S= First time in 62 years, expanded its control to include an area known as Ieodo in South Korea & Suyan Rock in China. Submerged reef which is heard to contain natural gas and mineral deposits, is under South Korean Control. China also claims it.
S= The announcement follows China's move to broaden it's aire defense on Nov. 23rd covering a set of islands claimed by China and Japan. Japan & South Korea declined the anouncement. Policing of air space underscores historical & terrocital debates with china, South Korea, and Japan. This heightens the possibility of military clash.
P= South Korea was on alert for any new signs of agression like a possible nuclear test, after Kim Jong Un's uncle was executed after doing some bad things. Chang Sung Taek was his name. He was probably tortured before he was killed. There were pictures of him at his final moments that were shown. This was the first relevation by the secretive state of a plot against the government. As stated by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) his crimes included failing to applaud with enthiusiasm, obstructing Mr. Kim's path to power, hoarding and selling stae owned coal and precious metals.
NTK= What is regime? government
P= Kim Kwan-Jin says " We will heighten readiness against North Korea as [the execution] could lead to provatications against the South." "This can be seen as a part of the reign of terror by Kim Jong Un as he seeks to consolidate his power with an iron fist. South Korean's minister of unification, Ryoo Khil-jae said there could be a high chance that the north would carry out a fourth nuclear test after the purge. He said it was probable and that they are keeping eye on such possibility. I have seen in the past that the North usually stops domestic crisis by carrying out external provactions. The government expects that North Korea's recent development could bring a bloody purge & a reign of terror they are closely watching the possibility of provactions against the south and terror by rebellious groups says Kim Min-seok.
S= By North korea's standards the cruelness of the language used against Mr. Chang together with the fame given to the story of disagreement and betrayal at the highest level possible was never done before. They highlight the unpredictibility of young Mr. Kim and expose a life/death struggle in a leadership which force by habit presents itself as indivisibly united.
NTK= whats savagery mean? the act of being cruel or mean
What does prominence mean? stat of being important or famous
what does dissension mean? disagreement that leads to discord
S= The KNCA report says " Despicable human scum Chang who was worse than a dog perpetuated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader." " The accused isa traitor to the antion for all ages who perpetuated anti-party, counter revolutionary factional acts in a bid to overthrow the leaderhip of our party and state and the socialist system."
P= The news was very popular, it was on the front page of the north korean newspapers, led tv and radio broadcasts and was on the trains on the pyongyang subway. Photos showed a hunched and handcuffed mr. chang being forced to walk into the tribunal while his hands were in handcuffs. When the images were zoomed in you could see rawness on his hands which started speculation in the south that he was tortured.
S= " If confirmed this is another example of the extreme brutality of the north korean government." says Marie harf who is a US state department spokeswoman.
P= 2004- he was purged but reappered in a powerful post as hed of the party administrive department ahead of the courts, the prosecutors, and the police. 2008- appears to run the country for a few weeks when mr. kim disappeared. When Kim Jong Un suceeded his father in 2011 he ecame his most prominent aide appearing at his side at official engagements and meeting foreign people. Analysts suggest the development indicated that mr. kim was less likely to open up North korea's economy as mr. chang had been advocate of chinese reforms. China might be forced to reach out to mr. kim to keep stability in the korean peninsular as there man in pyongyang is no more.
S= " I atempted to trigger off discontent among service personnel and people when the present government does not take any measure despite the fact that the economy of the country and peoples living are driven into catastrophe." Knca quoted mr.chang confessing to the tribunal. Stated from the tribunal mr. chang stood in the way of mr. kim's succession and at a meeting of the workers party he behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half heartingly clapping. In 2009 he was balamed for currency reevaluation vetoed the workers at a tile factory from creating a mosaic of mr kim's father and grandfather. He banned any army unit from building a granite monument to young mr. kim in front of the headquarters. According to the knca he was so reckless as to instruct the unit to build it in a shaded corner.
