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North Korea’s new economic reforms


A sliver of light, glimpsed ever so briefly, at the conclusion of a most long and dark tunnel? Perhaps.

The beginning of the end of North Korea’s debilitating socialist economic system?

News reports suggested that [North Korea] has sought to expand its implementation of the so-called June 28 measures, which some observers said are tantamount to the renouncement of the socialist system.

The measures give greater autonomy to state corporations, allowing them to choose their production items, prices, amounts and marketing methods, according to reports.

They also allow farmers to take in 30 percent of their harvest.

Imagine that. North Korean farmers will now be able to keep and sell 30% of the fruits of their labour. Easily mocked in our rich Capitalist society, but it’s a step forward, progress, from the old socialist system whereby farmers could only keep what was left over from the quota the state made them harvest.

And imagine that: companies being allowed to produce what they want and set a price.

Funny old world isn’t it? As rich, free Capitalist countries toy more and more with socialist this and socialist that, a down-trodden, poor-as-fuck, relatively isolated, under-the-boot socialist country toys with the idea of Capitalism.

Ha! North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un is essentially saying, “Over to you, people,” whilst Obama is saying to every hard worker, businessman and entrepreneur in America, “You didn’t build that!”

But with these latest North Korean economic reforms, I said it’s only a sliver of hope for a reason.

Yang Un-chul, of the Sejong Institute think tank:

“Even if they allow some autonomy to farmers and corporations, when they don’t have any personal property, such incentives would not work. Even though they take in some percentage of their harvest, this would, after all, be taken away by middle-level officers.”

Two days later and North Korea wheels out another rocket


Rolling Eyes OK, so it’s a missile not a rocket but you get the point.

North Korea rolled out what appeared to be a new ballistic missile, Sunday, as the impoverished state marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of its founder Kim Il-sung with a massive military parade.

The unveiling came after the North’s young and untested leader Kim Jong-un vowed to proceed with his late father Kim Jong-il’s “military-first” policy in his first public speech.

What’s that, another few hundred million dollars – just two days after the NK rocket of FAIL – that could have been spent on paved roads, electricity and food for the people?

That bizarre regime won’t stop unless it is stopped.

Another North Korean nuke test?


It could well be on the way as a follow-up to their satellite launch – itself regarded as really a test for any future ICBMs.

With new leader Kim Jong-un, son of the late Kim Jong-il, we were told the apple hadn’t landed far from the tree and this is proving true.

More here, including claims by the Opposition in Korea – a group akin to the Democrats in the US – crying foul the intelligence leak occurred just prior to the parliamentary elections to be held tomorrow.

Monday 5/3/12 open/twitter thread


Almost back to the regular schedule… tomorrow I’m told.

Anyway, a couple of stories that caught my eye last night on twitter:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is acting pretty ballsy in front of his countrymen. Despite the tubby leader of the starving nation agreeing to stop its nuclear program – yeah, right :roll: – in return for US food aid (this time they’ve designed it in the form of not-so-tasty nutritional bars etc. kind of like the ones distributed to starving Africans in an effort to not have the aid – e.g. rice – merely go to the party elite), he recently strutted his stuff for the first time in the DMZ, specifically Panmunjon which is the Korean name for the JSA, you know, that bit where the North and South guards face off against each other every day. He was literally in range of “enemy” troops. All this, of course, isn’t really sticking it to the South. It’s just so that he doesn’t look like a total ass in front of his fellow Commies and potential usurpers for being a fatty who needs more food.

Also, readers may remember a post from a few months back entitled, “The seige of Wukan”. Basically, a bunch of Chinese villagers got sick and tired of their local officials stealing their farmland and pocketing the proceeds after selling it. So they kicked them out. Predictably, police and what not surrounded the village and a stand-off ensued. Well, good news. The villagers were granted fresh elections, and one of the new officials includes a leader of the protest. Nearby villages are starting to get the same idea, but hey, this is China, so don’t be expecting any precedents – despite what this guy says – or the folk in Beijing to be reading it on the front page. Still, it’s a start. Here’s some piccies.

Oh, and Putin is back in (as if he were ever out). Just don’t be a Russian billionaire and criticise the bloke; it might make him cry (you’ll get that after clicking the link).

Via JM, the Samsung Galaxy S III, a teacher’s new best friend, internet karma, Kumbahyah cancelled, wiki highjinks (language warning, but funny as).

