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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Bikini show at Rio Fashion Week(

Thursday, June 03, 2004


Welcome to the 'Plogging' World!
No, it's not a typo. A plog is short for 'project log' like a blog is short for 'weblog' or 'web log.' And plogs start to be used as tools to manage projects, especially in the IT world, as discovered Michael Schrage of the MIT.


See Me, Blog Me


Thursday, May 20, 2004

Mainstream makeover
Google this week relaunched its Blogger self-publishing website. Jack Schofield spoke to the founder about what is probably its biggest step forward since its inception in 1999
Thursday May 13, 2004
The Guardian

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Asia's War With Heart Disease
Across the region, the death toll from cardiovascular disease is soaring. But the latest science shows how you can stay healthy

Friday, April 30, 2004

Spaceyed out on Google
An Early Look at How Gmail Works
(DM News)
Google's Goal: "Understand Everything"
Co-founder Larry Page talks about the vast possibilities in search and what brought him and Sergey Brin together
(BusinessWeek ONline)

Monday, April 19, 2004

Travel: The New Golden Age

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Should Asia Quit Iraq?
The hostage crisis forced Asians to ask whether their involvement is worth the risk
(TIME Asia)

Sunday, April 11, 2004

Here Comes The Sun
After years of gloom, Japan's economy is finally blossoming. And this time the recovery seems for real

Monday, March 15, 2004

EDITORIAL: Impeachment of Roh
(The Asahi Shimbun)

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Talks bear little fruit
Agreement to meet again is a small ray of hope.
The ultimate goal of the six-way talks on North Korea's nuclear program is to bring about a nuclear-weapons-free Korean Peninsula through diplomacy. To succeed, it is vital to define the conditions and methods under which Pyongyang would agree to dismantle its nuclear capabilities. We must also determine how Japan, the United States, South Korea, China and Russia can ease the anxieties that the North has regarding the safety of its system.
(The Asahi Shimbun)
China shines as host at arduous standoff
(The Japan Times)
Bush Signals Patience on North Korea Is Waning
Directive Sent to Team At Talks in Beijing
(Washington Post)

Monday, March 01, 2004

A world wide web of nuclear danger
Korea talks: no deal, but new will
S. Korean Chief Seeks Less U.S. Reliance (Yahoo News)

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Deadlock in Korea nuclear crisis
ANALYSIS: Japan gains little from 6-way talks
(The Asahi Shimbun)

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Our choices in negotiating with North Korea
(Houston Chronicle)

Tuesday, February 24, 2004


The World's 10 Worst Living Dictators
Here, you can check out Wallechinsky's "Dishonorable Mentions" list, 10 more tyrants whose deeds inspire fear and enmity. Also, listen to an exclusive interview with Wallechinsky, and visit the Web sites of human rights groups that keep tabs on the world’s worst leaders.
PARADE, contributing editor David Wallechinsky

Thursday, February 19, 2004

North Korean leader puzzles the world
What lies behind North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's statements and behavior? This is the first installment in a series exploring what Kim is trying to accomplish as leader of his reclusive state, based on interviews with various people who have met and spoken to him.
(Daily Yomiuri)

Monday, February 16, 2004

Building the bomb: North Korean exiles reveal 15 year history of nuclear cheating
By Jasper Becker in Seoul
(The Independent)

Sunday, February 15, 2004

N.Korea's Kim Turns 62 as World Wants Nuclear Solution
(Yahoo News)

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Who Killed Jesus?
Mel Gibson's powerful but troubling new movie, 'The Passion of the Christ,' is reviving one of the most explosive questions ever. What history tells us about Jesus' last hours, the world in which he lived, anti-Semitism, Scripture and the nature of faith itself.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Asia Enters the Fray
Despite noisy opposition at home and plenty of peril on the ground, Asia is deploying soldiers and civilians to help rebuild Iraq. Is it worth the risks to clean up America's mess?
(TIME Asia)

Friday, February 06, 2004

Melbourne ranked world's top city
(The Age)
Flu fighters
The avian influenza surfaced six months ago. Unfortunately, the government was slow in reacting.
(ASIAVIEWS - 04/Jan/2004 )

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Nuclear scientist apologises - text
The architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has apologised to the "traumatised" Pakistani nation for transferring nuclear secrets to other countries. Dr Khan admitted sole responsibility and said his subordinates had been carrying out his orders, and that the Pakistani Government was unaware of his activities. His recorded apology was broadcast on national television in Pakistan.
(BBC News)

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Report: N Korean prison camp has gas chamber
(Jerusalem Post)
N Korea gassed prisoners to test weapons, says BBC
Revealed: the gas chamber horror of North Korea's gulag
A series of shocking personal testimonies is now shedding light on Camp 22 - one of the country's most horrific secrets.
(Guardian Unlimited)
Death, terror in N. Korea gulag
NBC News investigation uncovers horrific, extensive atrocities.
By Robert Windrem
NBC News Investigative Producer
Jan. 15, 2003 (MSNBC NEWS)
Within prison walls
Access to Evil will be broadcast in the UK on Sunday, 1 February, 2004 at 2100 on BBC Two.

