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02:32 PM on 09/08/2013
Did anyone check on Dennis Rodman's plane when it left N. Korea.
01:37 PM on 09/08/2013

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un reportedly executed his former girlfriend and 11 others by firing squad after they were detained for allegedly violating the nation's laws against pornography.

The Telegraph reports the South Korean paper Chosun Ilbo claims Hyon Song-wol, a North Korean pop singer who was Kim's former girlfriend, and 11 others were detained on August 17 after being "accused of making videos of themselves performing sex acts and then selling the recordings." Some also reportedly had Bibles in their posession.

The twelve musicians, all of whom were part of Hyon's band, were executed with machine guns three days later in front of their families and associates, all of whom were then sent to prison camps.

The musicians were "all were treated as political dissidents" after being arrested.

Kim reportedly dated Hyon 10 years ago, but his late father ordered him to end the relationship. Kim's former girlfriend then "married an officer in the North Korean military and reportedly had a baby, although there are suggestions that Hyon continued to see Kim after her marriage."
If those suggestions are true, another theory behind the executions is that Kim's wife, Ri Sol-ju, who was also a member of Hyon's band before marriage, "objected to the continuing high profile of her husband's former girlfriend" and convinced Kim to execute her.
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03:20 PM on 09/08/2013
This story is suspect and is only a rumor in NK villages and towns. NK does execute people for that reason, and any suspect with any ties to the regime might as well just shoot themselves (or whatever they can do to avoid being executed), but it's not likely the Kim regime would allows news of such a scandalous taint upon Jong-Un to circulate to begin with. It would have the utmost secrecy. The tapes/dvd's would initially have to be witnessed by NK agents working outside of NK (most likely in China), where they're distributed/circulated. That in itself presents a lot of problems in investigating and charging the perpetrators. (To be fair, however, they might not investigate things like this anymore, and simply cut to the chase and just level charges.) South Korea and Japan undoubtedly already have a higher quality of pornography already in circulation, and to try to market the tapes/dvd's on the basis of the actresses being former Kim Jong-Un girlfriends not only begs for a death penalty, but also ensures the highest priority of prosecution once the Kim regime finds out. So it's unlikely.
01:22 AM on 09/11/2013
@ KnoxWarner, Thanks for the insight on what can be considered factual vs propaganda.
01:36 PM on 09/08/2013
"The Aug. 27 report by Washington-based group Human Rights In North Korea, or HRNK, says that North Korea's Camp 22, a vast gulag located near the Chinese border and reported to be larger than Los Angeles, was thought to have once held between 30,000 to 50,000 prisoners, most of whom were suspected of being disloyal to the regime or were related to people who had shown disloyalty."

I wonder what Obama and Kerry are going to do about this = Human Rights Abuses - in North Korea!

Oh, he already did = report through Janet Napolitano as Sec of Dept of HOMELAND SECURITY - when Obama labeled his political opponents = attendees at Tea Party events - as Domestic Terrorists, demoralizing Americans exercising their constitutional rights, demonizing our returning American Troops as possible recruits for right-wing extremists.

Napolitano's report failed to acknowledge over Thirty-Two Radical Muslim Terrorist training camps - on US soil - reported by alert citizens - across the USA.

Obama's RESPONSE to quell the Firestorm of Outrage - to not just have Napolitano resign, but to FIRE NAPOLITANO =
the SECRET FLYOVER of the Manhattan Skylines of Air Force One and three fighter Jets - (under the threat of sanctions) - causing WIDESPREAD PANIC - reminding everyone of the Radical Muslim terrorist attack on 911.
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03:25 PM on 09/08/2013
He can't legitimately punish Assad without punishing North Korea, since NK's transgressions against its own people dwarf anything Assad has done, and there's not even the cover of a civil war going on. Syria's not a direct threat to us -- yet -- but the Kim regime has vowed to nuke us when it feels it's ready to do so. It has already demonstrated that it can smuggle missiles and military aircraft to and from Cuba. Nukes can be smaller and easier to hide.
01:19 AM on 09/11/2013
Thanks, have excellent insight and information!
Atheist SSBBW
Your words tell me about yourself.
12:23 PM on 09/08/2013
This is sick.
Sexy Liberal
11:35 AM on 09/08/2013
Thank God Obama is anti-war .....
11:30 AM on 09/08/2013
What is the point of sending in the Red Cross? It's not like we would do anything about it. He just had a bunch of musicians shot by firing squad. It's not like we don't know he is another freak like his daddy.
Charles the Great
Canadian/Israeli Goy back in Halifax!!!
05:01 PM on 09/09/2013
Their most likely dead and if the red cross went in, it would be staged.
11:11 AM on 09/08/2013
When this regime falls, it will be rapid. The whole country is a modern day concentration camp.
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03:30 PM on 09/08/2013
It's still a gamble. The people expected to do the fighting have grown up in a society that's even more restrictive than the one the older members of the regime knew, so they don't have anything to compare the party line with. On the other hand, more media is being allowed into the country on top of media and media devices already being smuggled in. Any communications devices and materials that allow the NK citizens to see what life is like outside of NK is welcomed in the north, but not by the regime.
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10:32 AM on 09/08/2013
A Police State's Police State.
A magnet for sadism and cruelty.
A cracked tea pot holds no tea
10:06 AM on 09/08/2013
North Korea's "FINAL SOLUTION".

