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More news on nukes. Get used to seeing North Korea highlighted more and more as Kim Jong-un and Friends prepare for another nuke test and, in the absence of hard facts and solid evidence, the discussion mostly deteriorates into fat jokes and other juvenility.
Meanwhile, the news (story #6) that Korea ranks two-thirds down the list of happiest rich countries is hardly a surprise. I wrote this back in August 2011:
The ugly truth is that South Korea is full of malcontents who think someone else has always got it better and easier. It's the engine for self-improvement, nose-to-the-grindstone collectivism, and oh-so-much plastic surgery, but also the source of a semi-permanent malaise.I'm sure some government official in some ministry somewhere is brushing it off this way: "Ignorance is bliss, and Koreans' lack of bliss means we are very, very well informed." Works for me.
I call that the Kushibo Conundrum.
- Satellite images show North Korea upgrading old launch site to handle bigger rockets (AP via WaPo, UPI, CNN, Bloomberg, Yonhap)
- Pyongyang says it will expand nuke program in face of American hostility (CNN)
- ROK government launches drive to make Koreans most euphoric nation by 2019
- Korean authorities intervene to bolster KRW (WSJ)
- Japanese newspaper says Chinese fishermen were beaten daily and "treated like animals" (Donga Ilbo)
- Fishermen incident is causing Chinese netizens to question Beijing's support of Pyongyang (WaPo)
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