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Asian alarm at Japan mission
Japan's first post-World War II troop deployment to a combat zone this week has sent a ripple of concern through Chinese and North Korean media.
(BBC News)

Monday, January 19, 2004

On High Alert
From Japan to Vietnam, Asian countries are culling millions of chickens infected with a strain of bird flu that can also prove deadly to humans. Can they prevent a pandemic?
(TIME Asia)

Monday, January 12, 2004

Atomic Shakedown
Pyongyang's promise to disarm is just a cunning financial ploy
(TIME Asia)
U.S. Team Analyzing N. Korean Nuke Visit
(The Washington Post)
Skepticism swirls around North Korea trip
(Christitan Science Monitor)

Sunday, January 11, 2004

The North Korea Problem
Can the Bush administration dismantle North Korea's nuclear aspirations?
North Korea bares nukes
(The Washington Times)

Saturday, January 10, 2004

The Return of SARS?
Wherever diseases appear, or reappear, political controversy is sure to follow
(TIME Asia)

Monday, December 15, 2003

Notes from Saddam in Custody Saddam is talking, but he isn't cooperative. New details on his capture and his first interrogation
In Hussein's Capture, World Pundits See New Chance for Iraq
(The Washinton Post)

Sunday, December 14, 2003

How We Got Saddam
(MSNBC News)
"We Got Him."
U.S. Takes Saddam From Iraq After Capture
(AP via YAHOO! News)
Swaggering tyrant is pulled, groggy and dishevelled from his rat hole
(telegraph co. uk)

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Number of Hungry N. Koreans May Go Up
SEOUL, South Korea - Up to 3.8 million North Koreans - 17 percent of the country's population - could be deprived of critical international food aid by the end of winter, the World Food Program warned on Thursday.
(AP Asia via YAHOO! News)

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Japan Cabinet Approves Troops to Iraq
(AP Asia via YAHOO! News)

Koizumi commits SDF personnel to Iraq
(The Asahi Shimbun)

Japan shows courage
(telegraph co. uk)

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Putin Says Russia Needs Stronger Non-Proliferation Controls
(VOA News)

Beijing details weapons policies
By Ted Anthony
Published December 4, 2003
(The Washington Times)

Monday, November 24, 2003

Land of the rising stars

Matsui; total repertoire
Al Qaeda seen shifting to 'terror consultant' role
(The New Zealand Herald)

Thursday, November 20, 2003

The Last Tycoon
Samsung's enigmatic chairman may be leading more than his company
(MSNBC News)

Monday, November 17, 2003

Buy Freedom
To flee oppression, many North Korean women escape to marry Chinese men. Here are two tales of desperation
(TIME Asia - Nov. 24, 2003/Vol. 162 No. 20)

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Exposing Pyongyang's Prison State
Human rights experts release a chilling report on North Korea's penal system
(TIME Asia)

Sunday, November 09, 2003

CIA: North Korea Verifies Nuclear Designs
The CIA has concluded that North Korea has been able to validate its nuclear weapons designs without a nuclear test, the agency disclosed to Congress.
(YAHOO News)

Saturday, November 08, 2003

U.S. Baseball Team Fails to Make Olympics
(YAHOO News)

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

North Korea, at UN, Refers to Japanese as 'Japs'
(YAHOO News)

Monday, November 03, 2003

Grim fate for N. Korean prisoners
Centers of torture, deprivation and death
From CNN's Mike Chinoy
Friday, October 31, 2003 Posted: 1:50 AM EST (0650 GMT)

Friday, October 31, 2003

China, North Korea agree to six-way nuclear talks
Fri Oct 31, 4:59 PM ET
By Nick Macfie

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

N. Korea Defector Holds Talks in D.C.
Wednesday October 29, 2003 10:46 PM
AP Diplomatic Writer
(Guardian Unlimited)

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

China gains on Japan in age-old rivalry for Asia influence
By Robert Marquand | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
(The Christitan Science Monitor)

