Friday, April 27, 2018

South & North Korean Summit


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Friday, April 27, 2018 5:14 AM EST

The leaders of North and South Korea agreed on Friday to work to remove all nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula and, by this year, to declare an official end to the Korean War that ravaged the nation from 1950 to 1953.

From The New York Times

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean Leader to Pursue Peace Deal, Denuclearization

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and South Korean Leader to Pursue Peace Deal, Denuclearization

Leaders agreed to take further steps to dial down tensions, start talks with the U.S.

Mr. Kim’s message in the Peace House visitors book: ‘A new history starts now. An age of peace, from the starting point of history.’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in gesture after signing agreements.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon talk and stroll in the truce village of Panmunjom.

The pair shake hands after planting a commemorative tree at the Joint Security Area in the Demilitarized Zone, Panmunjom.

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim walk together in Panmunjom.

Mr. Moon and Mr. Kim meet in Panmunjom.

Mr. Kim shakes hands with Mr. Moon.

The leaders of the two Koreas cross the military demarcation line from North to South and South to North.

The outcome of the meeting is set to determine the future of relations on the Korean Peninsula and lay the groundwork for the North Korean leader’s planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

The two leaders’ handshake is broadcast at the press center at the Korea International Exhibition Center in Goyang, South Korea.

People in Seoul watch live footage of the leaders strolling.

A South Korean man weeps while watching a broadcast of the summit. In a statement, North Korea’s state media said Mr. Kim would ‘openheartedly discuss’ with Mr. Moon ‘all the issues arising in improving inter-Korean relations and achieving peace, prosperity and reunification of the Korean Peninsula.’

Goodwill messages posted outside City Hall in Seoul.

The leaders attend a welcoming ceremony in the truce village of Panmunjom.

Mr. Kim and Mr. Moon review an honor guard in Panmunjom.

Messrs. Kim and Moon, trailed by Mr. Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, walk a red carpet into the Peace House building, the venue for the negotiations.

After posing for photos together, the two leaders introduced the members of their respective delegations.

Central questions in the talks are what North Korea might demand, and what concessions the South might offer, to sustain the conciliatory climate and further negotiations aimed at persuading the regime to relinquish its nuclear weapons.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in gesture after signing agreements.

GOYANG, South Korea—The leaders of North and South Korea agreed to pursue a peace agreement in historic talks on Friday, but steered clear of specifics on the question of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons, leaving uncertainties about the regime’s willingness to cede ground on its arsenal ahead of a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.

After an 8½-hour meeting in the demilitarized zone that was heavy on shows of amity between Mr. Kim and Moon Jae-in, his South Korean counterpart, both men agreed to take steps to dial down tensions and start talks with the U.S., and perhaps China, aimed at declaring within the year a formal end to the 1950-53 Korean War. The conflict ended in an armistice that has held, despite some skirmishes, for 65 years.

Click here to see the entire article, pictures and video in The Wall Stree Journal

Historic Korean Summit

North and South Korea have been technically at war for almost 70 years now, but their leaders are meeting each other for talks in the demilitarized zone.
 Email from Young Yong Kim

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Repeal the Second Amendment

A musket from the 18th century, when the Second Amendment was written, and an assault rifle of today.CreditTop, MPI, via Getty Images, bottom, Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

By John Paul Stevens, The New York Times, March 27, 2018

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Click here for the entire article by Retired Justice John Paul Stevens

Sunday, March 18, 2018

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs

12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Eat Eggs
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By Grant Stoddard

Eggs might just be the easiest, cheapest and most versatile way to up your protein intake.
Beyond easily upping your daily protein count— each 85-calorie eggs packs a solid 7 grams of the muscle-builder—eggs also boost your health. They’re loaded with amino acids, antioxidants and iron. Don't just reach for the whites, though; the yolks boast a fat-fighting nutrient called choline, so opting for whole eggs can actually help you trim down.

When you're shopping for eggs, pay attention to the labels. You should be buying organic, when possible. These are certified by the USDA and are free from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones. As for color, that's your call. The difference in color just varies based on the type of chicken—they both have the same nutritional value, says Molly Morgan, RD, a board certified sports specialist dietitian based in upstate New York. Here are 12 incredible effects the mighty egg can have on the human body.

From, 03/18/18

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Trumpeting a New Era

A Reuters report on October 17 described the concerns of a young Chinese woman working in the United States that she might miss out on the new development opportunities in China and her change of mind about whether or not to return to China. "This time back in China the feeling that I have is one of worry that it would be very easy to be left behind if I return to the U.S.," Zuo Aining, a tax consultant in Washington, D.C., told Reuters.

"My life is going as I planned five years ago," she said. But, "if there is a better platform and opportunity for me to do what I want to do, I will come back without any hesitation."

