KCNA Launches Video Comedy Channel

The unit was the first to invade Seoul during the Korean War.Pyongyang, in the 2011 joint editorial of its three leading newspapers, Rodong Sinmun, Joson Inmingun and Chongnyon Jonwi, somehow pulled off the rhetorical skill to be both belligerent and, at least for North Korea, reassuring – if warning of “nuclear holocaust” sounds peaceful.

Muzzling the South Korean Dog

Not that I ignore the Korean angle to hostilities on the Korean peninsula, or think the road to unification runs through Beijing, but developments like a new Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM) capability will keep me awake at nights. Especially, that is, when Chinese hacks write with this kind of bravado.

Is Korea Safe?

As tensions rise between the North and South, foreigners question if it’s safe to travel or live in South Korea.

My Korean Newspaper

It’s what I’ve always wanted – more North Korean propaganda. From Martyn Williams site:

North Korea’s Naenara website is back. The site went offline around early September when the dot-kp domain name space went down.

Naenara is run by Pyongyang’s Korea Computer Center and offers news, photos, shopping, tourism information and MP3 files from North Korea.

It’s running inside North Korea’s recently-activated domestic IP address space, but isn’t working perfectly. Some of the links point to dot-kp addresses, which are still not working. It’s worth keeping an eye on.

You can find it at

Serious Fun at the Brilliant Comrade’s Expense (Video)

Not everyone in North Korea likes Kim Jong-un. As a matter of fact, derision seems to permeate all levels of society, from official party publications (via OFK)…

According to the source, after seeing Kim Jeong-eun’s picture posted on Rodong Sinmun, a bulletin from the Workers’ Party displayed instances of open criticism. “Who is Kim Jeong-eun, the new general? And what great contribution has he made for the nation and people?” “This outrageous event is something that can only happen in a despotic nation like Chosun,”

…to satirical ditties.

Red Links, 9-25-10

The EconomistIt’s the “China Lurking” edition. Whether it’s in Juba, Tokyo, or Pyongyang, or in the wallet and in the White House, Chinese actions in its backyard and farther abroad are stirring trouble. And, for Indians, comparisons with China are in the foreground because of the hash New Delhi is making of the Commonwealth Games. I’ve never thought highly of white elephant sporting events as economic engines, so I hope the Indians can end the fad altogether.

As for the Sino-Japanese row over goat-infested islands, I see no reason to change my opinion here.

Seoul and Beijing in a Pyongyang Cage Match

The North Koreans might be choosing a successor this week, but it’s the Chinese and South Koreans who are fighting each other. Amid the consensus that Kim Jong-un will be the next “fat, ruthless” Kim family member to rule the DPRK, Gordon Chang asks what Beijing wants.

But Jong-Un’s future is by no means assured. China probably wants him out of the way so that there can be a collective leadership. Moreover, ambitious generals and even-more-dangerous colonels could be scheming. Finally, Jang Sung-Taek may not want to relinquish power when Kim Jong-Il has passed from the scene, either naturally or otherwise.

Don’t Count the KPA Out!

Andy Jackson highlights two contingencies the Brilliant Comrade, Kim Jong-un, needs to consider, the second of which involves sibling rivalry in the dim reaches of the Kim clan. But, I do have to point out a third prospect.

There are at least two points in the first few years after Kim Jong-il dies that could lead to instability.

The first is early on, before when various groups compete to be the power behind the throne. The various factions, including the military, party officials and members of the extended Kim clan attempt to flatter, cajol or force their way into the successor’s inner sanctum in a bid to become puppet masters to an isolated monarch. That would be especially tempting for female members of the Kim clan, more distant relatives or in-laws.

Myanmar Kisses Beijing’s Ring

Zin Linn argues that “To people of Burma, China is not only a great impediment to their freedom but also a neo-colonialist under an alliance mask.

Senior Gen. Than Shwe in the midst of swelling international pressure and ahead of the 7-November elections arrived in China on 7 September for a five-day state visit. Analysts said Burma is trying to get support politically from China as it has been planning for its first election in two decades. International observers have criticized the election as a charade as it does not include key opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.


KIm Gets His Marching Orders

Kushibo has some hig-powered speculations about the reasons for Dear Leaders recent visit to Manchuria.

Let’s not forget that Kim Jong-il tried at one time to establish a SAR of its own in Shinŭiju, which may have failed because China was angered at North Korea’s unilateralism in its own country. Could that be the reason behind the Dear Leader’s visit: He’s not just trying to get permission for a dynastic transfer, but permission for Kim Jong-un (under the auspices of his father while he’s still alive and after that, his regent uncle, Jang Songthaek) to pursue Chinese-style economic reforms?

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