How much do Americans really know about North Korea, formally known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea? In view of current threats from that country’s despot, The US Report compiled a primer on the country.
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I’ve praised the blog Ampontan for quite awhile because the author is an excellent writer who manages to put Japanese culture in context for us Americans. In a Thanksgiving Day post, Ampontan explains the intricacies of politics in Japan and the effect of the left of center government. There’s a striking similarity between what’s going on in Japan today and what’s happening to us in the US as Democrats push for the DREAM Act. The US is certainly not the only country with an immigration issue.
Updated on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 11:19AM by Kay B. Day, Editor
US media may view a conflict between the Republic of Korea (South) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North) an act of aggression by the communist North. But China’s official news service Xinhua is characterizing the exchange of fire between the two countries as a response by the North to ‘counter’ artillery firing by the South.
America is welcoming two young women home from what had to be a trying ordeal. Laura Ling and Euna Lee filled morning TV screens and Internet blogs as former president Bill Clinton enjoyed a moment in the limelight for his efforts in securing their release.
Ling and Lee are described as“journalists” with Current TV, former vice president Al Gore’s interactive Website. As far as I can tell, Current TV works sort of like the statist-leaning Huffington Post, with users generating content, sharing in hobby mode or vying for selection from what Current calls the “collective journalism” team. There’s not much on the website about payment for contributors. On the jobs page, there are listings for technical jobs and interns.
North Korea launched a rocket Sunday morning as promised, and the renegade country’s decision elevated Japan to hero status but further highlighted the uselessness of the United Nations when it comes to dealing with rogue nations. The Japan Times (Apr. 5) said, “The missile, which Pyongyang claimed was carrying a satellite, blasted off from the Musudan-ri launch facility at 11:30 a.m. despite warnings from Tokyo and Washington that it would violate U.N. resolutions banning the North from ballistic activity. The Defense Ministry said the rocket's first booster fell into the Sea of Japan approximately 280 km [approx. 174 miles] west of Akita Prefecture at around 11:37 a.m.” It’s not hard to imagine what residents in one of America’s most important allied countries must have been thinking. Comments from a top Japanese blogger reflect justifiable frustration.