Monday, October 20, 2003

Matsui No Godzilla, But Still a Threat
Mon Oct 20,11:12 AM ET
By Roger Lajoie

Yanks Beat Marlins to Tie World Series
Mon Oct 20, 9:28 AM ET
By Larry Fine

Japan Series prepares Matsui for World Series
Mon Oct 20, 6:47 AM ET
By Gary Graves and Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY
(via YAHOO News)

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

Early round would test North Korea's credibility
Special to The Japan Times
(The Japan Times)
North Korea Says Japan Not Welcome at Talks
(YAHOO News)

Sunday, October 05, 2003

Japan Is Back (No, Really!)
WELL, IN THE LAST MONTH something big has been happening thousands of miles away from the Middle East. Japan is back. No, really. The country is finally stirring from a decadelong slumber. And it is waking up politically as well. In the long run, this period might well be seen as the rise of a new Japan.
(MSNBC News)
Opening a Window on North Korea's Horrors
Defectors Haunted by Guilt Over the Loved Ones Left Behind
By Doug Struck
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, October 4, 2003; Page A01

(The Washington Post)

Thursday, October 02, 2003

A-bombs go ahead, Pyongyang says
James Brooke/NYT
(The IHT Online)

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Activists: Food Aid in North Korea Sold
Wed Oct 1, 2:30 PM ET
By SANG-HUN CHOE, Associated Press Writer
(YAHOO News)

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Is Japan's Resurgence For Real?
The economy is perking up, and giddy investors believe a long-awaited recovery is here. But optimism over Japan often turns to tears
(TIME Asia Magazine)
Bush Vows Action if Aides Had Role in Leak
Democrats' Demand for Special Counsel Rejected
By Mike Allen and Dana Milbank
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, September 30, 2003; Page A01
(The Washington Post)

Sunday, September 28, 2003

Most troublesome regime looks set to stay... for now
(The Straits Times)

Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Koizumi's Second Act
Japan's Premier looks set for re-election, but will he be a real revolutionary or just another failed reformer?
(TIME Asia Magazine)

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Suicide Highlights Korean Farm Problems
Thu Sep 18, 3:57 AM ET
SEOUL, South Korea - When Lee Kyung-hae, fresh out of college, returned to his rural hometown to become a farmer in 1975, the seeds of the economic upheaval that eventually led to his suicide were already taking root.
By SANG-HUN CHOE, Associated Press Writer
(YAHOO News)
CIA Confirms Audio of Bin Laden Deputy
(YAHOO News)
Analysts: Bin Laden likely incapacitated
Latest videotaped footage not convincing, No. 2 man possibly prepping for top job

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

On holiday in North Korea
By Kate McGeown
BBC News Online
(BBC News)
One year after the Pyongyang summit
(The Japan Times)

Monday, September 15, 2003

Looking Into the Future
What will the world look like in three centuries time? A demographer predicts lower birth rates, a greater reliance on solar energy - and fewer religious differences
By Malcolm Beith
(MSNBC News)

Wednesday, September 10, 2003

N. Koreans in Japan Struggle for Identity
Wed Sep 10, 4:12 AM ET
By HANS GREIMEL, Associated Press Writer
(YAHOO News)

Monday, September 08, 2003

What Do They Want in South Korea? Unification!
By Anthony Faiola
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, September 8, 2003; Page A01
(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Striking To Death?
South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun may be giving militant unionists just enough rope to hang themselves - and the economy
(TIME Asia)
Odd Man Out
Six-country nuclear-arms talks leave North Korea more isolated than ever
(TIME Asia)
Countries Meet to Discuss N Korean Nuclear Stand-off
Paul Kerr
Arms Control Today September 2003
(Arms Control Association)
N. Korean Parliament OKs Nuclear Force
Posted on Wed, Sep. 03, 2003
Associated Press
(The Kansas City Star)

Tuesday, September 02, 2003

U.S.-North Korea war seems 'strong possibility'
By Jimmy Carter
Posted 9/1/2003 8:07 PM

Monday, September 01, 2003

North Korea Says It Is Against More Talks
Sat Aug 30, 8:55 AM ET Add Top Stories - The New York Times to My Yahoo!
By JOSEPH KAHN The New York Times
(YAHOO News)
Concessions possible on N. Korea
Policy shift seen as way to defuse nuclear issue
By Bryan Bender, Globe Correspondent, 9/1/2003
(The Boston Globe)

Sunday, August 31, 2003

Day after pacts in Beijing, N. Korea reverts to nuclear threat
Posted 8/31/2003 6:11 AM

Saturday, August 30, 2003

North Korea rejects further nuclear talks in reversal after 6-nation summit
Posted 8/30/2003 5:07 AM
N. Korea Reverses Course; Rejects Further Nuclear Talks
Saturday, August 30, 2003
Associated Press

