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.
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.
What’s trending and why?
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?
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Seven days into the 2010 World Cup and it’s been a long week for anyone seeking a story of any football worth. First, of course, came the trumpets. I like to think my first blog put me slightly ahead of the curve on what would become an international, committed onslaught of abuse for the humble [...]
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