A South Korean report says North Koreans working in China are being summoned back home in the wake of the shock purge of top official Chang Song-thaek.
Martha Donnelly's insight:
NTK= Need To Know
P= Some of north korea's buisness workers are coming back from china after the execution of a top official ( Chang Song thaek). kim Jong might be removing workers of Mr. Chang. Mr Chang was involved with economic ties with china.
S= the execution of KimJong's uncle stris up concern about the nuclear armed state. South korea thinks kimjong is trying to make his power stronger by a reign of terror.
E= North korea has brought back people working north east chinese cities such as Shenyang and Dandong. The people working in china from north Korea were trying to enhance bilateraltrade and investment. Pyongyang wanted to bring all staff from China back to north Korea in stages.
NTK= What is Pyongyang? The capital of North Korea
S= This problem could be a sign that Mr. Chang buisness status showed discomfort at his feelings toward chinese economic reform. There has been other reports that people from North Korea working abroad have been called back because of this. 2 ofMr.Chang's workers were executed last month. There will most likely be a ripple-effect after he was exectued towards people linked to him.
(SEOUL, South Korea) — A law under consideration in South Korea's parliament has sparked vociferous debate by grouping popular online games such as "StarCraft" with gambling, drugs and alcohol as an anti-social addiction the government should do...
Martha Donnelly's insight:
NTK= Need To Know
NTK= what does vociferous mean? clamorous
S= a law in South Korea's parliament has started clamorous debate by grouping popular games such as Starcraft with gambling, drugs and acholol as a anti-social addiction. They think the goverment should do more to stamp it out.
P= The bill is winning support from parents, religous groups, and doctors. It has alarmed the internet industry and made gamers really upset and mad. The legislation includes provisions to limit advertising while a seperate bill will take 1% of the gaming industry's revenue to create a fund to stop addiction.
NTK= what does provisions mean? providing or supplying something for use
P= The uproar over the legislation highlights conflicting social and economic technology-soaked South Korea. Internet buissness people are prized as a source of innovation in an economy dominated by gray unions, but conservative lawmakers and many parents say online obsessions are taking a growing toll om schooling, families, and workplaces.
S= Hwang Woo-yea said " We need to create a clean Korea free from the four addictions".
P= the legislative assualt backed by 14 ruling party lawmakers is the latest phase in South Korea version of American culture wars. Pro- gamers in South Korea can get wealth and status akin to sports stars but as a pastime it is a threat towards family and social order.
NTK= what does akin mean? of similar character
P= Headline grabbing incidents like starvation death of a infant daughter of an online gamer have started a moral panic. A law that was passed in 2011 bans gaming from midnight to dawn for anyone under 16 is being appealed at South Korea's Constituitonal Court.
S= Lee Byung-chan says " There is a huge prejudice that gaming is harmful". He also says "Games are as harmful as alcohol, drugs, and and gambling thats the prejudice".
P= Game companies ahve taken exception to being grouped together with frugs and other vices. They say the bill is a death senence for their industry. Korea internet and Digital Entertainment Assoc. says " The 100,000 people employed ing the gaming industry are not drug makers."
P= Nourished by South Korea's adoption of broadband internet and the exsistense of cyber cafes online gaming has become a signifigant export industry. 2012- "Maplestory" and other online games have earned more cash from abroad for South Korea than the youtube sensation gangam style, k-pop music movies and other cultural exports combined.
P= The government started studying internet game addiction in 2011. Their latest study found that 2 % of south Koreans aged 10-19/ about 125,000 people needed treatment for excessive online gaming or were at risk for addiction.
S= Shin Minchuul said " My parents tried to stop me but i kept playing. Even the government wouldn't have stopped me." He is talking about his heavy gaming past. He bonded with his friends at an internet cafe 3-4 hours a day after school was finished ( elm school). He dreamed of becoming one of those professionals with corporate sponsorships whose games would be broadcasted live on cable tv. By highschool , he played " world of warcraft" for up to 15 hours straight. He parents tried to make him stop but he did not. Shin's rank at school went from the the top to the way bottom. He was glued to his games. This is why there should be a curb.
