U.S. and South Korea to start joint naval exercises around the Yellow Sea (West Sea of K)
Yep, despite China’s warnings for the U.S. to not get involved militarily, the U.S. has come in with the South Korean fleet in preparation for naval exercises in the waters west of the region in conflict the past couple of days. Hopefully the “six-party talks” participants (is that still alive?) and various diplomatic meetings between officials of SK, NK, China, and the U.S. can prevent further escalation.
Read the full NYTimes story here
btw take a look at the Korean photographer in the picture of the injured korean soldier returning from Yeonpyeong; iPod plugged in…he must be an intern ^^
A Time of Change?
So as many are probably aware, North Korea is going through an interesting time. Due to Kim Jong Il’s current failing health, regime change is definitely imminent. The first step of the process will occur this Tuesday when the Korea Worker’s Party (aka the Communist party in charge of government in North Korea) convenes to discuss…issues. Due to the surprisingly tight secrecy in the country, it’s hard to tell what is on the agenda but one thing is for certain: something big will happen.
Many international relations pundits and observers (I count myself as an amateur one) believe that North Korea may finally begin to address it’s serious economic issues. For example, a recent CNN opinion article advocates that the US and South Korea should at this very rare time begin to push for serious negotiations with North Korea. But how will the country get it’s economy back on its feet? Obviously, with any viable economy, the foundation is having a solid population of healthy people. We may be at the brink of some serious positive changes to the human rights conditions.
Read the full article here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/09/26/north.korea.future/
What do you think?
Anonymous Strike Again
There was a contest on Justin Bieber’s twitter site in which he would play a concert in the country that had the most votes. 4Chan obviously took this as an opportunity to rid us from Bieber forever, and, using the collective power of Anonymous, voted him off to North Korea. While this is only an internet prank, it is a reminder for preteen fan girls, and for us all, of the situation in North Korea.