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Kim Jong-un was drunk while ordering executions

December 27th, 2013

The Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun has reported that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was “very drunk” when he ordered the execution of his Uncle’s two aides.

Kim’s uncle Jang Song-thaek was head of the ruling Workers’ Party administrative department, a high profile and powerful position within the country. It was even rumoured at one point that Jang may even have been a contender to lead the country after the death of Kim Jong-il.

The official report from North Korea stated that Jang was executed after a special military tribunal found him guilty of treason.

“The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state,” the North’s official KCNA news agency reported.

It goes without saying; nothing in North Korea happens without the approval of the dear leader Kim Jong-un, even the outcomes of “trials”. The reason for his uncle’s death was far less sinister than a coup attempt, but rather the result of a drunken leader talking to two nervous low level aides.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Jang’s two aides questioned an order from Kim to hand over control of a business to the military. Sources told the newspaper Kim was “upset” when they said they needed to check with “Director Jang” first.

Jang’s aides, first deputy director Ri Ryong-ha and another deputy Jang Su-gil, were promptly executed in November following the orders of Kim Jong-un.  After the executions it was only a matter of time before Jang too would face the same fate.

Eight people from director Jang’s inner circle were executed in all, which can only be described as a Soviet era type purge to instill fear over the people.

Kim used these executions, and his uncle’s show trial as a threat to anyone in the DPRK that may be thinking of or conspiring a coup.

Although I don’t find any evidence of a serious organized seizure of power from within the country, domestic disturbances in North Korea aren’t completely uncommon.

I’ve compiled a list of fairly recent dissension among the people of North Korea:


  • In 1981, there were reports of armed clashes between soldiers and workers in Chongjin leaving as many as 500 dead, in 1983 similar clashes occurred in Sinuiju.
  • In 1985, there were reports of a massacre of hundreds of civilians whom were demanding food.
  • In 1990, students at the Kim Il-Sung University were arrested and tortured for organizing anti-government protests.
  • In 1992 there was a failed attempt by officers in the State Security Department’s bodyguard bureau to stage a coup preventing Kim Jong Il from assuming the position as commander of the Korean People’s Army [KPA].
  • In 1993 thirty military officers tried unsuccessfully to stage a rebellion against their superiors.
  • In 1996 leaflets were found in front of the Kim Il-Sung mausoleum, criticising the cost of the mausoleum when citizens were starving.
  • In 1997 a statue of Kim Il-Sung was found vandalized, and anti-government graffiti left behind.
  • In 1998 there was that famous plot to assassinate Kim Jong Il by one of his body guards; the same scenario played out again in 2002.
  • In 2004 a terrorist bombing of a train station killed 170 people, narrowly missing Kim Jong Il.
  • In 2005 large banners were erected by a freedom youth league that denounced the “Great Leader”.
  • In 2007 when women under 50 were banned from trading at farmer’s markets, large protests sprang up in Chongjin.
  • In 2011, reports of many “Down with Kim Jong Un” graffiti sprang up at North Korean Universities.


Although these accounts are rare, I predict they’re becoming more common with the increase of wireless technology making its way across the border from South Korea and China.

Knowledge is power Mr. Kim, not secrecy.

Islamism rises in an idyllic Kashmir

November 13th, 2013

“Death to America” yells this banner in downtown Srinagar. “Death to Israel,” and “Death to the Enemies of Islam” also grace the banner

Today’s militant Islamic youth of Kashmir carry placards of bin Laden in anti-India rallies and hoist Taliban flags, while their Shia Muslim rivals are inspired by Khomeini and Hezbollah. A senior Kashmiri Muslim police officer confided “over 50% of Kashmiris between the ages of 15 and 30 are hard-core pan-Islamists, not Kashmiri nationalists.”

Tarek Fatah

Russia: National holiday hijacked by nationalists

November 5th, 2013

This is surely not what President Vladimir Putin had in mind. Back in 2005, he replaced the old public holiday commemorating Russia’s 1917 revolution – which reminded many people of the painful divisions of the Soviet years – with a new National Unity Day.

The new holiday hasn’t been a complete success, however. According to polls, a third of Russians don’t really know what it’s meant to celebrate (the expulsion of Polish-Lithuanian occupiers from Moscow in 1612). On top of that, the holiday has become synonymous with ultra-nationalist marches in Moscow and other cities, in which neo-Nazi symbols such as swastikas are brandished and where minorities have been attacked.

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U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attacks on Baloch by Pakistan

June 17th, 2013

QUETTA: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned the series of deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital facility and a national monument Balochistan, which left at least 20 civilians dead, many of whom were female students.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said no cause justifies such violence, and noted with dismay that “violence against women and educators has increased in recent years, the aim being to keep girls from attaining the basic right to education.”

The banned militant organisation Laskhar-e-Jhangvi claimed that it had attacked the bus carrying female university students in Quetta via a suicide bombing. As the dead and injured were rushed to hospital, gunmen stormed the hospice. At least 25 people were killed in the series of attacks which also saw the national monument, the Quaid-e-Azam residency being blown up.

Ban called on the Pakistan government “to do all possible to bring the perpetrators to justice” and expressed the UN’s solidarity “in the face of continued terrorist violence in Pakistan.”

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North Korea’s English Propaganda Broadcast Now Online!

May 29th, 2013

If you wanted to listen to North Korea’s English-language propaganda in the past, your only option was to buy a shortwave radio or listen to edited clips on the Voice of [North] Korea website.

Now, according to North Korea Tech points out, you can listen to the full hourlong daily broadcast streaming on the WRN site.

Based on a Monday broadcast, the sound quality is pretty terrible. In fact, there’s so much static that it’s barely comprehensible. If you want something clear, you can always watch North Korean TV. If you need something in English, though, this is one of the only options out there at this point.

The quality will likely vary from broadcast to broadcast, as the streamable online recordings come via the actual shortwave radio broadcasts and are thus affected by things like weather conditions.

North Korea Tech reports that WRN is considering using a more high-quality satellite feed, so it’s also possible that at some point the feed will get that upgrade. Until then, enjoy your free daily helping of static and propaganda.


White House: North Korea’s ‘Bellicose Rhetoric’ Just ‘Deepens That Nation’s Isolation’

March 30th, 2013

The White House says North Korean threats to train rocket fire on the U.S. only deepen the country’s isolation from the world.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Friday that his rocket forces were ready, quote, “to settle accounts with the U.S.” The threat came after nuclear-capable American B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions during routine joint military drills with South Korea.



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