Friday, August 29, 2003

Japan hopes dashed over abductees
Officials say they will keep pressing N Korea for answers
Friday, August 29, 2003 Posted: 0419 GMT (12:19 PM HKT)
No agreement at N Korea nuke talks
Friday, August 29, 2003 Posted: 0515 GMT ( 1:15 PM HKT)

Thursday, August 28, 2003

U.S.: NK says it may test nukes
Friday, August 29, 2003 Posted: 0249 GMT (10:49 AM HKT)
Official: North Korea Vows to Test Nukes
By GEORGE GEDDA, Associated Press Writer
(YAHOO News)
U.S. has chat with N. Korea in Beijing
By David R. Sands

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

The US-North Korea Dance
Commentary > The Monitor's View
from the August 28, 2003 edition
U.S., North Korea Don't Bend on Arms
No Movement at Nuclear Talks in Beijing
By John Pomfret
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, August 28, 2003; Page A23
(Washington Post)
The guys who cried wolf
(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
North Korea: No bygones at Yongbyon
By Robert Alvarez
(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
As Talks Begin, China Views North Korea as Risk
By John Pomfret
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, August 27, 2003; Page A19
(Washington Post)
US gives little away on North Korea talks
By David Pilling in Tokyo, James Kynge in Beijing and Andrew Ward in Seoul
Published: August 27 2003 19:01 | Last Updated: August 27 2003 20:51
( / World / Asia-Pacific)

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Nations Divided on North Korea As Threat
Tue Aug 26, 2:11 AM ET
By KENJI HALL, Associated Press Writer
(YAHOO News)
How serious is North Korea's nuclear threat?
World > Asia Pacific
from the August 27, 2003 edition
By Ben Arnoldy

Monday, August 25, 2003

The hermit state heads to the table
World > Asia Pacific
from the August 26, 2003 edition
Five global powers start talks Wednesday with Pyongyang to ease nuclear standoff.
By Robert Marquand | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
Time to act, China tells N Korea
By Willy Wo-Lap Lam, CNN Senior China Analyst
Monday, August 25, 2003 Posted: 0406 GMT (12:06 PM HKT)
Chinese President Hu Jintao has told North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to halt his country's "constant war-preparation" and to concentrate on building up its feeble economy.

Sunday, August 24, 2003

S.Korea says no apology planned for anti-North demo (MSNBC News)

Saturday, August 16, 2003

North Korea's Trojan Horse
Masashi Nishihara
August 14, 2003; Page A19
Section: Editorial
Word Count: 830

-- It is unfortunate that North Korea's proposal for a "nonaggression pact" with the United States appears to be gaining support among some prominent U.S. policymakers and other influential figures. Such a pact would in fact lead only to a withdrawal of U.S. troops from South Korea and perhaps even to Japan's justifying the development of its own nuclear weapons.

North Korea believes that its national security has been seriously threatened by a series of .....

(The Washington Post)

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Reining in North Korean Leader Not Easy
Wed Aug 6, 7:56 AM ET
WASHINGTON - The United States has been doing the carrot-stick routine with North Korea (news - web sites) for some time, but nothing much seems to work.
(Yahoo! News)

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Foiled on the road to freedom
Desperate North Koreans take a perilous route through China in their bid to defect, writes Hamish McDonald.
(The Age)
Beijing officially unveils 2008 Olympic Games emblem
Abductees cite coercion in kids' letters
(The Japan Times Online)
Move on kin of abductees: A ploy or a breakthrough?
(The Asahi Shimbun)
Pyongyang tells kids Japan 'detaining' parents
(Mainichi Daily News)

Thursday, July 31, 2003

North Korea: How Not to Handle a Tyrant
Where diplomacy is needed, the Bush Administration has opted for name-calling. It's time to drop the insults and start talking
AUGUST 1, 2003
By Stan Crock
(BusinessWeek online)

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Japanese Divided on Iraq Troop Deployment
Tue Jul 29, 3:10 PM ET
By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press Writer

Monday, July 28, 2003

Can The Government Compel You to Fund Attacks On Yourself?
Tax Misery Index
(Forbes via Eschaton)

Thursday, July 24, 2003

David Sifry: "An incredible lesson in civics..."
David Sifry talks with me for a half hour here about his Technorati page.
(via Scripting News)

