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Get me ravening dogs, Eagle Eye

Get me ravening dogs

David Aaronovitch didn’t believe the report that Kim Jong Un had had his uncle fed to 120 ravening dogs:
“Go get me ravening dogs!” “How many, comrade?” “Let me see,” (ponders) “120 should do it.” “How ravening?” “Not so ravening that they eat each other, but just ravening enough to eat the Dear Leader’s undear uncle!” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 January 2014 at 10:29 pm

Dennis Rodman defies hard power in North Korea, Notebook

Dennis Rodman defies hard power in North Korea

Stephan A. Smith and Skip Bayless, commentators for the U.S. sports juggernaut ESPN, on the network’s First Take program, agreed that Dennis Rodman is a “peace and love” kind of guy. Neither was surprised, however, that the former NBA star created a stir when he attempted “basketball diplomacy” in North Korea.

By | Notebook | Friday, 8 March 2013 at 3:11 pm

Forget ‘Gangnam Style’, North Korean ‘Propaganda’ is the real viral hit of 2012, Arts

Forget ‘Gangnam Style’, North Korean ‘Propaganda’ is the real viral hit of 2012

The last week has seen Korea dominate the global spotlight on the internet. Zany South Korean pop video Gangnam Style became the most liked and watched video on YouTube, and days later North Korea held a mass rally to celebrate the launch of their first satellite. Yet despite the online attention that has surrounded the two divided nations, the most intriguing Korean export of the year has gone largely unnoticed.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 17 December 2012 at 1:29 pm

Vince Cable, George Osborne, North Korea, Kristen Stewart, RIP Mary Tamm, Notebook

Vince Cable, George Osborne, North Korea, Kristen Stewart, RIP Mary Tamm

What’s trending and why?

By | Notebook | Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 10:43 am

China-US trade wars are an eerie Charybdis of despair, Notebook

China-US trade wars are an eerie Charybdis of despair

The pace of China’s unprecedented economic growth has allowed the Chinese to broaden their horizons in regional and international affairs, much to the annoyance of its great western rival the US, but they are still under criticism for ‘unfair’ trade regulations. What gives?

By | Notebook, Opinion, iPolitics | Tuesday, 12 June 2012 at 4:40 am

Obama’s foreign policy woes, The Foreign Desk

Obama’s foreign policy woes

When you are the most powerful leader in the world, you want to be seen to be manipulating events, not the other way round.
   Unfortunately for President Barack Obama, he’s in trouble on the foreign policy front, seven months from a presidential election. At best the situation is unpredictable, at worst, it’s a disaster.
   The [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 15 April 2012 at 5:37 pm

How do you solve a problem like Korea?, The Foreign Desk

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

There are three things worth bearing in mind about North Korea:
1. Never believe media reports about the “crazy” and “irrational” North Korean leader. Kim Jong Il  might be bad and dangerous but he is not mad.
2. North Korea is not about to get rid of its nuclear weapons, because they are perceived by Pyongyang as guaranteeing [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 28 July 2011 at 6:20 pm

Middlesbrough team depart for historic tour of North Korea, Sport

Middlesbrough team depart for historic tour of North Korea

The coach of the Middlesbrough Ladies team who departed yesterday on an historic tour to the ‘closed’ nation of North Korea has been so overwhelmed by the sheer volume of international media interest in the trip that she told sportingintelligence just before departure yesterday morning: “I can’t wait for the North Koreans to [...]

By | Sport | Friday, 17 September 2010 at 12:25 pm

Unlisted: North Korea make $65 trillion compensation claim, The Foreign Desk

Unlisted: North Korea make $65 trillion compensation claim

Well, you can’t accuse North Korea of being unambitious. 60 years since the start of the Korean War, the country has calculated – according to ABC News in Australia – that the United States has caused it nearly $65 trillion worth of damage, and they want compensation.
The massive sum, says North Korea’s official news [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 25 June 2010 at 5:34 pm

World Cup: Actors, defections and Kim Jong-Il substitutions – North Korea conspiracy theories, Sport

World Cup: Actors, defections and Kim Jong-Il substitutions – North Korea conspiracy theories

North Korea have been one of the major stories of this World Cup, in more ways than one.
It would seem that the combination of sparse knowledge of what actually goes on behind the country’s borders and the general misgivings in the West concerning Kim Jong-Il’s regime are the perfect concoction of ingredients to make a [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 21 June 2010 at 5:34 pm

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