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Pravda.ru: Kim Jong-Un declares preparations for war with US and South Korea

"Kim Jong-un sketch" by En-cas-de-soleil - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Kim Jong-un sketch” by En-cas-de-soleilOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

According to Pravda.ru, Kim Jong-Un has claimed that he is preparing for war with the US and the “puppet South Korean regime.”

Pravda.Ru:

He made the statement during the Air Force drills, which as he said, were part of the preparation.

The drills were carried out on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the armistice agreement that ended the Korean war of 1950-1953, Pravda.Ru reports.

Kim said the contest was intended to “bring about a radical turn in the drills to round off preparations for a war full of the will to settle with arms accounts with the U.S. imperialists, the chieftain of aggression, and the South Korean puppet group keen to escalate the confrontation with the fellow countrymen and that of social systems, seized with sycophancy toward the U.S.”

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Laibach Announce ‘The Liberation Day Tour’ – Will Perform in Pyongyang, North Korea

via Mute.com:

In August 2015, Laibach will become the first ever band of its kind to perform in the secretive country of North Korea, a reclusive garrison state as well-known for its military marches, mass gymnastics and hymns to the Great Leader, as for its defiant resistance to Western popular culture.

Laibach’s Biography:

Laibach is a music and cross-media group from Slovenia established on the 1st of June, 1980 in Trbovlje (1). The name of the band is the historic German version of the name Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana. From the start Laibach has developed a “Gesamtkunstwerk” – multi-disciplinary art practice in all fields ranging from popular culture to art (collages, photo-copies, posters, graphics, paintings, videos, installations, concerts and performances). Since their beginnings the group was associated and surrounded with controversy, provoking strong reactions from political authorities of former Yugoslavia and in particular in the Socialist Republic of Slovenia. Their militaristic self-stylisation, propagandist manifestos and totalitarian statements have raised many debates on their actual artistic and political positioning.

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Kim Jong-Un Has Executed 15 Underlings Who Displeased Him – This Year!

It’s not known if the insolence that lead to their deaths had anything to do with a liking for Seth Rogen films, but Kim Jong-Un has stamped his own brand of extreme authoritarian rule on North Korean politics by executing anyone who falls out of favor. Reuters has the count at 15 already this year:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as punishment for challenging his authority, South Korea’s spy agency told a closed-door parliament meeting on Wednesday.

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A vice minister for forestry was one of the officials executed for complaining about a state policy, a member of parliament’s intelligence committee, Shin Kyung-min, quoted an unnamed National Intelligence Service official as saying.

“Excuses or reasoning doesn’t work for Kim Jong Un, and his style of rule is to push through everything, and if there’s any objection, he takes that as a challenge to authority and comes back with execution as a showcase,” Shin said.

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John McAfee: ‘I know who hacked Sony Pictures – and it wasn’t North Korea’

Remember John McAfee, the onetime cybersecurity king who lost the plot and went on the lam? Ironically he’s now a sort of hacker hero and he tells IB Times that through his knowledge of the hacking community he knows who hacked Sony Pictures’ computer systems and it definitely wasn’t North Korea:

Anti-virus pioneer John McAfee claims to have been in contact with the group of hackers behind the devastating cyber-attack against Sony Pictures and guarantees they are not from North Korea.

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Speaking to IBTimes UK about his current roster of security startups under his Future Tense brand – including secure messaging app Chadder – McAfee spoke about working with the FBI previously but said that, in this case, the agency was “wrong”.

“I can guarantee they are wrong. It has to do with a group of hackers – I will not name them – who are civil libertarians and who hate the confinement the restrictions the music industry and the movie industry has placed on art and so they are behind it.”

In December Sony Pictures was the victim of a devastating cyber-attack by a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace.

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North Korea Threatens ‘The Whole U.S. Mainland, That Cesspool of Terrorism’

Quake in boots time for Americans as North Korea threatens to strike “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.” From AP:

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is “recklessly” spreading rumors of a Pyongyang-orchestrated cyberattack of Sony Pictures, North Korea says, as it warns of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.”…

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The National Defense Commission, led by Kim, warned that its 1.2 million-member army is ready to use all types of warfare against the U.S.

“Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism, by far surpassing the `symmetric counteraction’ declared by Obama,” said the commission’s Policy Department in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency…

[Full story at AP]

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North Korea, Sony, and America’s First Losing Cyberwar

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I’ve been hooked on the various salacious disclosures from the hack attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Reading what studio executives really think of their star actors and producers is better than TMZ can make up, and the true financial performance of various movies would never, ever be disclosed outside the C-suite if not for the Pastebin uploads. The real-life plot starring North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, his supposed superhackers, Seth Rogen and the heads of Sony also reads like a sequel to The Orphan Master’s Son. But is it too good to be true? Wired pours some cold water on the fire:

Today Sony canceled the premiere of “The Interview” and its entire Christmas-Day release of the movie because of fears that terrorists might attack theaters showing the film.

The actions show just how much power the attackers behind the Sony hack have amassed in a short time. But who exactly are they?

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Teaching Essay Writing in Pyongyang

141201_FOR_NKorea-COVER.jpg.CROP.original-originalvia Slate:

Adapted from Without You, There Is No Us: My Time With the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim. Out now from Crown Publishers.

Essay was a much-dreaded word among my students. It was the fall of 2011, and I was teaching English at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea. Two hundred and seventy young men, and about 30 teachers, all Christian evangelicals besides me, were isolated together in a guarded compound, where our classes and movements were watched round the clock. Each lesson had to be approved by a group of North Korean staff known to us as the “counterparts.” Hoping to slip in information about the outside world, which we were not allowed to discuss, I had devised a lesson on essay writing, and it had been approved.

I had told my students that the essay would be as important as the final exam in calculating their grades for the semester, and they were very stressed.

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Summer Camp in North Korea

You can now send your kid to summer camp in North Korea.

via Mashable:

Songdowon International Children’s Camp, which has been operational for nearly 30 years, was originally intended mainly to deepen relations with friendly countries in the Communist or non-aligned world. But officials say they are willing to accept youth from anywhere — even the United States.

The statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang (April 2012). By J.A. de Roo

The statues of Kim Il Sung (left) and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang (April 2012). By J.A. de Roo

The camp is located in Wonsan, east from Pyongyang on the coast of the Sea of Japan. It’s a popular beach destination among North Koreans, with clear water and sandy beaches.

After some guidance from North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, and a major face lift, the camp reopened Tuesday for this year’s flock of foreign campers — more than 300 young children and teenagers from Russia, China, Vietnam, Ireland and Tanzania.

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Photo Tells All You Need To Know About North Korea

North Korea is the darkness. Having just read Adam Johnson’s incredible novel The Orphan Master’s Son with its horrific tales of life in North Korea, this photograph from NASA really illustrated for me just how dark things truly are:

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The one point of light in the dark gap between South Korea and China is the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, where the electricity isn’t too reliable either, according to Johnson’s book.

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Embark On A Themed North Korea Christmas Tour

christmas tourPresenting the most dangerous and surreal holiday-themed overseas travel itinerary ever? Gawker reports:

A tipster forwarded us a promotional email from the Chinese travel agency Taedong Travel hawking “the first Christmas tour of North Korea,” costing approximately $1,000 (€740) for five days in Pyongyang.

“You can now join local North Koreans for a Christmas and New Year to remember!” the pitch promises. “Will you be visited by Santa Claus, enjoy Ginseng flavoured Turkey or listen to familiar Christmas carols?”

Taedong Travel’s founder Stuart Leighton, writing from Taiwan, assured Gawker that the trip was real. “The Christmas tour is particularly special as it has not been done before, and we were the first to arrange it with KITC about a month or so ago,” Leighton told us.

He added: “There is no problem for those practicing religion to enter the DPRK, but we stress to all our tourists that they should in no way try and force their views and ‘convert’ the guides or any North Koreans that they meet during a tour.”In North Korea, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ—indeed, practicing Christianity in any way—places you at risk of imprisonment, torture, and death.

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