Monday, July 21, 2003

A blog for everyone
By Mark Ward
BBC News Online technology correspondent
Walking Into Trouble
Spy flights prove North Korea is making plutonium. It may have four nukes already. But don't panic ... yet
By Richard Wolffe and B. J. Lee
NEWSWEEK July 28 issue, 2003
North Korea may have second nuclear plant
North Korea may be producing plutonium for atomic bombs at a second, underground nuclear reprocessing plant, according to intelligence officials in Seoul and reports in the US.
By Andrew Ward in Seoul
Published: July 20 2003 13:19 | Last Updated: July 20 2003 13:19

Friday, July 18, 2003

Matsui gives Yanks a walk-off win
NEW YORK -- Hideki Matsui opened the second half of the season in dramatic fashion, hitting a walk-off home run to lift the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.
(New York Yankees News)

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

N. Korea Drops Insistence on Bilateral Talks, Officials Say
By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, July 17, 2003; Page A09
(The Washington Post)

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

U.S., N. Korea Drifting Toward War, Perry Warns
Former Defense Secretary Says Standoff Increases Risk of Terrorists Obtaining Nuclear Device
By Thomas E. Ricks and Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 15, 2003; Page A14
(The Washington Post)
U.S. under fire over N. Korea
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States is checking claims Pyongyang has enough plutonium to make half a dozen nuclear bombs, as it fends off criticism its North Korean policy is ineffective.
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 Posted: 12:09 AM EDT (0409 GMT)
US admits intelligence uncertain of N Korean declaration
By Andrew Ward in Seoul and Guy Dinmore in Washington
Published: July 16 2003 5:00 | Last Updated: July 16 2003 5:00
Breakthrough 'close' in North Korea crisis
After months of diplomatic stalemate over North Korea's nuclear programme, analysts are predicting that the crisis is approaching a pivotal phase.
By Andrew Ward
Published: July 15 2003 17:20 | Last Updated: July 15 2003 17:20
US war plan to topple Kim Jong-il
The United States has begun drawing up a military plan designed to topple the North Korean Government that could provoke war with the communist state, according to new reports.
July 15 2003
By Shane Green

Monday, July 14, 2003

Fearful Symmetry: Washington and Pyongyang
By John Feffer
FPIF Policy Report
July 2003

Sunday, July 13, 2003

Files show a stubborn North Korea
Communist bloc archives reveal that aid to North Korea gave its old allies little influence.
By Jasper Becker | Special to The Christian Science Monitor
from the July 10, 2003 edition

Thursday, July 10, 2003

In Japan, U.S. Expat Fights the Yankee Way
TOKYO -- Don't call me a foreigner, the green-eyed native New Yorker tells a Japanese sharply.
(By Doug Struck
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, July 5, 2003)

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Arsenal Of The Axis
North Korea already supplies missiles to rogue states. Now it poses a new threat: nuclear proliferation
(TIME ASIA - July 14, 2003 Vol. 161 No. 27)

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

You Want Statins With That?
It's summertime and the eating is easy. As you throw more red meat on the grill, you know that little pill will keep your cholesterol down. But could it also stop Alzheimer's?
By David Noonan
NEWSWEEK - July 14 issue

Update: statin n.
Any of a class of lipid-lowering drugs that reduce serum cholesterol levels by inhibiting a key enzyme involved in the biosynthesis of cholesterol.

Monday, July 07, 2003

Something To Prove
Pedro Martinez and Mike Mussina were two prominent All-Star Game snubs. But both were dominating Monday before the Yankees emerged with a 2-1 win. The winning run was scored by Hideki Matsui, but is he an All-Star? Bob Klapisch argues Matsui earned his selection, while Sean McAdam says no way he's among the AL elite.
(ESPN Baseball)

Matsui Definitely Deserves His Star
EXCELLENT CHOICE: Yankee leftfielder Hideki Matsui got lots of support from Japanese fans but there is no doubting that he belongs on AL All-Star team. Jeff Zelansky
(By Jay Greenberg - New York Post Sports)

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Scholars who blog
The soapbox of the digital age draws a crowd of academics.
(From the issue dated June 6, 2003
The Chronicle of Higher Education - Research & Publishing)
Tokyo Cemetery Plots Priced at $86G
Wed Jul 2, 2003
By KOZO MIZOGUCHI, Associated Press Writer
(Yahoo News)
Israel boycotts BBC after network's coverage "verges on anti-Semitism"
Israeli officials have decided to sever all ties with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in protest of the network's broadcast of a documentary critical of Israel's unconventional weaponry.
By Ellis Shuman June 29, 2003

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Tokyo Lost-And-Found Keeps Eye on Goods
On any given day, about 800,000 items pack the four-story warehouse, with 5,000 new ones trucked in every morning for an annual haul of 220,000 articles of clothing, 30,000 mobile phones, 18,000 eyeglasses and 17,000 wallets.
By HANS GREIMEL, Associated Press Writer
Jun 29, 2003
(Yahoo! News)

Friday, June 27, 2003

Feeding the dictator
From The Guardian newspaper, UK: Food aid to North Korea only props up Kim Jong-il's grotesque regime.
Special report: Korea
By Fiona Terry
August 6, 2001
(Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF)

Thursday, June 26, 2003

The price of peace
The special prosecutor's recognition that the South Korean government paid a cash reward to the North for the 2000 summit has dealt another blow to the badly bruised Korean peace process.
(The Korea Herald)
Why South Korea won't listen to Bush.
(Honor Guard by Eric Weiner
Post date: 01.23.03
TNR Online)

Monday, June 23, 2003

Bloggers Rate the Most Influential Blogs
Secret Lives
For two decades, Sung Hae Rang lived behind closed doors with the despot said to be the world's most dangerous madman. This is her exclusive tale.
By Adriana S. Lee

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Whale commission future 'in jeopardy'
The world's whales seem little safer, despite all the work and expense involved in the four-day-long International Whaling Commission's meeting.
(By Alex Kirby.
BBC News Online environment correspondent in Berlin.)

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

News in Depth / North Korea
(Financial Times)
Journalists and Their Fathers
(Poynter Online)

Monday, June 16, 2003

Know your War Profiteers Card Deck
(The Ruckus Society via

The Deck of Weasels
The Pentagon's Iraqi Most Wanted "Deck of Death" playing cards was a huge hit with Americans.
Now, is raising the ante - with the Deck of Weasels, depicting the 54 worst leaders and celebrities who opposed America and were key members of "The United Nations of Weasels."

Thursday, June 12, 2003

While the Japanese are the world's leading newspaper buyers, China holds the world daily circulation record of 82 million, followed by Japan, India and the United States, a report said.
(ABC Online)
Crisis in Rangoon
Secretary Powell can send a lifeline to the suffering Burmese.
By Senator John McCain
June 11, 2003

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

N. Korean Defector Tries for U.S. Visit
SEOUL, South Korea - Six years after fleeing one of the world's most repressive regimes in search of freedom, Hwang Jang Yop remains confined to South Korea.
By KENJI HALL, Associated Press Writer
(YAHOO! News)

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Home the Hard Way
Hundreds of South Koreans have been abducted by the North over the decades, and only a handful have ever escaped. For those that do return, Seoul is providing less than a hero's welcome. A TIME Special Report
BY Donald Macintyre and Kim Yooseung
A Defector's Story
My escape from North Korea--and South Korea.
Thursday, June 5, 2003
(Opinion Journal )
Roh seeks relationship free of history's shadows
South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun told the Diet on Monday that Japan and South Korea should be "free of the shadow of historical issues" and should emphasize future-oriented ties.
Staff writer
(The Japan Times: June 10, 2003)

Monday, June 09, 2003

Colonial-Era Wounds Unhealed: Roh
By Shim Jae-yun
Korea Times Correspondent
(The Korea Times 06-09-2003)
'Japan's militarism still haunts Asia'
(The Korea Herald - June 10, 2003)
Where Does the ULD Leader Belong, South Korea or Japan?
Kim Jong-pil, president of the United Liberal Democrats party raised a controversy regarding his remark over the passage of a wartime contingency bill by the Japanese parliament.
JUNE 09, 2003
by Sung-Won Park
(The Dong-A Ilbo)

Roh Administration Falling in Line, or Out?
The two leaders of South Korea and Japan had summit talks a couple of days ago. They both issued joint statements. But the statement seems like a compromise covering up the delicate differences between the two leaders over North Korea`s nuclear ambitions. President Roh and. .....
(The Dong-A Ilbo Editorial - June 08, 2003)
Summit of Stumbles
President Roh Moo-hyun said at the end of his Japan visit on Monday that he had mixed feelings about the trip. But people watching him felt more than confused - frankly, they felt furious and ashamed. .....
(The Chosun Ilbo Editorial - June 10, 2003)
Roh asks Japan to face its past
Asia �edoubtful, concerned,�f about Tokyo, he tells Diet
(JoongAng Daily - 2003.06.10)

Sunday, June 08, 2003

spencer tunick

Tunick beats Melbourne's nude photo record
The crowd keeps still for Spencer Tunick at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona.
June 9 2003
(The Age)

7,000 pose for nude art installation

More than 7,000 people have taken part in Spencer Tunick's largest nude art installation to date - a sea of bodies stretching across a Barcelona street.

(Ananova - ©Associated Press
Story filed: 13:00 Sunday 8th June 2003)

Friday, June 06, 2003

Matsui helps Yanks avoid sweep
By Mark Feinsand /
(New York Yankees Gameday Recap
06/05/2003 10:24 PM ET)

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Sammy Sosa says, "Al Quaida corked my bat!"
(Metapop - June 05, 2003)

Ex-teammates question Sosa's explanation
East Valley Tribune (Mesa, Ariz.)
(San Jose Mercury News - Posted on June 05, 2003)
Sosa's bats are clean, but he's not off the hook
(Associated Press via - June 5)

Complete Coverage: Say It Ain't Sosa
(July 10 - Updated: June 5 -
Sosa's legacy could be broken beyond repair
By Jayson Stark
(June 2 - Updated: June 4 -

Sosa takes the blame for being ejected in first
(June 03 -

Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Welcome to Daw Aung San Suu Ky'is Pages

Myanmar ignores calls to free Suu Kyi
Minister says Nobel peace laureate is 'perfectly fine', but nations put pressure on ruling junta by lodging protests
(The Straits Times Interactive JUNE 4, 2003)

New Push for Sanctions Against Burma Regime Likely
by Jim Lobe
(Published on Monday, June 2, 2003 by
via Common Dreams NEWS CENTER)

Monday, June 02, 2003

More about "Kibbutz"
Yesha leaders may agree to evacuate empty outposts
By Aluf Benn, Nadav Shragai and Nathan Guttman, Haaretz Correspondents: 02/06/2003
U.S. wants timetable from Israel for removing outposts
JERUSALEM - The United States wants Israel to submit a timetable for the evacuation of more than 100 unauthorized outposts in the West Bank. Israeli officials and Western diplomatic sources said the Bush administration regards the dismantling of the outposts as the first major Israeli obligation in connection with the so-called roadmap. Last week, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon approved a U.S.-sponsored plan for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian war and the establishment of an interim Palestinian state by the end of the year.
(Special to World
MIDDLE EAST NEWSLINE - Monday, June 2, 2003)
They've been here before
Israelis are too optimistic to be realistic.
(By Joel Mowbray - NRO June 2, 2003)
Pyongyang not misusing food aid: expert
North Korea does not have a military as powerful as is often reported by international media, and there is no evidence that humanitarian aid has been diverted to the military and the country's elite, a British expert on North Korean affairs said Thursday. .....
(The Japan Times: May 30, 2003)

Sunday, June 01, 2003

Aid lifelines continue to reach to North Korea
Holt International Children's Services, the Eugene adoption agency, sends nutrition biscuits to children in North Korea. Mercy Corps, the Portland-based aid organization, sends apple trees. World Vision, of Federal Way, Wash., helps hungry Koreans raise vegetables. ....
(By RICHARD READ - 05/24/03
Northern Exposure
The CIA recruited a scientist who worked on North Korea's nuclear weapons program
(TIME Asia June 2, 2003 / Vol. 161 No. 21)

Saturday, May 31, 2003

Japan is an Earthquake-Prone Country

This time luck on quake-hit Japan's side
SENDAI (AP) The two earthquakes struck within days of each other, unleashing roughly the same devastating power. The killer quake in Algeria left thousands dead. Its counterpart in Japan left hardly a scratch.
(By HANS GREIMEL - The Japan Times: May 30 2003)

Friday, May 30, 2003

East Asia: China Forcibly Returns North Korean Refugees to Death, Torture, and Imprisonment
Washington, D.C., May 29, 2003 The Chinese government forcibly returned tens of thousands of North Korean refugees back to harsh labor camps, torture, and even execution in North Korea during 2002, according to the World Refugee Survey 2003, an authoritative annual report published today by the U.S. Committee for Refugees (USCR).
Running on Empty
Kim Jong Il's brinkmanship is stoking a humanitarian crisis in North Korea. Will sanctions spread famine?
TIME Asia March 24, 2003 / Vol. 161 No. 11)

A Very Expensive Affair
Increasingly, South Koreans see the Sunshine Policy as throwing good money after bad
Time Asia March 24, 2003 / Vol. 161 No. 11)

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

[Opinion] 'Roh Moo-hyun' or 'No Mu-hyon'
(The Korea Times)
S. China city deals heavy blow at trade in wildlife
(Xinhuanet 2003-05-28)

SARS: The Animal Origin?
(bwg - adventures of a big white guy living in hong kong)
A New Eye on North Korea
The CIA lands a well-placed intelligence source.