From Beijing Review 11/09/17

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

Incredible New Year’s Celebrations Around The World

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From the London Eye to Athens’ Acropolis, here are some of the most breathtaking scenes from New Year’s celebrations around the world. 


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Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate during New Year’s festivities on January 1, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Click here to see the New Year's Day Celebrations around the world 

From the Huffington Post, 01/01/2018

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Life in North Korea

Photos from North Korea’s east coast show how tough life is away from the capital

Cyclists passing along a road on the outskirts of the industrial city of Chongjin on North Korea's northeast coast on Nov. 19. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

TOKYO — North Korea, according to the North Korean regime, is a “socialist paradise” where well-dressed citizens take to the streets to celebrate their spectacular advances in missile and nuclear technology.

Click here to see the life in North Korea outside of Pyongyang

From The Washington Post

Saturday, November 25, 2017

25 Best Inventions Of 2017

‘TIME’ Magazine Reveals The 25 Best Inventions Of 2017

What do a robot, ice cream, fidget spinners, and a Mars lander have in common? They’ve all been named one of the 25 best inventions of 2017 by TIME.

The magazine’s annual round-up of the year’s best people, places, and things is underway, honouring everything from novels, to gadgets, to influential teens.

To compile the unranked best inventions list, TIME considers hundreds of innovations from around the world. Contenders are making the world better, smarter, or in some cases, a little more fun – solving problems you didn’t think could be solved, and problems you didn’t even know you had. Past inductees include the floating lightbulb and the desktop DNA lab, as well as the real-life hoverboard and alcoholic coffee.

This year’s cutting-edge products come from a wide range of industries. There are the obvious electronics, including Apple’s latest flagship smartphone. There are cars and gaming consoles. There’s clothing and cosmetics, food, viral toys, baby gear, and vehicles for space exploration.

Click here what those Best Inventions in 2017 are

From Time Magazine, 12/04/2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Water flow between the mountains

Life under Kim Jong Un

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Recent North Korean escapees relate how the secretive country has changed under the “Great Successor.”

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Xi Jinping’s Marathon Speech: Five Takeaways

President Xi Jinping of China delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 19th Communist Party congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday. Credit Andy Wong/Associated Press
BEIJING — As Xi Jinping’s first five-year term as China’s leader ends, he gave himself a shining report card on Wednesday — and a big to-do list for his next five years. Speaking at the start of a Communist Party congress in Beijing, Mr. Xi gave a work report that summed up his achievements so far, while also laying out where he wants to take China in his second term, which starts after this congress. Sitting at a podium before 2,300 delegates, he spoke for 205 minutes, long enough that his predecessor, Hu Jintao, pointed at his watch when Mr. Xi finally finished.

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From The New York Times, 10/18/17

Friday, September 29, 2017

There’s a way out on North Korea

There’s a way out on North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Korean Central News Agency/Reuters)
Opinion writer Opinions

The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its positions are nonnegotiable. Each side is now boxed in, with little room to maneuver. How to get off this perilous path?

The Trump administration has made a huge mistake in ramping up its rhetoric without any solid strategy to back it up. It remains unclear as to why it has done this. Partly, it seems this White House wants to reverse every Obama-era policy. Partly, it is the undisciplined approach that characterizes so many of this administration’s policies, with top people freelancing and showboating. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, for example, appears to take a hard line in order to outflank Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, effectively auditioning for his job.

Click here to see the whole article in The Washington Post

From the Washington Post 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Americans once carpet-bombed North Korea. It's time to remember that past

donald TrumpAs they always do on the anniversary of the armistice, North Koreans celebrated their “victory” in the Korean War on 27 July. A few days later, President Donald J Trump remarked that if the North Koreans made any more threats, they “will be met with fire and fury, and frankly, power the likes of which the world has never seen”. No American president has uttered words like this since Harry Truman warned the Japanese, between Hiroshima and Nagasaki, either to surrender or face “a rain of ruin from the air, the likes of which has never been seen on this earth”. Trump’s nuclear bluster, made off-the-cuff between golf rounds, was widely condemned, but a few days later he doubled down on it.  Click here to see the entire article by Bruce Cumings Email from Aiyoung Choi

Sunday, August 6, 2017

These Photos Show You Just How Crazy North Korea Is Right Now

These Photos Show You Just How Crazy North Korea Is Right Now

You have probably heard something about the crippled nation of North Korea but there aren’t a lot of genuine photos that show the harsh conditions. Korea used to be one nation until the country was divided following World War II, with the North becoming a communist state while the South became a democracy. It is very rare for Western photographers to document the poverty-ridden society under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-un. It is a risky adventure since it is illegal to take photos of everyday life and show them outside the country. Here are some incredible photographs that were smuggled out of the country: