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North Korea’s missile test in Kusong – a different perspective

On Sunday, May 14, 2017 North Korea launched a long-range missile apparently targeting Japan having flown for about 435 miles before landing in Japanese Sea, around 400 kilometers from North Korea’s east coast, according to Voices of America. This is not the first time that missiles have launched from Kusong. In November 2016 a second launch within a week at the time was conducted there, as reported by CNN, near the military Banghyon Airport (or Panghyon Airport, according to Wikipedia). Surprisingly I did not come across a report that would make any mention about the military airport in connection with the latest missile launch. It will be aimed at the airport in connection with the latest missile launch and some surroundings. It won’t have any purpose to speculate one way or another. Continue reading

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Is al-Qaeda falling apart?

On February 3, 2014, the al-Qaeda leadership officially announced online that it disavowed its longtime ally in Iraq and Syria – the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) – over its recent confrontations with other rebel groups operating in Syria. Experts may see this move as an effort by al-Qaeda to consolidate its influence on militant groups in Syria aimed at toppling the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, particularly and especially al-Qaeda’s influence on the jihadist group al-Nusra Front. Recent clashes between rebel groups – both moderate and extremist – have apparently disunited and destabilized the Syrian opposition, particularly the Islamist opposition, in its efforts to oust President Assad and the government. Meanwhile, the Syrian government forces started regaining control of areas in the north of the country that have long been under opposition control in what is now a conflict that has lasted for almost three years. Continue reading

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Thoughts on a debate on Egypt

The American Enterprise Institute’s Danielle Pletka wrote an article for the New York Times where she criticized the Obama administration for having not defined as a coup d’etat the July 3 Egyptian military’s takeover of the Egyptian government and ouster of President Mohammad Morsy and the cabinet constituted of the Muslim Brotherhood. Continue reading

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The United States should commend events in Egypt and Iran

July 3, 2013 is a historic day for Egypt, Iran and the United States. A day before U.S. Independence Day, the first democratically elected president of the country – Mohammed Morsi – was removed from power by the country’s military, and is now in house arrest. Meanwhile, the military also arrested 12 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders on the morning of 4 July, according to the Washington Post, while other leaders of the movement had already been detained throughout the country some of whom in the Torah Prison where a year ago Hosni Mubarak had been detained after a three-decade rule. Continue reading

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Kim Jong Un aspiring to be like Hitler – I knew it

The Washington Post’s Max Fisher quoted New Focus International as reporting that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un, the third in the Kim Dynasty to grasp his people with an iron fist, will hand out 100 copies of Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf to high-ranking officials for the purpose of learning from the German experience of rebuilding its economy and military after its defeat in World War I, according to the cited source. Continue reading

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Framing, Framing, Framing!

 

Words are strong. Especially in today’s advanced information technology era, they are stronger than ever. That being said, derogatory terms and also perceptively derogatory terms are capable of inflicting defensive reactions on the part of the recipients. For example, the word ignorant essentially means not being aware of but the latter seems much weaker and more acceptable than the former in western cultures. So choose your words wisely when trying to convey a message! In the world of politics, as well as in social science, the choice of words to describe a person, a group of people, an idea, or an object is referred to as framing. Continue reading

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Deliberately Arrested: How Ro Su-hui and the North Korean Government Orchestrated the Event

 

About a month ago, Reunification of the Fatherland Vice-Chairman Ro Su-hui from South Korea tried to cross the border from North Korea but was immediately held and arrested by the South Korean authorities as soon as both of his feet stepped on South Korea’s territory. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which is controlled by the North Korean government, deemed the act fascist on their Facebook page. In another report of the event, the KCNA added a demand from the North Korean regime that Ro Su-hui be sent back to North Korea. Continue reading

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