Thought for the day

"Everything went strictly ‘by the book,’ using means that were permitted by the constitution. At first there were ‘emergency decrees’ by the president of the Reich, and later a bill was passed by a two-thirds majority of the Reichstag giving the government unlimited legislative powers, perfectly in accordance with the rules for changing the constitution." -- Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler (paperback, Kindle, audiobook)

The western corporate media described the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s launch of two missiles Aug. 17 as threatening, aggressive and paranoid. What most media failed to report was the prior U.S. military exercises with Japan and South Korea off Hawai’i, in preparation for extensive war exercises off Korea, that provoked the DPRK’s two warning shots.

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During his trip to the Indo-Pacific in May, U.S. President Joe Biden made his first stop in South Korea where he hoped to inaugurate a new golden era of U.S.-South Korean relations.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created an opportunity for North Korea, which has strengthened its ties with Moscow and become one of its most outspoken backers.

In February 1954, actress Marilyn Monroe traveled to Korea to entertain American soldiers. She performed a quickly thrown-out show titled Anything Goes to the Audience, which featured over 100,000 soldiers in 4 days.

 

The tour was also an opportunity for the film star to overcome stage fright. She commented that the Korea trip was "the best thing I've ever had to do. I've never felt like a star in my heart before. It was great to look down and see a fellow smile at me."

 

Asian LNG prices hit new records as Japan, South Korea start stocking for winter MikeRivero Fri, 08/26/2022 - 08:50

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices in Asia have hit fresh records as Japan and South Korea, two of the region's largest buyers, start their procurement programme for the coming winter, industry sources said.

As Singapore imports most of its gas requirements, residents here can expect electricity prices to remain high.

Russia has raised concerns about the situation on the Korean Peninsula, which has escalated in connection with the resumption of joint military drills by the US and the Republic of Korea, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a commentary released on Wednesday.

South Korea and the United States began the joint Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) military exercises on August 22, resuming large-scale field training after a four-year pause. Following the Singapore summit in 2018 between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and then US President Donald Trump, joint land exercises were cancelled and the scale of the UFS exercises was significantly reduced. However, with US President Joe Biden in power and the consequential destabilisation because of Washington’s desperate attempt to maintain a unipolar order, these exercises have resumed.  

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In America these days, almost any information about North Korea, be it rumor, fake news, or just plain silly, becomes fodder for the mainstream media.

Washington and Seoul will kick off live-action military drills in Korea on Monday. North Korea views the exercises as highly provocative rehearsals of removing the government in Pyongyang. The US canceled live war games with South Korea in 2018.

At the beginning of this week the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin had exchanged letters with Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

The report stated both countries had agreed to “expand the(ir) comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts”.