Saturday, February 6, 2010

Daily Kor for February 6, 2010: The truth lie you tell your torturers that they later use for propaganda shall set you free!

Daily Kor is back, suckas! At least for today. I'll try to get back into the swing of things this week. Robert Park was mentioned in yesterday's Loose Change, but it is such a big story that it's lighting up the switchboard at Daily Kor. Well, everywhere except the Los Angeles Times, which will probably carry the story in May or June, about a week after the piece about how Koreans feel about Kim Yuna's performance in Vancouver.

I think the backstory to Mr Park's release is that the Norks were tired of his sanctimonious preaching, but they knew they couldn't release him (good move on his part publicizing his trip ahead of time), so they just let him go. It will be interesting to hear what Mr Park has to say about the KCNA reports that he is "repentant"
  1. North Korea says it will release "repentant" Korean-American missionary Robert Park, who entered country demanding to meet Kim Jong-il in order to get him to end human rights abuses (NYT, WaPo, BBC, WSJ, Bloomberg, Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily, Chosun Ilbo)
  2. Senior Chinese envoy visiting Pyongyang to persuade Kim Jong-il to return to six-party nuclear disarmament talks (Reuters via WaPo, AP via WaPo, Yonhap, Korea Times, Korea Herald)
  3. South Korea will deploy 250 peacekeeping troops to Haiti starting next week (Korea Times, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily)
  4. ROK Prime Minister says Japanese Emperor Akihito should express regret over Japan's past wrongdoings if he visits South Korea (Korea HeraldPeople's Daily)
  5. South Korean won weakens against the US dollar on news of European debt fears (Yonhap)
  6. Ministry of Knowledge Economy says ROK government will invest one trillion won in software industry to help make South Korea a software powerhouse (Yonhap)
  7. Alliance of South Korean women's groups blasts recent crackdown on abortion (Yonhap)
  8. ROK and US forces may hold drill to prepare for contingencies in North Korea (Korea Herald)
  9. United Nations agency which oversees trafficking in endangered species recommends ban on bluefin tuna exports (AP via WaPo)
  10. Two North Koreans will participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (Yonhap)
    • Both skaters reportedly received their training in the cash-strapped country by repeatedly escaping across the frozen Tumen River
  11. South Korea and Ecuador national teams will hold friendly in May, one month before World Cup (Yonhap)
  12. Kangwon-do government says the number of foreign visitors to area ski resorts from November to January has jumped 18.3% over last year to 168,000 (Yonhap)
  13. White House reaffirms commitment to FTAs with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama (Korea Herald)
  14. A drug-addled Whitney Houston, mistaking two Korean children for Haitian Creole orphans, spirits them off to the Dominican Republic (UPI)


  1. For the photo? I would have done that if you hadn't jumped the gun and made an entire Add-a-caption post out of it, and after I'd made a little gag for it already. I almost decided to pull it.

  2. Well, yeah, but you gotta admit though, it was the funniest thread on TMH in a while... ;)

  3. It was a funny thread, yes, but next time I put something up due to a privately sent email, I'm sort of expecting a blogging exclusive. Had I not already set that one up, I would have pulled it.

    Not a complaint, just providing a glimpse of the inner workings of Monster Island.


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