P= Kim Min-sun says "online games take away children from real life". " Without online games, kids would talk to their mother and play."
S= others say that South Korea should do more to deal with the factors of online gaming addictions, such as hyper competive education and a dearth of other lesuire options for teenagers. South Korea has the lowest percentage of students who reported being happy at school in 2012 among 65 countries survyed by the Organization for Economic cooperatin and development.
P= The senate and house announced that had hammered bipartisan legislation that would need the penatgons missile defense agency to have a new radarto see if there is any long range missles that north korea would fire against the US.
NTK= what does bipartisan mean? of or involving the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other's policies.
E= the two places agreed to a 2014 defense autoriziation conference bill that shows 30 million dollars in funds to start deployment.
P= The us military has a early radar in north japan and is hoping to have another one in the east asian country by next year. These moves are part of an allied initative for early detection and montoring of missile launches from north korea.
E= It will be 350 million dollars in extra funds for the second radar. House and senate have decided to apply to missile defense programs in the bill. The defense department policy setting legislation has 607 billion dollars in authorized funding, which has a 9.5 billion dollar for missile defense activites and a 358 million dollar boost which the pentagon has requested for a year.
P= Both chambers are holding normal rules of oreder and likely stating votes on controversial amendments like more sanctions on Iran. So they can get the bill signed by the end of december.
E= the bill includes an extra 80 million dollars that will be set aside to fix technology problem that caused a high profile test in july to fail. it failed due to the kinectic kill vechile that didnt correctly seperate from its rocket booster. This bill also has 80 million dollars for work for the gmd system which is the country's main defense against missle attacks by north korea.
(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea on Monday acknowledged the purge of leader Kim Jong Un's influential uncle for alleged corruption, drug use, gambling and a long list of other "anti-state" acts, apparently ending the career of the country's...
Martha Donnelly's insight:
P= Political E= Economic
NTK= Need To Know
NTK= what does purge mean?to get rid of a powerful person
P= Purge of leader Kim Jong Un's infuiential uncle he was using drugs, gambling, and doing a lot of other bad acts. Young north korean ruler will rule without help from his uncle. Purge was a sign of Kim Jong Un's growing confiedence. Fear in Seoul that now that Kim Jong Un's uncle is gone could create or start an attack on the South.
P= high tensions on the Korean peninsula following threats that occured in march and april by Kim Jong Un's government against washington, seoul, and tokyo. These attacks included vows of missle and nuclear strikes and warnings that Pyongyang would start nuclear bomb production again.
NTK= what is Pyongyang? it is the capital of the democratic rebublic of korea also known as north korea.
P= purge was likely because of two of jang's aides had been executed last month for corruption. Jang- Married to Kim Jong Un's aunt ( Kim kyong Hui) who is the younger sister of Kim Jong II, was abusing his power. He was being engrossed in corruption. He was taking drugs, and wasting money at casinos. During this time he was getting medical treatments in a different country. He was hving improper relations with a few different women. And was eating out at deluxe restaurants.
E= North korea- Popular demcratic dictatorship. Jang got in the way of the nation's economic affairs, and the improvement of people's living. Kim Jong vowed to lift North Korea from poverty and start a nuclear weapons program that has drawn worldwide criticism.
S= strip jang of all his post and titles and expel him from ruling the workers party. this decision was made at a political bureau meeting
P= the purge could mean many different things, a lot of people think it shows a weakened Kim Jong fending off challengers. Other people think it shows him growing strength. Bruce Klingner and asia specialist says that kim jong is in control, and confident enough to remove the oldest officials. No reason that there will be a change in North Korean Policy, Jang had several senior jobs ; Mmebership in national defense commission, leading economic policy official help draw foreign investment, 2012- he went to china to discuss the estab;lishment of specific economic zones.
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