The Chinese don't care. The rest of the world doesn't care. Americans say there are too many asians anyway.

North Korea has the bomb. That's all they care about.
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03:34 PM on 09/08/2013
It came out a few months ago that China sells North Korea food, but at inflated prices (above the normal international market price) since it knows no one will extend NK credit or do any business with it that isn't cash-on-the-barrel. NK has a well-documented history of screwing anyone foolish enough to make a deal with them. Actually, both China and NK screw each other a lot -- and in ways western countries wouldn't tolerate -- even though we think of China as NK's only ally.
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09:20 AM on 09/08/2013
This is what happens when the government disarms the citizens
10:12 AM on 09/08/2013
Yeh, just ask the M exican citizens, the J ews in WW2, The ...Well you get the picture. The emperor of Japan once said "no one will dare attack America, because their is a armed citizen behind every blade of grass".

Ponder that you gun hating liberals.
11:01 AM on 09/08/2013
Could you please provide a citation for that quote?
11:15 AM on 09/08/2013
Seems sensible, IF your going to get invaded. Unfortunately you just seem to use them to shoot each other.

Mind you, wait long enough and the invaders won't have to worry, there wont be anybody left!
10:59 AM on 09/08/2013
Yeah, sure, just ask Gandhi how far an unarmed citizenry can get in its attempt to overthrow tyranny.

Guns are not the answer.
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03:57 PM on 09/08/2013
You might pose the same question to Martin Luther King as well.
08:57 AM on 09/08/2013
the USA HAS MORE prisoners than China and India and north Korea combined
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09:19 AM on 09/08/2013
but, the US prisoners were convicted of crimes
11:18 AM on 09/08/2013
In the kangaroo, racist court system in America.

I see your logic but it has a lot of flaws.
Evidence, science, equality & democracy.
11:48 AM on 09/08/2013
No were all the prisoners in North Korea.
09:26 AM on 09/08/2013
Yes our inmate population doubled after mandated drug laws were passed in the early 90s.
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08:57 AM on 09/08/2013
Seems to me that N. Korea needs to be investigated. We are so focused on Syria, it is as if we have forgotten the millions being killed in Africa due to ethnic cleansing, or those in N. Korea who are being abused. There are also other area and countries where there is no such thing as a humanitarian government.

The US is acting like a hypocrite. How can we choose 1 country over another.
I do not think we can be the world's policemen any longer.
We need to begin at home, and fix our own problems first and foremost.

No bombs in Syria. America stay out!
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04:04 PM on 09/08/2013
I don't think our actions are hypocritical unless one believes the propaganda about what our country is supposed to stand for. Obama's trying to carefully choose our fights to make sure we fight someone who at least seems evil and whom we can easily beat. If you recall, this was a decision-making capacity sorely lacking in GWB. Obama's trying to make it look like we're still the world leader in everything, but it's a much tougher sell now. "Soldiers abroad are of no use unless there is prudent counsel at home." -- Cicero
10:23 PM on 09/09/2013
Saying W lacked decision making capabilities is the understatement of the decade. As a child he was known to be impulsive and drowning his brain in 80 proof alcohol for years only added to the problem.
08:55 AM on 09/08/2013
10:33 PM on 09/09/2013
Your free to volunteer to fight anywhere in the world you please. On second thought, please take with you the overgrown children who play army men on the weekends calling themselves private militia's. From what I've seen, most of them couldn't run around the block before having a massive heart attack.
Speak the Truth, even if your voice shakes
08:36 AM on 09/08/2013
While Dennis Rodman is yucking it up with Lil Un, as though either of them were truly signifcant.

Maybe Rodman should ask for a tour of the camps.
08:56 AM on 09/08/2013
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06:42 PM on 09/08/2013
Rodman's ability to get close and personal with the little guy makes him a US
intelligence asset. He is studying Kim's personality up close. The first time he
went I just thought of it as another celebrity lark. Now I'm not so sure.
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08:13 AM on 09/08/2013
Seven times the number of people gone that we're will to go to war with Syria over. Do we go for the easy kill? This says more about our agenda than all the Syria headlines so far. If we care so much, where did that caring stop?
Evidence, science, equality & democracy.
11:51 AM on 09/08/2013
Syria crossed a line when they used weapons of mass destruction that violates the Geneva Convention and cannot be tolerated. This is NK's usual sick shenanigans. If they had gassed them all or dropped a nuke on them we'd be having a different conversation.
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02:02 PM on 09/08/2013
The Geneva Protocol prohibited the use of chemical weapons, but new reports say it wasn't Assad who ordered it, they don't know so who should we be fighting?
Al Qaeda rebels with chemical weapons from Saddam's Iraq or Assad's forces? In my opinion Assad had less reason to use them because he had the rebels out-gunned and had Russian backing to finish the job. The rebels had everything to loose and let one fly on their own people to get what they have now, the upper hand. Al Qaeda / Al Nustra will watch the world burn to get what they want. NK's killing 7000 people should matter, If he shot, buried or drowned 7000 people you're telling me it's shenanigans?
10:38 PM on 09/09/2013
NK could kill half it's population and we wouldn't go to war with them. China keeps them afloat and neither of us want to bury our economy fighting each other. At some point it will be in China's best interest for a regime change. Until then, Minnie me gets to act the part of spoiled, deranged lunatic.