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Kim to Kerry: You Got Punk’d!

James Lileks’s excellent blog quotes an MTV interview with John Kerry. We’ve heard a lot of tired cliches about toothless, inbred Nascar Republicans; surely we should be just as worried when people encourage perky MTV airheads to pull a voting lever. In fact, we should give some serious thought to buying ads on MTV to …

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Kim to Kerry: You Got Punk’d!

James Lileks’s excellent blog quotes an MTV interview with John Kerry. We’ve heard a lot of tired cliches about toothless, inbred Nascar Republicans; surely we should be just as worried when people encourage perky MTV airheads to pull a voting lever. In fact, we should give some serious thought to buying ads on MTV to …

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My Wife, My Fist, My Business

Owen Rathbone has been on a roll this week, which may explain why he’s been getting hate mail from at least one reader. You couldn’t inspire this kind of blind vitriol without having struck the nerve that only unpleasant truths can reach. The correspondent didn’t identify himself, but you don’t need to go far out …

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Today comes the sad news that Kang Byong-sop, one of the courageous defectors who told the world about North Korea’s gas chambers, was seen on Pyongyang TV, reading a forced recantation of his charges. Undoubtedly, his days are numbered; one can only hope that his family will somehow manage to survive. China sent him back, …

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108075249581483522

Today comes the sad news that Kang Byong-sop, one of the courageous defectors who told the world about North Korea’s gas chambers, was seen on Pyongyang TV, reading a forced recantation of his charges. Undoubtedly, his days are numbered; one can only hope that his family will somehow manage to survive. China sent him back, …

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The House Weighs In

Suzanne Scholte, the President of the North Korean Freedom Coalition, sent me a draft of a bill introduced into the House yesterday as a counterpart to the Senate’s North Korean Freedom Act. You can see the bill and a summary of it here. I’m still studying the text, but it looks like an important step …

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Can We Save the U.N.?

Question–how could anyone have expected the U.N. to establish and enforce principles when its members don’t share any? Rabbi Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center has an outstanding op-ed about North Korea in the (Singapore) Straits Times, clearly the best English language newspaper in Asia. The Rabbi gives the U.N. both barrels, richly deserved and fully …

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The House Weighs In

Suzanne Scholte, the President of the North Korean Freedom Coalition, sent me a draft of a bill introduced into the House yesterday as a counterpart to the Senate’s North Korean Freedom Act. You can see the bill and a summary of it here. I’m still studying the text, but it looks like an important step …

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Can We Save the U.N.?

Question–how could anyone have expected the U.N. to establish and enforce principles when its members don’t share any? Rabbi Cooper of the Wiesenthal Center has an outstanding op-ed about North Korea in the (Singapore) Straits Times, clearly the best English language newspaper in Asia. The Rabbi gives the U.N. both barrels, richly deserved and fully …

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Fisking the Appeasers in Seoul

Rebecca MacKinnon at NKZone notes that the appeasers in Seoul are mobilizing against the North Korean Freedom Act. Reading this kind of nationalist pablum–and it really boils down to “Americans are incapable of real compassion for North Koreans, but let’s not give more than lip service to the concept, either”–makes the sarin seep from my …

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Fisking the Appeasers in Seoul

Rebecca MacKinnon at NKZone notes that the appeasers in Seoul are mobilizing against the North Korean Freedom Act. Reading this kind of nationalist pablum–and it really boils down to “Americans are incapable of real compassion for North Koreans, but let’s not give more than lip service to the concept, either”–makes the sarin seep from my …

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Seok Jae-Hyun Will Be Freed

The charge the Chinese prosecutors used neatly encapsulates their cynical contempt for freedom. They called him a “human trafficker” for trying to help North Korean refugees escape from China–where life cowers under the daily threat of deportation back to the death camps in North Korea–to haven in South Korea. The brilliant Claudia Rosett told the …

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France: A Remarkable Consensus Is Emerging

Just a day after Muslim terrorists called France an “ally of Satan” (which by definition means they apparently no longer see the United States as Satan), Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-Bian has called France “evil-hearted” for joining China in its recent naval threaxercises that coincidentally come just before Taiwan’s election. Doesn’t Taiwan understand? It’s nothing personal …

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Seok Jae-Hyun Will Be Freed

The charge the Chinese prosecutors used neatly encapsulates their cynical contempt for freedom. They called him a “human trafficker” for trying to help North Korean refugees escape from China–where life cowers under the daily threat of deportation back to the death camps in North Korea–to haven in South Korea. The brilliant Claudia Rosett told the …

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France: A Remarkable Consensus Is Emerging

Just a day after Muslim terrorists called France an “ally of Satan” (which by definition means they apparently no longer see the United States as Satan), Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-Bian has called France “evil-hearted” for joining China in its recent naval threaxercises that coincidentally come just before Taiwan’s election. Doesn’t Taiwan understand? It’s nothing personal …

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The Fake News from Spain

Spanish Socialists Agree on Terms of Surrender Newly elected Socialist Leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced today that his party’s new cabinet had agreed on the terms of an unconditional surrender to al-Qaeda and would recognize Osama bin Laden as Spain’s first Islamic emir since 1492. The Spanish Foreign Ministry said that an emissary was …

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