Thursday, April 29, 2010

Daily Kor for April 29, 2010

Well, if Pyongchang's for finally winning the right to host the Winter Olympics has probably shot up quite a bit. I think only a totalitarian wolf in democratic clothing could scare the IOC away from giving South Korean hosting rights now, and that already happened.

Seriously, Kim Yuna represents quite a few things that give the ROK an edge — she's an Olympic celebrity of considerable skill and popularity, she represents a growing interest in winter Olympic activities, and she's just genuinely likable. I don't want to go on record saying Pyongchang is a shoo-in, because I've been wrong twice when the county won a plurality of votes on the first round but lost in the end, but I'm hopeful.
  1. Olympic gold medalist Kim Yuna enlisted to help Pyongchang's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics (AP via WaPo)
  2. Seoul seeks support of Beijing and Moscow to bring sinking of Chonan to UN (Yonhap)
  3. ROK Defense Ministry insists stray South Korean mine could not have sunk Chonan (AFP)
  4. ROK financial watchdog says credit downgrades for Greece and Portugal will have little impact on South Korea (Yonhap)
  5. Fact-finding committee to summon twenty-eight current and former prosecutors accused of bribery (Donga Ilbo)
  6. Farm on Kanghwa-do Island is site of South Korea's ninth outbreak of hoof-and-mouth disease (Yonhap)
  7. LG Electronics books $605 million quarterly profit on sales of cell phones and flat-screen TVs (AP via LAT)
  8. South Korea to ban foreign spouses from "adult entertainment" venues such as massage parlors and karaoke facilities (Yonhap)
    • Not that anything illegal or untoward goes on there
  9. In latest sign of Kim Jong-un's ascent, pictures and artwork of son of Dear Leader featured on packaging at Pyongyang McDonald's pilot restaurant (Yonhap)


  1. They could always use this as a selling point: Coldest late April Ever
    ...well, in recorded history.

  2. Shouldn't Kanghwa-do Island be either Kanghwa-do or Kanghwa Island, seeing as both "do" and "Island" are redundant?


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