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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Adult In The Room

The interesting dynamic that is the relationship between Obama and Putin has a new twist, and it’s one we should welcome:

On Wednesday evening, when U.S. President Obama cancelled his upcoming visit to Moscow, the Russian reaction was perhaps most clear in the way that Vesti, the state’s main propaganda TV channel, conveyed it on [...]

Panama says North Korean arms shipment a matter for UN

(AFP) – Panama called Tuesday for UN investigators to inspect a shipment of suspected weapons parts aboard a North Korean-flagged ship as it tried to enter the Panama Canal last week.

North and South Korea agree to working-level talks on Kaesong industrial zone

South and North Korea agreed to hold working-level talks this weekend on restarting the shared Kaesong industrial zone.

Global Post, By Daniel DeFraia, July 4

Pyongyang on Thursday accepted South Korea’s proposal to hold working-level talks this weekend on the closed Kaesong industrial complex, the South Korean Unification Ministry said.

Both sides will provide three-member [...]

N Korea restores hotline with South: Seoul officials

(AFP) – North Korea on Wednesday restored its official hotline with the South and said it would allow businessmen to visit a shuttered joint industrial zone in its territory, Seoul officials said.

Destroying America? Yeah, it’s been done- by a guy with a library named after him.

(more at What Would Jack Do?)

S. Korea says it will withdraw remaining workers from joint industrial complex

(WaPo) – After North Korea on Friday rejected formal talks to resolve a standoff at a jointly operated border industrial complex, South Korea said it would call home its remaining workers from the facility, formally severing the last major connection between the two countries.

North Korea lays out tough pre-conditions for talks

(AFP) – North Korea offered talks Thursday with South Korea and the United States, but laid out pre-conditions that Seoul and Washington dismissed and analysts said would do little to reduce soaring tensions.

N Korea bars South delegation from joint zone

(AFP) – North Korea on Wednesday barred a delegation of South Korean businessmen from delivering food and supplies to 200 of their staff inside the closed Kaesong joint industrial zone.

US preparing for possible further North Korea actions

AP, By Robert Burns, April 7

Bagram, Afghanistan — The top U.S. military officer said Sunday the Pentagon had bolstered its missile defenses and taken other steps because he “can’t take the chance” that North Korea won’t soon engage in some military action.

Heightened tensions with North Korea led the United States to postpone congressional [...]