Anything catch your eye today? Bob Carr’s predictable, cringe-worthy backflip on Libya? China’s latest hit TV show?

Let us know.

 

Kim Jong-un and the Eternal Struggle… for cake


The fat-ass really, really loves his cake.

Six more where that came from…

I have to agree


Now is a chance to turn over a new leaf with North Korea. Let’s engage them. Stop the sanctions. Expose them to the outside world.

Bombard them with freedom and information.

This is a good thing… maybe


So the verdict seems to be that North Korea’s new ruler, Kim Jong-un, son of the dead and decaying (and he won’t be embalmed, either), Kim Jong-il, has managed – with the help of the established elite – to cement a firm grip on power.

To do that, he has to have control of the Party and the military insofar as holding two key posts.

Paik said the son would assume his father’s official titles – ruling party chief and chairman of the all-powerful National Defence Commission – and the timing of this was just a technicality.

Through the two positions, the late leader controlled both the party and the 1.19-million-strong armed forces in the country of “Songun” (a military-first policy).

If you’re interested, take a look at how the North Korean system is structured; it’s all very 1984.

Kim Jong-il was also one of four heads of the Politburo plus being head of the Secretariat – so really, there’s three key positions the Nork’s new leader has to fill (NDC, Politburo, Secretariat)… as well as maintaining hold over Office #39 which is basically a private slush fund for the Kim family (that the average Nork citizen wouldn’t have a clue about).

Anyway, where was I?

Ah, yes. A smooth transition means an unlikely chance of bombs being lopped on my head.

Also, the new boy was western edumacated as you all probably know so there’s a quiet hope the North might open up a bit, quit being so hostile and who knows, the Koreans might even start acting semi-normal towards each other.

The weird thing is, you can’t get any info out of a South Korean about their northern neighbour. Not even with my wife. Their feelings etc. They just shut down.

BTW, did you know communism is hip and down these days?

Respected Comrade Kim Jong-Un


That’s how North Korea’s state-run media is now addressing the son and heir of the dead Kim Jong-il.

The North’s Central TV and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) started addressing Kim Jong-Un as “Respected” or “Great” Comrade Kim Jong-Un as they called for unity around the new leadership.

“Standing at the vanguard of the Juche (self-reliance) revolution is Respected Comrade Kim Jong-Un,” the Central TV said.

It seems the succession of power is going relatively smoothly, but of course, time will tell.

Kim Jong-il: you a deadmau5 now


No Cognac for you!

And totally NSFW

A celebration: death of a dictator


Monday Nite Party Music.

Sorry, Kim Jong-il… yo’ dead. Can’t hear this.

Life goes on (but not for you Kim Jong-il!)

A beautiful day for Korea


The man who helped split Korea’s soul is dead. I sense an opportunity here.

Kim Jong-il is dead!


Yippee-ki-yay!!!

Best Christmas present ever!

UPDATE!

Moar! (Tim Blair who’s updating regularly)

The kids I teach are stoked! One kid, however, reminded us there’s still his son, probable successor and chip off the old block son, Kim Jong-un.

Some reoprts have painted him as even more of a sadistic bastard.

UPDATE II

The only thing the dear dead leader will be looking at now is the inside of a coffin.

UPDATE III

As the news sinks in over here, I’m picking up a sense of joy, relief but also apprehension because of Kim Jong-un, his son and likely successor, who’s reported to be even worse than Mr Ronery.

Stock market is down.

UPDATE IV

I’ve written pretty extensively about both Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un.

UPDATE V

Via Paco, a look into North Korea’s secret labour camps… in Russia.

UPDATE VI

A possible power struggle? NB. That’s an old link that seemed prescient today. I personally doubt it but you never know what really goes on up there.

UPDATE VII

South Korea is on level 2 alert at the moment – same as when the Norks shelled Yeongpyeong.

Share market  – KOSPI – down about 5%. KOSDAQ down about 9%.

UPDATE VIII

That fat body with the haircut in the background is his son and likely successor, Kim Jong-un.

H/T

UPDATE IX

Stocks have bounced back a little; about a 3.4% drop now.

One Free Korea has some decent links including the KNCA news bulletin announcing the pudgy fashionista’s demise.

UPDATE X

Stocks in women’s sunglasses have plummeted.

UPDATE XI

It’s the South Korean president’s birthday today. Not a bad present IMO.

South Korea twitter reactions.

Funeral set for December 28 in Pyeongyang.

Streets are normal.

As expected, emergency cabinet meeting, no travel for any cabinet members, nuclear six-party talks put on hold.

NK successor, Kim Jong-un, threatens to stop drinking fine wines


He has a penchant for it. And if he wants to start a nuclear war, then no more wine, fine cars and pedigree dogs (and dog soup) for you, young fat man!

And that $4 billion in European bank accounts? Say good by to that 바보!

UPDATE (VIA JM)

The Swiss-educated successor may well enjoy the finer things in life, in excess, but the Dear Leaders know what’s best for you… and it certainly isn’t a taste of middle class culture.

Sound familiar?

The push for a world government, as recently demonstrated in the latest Cancun glob… er, climate change summit must surely be seen as a global effort for what they’ve done in the microcosm that is North Korea.

Sound extreme?

Hey, it ain’t me being extreme, folks.

Am just waiting for some dickhead to say North Korea is one of the good guys because their carbon emissions are low.

South Korean veterans march


Ahead of Sunday’s planned military exercises between South Korea and the US, a number of South Korean veterans have taken to the street in protest of the North Korea’s Kim Jong-il.

Luckily, lady bingbing and I were out and about when it was taking place.

Leading the march was the van below. Draped on it’s side was a banner which loosely translates to, “Hit (kill) the North Korean government’s puppet master Kim Jong-il! Stamp on the North Korean government’s puppeteer gang – Kim Jong-un!”

Leading the charge…

In the following, the banner loosely translates to, “Punish Kim Jong-il with fire.” The sign being held in front of that loosely translates to, “What our government gives them turns into dead bodies.”

One of the veterans was kind enough to give me a placard he was holding. The “blue” side loosely translates to, “Gouge out the Leftist North Korean sympathisers within South Korea first.”

[bing - that would include a significant number of teachers over here, noteably those in the KTU]

The “black” side loosely translates to, “The government must take revenge and punish North Korea.”

NB. All photos are mine, but feel free to distribute them.

Kim Jong-il and son at artillary base before attack


Andrew Bolt asks: Did Kim Jong-il kill three South Koreans just to make his son look like a general?

It looks like it (BTW, it’s four).

Here’s the article.

Analysts have been warning since September that North Korea would likely carry out an act of brinkmanship to boost the younger Kim’s standing, to mirror the iron rule of his father.

That said, the report can’t really be confirmed independently and could well be the further establishment of a pretext.

However, don’t be surprised if the NK media runs a few stories claiming the son ordered the “retaliation”.

In related news, South Korea’s president, under increasing pressure to have done more and to do something, has accepted the “resignation” of his defence chief.

There’s always gotta be a fall-guy.

UPDATE

Sorry, didn’t have time to include this before work. It’s about the pretext comment. You see, it’s not as clear cut a case with the Cheonan as it might seem.

There is some doubt in certain corners – and not just the ratbag socialist left brigade – on the official version of the Cheonan story. Take this investigation printed in Nautilus.

Flimsy pretexts, of course, aren’t a first. And the first casualty in war is the truth as we know. With the whole Korea debate at the moment, the waters have no doubt had a bit of mud thrown in by both sides.

So, and as in Iraq too, one has to ask: which place would I rather live? Whose system is the better one to live under? Saddam’s or America’s? Iran’s or Australia’s? South Korea’s or North Korea’s.

Of course, I’m merely an armchair expert, and who really knows the truth, but there is a case there that a pretext is being established to finally deal with North Korea once and for all.

Personally, the Nork regime is pretext enough. Just look up what Christopher Hitchens says about even a brief stay in countries like Saddam’s Iraq or the Kim’s Korea.

It’s a shame no one these days appears to have the skills Reagan did, however; a man who ended the cold war with a whimper.

AFTERTHOUGHT…

Does China really believe the official SK/US line? If they don’t – and that is an if – it says a lot that they’ve kept quiet.

UPDATE 2 1/2

“North Korea Will Never Play Nice” by B. R. Myers.

In fact, as both its adversaries and supporters should realize, the North can never play nice. Just as our own economy-first governments must ensure growth to stay in power, a military-first regime must deliver a steady stream of victories or lose all reason to exist.

What Myers is talking about here is “Songun” which has overtaken “Juche” as the nation’s driving concept.

This is an inevitability for a totalitarian state.

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