(TIME Magazine Tuesday, May. 27, 2003)
Talk Plus Muscle On North Korea
By Jim Hoagland
Sunday, May 25, 2003; Page B07
(The Washsington Post)

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

N Korea health disaster warning
(The Courier-Mail via 1stopKorea)

Sunday, May 25, 2003

N. Korea threatens South with disaster
MAY 26, 2003

SEOUL -- Communist North Korea on Monday threatened to inflict 'unimaginable disaster' on South Korea which it accused of escalating the danger of war on the Korean peninsula.

Last week, Pyongyang sparked an outcry from Seoul and caused a three-day suspension of inter-Korean economic cooperation talks by threatening to bring 'unspeakable disaster' to the capitalist South.

This time the threat came from North Korea's powerful Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, a cabinet-level organisation handling relations with South Korea.

(AFP via The Straight Times)

Thursday, May 22, 2003

70-year-old claims Everest record
A 70-year-old Japanese man has become the oldest person to climb Mount Everest.

North Korea is not crazy, near collapse, nor about to start a war. But it is dangerous, not to mention dangerously misunderstood. Defusing the threat that North Korea poses to its neighbors and the world will require less bluster, more patience, and a willingness on the part of the United States to probe and understand the true sources of the North�fs conduct.

By Victor D. Cha and David C. Kang

�gNorth Korea Belongs in the �eAxis of Evil�f�h

No. ..... Although it does nasty things like sell drugs and make counterfeit money, North Korea has not engaged in terrorism in the last 16 years, and .....

�gKim Jong Il Is Crazy, Unpredictable, and Undeterrable�h

Wrong ..... North Korea has not started a war in five decades. .....

(Foreign Policy May|June 2003)

Is that right? Professor Cha is said to be Korean-American.

Inter-Korean economic meeting deadlocked: media
(Xinhuanet 2003-05-21)

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

North Korean Defectors Wearing Masks Testified Before US Senate
(Donga Ilbo May 21, 2003)

North defectors tell of drugs, missiles
(JoongAngDaily 2003.05.22)
Pyongyang Issues First 'How Dare You?'
by Kim Min-cheol (
(The Chosun Ilbo)
Korean talks suspended
Inter-Korean talks in Pyongyang have been suspended after the North's warning that Seoul faced "unspeakable disaster" if it sided with Washington in the nuclear crisis.
(BBC NEWS May 21, 2003)

Monday, May 19, 2003

U.S. Must Be Ready to Blockade N.Korea - Experts
Mon May 19,12:12 AM ET Add Top Stories - Reuters to My Yahoo!
By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent
May 19, 2003 - Without urgent action on an agreed coalition strategy, recent developments on the Korean Peninsula suggest that we could soon face a fully nuclear-armed North Korea with the capacity to export nuclear fissile materials, or even bombs, concludes a Council-sponsored Independent Task Force, Meeting the North Korean Nuclear Challenge.
(Source: Press Release - CFR Publications)
Miss Universe beauty pageant to open in Panama
..... Tight foreign exchange controls in Venezuela have blocked one of the South American country's most famous exports, candidates for the Miss Universe beauty pageant. ....
(Xinhuanet 2003-05-19 10:37:59)

Saturday, May 17, 2003

Tracing the Spread of SARS
Faulty Drains Led to Outbreak at Hong Kong Apartment Complex
(From: NPR)
NPPA: The Best of Photojournalism 2003
(Poynter Online)
North Korea U.S.-Japan Relations
Updated: May 15, 2003
How will the North Korea crisis affect U.S.-Japan relations?
(Source: CFR)

Friday, May 16, 2003

Roh shifting N. Korea strategy
By Hwang Jang-jin Korea Herald correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO - President Roh Moo-hyun indicated Thursday South Korea may cut or slow down exchanges with North Korea if Pyongyang continues with its nuclear saber rattling.
(Korea Heralds May 17, 2003)

Roh Hints at Change in NK Policy
By Oh Young-jin Korea Times Correspondent
SAN FRANCISCO _ President Roh Moo-hyun on Thursday said South Korea will deal with North Korea with more reciprocity so that Seoul is no longer subject to Pyongyang's whims in inter-Korean affairs.
(Korea Times May 16, 2003)
Is the kibbutz, Israel's unique society, an endangered species?
By israelinsider staff May 13, 2003

Kibbutz What, Why, When, Where
November 2002
by Jon Fidler, journalist, member of Kibbutz Beit Ha'emek

(From: israelinsider)
Group Photos:First group of SARS patients discharged from Xiaotangshan hospital
(Source: Xinhuanet 2003-05-16 07:35:59)

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Where Next for al-Qaeda?
Tuesday's suicide strikes in Saudi Arabia may be the start of a campaign to hit U.S. targets in the Arab world
(From: May 13, 2003)