Saturday, January 9, 2010

Loose change for January 8, 2010

It's been nearly a week since I've done this, so it's a bit longer than usual.

 Economic news 
 North Korea news and stuff 
  • Blaine Harden of the Washington Post says the recent currency reform in North Korea has led to runaway inflation. The UPI reports on the WaPo story.
  • South Korea says North Korea began its uranium enrichment program no later than 1996.
  • Seoul has proposed a war dead search to Pyongyang. 
  • The KCNA says that North Koreans should eternally internalize the motto, "When the Party is determined, we can do anything!" I wonder if it should be changed to, "When the Party is determined, they can kill anyone." 
  • Myanmar has sentenced to death two officials who leaked information about junta leaders' secret trips to North Korea and Russia. 
  • Christian Today says that it's very unlikely that Robert Park's antics in visiting North Korea will help Christians in the DPRK, which is billed as the worst persecutor of Christians in the world. Meanwhile, the Christian Post says that the visit will likely lead to an increased crackdown. Also, there has been no word on Mr Park's whereabouts. 
  • Is the number of North Korean defectors in China shrinking?
 Other Korea-related stuff 

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