North Korea warned Monday that U.S.-South Korean cooperation could bring a nuclear war to the region, as the South began artillery drills amid lingering tension nearly three weeks after the North's deadly shelling of a South Korean island.
I do wish someone would tell that fat dictator and his Chinese owners to shove it. South Korea should be armed to the teeth and prepared to retaliate if need be.
Related: Korean cardinal blames North Korean leaders for misery.
(Sidebar: you've got the Church mad!)
China is a lying sack of sorghum (that's right- sorghum!):
A Chinese envoy on Thursday rejected calls for Beijing to curb North Korea made by the foreign ministers of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan earlier this week after the North's artillery attack on Yeongpyeong Island. Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua said, "It's unreasonable for South Korea, the U.S. and Japan to ask China to use its influence over the North."...
"China does not interfere in internal affairs of other countries. That means we will say what needs to be said to our ally [North Korea] but will never interfere in its internal affairs," he added.
If you think your job is tough:
The number of school classes being closed because attendance rates are below 70% and those members of the teaching profession quitting in order to find another means of supporting themselves is increasing in North Korea one year after the currency reform.
“We don’t get paid and there’s no guarantee we’ll get our redundancy money either so I quit teaching in 2004 after thirty years in the job,” said Lee Jong-hee, a teacher from Chongjin. “The teaching industry was hit really hard from 94 to 98 and now after the currency reform it’s got tough again,” she said.
A lack of teachers and students is the biggest issue according to Lee. Teachers are going so far as to ask students merely to turn up to the first class of the day so that they can register them as present in an effort to boost attendance rates.
Some teachers are getting together ten or so students whose personal circumstances are comparatively good for private lessons in the afternoons as they struggle to make a living. “Being a teacher has come to be about focusing on the better off students in order to survive,” she reported.
“Parents aren’t even registering their kids in school from first grade,” Lee added. Parents are supposed to enroll their children in school from the age of seven. It is not just that their circumstances don’t allow them to register them but that they are losing sight of the importance of education. “It’s called free education but there’s school uniform to buy and we have to fill the school bag with books. The government is not putting in a single textbook. We’ve got to use all our own money,” she added.
A bit of sad news:
A 23-year old, poverty-stricken young woman who appeared in newspapers and on TV around the world when she was filmed by a cameraman inside North Korea died of starvation in October, it has been revealed.
The woman, who appeared in a KBS special program, “North Korea’s Third Generation Succession: Who Is Kim Jong Eun?” alongside global media including the BBC(UK) and Asahi TV(Japan) amply demonstrated the dire straits in which some North Korean people live. Reduced to rags following the death of both her parents, she said she wandered the fields looking for grasses.
Speaking with the cameraman, who asked what she planned to do with the grass, the girl, who admitted that she also slept outside, said, “I’m going to eat it.”
Speaking with The Daily NK today, Asia Press said, “According to Kim Dong Cheol, who interviewed the girl in South Pyongan Province while he was doing some research inside North Korea in June, she died on or around October 20th.”
“It was discovered that, without a home, she had been wandering in the market and on the streets, before dying in a corn field,” the Asia Press spokesperson explained, “Since then was harvest time, she went there to eat corn but seems to have died of starvation.”
I, for one, shall never miss the morally corrupt Kim dynasty and its fat dictators. (hat tip: OFK)
Reading to your premature children is beneficial: