After 12 years, nearly $700 billion, and more than 2,000 dead U.S. soldiers, here's what the United States has to show for its efforts in Afghanistan: a government that's perceived to be as corrupt as North Korea, according to a new report from the anti-corruption group Transparency International. Show More Summary
No I’m not talking about Piers Morgan, although thanks for that. I was just wondering when you turned into North Korea? Seriously, I missed the memo. I mean I know I get busy with the kids and all but I’m not sure how I missed this story before you did your dirty work. That is, before you TOOK A BABY FORCIBLY FROM A MOTHER’S WOMB! | Read More »
A possible explanation emerges for why North Korea is holding Merrill Newman, 85, who visited the country as a tourist in October.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Six decades before he went to North Korea as a curious tourist, Merrill Newman supervised a group of South Korean guerrillas during the Korean War who were perhaps the most hated and feared fighters in the North, former members of the group say.
The American military veteran detained in North Korea oversaw a guerrilla group that was glorified in the South and vilified in the North. “Why did he go to North Korea?” a former member of the unit told the Associated Press, which spoke with several former members of the unit this week. Show More Summary
If reports from the South are correct, North Korea is seeing a major change in its leadership. Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, has reportedly been fired from his role as vice chairman of the country's powerful National Defense Commission, per South Korea's spy agency. Yonhap reports that Jang...
The Washington Post reports that the veteran who is imprisoned in North Korea, Merrill Newman, was actually an adviser to North Korean guerrillas fighting against the Stalinist government 60 years ago. “Why did he go to North Korea?” asked Park Boo Seo, a former member of the Kuwol partisan unit, which is still loathed in […]
The uncle of North Korea’s young dictator, Kim Jong Un, has reportedly been ousted. In a briefing to South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday, intelligence officials in Seoul said Jang Song Thaek was removed from his post as chairman of his country’s National Defence Commission, and that several of his associates were executed. Show More Summary
The detention of an 85-year-old American in North Korea appears to be revenge for his actions with a group of guerrilla fighters that did immense damage to the North during the Korean War, the AP finds in interviews with former members. Surviving fighters from the Kuwol partisan unit—glorified in...
North Korea has resumed construction work on a missile launch site on its northeast coast after a months-long hiatus, part of a renewed push for its nuclear and missile programs, according to a US think-tank. Recent satellite imagery shows work […]
The latest detention of a U.S. visitor doesn't seem to be slowing the growth of tourism to the DPRK.
Recently, Dennis Rodman went to North Korea. We’re not entirely sure who initiated this desperate bid for attention, or who precisely it was supposed to benefit, but it was enough to earn Rodman a questionable accolade from MAD Magazine...Show More Summary
The North Korean government released a video over the weekend of an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War, purportedly confessing to “hostile acts” committed prior to the July 27, 1953, armistice suspending active combat “until a final peaceful settlement is achieved.” So here we are, 60 years later. Show More Summary
Wendy Sherman's negotiations ended up with North Korea developing a nuclear weapon, why should we expect a better outcome with Iran?
(USA Today): "White House claims success on HealthCare.gov repairs" (TPM): "Plouffe: Obamacare will work even better in 2017" (CNN): "U.S. 'deeply concerned' about citizens held in North Korea, including Newman" (Ross Douthat): "The Pope and the Right"(The Boston Globe): "Bipartisan group finds bridges hard to build"
The White House has urged North Korea to release Christian missionary Kenneth Bae, who has been imprisoned at a labor camp for over a year, and Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old U.S. veteran of the Korean War who has been held there since October.
(SAN FRANCISCO) — The family of an elderly U.S. tourist detained for more than a month in North Korea said Saturday the Swedish ambassador has seen the man and found him to be in good health. Merrill Newman’s family in California said...Show More Summary
BEIJING (AP) — Two aspiring American rappers said Saturday that they had filmed part of a music video in North Korea, hoping the novel locale will make a hit. The rappers known as Pacman and Peso did not say where and how they filmed the footage, which their fundraising proposal suggested would be done on a karaoke party bus in Pyongyang. Show More Summary
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The family of an elderly American detained for more than a month in North Korea says the Swedish ambassador has seen the man and found him to be in good health.