Saturday, August 27, 2005

Why bother then...

Ya know, I am beginning to wonder if anybody even cares about the plight of all those innocent people living under Kim's rule.

Newsday August 24, 2005
Bush administration officials have stated repeatedly that North Korea cannot be trusted with any type of nuclear facility, even for power generation or scientific purposes, because it has cheated so many times on past promises not to build nuclear weapons.
Geee, is this rational policy or what? If North Korea was serious about nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, should it not correspond with an increase in NEED for electricity. This is an argument akin to saying Iran does NOT have a NEED for nuclear power.

Among the six nations involved in the talks, only Japan stands solidly with the U.S. position. Cmon. I'm taking this sentence at face value. So, after WWII, I have to believe that JAPAN is the only U.S ally in the region. I have read that secretly, South Koreans oppose reunification at all costs. True, an open border with North Korea could do damage to the South Korean economy. This is political policy for losers. I think most citizens of South Korea are opposed to the rule of Kim Jong Il, and the people living there know a hell of alot more about the situation than I do. Everyone knows the horrible consequences that would occur if the U.S pulled up stakes in South Korea. Kim's regime would be solidified. If South Korea really ISN'T interested in reforming North Korean society, then the U.S should withdrawal everything. The K.C.N.A would have to start blaming all of it's problems on South Korea... Instead of America.

South Korea, Russia and China all appear sympathetic to various degrees with the North Korean position that civilian nuclear power is its right as a sovereign nation.
Then BE fucking sympathetic... Because THAT, is fucking pathetic.

I'm new here...

Boy, that Lefowitz has really got his work cut out for him. He's only been on the job a week, and already the North Koreans are saying HE(!) is about to provoke "a war of aggression". Am I missing something? The guy is in charge of HUMAN RIGHTS! What the fuck is their problem?

AP Aug. 27, 2005
North Korea said the appointment "is an act of bad omen that hurts our generous and flexible efforts to resolve the nuclear problem"you created and demanded the envoy be "removed immediately." Or what? This government has been using the nuclear threat as a staple of foreign policy for 11 years now.
"It is an extremely challenging and dangerous(fucking job) act for the U.S. ... to take its intention to topple our regime into the stage of detailed action,"
Uh, dudes... Light up a nuke. THEN you'll have some "detailed action".

In case you are wondering what Mr. Lefkowitz does in his spare time when he is not starting nuclear wars, here's a take from one of the best, NKzone. (by China Hand)
Lefkowitz's qualifications as a North Korea expert or even a human rights activist beyond the blastocyst level might not be readily apparent. However, he is close to Michael Horowitz, godfather of the conservative effort to recast the human rights foreign policy discourse as a struggle against religious persecution of Christians by communist and Muslim regimes, and midwife of the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, which authorized the human rights envoy.
Ok, scroll through the act and try and find the section where it deals with toppling Kim Jong Il...

The new post is part of the North Korean Human Rights Act passed by the Senate last year. The legislation provides $24 million a year in humanitarian aid for North Koreans, mostly for refugees. OUTRAGED over $24 million worth of badly needed aid. Only in North Fucking Korea. You think I'm mad NOW? Read this...

Human rights conditions in the North have been discussed periodically, but have not been a central issue in the disarmament negotiations.
Periodically huh? I guess in "APland", Human Rights abuses in North Korea are just a side-issue. This is what drives me to write this blog. The nuclear issue is one that MUST be dealt with, but I am not driven as much by it, as the issue of...Kim is a tyrant, his people are oppressed, and they must be freed. The same applied to Saddam. I was concerned with WMD in Iraq, but the Republican Party's biggest mistake was NOT making the issue of the Iraqi War, one of human rights.

It is about time to MAKE human rights A CENTRAL ISSUE. Fuck, I say make it THE issue. Kim has used his military and the U.S military presence to justify his regime's pitiful existence from day one. People are dying while everyone else just wants the NUCLEAR issue settled.
The Arab Times agrees.
North Korea has long accused Washington of using human rights as a pretext to overthrow the government of leader Kim Jong-il. Pyongyang cited comments by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice referring to North Korea as an "outpost of tyranny" as a reason why it boycotted the six-party talks for more than a year again.

Friday, August 26, 2005

I call...Whacha got?

Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:08 AM ET
North Korea has been playing the nuclear card to win diplomatic and economic benefits since a standoff began in October 2002 after Washington said Pyongyang had admitted to a secret program to enrich uranium, violating a 1994 accord.

Seems to me, Kim has been playing "nuclear poker" even BEFORE his old man croaked. Whenever North Korea has a problem... With the U.S military based in the South, or it's standing in the world, or it's aid from China, they ratchet up the fear and, just see what happens. For fun, I guess.

Fuck George. Call the bluff. Pay him off on his "nuclear bullets" if you have to... JUST SEE WHAT THE FUCK HE HAS!!!!!!

Pyongyang has since denied having such a program beyond its known plutonium plant.

Yea, see... This is a conflicting media report. It depends what day someone "happens" to ask the K.C.N.A. One day they are against war at all costs!!! Next day, all they can talk about is fire.

American intellegence in North Korea. Now.

Get out more...

Pyongyang, August 26 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the Zambian vice-president on a visit to the DPRK. It was conveyed to Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, by Vice-President Lupando Mwape on Friday.

Here's a story out of the Zambian Central News Agency... Africa's Yin to Asia's K.C.N.A wang.
There are not many countries out there willing to give up THIS information...

Pyongyang, Aug 25, ZANA Vice President Lupando Mwape has admired the people of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) for applying their expertise in the construction industry to develop the country's infrastructure.
Vice President Mwape said the great architectural work and technological expertise of the North Koreans was an inspiration to other developing countries and also an indication that a lot can be achieved under the spirit of commitment and dedication to national development.

Yea, I went over to the "agriculture" section of the site. Tobacco is listed as "produce" with "potential"... grow weed instead dudes. America is hard to compete with in growing tobacco.

Try getting a decent night shot of Pyongyang anyway... Fuck words.

Benevolent Measures

The K.C.N.A accidentally gives people in the West a liiiiiiiiitle peek into North Korean Society.

Pyongyang, August 25, 2005 (KCNA: MONDAY'S NEWS FRIDAY) -- The grand gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" has drawn nearly 300,000 people in the capital and local areas since its significant premiere was given on August 16 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Korea. The wishes of people to watch it are growing stronger as the days go by. Informed of those wishes, leader Kim Jong Il took benevolent measures to ensure that those trains operating between Pyongyang and Sinuiju, Manpho, Hyesan, Chongjin and other areas offer special coach service for those who travel to the capital city to watch Arirang and bus service is provided for those traveling for the same purpose from the areas not far away from it such as South Phyongan and North Hwanghae provinces. As a result, this special bus service began on August 22 for travelers from Phyongsong, Nampho, Anju, Kaechon and other areas and the first train with coaches called "For Arirang Audience Only" left Sinuiju and arrived here on August 24.

In a free society... people are free to get somewhere on their own.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

State Secret Gift Exposed!

No one can say Kim Jong Il does not know where to get a Good watch to give other shitty leaders. Those Swiss are always just soooo neutral.

Word Tribune Thursday, August 25, 2005
North Korea imported $24 million worth of Swiss watches from 1995 to 2004 — a time when hundreds of thousands of North Koreas were starving to death. The impoverished communist country bought watches from Switzerland, worth $4.5 million in 1998 and 1999 when it was facing the worst food shortage in the wake of natural disasters, Radio Free Asia said, citing information provided by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry.

Gift to Kim Jong Il from Swiss Committee
Pyongyang, August 23, 2005 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the Swiss Committee for Supporting the Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Korea's liberation. The gift was conveyed to an official of the DPRK embassy in Bern by Martin Lotscher, chairman of the Swiss committee, on August 13. Was it the bill?

Augmented Composition

Yea... N.A.S.A's really gonna fucking lie.
Look close now...

Knights become a legend most.


Upping the Ante for Kim Jong Il

Pentagon Plan 5030, a new blueprint for facing down North Korea
By Bruce B. Auster and Kevin Whitelaw (updated post... sorry, I'm new)

Within the past two months, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has ordered U.S. military commanders to devise a new war plan for a possible conflict with North Korea. Elements of the draft, known as Operations Plan 5030, are so aggressive that they could provoke a war, some senior Bush administration officials tell U.S. News...
... "Some of the things [Fargo] is being asked to do," says a senior U.S. official, "are, shall we say, provocative."
There are several war plans for Korea--Plans 5026 and 5027, as well as 5030

Looks like the North Koreans have succesfully exploited CONPLAN 5029...AND 5030.
And this plan...

The Broken Lull

After 5 days of festive and fun national holidays, the hard-hitting journalists of the K.C.N.A get back to work doing what they do best...

U.S.-S. Korea Joint Military Exercises under Fire
We're under attack! I repeat! We're un... oh, It's just the K.C.N.A. Again.

Pyongyang, August 24, 2005 (KCNA) -- The United States and south Korea began Ulji Focus Lens-05 joint military exercises in south Korea on Aug. 22 which will last till Sept. 2. Rodong Sinmun Wednesday observes in a signed commentary: The U.S. is getting itself fully ready for another Korean war Like they should and always do while pushing forward the reorganization and relocation of its forces out or into Iraq? according to the operation plan for the invasion of the DPRK and staging joint military exercises with south Korea and Japan one after another. The on-going saber-rattling is, therefore, a preliminary operation to provoke the Korean war of aggression. YOUR the only ones using the term "Korean war of aggression". Who the fuck are the ones "sabre-rattling", really?
It goes on:Like it always... does.
The exercises are aimed to round off the preparations for a preemptive attack what's that rattle? on the DPRK, ratchet up the situation on the Korean Peninsula to an extreme pitch of tension, hamstring the favorable process of reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south and pressurize the DPRK by force of arms to meet the unreasonable demands it raised at the six-party talks. I didn't know not possesing nuclear weapons was an "unreasonable" demand...
Should the U.S. persistently escalate its military provocations and war moves against the DPRK, showing no change in its policy of stifling it as now, the prospect of confidence building between Pyongyang and Washington will be remote and the situation will turn more complicated foreshadow.The reality compels the army and people of the DPRK to heighten vigilance against the U.S. sophism that it would "neither attack nor invade the DPRK" and reinforce its determination to bolster its military deterrence in every way.
The U.S. bellicose forces should ponder over the serious consequences to be entailed by their madcap military exercises against the DPRK and immediately stop the Ulji Focus Lens-05 joint military exercises that go against peace and dialogue. Kim, have YOU "pondered over the serious consequences" of pissing off George W. Bush? This guy is. Ya fuckin' madcap maniac.

