won bills 3.7 percent.

The Bank of Korea is planning a "cashless society" by 2020. If a shopper buys a 9,500 won item and pays with a 10,000 won banknote, for instance, the shopper will be credited 500 won to his or her prepaid card instead of getting a 500 won coin in change.

Mar 14 11:37

Nuclear War With North Korea Coming?

On Sunday, North Korea warned the United States that it could wipe out Manhattan with a single hydrogen bomb, and earlier this month North Korea threatened to make a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” on the United States in response to aggressive military exercises currently being jointly conducted by South Korea and the U.S. military. So does nuclear war with North Korea actually pose a significant security risk to this country? Well, according to the Washington Post the entire west coast of the United States is within reach of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missiles. The only question is whether or not North Korea’s ultra-paranoid leader Kim Jong Un would ever actually press the button.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or will someone press it for him, say that missing nuke from Minot Air Base going off on the west coast.

Mar 14 10:05

LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP IN NORTH KOREA

Meanwhile, a hugely provocative military exercise is underway, involving 15,000 US troops, 300,000 South Koreans, and an armada of US warplanes and warships. These war games are an annual event that enrages North Korea because they are obviously rehearsing an invasion of the North, and the decapitation of its leadership – namely Kim Jong-un.

Predictably, Kim threatened blood-curdling revenge on the US and its “South Korean and Japanese lackeys.” He ordered North Korea’s limited nuclear forces onto red alert. Whether pure bluff or not remained unknown. American generals claimed Kim’s ICBM’s can now hit the US West Coast. But the Pentagon also warned of Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

Mar 13 22:04

Russia Will Work to Persuade N Korea to Return to Negotiating Table

Russia favor further negotiations with North Korea in order to solve nuclear weapon issue by peasefull means, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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Mar 13 09:36

World War Three? North Korean submarine 'goes missing' as US and South Korean soldiers carry out amphibious landing exercises 

North Korea has been searching for one of its submarines that has been missing for days off its east coast as tensions mount in the region, where U.S. and South Korean troops staged a big amphibious landing exercise today,

The submarine may be adrift under the sea or have sunk, perhaps after a technical problem during an exercise, CNN quoted U.S. officials with intelligence of secret U.S. monitoring of the North's activities as saying.

The missing submarine comes after North Korea has said it is developing submarine-launched ballistic missiles although doubts about that were raised after Western experts said publicly released footage of tests appeared to be fake.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sooooooooo ... if North Korea's threat is a fake, why is the US practicing for an invasion?

Mar 13 09:29

Korean Peninsula: On the Brink of a New War?

Northeast Asia is sliding towards a new conflict more than six decades after the Korean War, with the US and South Korea holding their largest-ever joint military drills, while North Korea is threatening the US and South Korea with a preemptive nuclear strike.

Mar 13 08:49

North Korean submarine missing and presumed sunk, say reports

A North Korean submarine has gone missing at sea and is presumed to have sunk, according to reports from the US and South Korea.

The vessel had reportedly been operating off the North Korean coast during the week when it disappeared.

A South Korean defence ministry said Seoul was investigating the reports. Pentagon officials declined to comment on the matter.

Mar 11 12:42

‘Flames and Ashes’: Pyongyang Orders More Nuclear Tests

Pyongyang claims to have miniaturized nuclear warhead capabilities, placing the world in North Korea’s crosshairs, but security analysts remain skeptical on how far the Kim regime has come.

Pyongyang claims to have miniaturized nuclear warhead capabilities, placing the world in North Korea’s crosshairs, but security analysts remain skeptical on how far the Kim regime has come.

Amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered a fresh spate of nuclear tests, the country’s state media said Friday. The tests come days after South Korean and US forces began large-scale joint exercises simulating a full invasion of the country, which Pyongyang swiftly denounced.

Since the US-South Korean drills began Monday, Pyongyang has escalated its rhetoric, issuing daily warnings of a nuclear strike that would turn Seoul and Washington into "flames and ashes."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For North Korea, the problem with their missiles historically has been being able to target, accurately.

