Thursday, February 11, 2010

Daily Kor for February 11, 2010

Yonhap's English service has gone AWOL on me today, tossing up a "401 서버 오류" message when I log on. And on a day of all days when there isn't much real news going on, a lot of political stuff in fact, like Park Geunhye and the president sniping at each other. And then there's the story of the preening Chung Dong-young — words cannot describe how I loathe that man — rejoining the Democratic Party. I think he'd be happy to join the North South Korean Workers Party, but I think he wants to actually be president someday. God help us all.

Meanwhile, more mea culpa from the DPRK leadership to the citizenry for stealing their money and making their lives miserable. I like where that's going (the eventual demise of the House of the Raisin Son), so I put it on top.
  1. North Korean Premier Kim Yong-il "apologizes" for inflation caused by last year's currency revaluation (Bloomberg, Chosun Ilbo)
    • South Korean officials say North Korean food crisis will worsen after a poor grain harvest in 2009 (AFP)
  2. MOFAT predicts ROK and EU will officially seal free-trade agreement in April (People's Daily, Korea Times)
  3. Pyongyang says it will return to six-party denuclearization talks only after UN sanctions are lifted (RTT)
  4. Public health officials fear a Hepatitis A outbreak in April and urge those at high risk to get vaccinated (Korea Herald)
  5. South Korea pledges $12 million in aid to Uzbekistan (Korea Times, Korea Herald)
  6. US-based Korean national caught up in SAT scandal banned from leaving the country (Korea Times, Korea Herald)
  7. Erstwhile Democratic Party leader, former Roh Moohyun cabinet member Chung Dong-young, rejoins the left-leaning party (Korea Times, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily)
  8. Park Geunhye lashes out at President Lee Myungbak over Sejong City remarks (Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  9. National Tax Service says women have accounted for 40% of all taxpayers for the first time ever (Chosun Ilbo)
  10. China's men's soccer teams defeats South Korea, 3-0, in East Asia Championship match in Tokyo (ESPN)
  11. Authorities in blizzard-crippled Washington DC discover that series of statues is actually tourists frozen in place (WaPo)

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