*Snicker* Guess the next story. I'll give ya a hint, It happens more than once a week... which is saying more than the K.C.N.A's news "service".

Gift to Kim Jong Il
Pyongyang, August 24 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the General Union of Syrian Peasants. It was conveyed to an official concerned by its executive member who is heading its delegation on a visit to the DPRK.
Was it a cheque for transfered weapons technology rendered?
Another state secret gift, I guess.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Thanks Again Stalin...

Knight of Good Mr. Iron Man: Hey Stalin! Good to see ya!
Stalin: Yes. Welcome to me.
Knight of Good Mr. Iron Man: I need to know everything about September 9, 2003.
Stalin: Yes...

Pyongyang, September 9, 2003 (KCNA) -- The DPRK will continue to increase its nuclear deterrent force as a means for just self-defence in order to defend the sovereignty of the country as the United States has not yet shown its will to drop its hostile policy toward the DPRK despite the DPRK's good faith and magnanimity. Kim Yong Chun, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, declared this in his speech at the parade and mammoth demonstration held here today to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the DPRK. He stated. Uhhhhhh ohhhhhhhh!!!The Korean People's Army will unite close with the people and foil the moves of the U.S. imperialists to isolate and stifle the DPRK from the toughest stand. If they ignite another war in this land the Korean army and people will deal merciless crushing blows at them and achieve the historical cause of national reunification without fail.

Ahhhhhh. The ol' American withdrawl = Korean reunification argument.
How EXACTLY does reunification happen the second the American Military leaves...

Pyongyang, July 27, 2005 (KCNA)... It is the brilliant fruition of the outstanding and tested leadership of Supreme Commander of the KPA Kim Jong Il that the exploits performed by the President in winning the victory in the war are being carried forward for scores of years and our army and people have won victory after victory on the forefront of the anti-imperialist struggle. Kim Jong Il, son of Mt. Paektu, is the greatest general and the extraordinary brilliant commander of Songun who has fully personified the character and qualification of a brilliant commander in the highest level... The Korean revolution will be ever-victorious as long as there are the greatest-ever commander Kim Jong Il who is revered by the world and leading Korea with his unique Songun politics and the single-minded unity of our army and people rallied around the headquarters of the revolution as firm as a rock.

"Manse" Appears In Arirang

by Simon Cockerell August 22, 2005 - 07:42 AM

I have just returned from Pyongyang where the Mass Games of 2005 have just begun. For the first time tourists and other non-diplomatic foreigners were able to attend the opening night which was postponed from Monday (Liberation Day) to Tuesday for no given reason (there was a Mass Dance event on Kim Il Sung square on Monday night which we also attended, in the presence of number 2 man Kim Yong Nam, hiding in the shadows atop the viewing area but visible through a 300mm lens)....

... getting into the stadium was like entering an airport; metal detectors and pat downs. The reason became clear as soon as the performers walked out onto the pitch of the stadium, Kim Jong Il strode out and everybody there went wild.

The last time KJI appeared at a public event was September 9th 2003 and he has never before appeared in front of tourists, a real shame Awwww yea. It's a real fucking SHAME(?!?) Kim has the resources to militantly check 150,000 in "order" to confiscate ALL cameras and tape recorders... nobody was allowed a camera or tape recorder as the cries of "Manse, Manse!" from the Koreans was deafening, I wish I had a fresh pic...

The sporting events in North Korea are not quite... as attended.
People there are forced to look at his face everyday.
Imagine having the only "league" in your whole country, playing a "sport" where "he" is the ONLY competitor...

I would probably be fucking excited too.

Scary title... but it's a joke.

North Korea computerizing its identification system of civilians and soldiers
Sounds like some nefarious Orwellian tracking device huh?

24.08.2005(Please note the date)

SEOUL, August 24 (Itar-Tass) --North Korea is computerizing its identification system of civilians and soldiers in an apparent move to tighten control over population, Yonhap News agency reported Wednesday.

Ok. This could be interesting...

Using an identification registration software program dubbed "Chungbok 2.0," police authorities in the North have been storing residents' personal information since December 2003. Yonhap said it obtained a copy of the program. It has about 10 entries, including gender, age, date of birth or death, family members, and address, as well as various demographical statistics.

Oh, so basically... a basic database used by agencies in every other country all around the world. North Korea makes the news in strange ways.

CNN's Disingenuousness

A story from CNN came fresh off the wire late last night. I wrote a long post, and was about to publish it, but ended up erasing 1/2 hour of work. I didn't know why at the time. I do now.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The drive for a six-nation agreement to end North Korea's nuclear weapons program in exchange for energy supplies and security assurances is moving into high gear, but chief U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill said: "There is no agreement yet."