Unless some rogue nation (perhaps Israel?!? After all, they were ready to sell nuclear technology to the apartheid South African, for heaven's sake!) gives them the technology to fix this, I seriously doubt that the North Korean military can actually hit any target in the US with any degree of accuracy.

And a word to Kim Jung-Un; the joint US/South Korean exercises, which include a mock invasion of North Korea, are engineered to get you rattled, and the US government is hoping that you will do something phenomenally stupid, as the "excuse" to start a war against North Korea.

So just please don't that, OK?!?!?

Mar 10 09:35

North Korea announces annulment of trade and economic ties with South

North Korea announced on Thursday its decision to revoke all of its trade and economic agreements with South Korea pronouncing them as null and void, according to a statement from the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. The announced decision would have a direct impact in the Kaesong industrial complex, located in the border area between the North and South Koreas, but comes as not a surprise move as Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Unification stated in January that South Korea would set a limit for its citizens access to the Kaesong industrial complex in response to the hydrogen fusion bomb test of the DPRK on January 6. About 1,200 people from South Korea used to come to the Kaesong complex daily. Seoul announced in January its plan for cutting the number to about a hundred people. The Kaesong industrial complex was opened in 2004.

Mar 10 08:44

North Korea fires short-range missiles and says it will liquidate all South Korean assets worth £500million on its soil in response to latest sanctions

The asset seizure announced on Thursday referred to two now-shuttered joint projects, the Mount Kumgang tourism resort and the Kaesong joint industrial complex.

'We will completely liquidate all assets of South Korean firms and related institutions left behind in our region,' the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said in statement carried by the North's official KCNA news agency.

'From this time on, we nullify all agreements adopted by North and South Korea on economic cooperation and exchange programmes,' the committee said.

Mar 10 07:37

Report: China to block North Korea ships from returning home

China could soon be blocking the return of North Korean ships in Chinese ports from returning to their country of origin.

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If the US thought North Korea was their back door to war with China, Beijing just slammed it shut.

Mar 10 07:36

‘Beheading’ Kim: Preemptive strikes are back and headed for China

Washington and Seoul’s rancor at North Korea in the wake of its missile tests, illustrated by negotiations on the joint deployment of Thaad (Theater High Altitude Air Defense), has shaken things up in ways that the US undoubtedly finds gratifying. Russia and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) supported a new UN Security Council sanctions resolution and have delivered, at the very least, stern language.

Russia delivered an unprecedented smackdown of Kim Jong-un for his most recent outburst of furious nuclear bloviating:

Mar 09 17:22

Guess It's Supposed to Be Scary, but Kim Jong-un Just Looks Stupid Posing with This Supposed Mini Nuke

He looks like a chubby man child wearing his dad's coat and a beaver on his head playing around at a science museum exhibit.

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Mar 09 14:54

Philippines Impounds Suspected North Korean Ship

Just days after the UN Security Council imposed harsh new sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear test and rocket launch this year, the Philippines became the first country to carry out significant action in enforcing them.

Mar 09 12:59

Rising Tensions: US Deploys Three B-2 Strategic Bombers to Asia Pacific

The United States has deployed three B-2 Spirit strategic bombers to the Asia Pacific on Tuesday, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) announced in a Wednesday press release.

Mar 09 12:24

US-South Korean Militaries Rehearse Pre-emptive Nuclear Strikes on North Korea

Massive joint US-South Korean military exercises began yesterday under conditions of high tension on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and rocket launch last month. Under pressure from Washington, the UN Security Council last week imposed the most far-reaching sanctions to date on Pyongyang that will limit its mineral exports and compound the economic crisis wracking the unstable regime.

Mar 09 09:27

Putin warns Kim Jong-un that making threats of 'preventive nuclear strikes' could create a legal basis for military action against the rogue state

Russia has warned Kim Jong-Un to stop threatening to launch nuclear weapons on foreign powers, as it could create 'a legal basis' for military action against North Korea.

The Russian warning followed a call by Kim for his military to be prepared to mount pre-emptive attacks against the U.S and South Korea and stand ready to use nuclear weapons.

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