Absolutely not. I think I am astute enough to understand the dynamics, especially collecting monetary dollars from North Korea. No, we did not get paid from North Korea at all.Former NBA star Charles Smith, denying that the North Korean government paid him, along with other players who took part in Dennis Rodman’s basketball diplomacy trip last week.
Kenneth Bae did one thing … If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? … I would love to speak on this.Dennis Rodman • Speaking to CNN host Chris Cuomo (via satellite from Pyongyang, by the way) about Kenneth Bae, the American missionary currently imprisoned in the country on charges of attempting to overthrow the North Korean government. Many critics believe that Rodman’s comments imply that he thinks Bae is guilty.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party.
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New York City has a new mayor. Bill de Blasio took the helm of the city today, calling for an end to the inequality that has defined the city in recent years. (See: Stop-and-frisk.) “And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York,” he said in his first speech as mayor. “And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.”
“My wife and I forgive Karl Pierson for what he did. We would ask all of you here and all of you watching to forgive Karl Pierson. He didn’t know what he was doing.” That’s the father of slain high schooler Claire Davis, forgiving the teen who killed her in an attempted mass shooting.
In a heartwarming, family-friendly statement to the people of North Korea on New Year’s Day, Kim Jong-Un described the execution of his uncle as the cleansing of “filth.” Maaaan.
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The hateful and despicable nature of the anti-party, anti-state and unpopular crimes committed by Jang was fully disclosed in the course of the trial conducted at the special military tribunal of the DPRK Ministry of State Security. …The [death sentence] was immediately executed.A release from North Korean state media • Describing, in lengthy and condemning terms only hinted at above, the alleged crimes of Jang Song-thaek, the uncle of dictator Kim Jong-un who was purged and executed last week. Today marks the two-year anniversary of the former dictator Kim Jong-il’s death, and it’s not hard to view last week’s high-profile execution as a show of power, to harden the permanence of the younger Kim’s ascension — one reason his uncle had to be killed, after all: “[Jang] behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping” upon the awarding of a new military title to his strongman nephew. They pin much of the country’s dire economic straits on him, as well, a clever slight-of-hand for a ruling party and family that’s presided over decades of crippling hunger and economical decay. source
Jang committed such an unpardonable thrice-cursed treason as overtly and covertly standing in the way of settling the issue of succession to the leadership with an axe to grind when a very important issue was under discussion to hold respected Kim Jong Un in high esteem as the only successor to Kim Jong Il in reflection of the unanimous desire and will of the entire party and army and all people.The press release from the Korean Central News Agency on the execution of Jang Song-thaek sounds really, really angry.
As you can imagine this has been a very difficult ordeal for us as a family, and particularly for him.Jeff Newman, son of Merrill • Discussing his father’s ordeal in North Korea, where the 85-year-old tourist and veteran was held for more than a month by authorities and only released after apologizing to the country for his role as a war vet. Merrill Newman was offered a ride home via Vice President Joe Biden’s Air Force Two; he turned it down to fly commercial.