Considering Kim Jong Il has been playing this "game" since I was 16, I am just not feeling the rush from this "drive" in "high gear". I just don't believe Kim is going to do anything but what is best for Kim. If there is a deal, I will be automatically skeptical.

Hill said Tuesday the United States and its partners have offered North Korea a package deal, including civilian energy supplies and a U.S. promise not to attack, but were divided on whether North Korea should be permitted to retain a reactor to develop civilian nuclear energy.
Yea... they just need it sooooo BAD! The entire country has the same electricity consumption as Newfoundland.

"It is not a show-stopper," Hill said, implying the issue was unlikely to derail the pursuit of an agreement. In the U.S. view, "we have a set of measures that make it unnecessary for them to have a nuclear program," the assistant secretary of state said.
I think Christopher Hill is really solid, as he gives the facts without any media quotables...

So, obviously this is just not much of a story, so instead of just reporting facts, CNN decides it is time to "spice" up the article. Here is where I sensed something is amiss...

Even the idea of North Korea gaining diplomatic relations with the United States has received brief mention, along with the possibility of a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War of a half-century ago, Hill said.
Notice something missing? Quotation marks... perhaps?

At the same time, the senior U.S. official raised concerns about North Korea's intentions to enhance its nuclear capabilities and said the it had made a number of purchases of technology that need to be explained.
I hope he would "raise concerns". Why is he even there? What are these talks even about anyway?

He provided no details except to say the technology was not bought from a network headed by Pakistan's most prominent nuclear scientist, A.Q. Khan.
Oh? Well, since CNN wants to spin this as an issue of a U.S peace treaty RATHER than making it solely based on the issue of the D.P.R.K's nuclear weapons program...

It is a shame CNN's "story" has been rebutted today.

By General Pervez Musharraf HIMSELF!!!!

Heart Right.

Graduation Ceremony Held at Computer Design Training Center
, June 23, 2005 (KCNA) -- The first-term graduation ceremony of the DPRK-Canada Computer Design Training Center was held at the Korean Computer Center today. Present there were Han U Chol, director general of the Korean Computer Center, officials concerned, trainees and employees there. Also on hand were members of the delegation of the Global Aid Network of Canada (GAN) led by William Blaney, chief executive officer, and Canadian teachers staying here. Congratulatory speeches and addresses of graduates were made at the ceremony. Then diplomas were awarded to the graduates. Participants went round files presented by the first-term graduates. Established in 2002 with the aid of the GAN, the center trains experts on the computer designing in close cooperation with the Korean Computer Centre.

Obviously, I have nothing against any of this. Unfortunately, look what they did to poor Alejandro Cao de Benos.

I don't LIKE the fact that Cubans are driving 59 Fords...

I still support America's Cuban embargo.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Cross Of The Red Crosses

North, South Korea Red Crosses Meet
SEOUL, South Korea August 23, 2005 (AP) -- Red Cross societies from the divided Koreas on Tuesday began three days of talks expected to focus on hundreds of South Korean prisoners of war and abductees believed held in North Korea.

What? No NORTH Korean "abductees" in Seoul? There must be a few P.O.Ws being held in South Korea? Oh, yea... They let them all out. Like this guy.

The choice is yours...

Psycopathic propaganda lie... or simply the truth??

Holdin' out more hope...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States predicted on Tuesday it could break an impasse over North Korea's demand that it has the right to develop peaceful atomic energy in a sign of a softening U.S. stance ahead of the resumption of six-party talks....
...Next week, the United States hopes to agree on a set of principles under which North Korea would abandon all of its nuclear arms programs in exchange for energy and economic aid.
Democrats have criticized the Bush administration for allowing North Korea to build its suspected nuclear arsenal while Washington failed to negotiate seriously.

The Democrats were in power during Kim's reign for about the same amount of time as Bush. What did they do about Kim Jong Il? They gave him everything he wanted, and expected NOTHING in return. That's what.

The administration official said there was some doubt the North Koreans would even return to negotiations as scheduled next week.

Yea, NO SHIT...

North Korea restarted a nuclear reactor before it returned to multinational talks in July on its nuclear programs, a newspaper said Sunday, AP reported. A U.S. reconnaissance satellite detected steam coming from a boiler connected to a nuclear reactor building,

State Secret Gifts

I tell ya, that Kim really makes out like a bandit with all of the fucking presents. Here is his August tally...

