July 7, 2017
One of my student friends had a theory that there was no threat of nuclear war among the super powers because the people in charge understood the consequences.
The real threat, he said, was from less powerful countries where non-democratic regimes put idiots in charge.
The example he used then was Idi Amin.
He didn’t foresee a time when democracy mighty put someone whose emotions appear to outweigh, or overrule, his intelligence in charge of a superpower.
North Korea’s missile tests are alarming but so too is President’s Trump’s reaction.
December 19, 2011
North Korean dictator Kim Jong II is dead.
His son Jong-un, has been groomed to succeed him.
If he follows his father’s leadership style and political philosophy there is little hope of improvement for the impoverished country and its people.
October 2, 2008
Ex-expat left a comment on a previous post with a link to The Daily NK which carries a story saying children fed on milk powder imported from China were falling ill and dying three years ago.
Amidst the Chinese ¡°Melamine milk¡± repercussions that are spreading rapidly across the world, it has come to light that a number of North Korean infants who had been given Chinese powdered milk in 2005 died.
According to merchants trading between China and North Korea, the Chinese Melamine-tainted milk affair started in Pyongyang in the summer of 2005. At the time, infants who ate imported Chinese powdered milk fell unconscious and, in more serious cases, died.
Does the fact that neither China nor North Korea are bastions of free speech have anything to do with this not having been widely known until now?