On the naughty step

January 31, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

China continues to fret over its troublesome neighbour
LIKE an indulgent parent forgiving of the most petulant of childish tantrums, China usually cuts North Korea a lot of slack. So when China on January 22nd signed on to United Nations Security Council Resolution 2087, tightening sanctions on North Korea to punish it for a rocket launch in December, its ally was surprised and outraged. Without naming China, a North Korean statement accused it of “abandoning without hesitation even elementary principles”. By the same token, the outside world saw an encouraging sign: perhaps China will at last take serious steps to rein in its pugnacious neighbour’s efforts to build a nuclear arsenal.

Read more: http://www.economist.com/news/china/21571196-china-continues-fret-over-its-troublesome-neighbour-naughty-step

Hagel vows work to strengthen alliance with S. Korea

January 31, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (Yonhap) — Chuck Hagel, the nominee to be U.S. secretary of defense, on Thursday emphasized the importance of bolstering alliances with South Korea, Japan and Australia to deal with North Korea, which he described as “quite unpredictable.”

He said North Korea poses an actual threat to the U.S. and its regional allies, expressing his far-reaching views on pending national security issues at his Senate confirmation hearing.

“North Korea is beyond a threat,” he said. “It’s a real nuclear power and quite unpredictable.”

Pyongyang, emboldened by a successful long-range rocket launch in December, is seen as preparing for another nuclear test.

Read more: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/02/01/26/0301000000AEN20130201000200315F.HTML

Help Jarvis (Sillim-dong)

January 30, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Animal Shelters, Fostering, Info, Pets 

ajosshi.com: If you live in Sillim-dong (or close), please help the poster below from CL. I do not know this person. I do know that s/he could use your help, if you’re in a position to assist. It looks like they are being T-boned by their landlord. Thank you.



Posted: 2013-01-26, 10:41PM KST


Hi All,

I have been told by the owner of my studio apartment that I have 3 days to get rid of my dog or I will get kicked out of my apartment.

I adopted Jarvis when he was 6 weeks old as I wanted to give him a clean and safe environment to grow up in. I am a dog lover and had 2 dogs when I was back in my country! Jarvis is a Japanese Spitz dog who is now nearing 9 months old, I have pictures of him and you may request for them in your e-mail.

My HUGE problem now is that even though I negotiated with the owner to give me up till 5th Feb to find a solution, she has now SUDDENLY changed her mind and wants me and/or Jarvis out asap.

Jarvis does not bark(he’s quiet except for e little wining to get things he wants!~), he’s very clean and well taken care of and has all his required shots etc etc……….

He does tear up his pee pad if he is left alone at home in his area for too long, but that’s about his only problem.

Jarvis and I need to buy some time for me to find a new tenant to replace me so that I can get back my key deposit of a large amount. Only then will be able to find a new home where I can move in.

I suspect it will take up to 2 months to do that, SO I NEED help for temporary home for my Jarvis. Preferably someone who has more experience with puppies and understand their needs and behaviours.

I hope some kind soul will be able to help us as putting him in a pet hotel will really cost me a bomb.

If you require any further information, please do email me.

Thanks in advance.

  • Location: Sillim, Seoul
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Posting ID: 3572551552

Posted: 2013-01-26, 10:41PM KST

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Revealing N Korea’s gulag and nuclear sites

Google’s newly updated maps show unprecedented detail in aerial imagery of isolated labour camps and missile launch pad.
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Suu Kyi to Meet South Korea’s First Female Leader

January 28, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, Soft Power, Trade, Travel 

Both women lost their fathers to gunshots. Both also overcame that tragedy and rose to political prominence in countries where men dominate decision-making, buoyed in part by the legacies of their fathers.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader whose 2010 release from house arrest signaled the beginning of Myanmar’s transition from decades of military rule, is scheduled to meet Tuesday in Seoul with Park Geun-hye, who takes office next month as South Korea’s first female president.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/suu-kyi-meet-south-koreas-female-leader-18332551

North Korea Will Defend Itself Against U.S. Hostility, Kim Says

January 27, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Science, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, U.S. Policy 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to defend his country against hostility from the U.S. after the totalitarian state said last week it will test a nuclear weapon.

Kim supported government statements that “powerful physical countermeasures would be taken to defend” the dignity and sovereignty of the nation, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report yesterday. Kim expressed the resolution to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” KCNA said, without elaborating.

North Korea has probably made enough progress to test a weapon in “a few weeks or less” once the leadership gives the order, according to a statement posted on the 38north.org website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where recent satellite photos were analyzed.

North Korea on Jan. 24 threatened to test a nuclear weapon to derail “hostile” U.S. policies, after the Obama administration pushed through United Nations sanctions against the country for launching a rocket last month. The White House said the threat is “needlessly provocative” and will lead to further isolation and sanctions.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-26/kim-vows-to-defend-n-dot-korea-s-dignity-against-u-dot-s-dot-hostility

U.S. promises action after North Korea’s blatant threats

January 25, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Science, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy, Unification 

BEIJING — The United States and China reacted sharply to the latest torrent of belligerent language from North Korea, which called the U.S. its “archenemy” and said it planned to conduct another nuclear test despite international sanctions.

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An Overview of Korea

January 24, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, History, Info, Soft Power, Technology, Trade 

Lecture presented by David C. Kang, Professor and Director, USC Korean Studies Institute.

Given to K-12 educators attending the Korea Academy for Educators workshop on teaching about Korea, this lecture provides a short overview of Korean history, politics, and North Korea. Intended to introduce broad themes in Korean history to a general audience, the lecture emphasizes Korea’s historical and contemporary international relations, its dynamic experiences during the 20th century, and a discussion of the people of North Korea.

North Korea says will boost nuclear deterrent after U.N. rebuke

January 23, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, U.S. Policy 

(Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously condemned North Korea’s December rocket launch and expanded existing U.N. sanctions, eliciting a vow from Pyongyang to boost the North’s military and nuclear capabilities.

Even though the resolution approved by the 15-nation council does not impose new sanctions on Pyongyang, diplomats said Beijing’s support for it was a significant diplomatic blow to Pyongyang.

The resolution said the council “deplores the violations” by North Korea of its previous resolutions, which banned Pyongyang from conducting further ballistic missile and nuclear tests and from importing materials and technology for these programs.

It also said the council “expresses its determination to take significant action in the event of a further DPRK (North Korean) launch or nuclear test.”

North Korea reacted quickly, saying it would hold no more talks on the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula and would boost its military and nuclear capabilities.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/22/us-korea-north-un-idUSBRE90L0R620130122

The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Economy, Education, Film, Food, History, Info, North Korea, Science, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy, Women & Men 


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