Pyongyang, August 23 (KCNA) --Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the Swiss Committee for Supporting the Independent and Peaceful Reunification of Korea on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Korea's liberation. The gift was conveyed to an official of the DPRK embassy in Bern by Martin Lotscher, chairman of the Swiss committee, on August 13.
What was it?
Pyongyang, August 18 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a gift from U.S. religious leader Rev. Billy Graham and his son, Rev. Franklin Graham. It was handed over to DPRK Foreign Minister Paek Nam Sun on Thursday by the special assistant to Franklin Graham on a visit to Korea.
And the Reverand gave him WHAT exactly?
Caracas, August 16 (KCNA Correspondent) -- Leader Kim Jong Il received a gift from the Venezuelan National Preparatory Committee for the 16th World Festival of Youth and Students. The gift was handed over to the head of the DPRK delegation of youth and students to the festival on August 15 by General Secretary of the Communist Youth of Venezuela David Velazques who is chairman of the preparatory committee.
Hey Hugo! Stand REEEEAL close to "Dear Leader" while you give him that gift... OK!
Pyongyang, August 16 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by Robert Edward Turner, chairman of the Turner Foundation INC. of the United States, on a visit to the DPRK. The gift was handed to an official concerned by the chairman.
The gift was yet another apologetic media report.
Pyongyang, August 16 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the visiting delegation of war veteran lawmakers of Russia. The gift was conveyed to Choe Thae Bok, chairman of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, on Aug. 15 by Vasilii Klyuchenok, first vice-chairman of the Defence and Security Committee of the Federation Council of Russia, who is heading the delegation.
Those Russians always give such nice secret gifts.
Pyongyang, August 4 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the visiting delegation of officials in charge of foreign relations of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence. The gift was handed to an official concerned by Major Gen. Pham Thanh Lan, director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Vietnamese ministry.
What does Vietnam have that Kim Jong Il does not already possess? Oh yea, a U.S military withdrawl...
Pyongyang, August 2 (KCNA) -- Leader Kim Jong Il was presented with a gift by the visiting delegation of the Mongolian Mt. Paektu Association for Independent Development. It was conveyed to an official concerned by G. Bold, executive chairman of the Darhan Ol Provincial Branch of the association who is heading the delegation.
Ok Kim, NOW you are just being a gift whore.

Good idea... Poor priority

First of all, I must say that preaching hate is the lazy way out. If I say I hate Kim Jong Il, what is it gonna mean to anyone? Nothing. I must back up the reasons I feel one way or another, with many many more reasons why I feel that particular way.
Although I think a state-sponsored hit squad in Venezuela is nothing more than a fringe idea hatched out of the mind of Mr. Robertson... He did make an honest argument today that has MOST of the radio airwaves buzzing.

"You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it, we have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability," Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's The 700 Club. "We don't need another $200-billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator," he said of the democratically elected Chavez, who is a frequent critic of U.S. foreign policy.

Notice the CBC is sure to remind readers that Chavez was democratically elected. This is a valid point, for in my opinion, assassinating a freely elected leader, as opposed to a tin-horn dictator, is a different matter entirely(Yugoslavia arguments aside).

If assassination prevents an inevitable war with a huge death toll, what kind of person could be against it?

What would of happened in 2002 if Iraq took the advice of Ari Flecher and inserted a bullet into Hussein's face("allah" Uday)? The fallout of such an action is hypothetical, but certainly things would be different there today than it is now.

If the CBC wants to claim Pat Robertson is insane for advocating the assassination of an elected leader, I can agree with that. By implying the advocation is morally wrong because he was elected, though, the OTHER implication is that assassinating an evil UNELECTED dictator is different and just.

I know the CBC would say they would never advocate any assassination, but by reminding everyone the he was democratically elected... It only serves to emphasize the need to assassinate "stong-armed" ones that are not.

Red Hack

In the course of my research tonight, I discovered something absolutely remarkable! I had always had a feeling that something was very odd about the tourism video hosted on the D.P.R.K official website. The fact is, the footage it contains was NEVER shot with the intention of being a friendly tourist promotion. It was a Communist propaganda film made by a leftist nut-job named Alejandro Cao de Benos. Now understand this... "Mr." Benos is THE guy behind the D.P.R.K's official website AND tourist video.

This is his "manifesto": BE WARNED, the following link is long(14 minutes), demented and evil.
If you can stomach the first one, here is another link to the tourist video. Notice how it is just a poorly edited retread of the first one, made to look like something it's not...

What's more pathetic; the fact that the D.P.R.K is without the resources needed to create and manage it's own website, or that North Korea's National Tourist Promotion effort are nothing more than a lazy hack job by a Spanish Kim-Jong-Il-wannabe? I mean SHIT, does a country with the population of North Korea's, not have ONE other person capable of producing a NEW video or a decent website?

At least we all now know what WAS up with that dude protesting(please refer to the "Sadly it speaks for itself..." post).

p.s Alejandro: I hope for your sake Kim does not read my site, and learn how foreigners REALLY feel about the worth of your shitty production value.

Monday, August 22, 2005

The Spreading Truth

When the D.P.R.K released a video to help it's "declining" tourism industry earlier this year, demand was rampant. I guess I should have been less careless in linking such a "high-profile" site. I should have had more respect for such a link, as my actions make "free" content such as this, less availible.
The perplexing circumstance is that North Korea HAS NO WEB HOSTING ABILITY.

Oh, and just some advice Kim... I think fixing your country's internet problems would not be quite as helpful in creating a demand for tourists, as alleveating THIS minor hitch...

Government security personnel closely monitor the activities and conversations of foreigners in North Korea. Hotel rooms, telephones and fax machines may be monitored, and personal possessions in hotel rooms may be searched. Photographing roads, bridges, airports, rail stations, or anything other than designated public tourist sites can be perceived as espionage and may result in confiscation of cameras and film or even detention. DPRK border officials routinely confiscate visitors’ cell phones on arrival, returning the phone only on departure. Foreign visitors to North Korea may be arrested, detained or expelled for activities that would not be considered criminal outside the DPRK, including involvement in unsanctioned religious and political activities, engaging in unauthorized travel or interaction with the local population.

