A quiet story that is a very big deal

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: China Publicly Cuts Off North Korean Bank State-Owned Lender Halts Dealings With Pyongyang Institution; U.S. Applauds Move as Important Containment Step By Lingling Wei in Beijing and Jay Solomon in Washington Bank of China Ltd. said it cut off dealings with North Korea’s primary foreign-exchange bank in the first publicly …

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The idiocy of Kim Jong-un

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Last Workers Exit Joint Korea Venture By Alastair Gale and Jeyup S Kwaak SEOUL—The final group of South Korean workers returned home from a jointly run industrial park inside North Korea, closing the last outpost of inter-Korean economic cooperation a month after Pyongyang began its choke on the complex. Seven …

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Socialism: The Deadly Destroyer

Everywhere you look, everywhere it’s been tried, Socialism has resulted in mass murder and mass impoverishment. Nowhere, no time, no ever, has Socialism ever, under any circumstances, ever improved the well-being of the masses. Oh, it has improved the well-being of the elites, but at the cost of the masses. The tippity top of the …

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Maybe it does make sense for the North Korean government to keep its people hungry.

My darling bride (of 32 years, 10 months and 27 days) and I were watching CNN before she had to leave for work this morning, and we saw footage of North Korean soldiers goose-stepping on parade in front of the Great Successor, Kim Jong-un. Knowing something of North Korea’s serious shortage of food, she said, …

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Now why do this?

From Dictator’s Death Stokes Fears By EVAN RAMSTAD And JAY SOLOMON U.S. officials aggressively lobbied China, Russia and Japan and suspended a food-aid plan for North Korea following the death of the country’s leader, aiming to gain a diplomatic foothold as control over the authoritarian, nuclear-armed country appeared to pass to Kim Jong Il’s untested …

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North Korea is making fast progress on construction of a nuclear plant

From The Washington Post: North Korea makes fast progress on construction of nuclear plant By Chico Harlan, Published: November 14 TOKYO — North Korea has made rapid progress on the construction of a new nuclear reactor, with work nearly complete on the outside walls of the reactor building, according to an analysis of recent satellite images. …

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