• North Korea

    Kim Jong-eun: Looking For More Aid (?)

    As the Dear Larder points to the new haemorrhoid cream manufacture plant, the trial in the DPRK of of Korean-American Kenneth Bae has closed; whom I wrote about as his trial opened. A tour operator operating across the Sino-NK border, he had been arrested in December on vague charges of possession of illegal material and plots to overthrow the Government. Without any ado, the trial convened and advanced and closed and he has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labour in the Yodok camp system (probably Yodok-14>). Given that I am disinclined to take anything the goons in Pyongyang say on face value – although I would cheerfully support…

  • North Korea

    Where Threats Fail, Try Passive Agression

    Setting aside the manufactured outrage from the Libyan London School of Economics, gushingly confused complaints from Student Union reps and whiff of snobbery towards ‘red-top’ documentaries following John Swinnie’s [EDIT: Sweeney, of course. Not that this is a Scottish blog] Uncovered trip to North Korea, one very real danger to members and organizers of tour trips remains. As I mentioned in my earlier piece, an organizer of another tour group has been in detention in North Korea since December last year: reports now are that American citizen, Kenneth Bae aka Pae Jon-ho has been formally charged with sedition and attempts to over-throw the Government. What would be both shocking and…

  • North Korea

    What Is Korean For, “Him over there, that’s John Sweeney”

    I will have to watch tonight’s Panorama programme on I-Player, as I will be attending a public meeting on allotments. Already delayed from last Monday because of Margaret Thatcher’s death, it has kicked-up a storm in the way in which John Sweeney and the rest of his production team incorporated themselves into a group of students from the LSE on a non-official trip to the Hermit Kingdom last year. Both the University and SU have called for the programme’s cancellation, which they accused of having used the students as human shields who had not been given sufficient information to make an informed decision. Panorama, in turn, insists that the students…

  • Galloway,  North Korea

    Worried about North Korea? Let George Galloway calm your fears

    Galloway’s rants are getting increasingly bizarre. Here is his summary of the situation in Korea, shared with Press TV’s viewers: “North Korea has no intention to harm any of us. North Korea’s problem is with South Korea. So that’s ok then. South Korea exists because America invaded Korea, killed millions of people, divided the country and continues to garrison South Korea with military bases, nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapon.” Still more egregious are his words of praise for North Korea. They do have a cohesive, pristine actually, innocent culture. A culture that has not been penetrated by globalization and by Western mores and is very interesting to see.” Then…

  • Cake,  North Korea

    Numerology, Nuclear Threats and Tunnocks Tea-Cakes

    There perhaps are under two days before nuclear conflagration in East Asia (or a climb-down by Dear Larder and Biscuit-Snarfler in Chief in preparation for his next homicidal tantrum). Reflecting on the reasons for the timing of the current threats – and previous military tests – New Focus International referred to the Kim Dynasty’s numerological obsession with the number nine. For the auspicious aspects to the number nine across East and South Asia see also the superstitious thuggocracy of Burma wiping-out the savings of millions of Burmese by restructuring the currency on base-9 in 1988 in response to a prophesy of Ne Win’s soothsayer (although, at least, they did not…

  • North Korea

    Automatonophobia Juche-Style

    As easy as it may be the laugh at the sight of the Biscuit Snarfler in Chief – the first despotic dictator to be born in the 1980s – instructing his military commanders on the KPA’s amphibious assault techniques, the reality of the infantile spite and viciousness of his Caligulan excesses remains. New Focus International, a North Korean dissident group has offered a translation of a Government document which, if accurate, would show this in all its unreal ghastliness. Far from recent declarations of war with the Chosun of War in Seoul being derived from mundane concerns as territorial expansion or desire to shore-up personal political control, a driving reason…

  • North Korea

    In the Chosun of Peace We Enthuasiatically Play Chicken With Nuclear-Armed Superpowers

    As he taps out a tune on the DPRK’s upright piano/radar system and announces a state of war with RoK and USA, the Dear Larder appears to have commenced on his first attempt at managed confrontation without parental advice; such as previous take-your-son-to-work days such as the shelling of Yeon Pyeong-do island in November 2010, and sinking of RoK Navy corvette, the Cheonan earlier that year. This follows a torrid year for the planning committee in which satellite launches failed (where re-launches were successful, the ability to remain in orbit were less so) and nuclear tests may or may not have involved the detonation of nuclear material. Whereas in previous…

  • North Korea

    Dennis Rodman makes a new friend

    George Galloway revealed last year that he and weird former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman became “firm friends” while appearing together on “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2006. George must be seething with jealousy now that Rodman seems to have made a new BFF. Yes, that’s Rodman and North Korea’s Dictator for Life (and perhaps beyond) Kim Jong Un sitting courtside at a basketball game in Pyongyang. “You have a friend for life,” Rodman told Kim before a crowd of thousands at a gymnasium where they sat side by side, chatting as they watched players from North Korea and the U.S. play, Alex Detrick, a spokesman for the New York-based VICE…

  • North Korea,  Toolbox

    Then and Now (Another One About Simon Jenkins’ Being a Twat)

    Richard Littlejohn in 1994: Does anyone really give a monkey’s about what happens in Rwanda? If the Mbongo tribe wants to wipe out the Mbingo tribe then as far as I am concerned that is entirely a matter for them. Simon Jenkins in 2012: North Korea has fired a big rocket into the sky, put a satellite in orbit and then splashed the rocket into the sea. How much should I care? Not much. How much should we all care? The answer is not much. Does anyone else know where to start with this deeply parochial shrug of the shoulders? This sub-section of declaring-lack-of-interest-and-expecting-a-sugar-cube-in-reward more forthrightly expressed by John Littledick?

  • North Korea

    US Analysists Confirm North Korea Success With Unha-3 Carrier Rocket

    Presumably Kim Jong-il is looking down from his heavenly abode as the Dear Larder’s second attempt at placing a satellite in orbit appears to have succeeded.  Of course it is to test ICBM techology and not a weather satellite. And, according to the Chosun Ilbo, they had help from the Iranians. Gene adds: US officials report that the object that North Korea launched into space appears to be “tumbling out of control.” Don’t forget to duck.