Total Totalitarism

One more from pongi, and this one is creepy as hell.
Where else in the world could one see such ordered madness?

Just leave the bombs where they are...O.K!

U.S. Forces' Arrogant Action Assailed in S. Korea

Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The People for Achieving Peace and Reunification of south Korea reportedly issued a statement on August 16 denouncing the U.S. forces' arrogant action taken under the pretext of "restoring environment" in the bombing ground in Maehyang-ri. The U.S. forces started removing bombs under the pretext of "restoring environment" there, those arrogant Americans are removing bombs and saying it's better for the "enviroment" again, without informing the residents of the plan and methods involved in the work, the statement said, adding this is aimed at cutting down the expenses and time for it and concealing the suspected use of deleted uranium shells I doubt the American military would waste expensive depleted uranium on North Korean defences by them and thus meeting their interests. The statement demanded the U.S. forces stop at once the bomb removal which cannot convince the people, set out for the work after getting the approval from them and cover the expenses to be incurred by it. It seriously warned whoooooo the U.S. and the "government" they copied MY way of..." "" " authorities they would meet stronger resistance should they turn down the just demand of the people.


Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) -- The south Korean authorities agreed with the United States to hold a confab for a war against the north, which has left them with no option but to take part in the moves of the U.S. to mount a preemptive attack on the north anytime voluntarily or at others' request. This is little short of jumping with a fagot on their back into fire. A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland said this in an answer to a question put by KCNA Friday in connection with the fact that the south Korean authorities have recently decided to resume the negotiations to develop CONPLAN 5029, a scenario for a war against the north, into an operation plan as demanded by the United States.

As plans for Operation Ulji Focus Lens were neuteralized, we must not allow CONPLAN 5029 to fall into the wrong hands.

When(Where) General Kim was born?

Two more videos from robpongi.
Let us put aside his ability to control the weather, and grow the flowers with "The General's love" inside...

I bet this is another Right-Wing Propaganda Lie.

Thrice Cursed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Monday had its third diplomatic contact in a week with North Korea to prepare for six-party talks on dismantling the nation's suspected nuclear arms programs, a U.S. official said.

Sometimes they have them, sometimes they could use them, sometimes they may dismantle them.
Sometimes they will enter six-nation talks, sometimes they won't.
Sometimes they'll call you three times a week, sometimes not at all.
Ya ever get the feeling Kim has never really TRIED diplomacy?

If Gaddafi can do it...

It just CAN'T be ALL BULLSHIT...

Pyonyang, February 10, 2005 (KCNA)
...Its nuclear weapons will remain nuclear deterrent for self-defence under any circumstances. The present reality proves that only powerful strength can protect justice and truth. The U.S. evermore reckless moves and attempt to attack the DPRK only reinforce its pride of having already consolidated the single-minded unity of the army and people and increased the capability for self-defence under the uplifted banner of Songun. The DPRK's principled stand to solve the issue through dialogue and negotiations and its ultimate goal to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula remain unchanged.
Next story.
Lunar New Year's Day Enjoyed with Folk Amusement and Sports Games
Pyongyang, February 10, 2005 (KCNA) -- Working people and school youth and children across the country delightfully enjoyed the lunar New Year's Day, a traditional folk holiday of the Korean nation, with colorful folk amusement and sports games. The contests of Taekwon-Do for Health, mass rhythmic exercises and tug-of-war were held by university students at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. They danced a dance turning round decorative tassels, Pongsan masked dance and fan dance to the tune of the elegant music by national musical instruments. The holiday became more animated with folk games of schoolchildren at plazas of the Tower of the Juche Idea, the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and the April 25 House of Culture and other places and playgrounds of schools in the capital. Students of middle and primary schools in Sariwon City, North Hwanghae Province, played folk amusement games such as kite-flying, top spinning, rope skipping and shuttlecock game at Sariwon Square and the newly built Folk Street, delighting holiday makers still further. School youth and children in Kanggye City and Jagang Province held skating and ice hockey contests at the ice rinks of the River Jangja. Primary and middle schoolchildren played with maypole playing, mock cavalry battle, knee battle and other games at the squares of provincial seat. Tug-of-war, Korean chess, Yut game, peasant dances and exhibitions of national foods took place at institutions, industrial establishments and on coop farms.


Thanks to Speigel... who 5 hours ago, saved from a tedious and painful experience of searching through the K.C.N.A archives for THIS "piece" of SHIT...

