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AP / Pete Muller

Violence Dampens Southern Sudan’s Celebration

It was just last month that Sudan’s southern half voted to secede from its northern neighbor, but bloody clashes between south Sudan’s army and fighters loyal to a renegade soldier have reportedly left almost 140 people dead, most of them civilians.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation

While the outcome may have been a foregone conclusion, the official results are finally in: South Sudan has voted, with 99.57 percent in favor, to secede from the north.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Surge Stalls, Fear Builds in Baghdad

The BBC’s Andrew North gives a sobering analysis of the facts on the ground in Baghdad, where frustration, desperation and fear abound among Iraqi civilians as U.S. troops struggle to contain the violence that has only grown since the surge began.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


N. Korea Agrees to Return to Nuclear Talks

A stunner in this: “Pyongyang had refused to return to the talks until the United States separately negotiated an end to a crackdown on North Korea’s counterfeiting of U.S. currency. But that demand disappeared today…” -WashPo

Posted on Oct 31, 2006 READ MORE


Putin and Kim
ticketsofrussia.com

Putin Urges ‘Goodwill’ Toward North Korea

During a nationally broadcast town hall-style address, Russian President Vladimir Putin pitched a more open stance in dealing with North Korea: “You must never push one of the participants in talks into a corner.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
wikipedia.org

U.N.‘s Ban Is Heading to China

For his first outing as the United Nations’ newly elected secretary-general, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon will visit China to discuss the situation in North Korea.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


Riding the Nuke
From robokopp.de

Hypocritical U.S. Nuke Plan Advances

At the same time America is lecturing N. Korea and Iran about abandoning their nuclear weapons programs, the U.S. is pressing ahead with plans to build a new stockpile of 2,200 deployed nuclear weapons.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


U.N. Security Council
un.int

It’s Official: North Korea Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea in light of its recent nuclear test.  Though financial and military aid is restricted, the sanctions do not allow for military action, and skeptics question how effectively the rules will be enforced.

Posted on Oct 15, 2006 READ MORE


Anti-Albright ad

The Campaign Ad the GOP Won’t Run

“Airplane” director David Zucker has produced a satirical ad criticizing the Clinton administration’s dealings with North Korea that is so inflammatory that GOP strategists have refused to use it in campaigns.

Posted on Oct 14, 2006 READ MORE


Rpbert Scheer

Truthdig Podcast: Robert Scheer on North Korean Nukes, Iran and More

In the latest installment of the Truthdig Podcast, Robert Scheer offers his take on North Korea’s nuclear test, Iran, diplomacy, Democratic prospects and much more.

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Bush and Clinton
Left: forbes.com/Right: time.blogs.com

Bush Blames Clinton Again

George W. Bush, retreating to familiar ground, has blamed the Clinton administration for North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.  But the official who brokered the Clinton-era deal with North Korea called the idea “ludicrous,” and defended his efforts.

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


Molly Ivins: Dear Leaders

The way he deals with North Korea’s paranoid leader, you’d think President Bush never learned not to antagonize the crazy neighborhood bully.

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Bush Bluster Fails to Halt Nuke Threat

America’s invasion of Iraq has made predictable impressions on Iran and North Korea: Only military power, underscored by the actual possession of nuclear weapons, can guarantee survival against a superpower bent on regime change.

Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


Kim Jong Il
From pub.tv2.no

N. Korea Says Sanctions Would Be Act of War

In his country’s first formal statement since its claimed atomic bomb test on Monday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il said he would consider additional sanctions imposed on the country an act of war.

  • Bush said he has “no intention” of attacking Pyongyang, and that the U.S. remains committed to diplomacy, but also “reserves all options to defend our friends in the region.”
  • Hmm…when have we heard that one before?

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


    North Korea Threatens Another Explosion

    North Korea’s No. 2 leader, Kim Yong-nam, threatened a second nuclear test if the U.S. refuses to back down: “If the United States continues to take a hostile attitude and apply pressure on us in various forms, we will have no choice but to take physical steps to deal with that.”

    Posted on Oct 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Kim Jong Il
    Mike Luckovich

    Robert Scheer: Dear Leader Brings It On

    Right-wingers want to blame Bill Clinton for North Korea’s nuclear provocation, but it was the wannabe cowboy in the Oval Office who goaded the Hermit Kingdom’s leader into a Cold War-style bout of nuclear brinkmanship.

  • UPDATE: Jimmy Carter,  former emissary to N. Korea, calls for resumption of negotiations with Pyongyang
  • McCain rips Clinton’s N. Korea policy (read or watch)

  • Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Kim Jong Il
    xanga.com

    Atomic Test Highlights Bush Failure

    North Korea’s evident test of a nuclear device speaks to a failure of diplomacy long in the making, but Democrats have justifiably laid much of the blame on Bush, whose Iraq fixation and disinterest in nonproliferation have proved disastrous.

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart

    ‘Daily Show’ on CNN’s Hysteria

    Jon Stewart took CNN to task on Monday over the frenzied tone of its North Korea nuclear test coverage.  With little to offer in the way of fact and 24 hours of programming to fill, the news network turned instead to conjecture and doomsday prophecy, prompting this observation from Stewart: “CNN:  It’s 99.9 percent what they don’t know.”

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    N. Korea Reports Nuclear Test

    North Korea claimed it successfully tested a nuclear weapon last night, fulfilling a promise made last week.  Pyongyang had planned the underground test in response to what it called “U.S. hostility.”

  • Text of North Korea’s announcement

  • Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE


    That Must Be Some Tasty Fish

    The South Korean military fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who may or may not have been attempting to fish at a stream in the demilitarized zone.  The incident illustrates a rise in tensions between the two nations as North Korea prepares to conduct its first test of an atomic weapon.

    Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE


    N. Korea Plans Nuclear Test

    North Korea said it will conduct a nuclear test, a key step in the manufacture of atomic bombs, but also said it’s committed to disarmament—suggesting that the whole thing is a bargaining ploy.
    So, Iraq has suspected facilities related to weapons of mass destruction and we invade? But North Korea announces it’s building a bomb and Condi Rice shoots off a press release?

    Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


    North Korean Attention

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    Posted on Aug 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Crazy Christianists Alert

    Want to know what a Christian version of the Taliban would look like? Listen to these guys. They’ve got large followings and plenty of hate in their hearts.

    Posted on Aug 23, 2006 READ MORE


    North Korea ‘Reserves Right’ to Preemptive Action

    In response to an ongoing military drill organized by South Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has said it “reserves the right to undertake a preemptive action for self-defense against the enemy, at a crucial time it deems necessary to defend itself.”

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Bush Should Channel Nixon in North Korea

    Truthdig’s editor in chief argues that President Bush could defuse the nuclear standoff with North Korea by coddling its attention-starved leader—similar to what Nixon did with China. “Hell, Bush might even empathize with Kim’s desire to escape from the shadow of a father from whom he inherited his crown.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Blofeld and Kim Jong-Il
    Blofeld: swapmeetdave.com; Jong-Il: dictatorofthemonth.com

    Andy Borowitz—Kim Jong-Il: I Want to Be Villain in New Bond Film

    “The question ‘What does Kim Jong-Il really want?’ was definitively answered today when the mercurial North Korean dictator offered to abandon his nuclear weapons program in exchange for the role of the villain in the new James Bond film.”

    Posted on Jul 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Shows Stunning Insights on Diplomacy

    Speaking about the North Korean missile situation, Bush told reporters, “You know, the problem with diplomacy is it takes a while to get something done,” while “acting alone, you can move quickly.”

  • Someone call John Foster Dulles, or better yet, Henry Kissinger: They’ve got some competition….

  • Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    N. Korea Is Seen as Wanting to Grab Nuclear Spotlight From Iran

    Stephen Hadley, Bush’s national security advisor, told reporters about North Korea’s missile launch, “Obviously, it is a bit of an effort to get attention, perhaps because so much attention has been focused on the Iranians.”

  • This reminds us of a classic Andy Borowitz article a few years back that said something to the effect of “Kim Jong Il Wants to Know What It Will Take for America to Bomb His Country and Put It on the Map.” Can anyone find that link?

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


  • While the GOP Frets Over Nonexistent Flag Burning…

    A brutal dictator in North Korea threatens our country with an “annihilating strike and a nuclear war” in response to America’s rhetoric over N. Korea’s possible missile launch (which was probably a hoax anyway).

  • Keep in mind that Sen. Orrin Hatch said that passing the flag-burning amendment was “the most important thing the Senate could be doing.” Good to know the Republicans really have their eye on the ball.

    Posted on Jul 3, 2006 READ MORE


  • Rice Warns N. Korea Against Missile Test

    The secretary of state said that Pyongyang’s launch of a long-range ballistic missile “would be a very serious matter and indeed a provocative act.”

  • More info on North Korea’s preparations for a launch—which could buoy Bush’s campaign for a Star Wars missile defense shield.

  • Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


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