Global News Journal

North Korea provides internet comic fuel

June 24, 2009

Despite the seriousness with which the world takes North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, the isolated country remains a rich source of humour for cartoonists, satirists and comedians around the world.

Legacy-building IAEA chief goes public with closed-door remarks

June 19, 2009

Insiders say Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, was rather reticent and stiff in public when he took the job in 1997. He’d spent decades below the radar in Egypt’s foreign service, U.S. academia and the U.N. nuclear watchdog as head of the legal and external relations divisions.

from Africa News blog:

The cash cost of war

June 10, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We often hear of the human cost of war. We don't often see the cash cost laid out so baldly as in the price list that went with my colleague Abdi Sheikh's feature from Mogadishu on the arms market that thrives in the city amid Somalia's tragedy.

from MacroScope:

North Korea: New Europe?

May 16, 2009

Finance ministers and other executives busy discussing the future of Eastern European transition economies at a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development meeting were reminded of a country far from Europe which needs aid to transform its economy.

The Bitter End for South Korea’s Leaders

April 30, 2009

By Jon Herskovitz

There is almost no such thing as a happy retirement for South Korea’s former presidents.

North Korean Revolutionary Tunes Sink to Bottom of the Sea

April 7, 2009

                                              By Jon Herskovitz

Half-baked men, hooligans and other insults from North Korea

January 11, 2009

By Jon Herskovitz

The end of the Bush administration will likely bring an end to one of my favourite guilty pleasures of reporting on North Korea, which is the verbal battle between Washington and Pyongyang. Prickly North Korea will undoubtedly fire rhetorical volleys at Barack Obama’s team but it may be hard to match the vitriolic language it has levelled at the administration of outgoing President George W. Bush, which in North Korean parlance is “a bunch of tricksters and political imbeciles who are the center of a plot breeding fraud and swindle”.

North Korea’s Kim Jong-il: Proof of life

December 18, 2008

                                                          By Jon Herskovitz

The kinder, gentler side of North Korean communists

By Reuters Staff
November 19, 2008

 

                                 By Jack Kim
North and South Koreans have been divided for more than 50 years by one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders. When we come into contact, it is almost always in small and carefully arranged visits.

Greater freedom in Pyongyang than Seoul?

By Reuters Staff
November 17, 2008

                                                           By Jack Kim
For about eight straight years I’ve been covering North Korea, one of the world’s most closed countries with a human rights record that is roundly criticised as one of the worst on the globe.