GI's Killings and Assaults Assailed
Pyongyang, August 7, 2005(KCNA) -- The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland Saturday issued information bulletin No. 906 to denounce the U. S. imperialist aggression troops for their recent ceaseless assaults on people in south Korea. GIs' assault cases following the atrocities in which they run over a south Korean passerby woman to death with a truck clearly show the extreme arrogance and arbitrariness of the U. S. imperialist aggressors who are committing murder, plunder and violence, and they find the time for Operation Ulji Focus Lens... while lording it over south Korea as a ruler, the bulletin said, and went on as it ALWAYS fucking does: All GIs' murder and violence cases against the south Korean people are not limited to a few U. S. troops but all 32,000 American troops in Seoul inevitable phenomena caused by the unequal subordinate relations between the United States and south Korea. It is the U.S. viewpoint and attitude toward south Korea that the U. S. dominates south Korea, south Korea should be dominated, the U.S. troops do anything as they please in south Korea and the south Korean people can not complain even though they are killed by them. It is quite national shame that the south Korean people are under the yoke of domination and subordination, having their dignity and sovereignty infringed by the United States. It is high time for the south Korean people to blow up their pent-up resentment and grudge against the U. S. troops as an active volcano of the anti-U.S. struggle against their 60-year long occupation of south Korea and put an end to the thrice-cursed (?) U. S. occupation of south Korea I was not aware of the other two Korean Wars.... The south Korean people of all strata should wage a more vigorous anti-U.S. struggle to drive the U.S. imperialists aggressor troops, the root cause of all misfortunes and pains and the ringleader of all evils, out of south Korea, upholding the slogan "Let us not go beyond the 60 years of the U. S. troops' occupation of south Korea!" this year, 60 years after national division and the occupation of south Korea by the U.S. troops.

The left brain has been been linked.

Meanwhile, back in Russia...

I now know why the North Koreans are soooo concerned with Operation Ulji Focus Lens.

The exercise also coincides with a rare joint military drill between China and Russia, sparking fears of rekindled military tensions in the region.
About 10,000 U.S. troops from bases in South Korea and elsewhere in the region will join Ulchi Focus Lens, which largely is a computer-simulated war game designed to test combined U.S. and South Korean readiness against North Korean threats.
The U.S. and South Korean militaries hold several joint military exercises each year. North Korea condemns them as preparations to invade the North.
In statements last week, North Korea said the exercises "drive the situation on the peninsula to an extreme pitch of tension,"

Washington keeps 32,000 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War. They, along with the American forces in Japan and Guam, form the mainstay of U.S. military influence in the region.

Operation Peace Scatter Prism 2005 is giving them a bad case of "light envy".

Meanwhile, back in China, state-run Chinese media reported that Chinese and Russian forces would begin a three-day combat exercise on Tuesday, mobilizing navy vessels, fighter jets and tanks.
More than 7,000 Chinese troops will join 1,800 Russian troops to train for an offshore blockade involving guided missile destroyers and jet fighters, a joint amphibious landing by air force and marine paratroopers and a forced evacuation, a senior officer of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was quoted as saying by the China Daily.
The drills are the third phase of the eight-day Peace Mission 2005 exercises that began Thursday near the city of Vladivostok on Russia's Pacific coast.

Ulji Focus Lens To Be Staged, sometime.

Pyongyang, August 20, 2005 (KCNA) -- The south Korea-U.S. "Combined Forces Command" announced that the Ulji Focus Lens-05 joint military exercises would be staged from August 22 to September 2, according to south Korean KBS Thursday. The command said that the exercises are aimed to assess and improve the combined system whereby to carry out operations on the Korean Peninsula. The joint military exercises to be staged with huge troops and latest military hardware involved are fraught with greater danger of invasion as they are scheduled to take place at a time when the U.S. war preparations have reached their final phase. Moreover, these joint saber-rattling media reports(?) will be staged at a time when the process of reconciliation and unity is being promoted between the north and the south under the banner of "By our nation itself, without aid." These war exercises are arousing resentment among all Koreans as they are anti-national, anti-reunification acts of throwing a wet blanket over their ardent desire for reunification.

Final stage plans of Operation Ulji Focus Lens have been compromised!
Repeat! Final stage plans of Operation Ulji Focus Lens have been compromised!
The Army's unsustainable defence of wet blanket offensive tactics has also been compromised!

Attack of the Long-Titled People!!!

U.S.-South Korea Joint Military Exercises under Fire
Pyongyang, August 20, 2005 (KCNA) -- Civic and public organizations of south Korea including the All-People Measure Committee for Checking the Expansion of the U.S. Military Base in Phyongthaek, talk about you average "Special Interest" Lobby, huh
the People for Achieving Peace and Reunification, the Solidarity for Social Progress and the National Catholic Alliance for Justice reportedly held the 71st anti-U.S. solidarity rally in Kwanghwamun of Seoul on August 16. At the rally speakers accused the United States of having decided to stage Ulji Focus Lens joint military exercises in south Korea from August 22. The exercises are aimed to round off the scenarios for a war of aggression based on the U.S. strategy for mounting a preemptive attack on the north under the pretext of a "contingency," they charged. The U.S. is going to stage the war exercises in a bid to deter the process of reconciliation and cooperation from making favorable progress between the south and the north, they said, adding that such war exercises should never be tolerated. They held that in order to terminate the war threat and military confrontation and achieve peace, it is necessary to cancel at once the plan to stage Ulji Focus Lens joint military exercises targeted against the north. A resolution calling for frustrating the U.S. maneuvers for a war of aggression was adopted at the rally.

Ohhhhh NO!!!! The People Of The Mounting American Aggression Pact For Perceived Rumors and National Spirit have discovered the top secret "Ulji Focus Lens" War "Strategy".

The secret attack MUST be delayed!

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Fuckin' Eh U.S.

I wish I could say this was just some fringe video put out by some radical lefties, but I kinda have to believe it was broadcast over the D.P.R.K controlled public-airwaves. Think CBC, twenty years ago.
One could argue I promote the same thing at the other end of the spectrum. Fuck them.
I'll admit, I was really not aware that the U.S.A took away North Korea's goal medals.
You now know for a FACT North Korean kids know how to insult you(if you are American).
At least the song's catchy.
Busheee Ah! Bushe AHH! Ahh. Busheee Ah! Bushe AHH! Ahh.

Here's some sane video.

The Good Guardian.

I found the contrast of a detailed report on South Korea's high-tech society, with yet another depressing video (q/t) of the general shittyness of the "Democratic" "People's" "Republic" of Korea, on the same page... Purposeful and important. And I thought The Guardian was out there in left-field...

The stink of a New Kew Bloom

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il may give up the communist nation's nuclear weapons program in return for security guarantees, energy and economic aid...

For what... the 17th time? How long is North Korea's economy going to rely on AID... FUCKING BLACKMAILED from the U.S and others.

"The U.S. and North Korea failed to narrow their differences in Beijing after 13 days of talks and declared the recess on Aug. 7."
I notice the U.S was mentioned first. What stake does the U.S have in in ensuring North Korea does not possess nuclear weapons, that no one else does? Are these talks NOT based around Kim Jong Il's actions?

"Talks stalled after North Korea insisted on retaining a peaceful nuclear program to produce power. "
Replace the word "power" with "weapons".

U.S. officials are concerned that North Korea may convert a civilian nuclear program to military use and build nuclear weapons.
Nooooo... I thought the U.S(and many other national) officials were concerned that North Korea had declared it already built nuclear weapons, or was Bloomburg...uh... misinformed half-a-year ago?

It's ON!

One could be optimistic about new reports of the six-nation talks being "back-on", yet for some reason...

I'm skeptical.

*Please note the date of both reports.

Will Work... For Glory...

I know this is off topic, but reading this made me so fucking proud, I have to wonder...

His unit was so effective that their American counterparts wanted to work with them whenever possible, and some observers have credited them with almost single-handedly getting Canada onto the list of countries targeted for al-Qaida revenge.
Perry said he just has a natural talent for gathering intelligence and killing from distance. There's not much call for that in Canada so he is looking abroad for work.

is Seoul hiring?

Where's the gratitude?

Pyongyang, August 19 (KCNA) -- An evening of resolution for independence, peace and reunification was reportedly held at Kyunghee University in Seoul on August 15 under the co-sponsorship of the People's Solidarity, the Reunification Solidarity and the Democratic Worker's Party of south Korea. Attending it was at least 15,000 people including workers, peasants, women and youth and students. Kim Hye Gyong, representative of the Democratic Worker's Party, said that a peace-keeping mechanism should be established above anything else for peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula. All the people should turn out in the struggle against the transfer and expansion of the U.S. military bases in south Korea and the U.S. forces' "strategic flexibility" and arms build-up, the speaker urged.

Considering this is the only "news" North Korean citizens get to read... one would hope that once in a while, the K.C.N.A might mention the fact that the South Korea AND the U.S and have more than just military objectives regarding Kim's regime.
SEOUL, Aug 19 (Reuters) - South Korea has agreed to provide farming technology and to set up joint agricultural projects with North Korea to ease chronic food shortages there that stem from the communist state's beleaguered farm sector.
The meeting in the North Korean city of Kaesong was the first time the two sides had held joint agricultural talks.

And yet...
"Jong Kwang Hun, permanent representative of the People's Solidarity, stated that what the United States is mostly afraid of is independence and unity of the Korean nation rather than nukes and missiles"
Looking at an image of a "mass game", it would be hard to argue that the country is not "unified", in some form or another. The D.P.R.K has operated politically and economically "independent" of most other nations for quite some time.

For the K.C.N.A to state that the U.S regards the application of this abhorrent form of government, as the more important issue than that of the D.P.R.K's military capabillity...
I must agree.

A Glaring "Transmission"

Here is a recent article from Newsweek, that makes for a very very interesting read.

Russian presidential envoy Konstantin Pulikovsky, who met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il several days ago, said that Kim insisted his country should "further develop the nuclear energy sector for peaceful purposes"a desire Kim directly related to "difficulties in the country's economy." That's an argument the Bush administration and the conservative Japanese government are not likely to buy. They both argue that North Korea has a history of cheating on past commitments, meaning that even an ostensibly civilian nuclear industry could be easily support a covert weapons program.
There could, at least theoretically, be ways out of that impasse. South Korea has tried to smooth the path to an agreement by offering to supply the North with two gigawatts of electricity from its own grid even though there are indications that the North Korean system may not be able to handle the inflow.

Does this last line not make one reconsider the D.P.R.K's nuclear ambition? Like Iran, it seems odd to me how a country with such a questionable "NEED" for nuclear power... is so willing to fly in the face of international law to acquire it.