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North and South Korea exchange fire across western sea border

BBC – North and South Korea have exchanged fire across the disputed western maritime border, South Korea has said. North Korea announced early on Monday that it would hold live-fire drills in seven parts of the border area. South Korea says it returned fire after North Korean shells landed in its territorial waters.

In Other News, Dog Bites Man

North Korea is an oppressive, tyrannical, and genocidal regime. One can only hope that, between rehab and this report, Dennis Rodman will stop making an ass of himself:

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North Korea human rights abuses resemble those of the Nazis, says UN inquiry

Inquiry chairman Michael Kirby writes to Kim Jong-un warning he could face trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity.

The Guardian, By Peter Walker, February 17

North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, crimes against humanity with strong [...]

Sports As Politics

Don’t let anyone tell you that sports isn’t political. Sports is always political.

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North Korea executes uncle of leader Kim Jong-un

Globe and Mail (via AP), By Eric Talmadge and Foster Klug

North Korea said Friday that it had executed Kim Jong-un’s uncle as a traitor for trying to seize supreme power, a stunning end for the leader’s former mentor, long considered the country’s No. 2 official.

In a sharp reversal of the long-held popular image [...]

South Korea lays claim to its air zone as well.

China reacts coolly. Whilst the long running Sino-Japanese war threat now has the makings of a Clancy thriller – but check out the dates within the < article - back from the future????

Global research has analysis on the US-Japanese/China ‘conflict’.

China scrambles fighter jets towards US and Japan aircraft in disputed air zone

Escalation of response in South China Sea is the first time China is known to have sent military jets in zone alongside foreign craft

The Guardian, By Tania Branigan & Ed Pilkington, November 29

Beijing / New York – China scrambled fighter jets to investigate US and Japanese aircraft flying through its new air defence [...]

TEPCO to start fuel removal from Fukushima No. 4 spent fuel pool

Kyodo, November 18

Tokyo – The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is set to start later Monday a yearlong mission to remove fuel from a pool at a damaged reactor building, in a move to address one of the major hazards remaining at the accident-stricken plant.

While the process of removing fuel [...]

Encountering the Fukushima Daiichi Accident

Huffington Post, By Naoto Kan (Former Prime Minister of Japan), October 28

The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was the most severe accident in the history of mankind. At Unit 1, the fuel rods melted down in about five hours after the earthquake, and molten fuel breached and melted through the reactor [...]

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

The Public Record, By Jeffrey Kaye, September 10

There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to [...]

Japan: Fukushima’s Surviving Reactors Ordered Shut

AP, September 19

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday ordered the operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four scheduled for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water.

But Mr. Abe insisted that radioactive water had been [...]

Satellite image suggests North Korea has restarted Yongbyon nuclear reactor

(Reuters) – Satellite imagery suggests that North Korea has restarted a research reactor capable of producing plutonium for weapons at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, a U.S. research institute said on Wednesday.

U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said a satellite image from August 31 shows white steam rising from a building [...]

Tokyo will host 2020 Summer Olympics, beating out Istanbul and Madrid

Washington Post, By Chico Harlan and Barry Svrluga, September 7

TOKYO — Tokyo was selected as host of the 2020 Summer Olympics, setting off a celebration at dawn Sunday in a nation fighting off two decades of deflation and still recovering from a nuclear disaster.

The Japanese capital easily beat out Istanbul and Madrid in [...]

Japan to fund Fukushima ‘ice wall’

BBC – Japan is to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into building a frozen wall around the Fukushima nuclear plant to stop leaks of radioactive water.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said an estimated 47bn yen ($473m, £304m) would be allocated.

The leaks were getting worse and the government “felt it was essential to become [...]

Basketball star Dennis Rodman arrives in Pyongyang for second trip in a year

(CNN) — Former basketball star Dennis Rodman arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday on a five-day visit amid speculation he may try to negotiate the release of jailed U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

“I’m not going to North Korea to discuss freeing Kenneth Bae,” Rodman told Reuters in a telephone interview before he [...]