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Bush Trots Out The Nazi Analogy

Usually sitting Presidents who are nearing the end of their final term in office don’t inject themselves too much into the battles between the men, or women, who would succeed them. They’ll campaign for the candidate of their party, of course, and be the guest of honor at $ 5,000 a plate fundraising dinners, but [...]

The Failure Of Communism, Chapter 100

by @ Wednesday, April 16th, 2008. Filed under Foreign Affairs, North Korea

It looks like North Korea is headed for another famine:
TOKYO, April 16 — Food-starved North Korea is facing a humanitarian crisis this year and will likely need large food donations from the international community, the U.N. World Food Program said Wednesday.
“Major sources of food for North Korea are all going down and there is no [...]

Daily Dictator Update

by @ Monday, March 31st, 2008. Filed under North Korea

Just in case we’ve forgotten about them, the North Koreans are back to making insane threats again:
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea continued Sunday to lash out at the new conservative government in Seoul, threatening to reduce the South to “ashes” if the South Korean government made the “slightest move” to attack.
The warning, one of [...]

Mystery Solved: Israel Struck Syrian Nuclear Reactor

by @ Sunday, October 14th, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Israel, North Korea, Syria

For several weeks, questions having been brewing about what exactly happened in Syria on September 6th. Israel isn’t talking, and the United States has denied anything actually happened. Last week, Syria took the step of taking reporters on a tour showing that nothing had happened.
When that many people are denying that something happened, you can [...]

The Most Under-reported Story Of The Week

by @ Sunday, September 23rd, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Israel, North Korea, Syria

But potentially more important than anything else you’ve read:
Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month, according to informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem.
The attack was launched with American approval on September 6 after Washington was shown [...]

From Our Definately-Not-Good-News Department

by @ Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, North Korea

North Korea is helping Iran prepare a nuclear weapons test:

North Korea is helping Iran to prepare an underground nuclear test similar to the one Pyongyang carried out last year.
Under the terms of a new understanding between the two countries, the North Koreans have agreed to share all the data and information they received from their [...]

Japan Announces It Has Nuclear Capability

by @ Thursday, November 30th, 2006. Filed under North Korea

In a rather obvious response to the North Korean nuclear program, Japan has announced that it has the capability to produce nuclear weapons:
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has the technological know-how to produce a nuclear weapon but has no immediate plans to do so, the foreign minister said Thursday, several weeks after communist North Korea carried [...]

No iPod’s For North Korea

by @ Wednesday, November 29th, 2006. Filed under North Korea, iPod

Kim Jong Il’s Christmas wish list just got dealt a heavy blow:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration wants North Korea’s attention, so like a scolding parent it’s trying to make it tougher for that country’s eccentric leader to buy iPods, plasma televisions and Segway electric scooters.
The U.S. government’s first-ever effort to use trade sanctions to [...]

Sometimes An Earthquake Isn’t Just An Earthquake

by @ Monday, October 9th, 2006. Filed under Foreign Affairs, North Korea

Sometimes, its an underground nuclear test by a regime run by a nutcase:
TOKYO, Oct. 9 — North Korea declared on Monday that it had conducted its first nuclear test, asserting a claim to be the world’s newest nuclear power and drawing strong international condemnation.
The South Korean government informed officials in Washington that an explosion occurred [...]

This Can’t Be Good News

by @ Saturday, October 7th, 2006. Filed under Foreign Affairs, North Korea

Things are getting tense on along the 38th parallel:
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Shots were fired Saturday along the heavily armed no man’s land separating the divided Koreas as regional tensions mounted in anticipation of communist North Korea’s plan to test its first atomic bomb.
South Korean soldiers fired warning shots shortly before noon (0300 GMT) [...]

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