Friday, November 15, 2013

North Korea Executes 80

Above: Kim Jong Un inspects North Korea troops in this government photo
North Korea had reportedly publicly executed as many as 80 people – some for infractions as minor as watching South Korean movies or possessing a Bible – in the first known mass executions in the Kim Jong-un regime, according to Korea’s Joongang Daily News

A UPI report said that people were executed in Wonsan, Chongjin, Sariwon and Pyongsong but Pyongyang was spared. Fox News suggested that these simultaneous executions across the country on November 03, 2013 indicated an extreme measure by Kim Jong Un’s regime to quell public unrest. The common theme of the persecution was crimes related to South Korea or corruption of public morals. 

I wonder if HELP’s Paul Chan will now withdraw the honorary doctorate in economics he gave to the North Korean Supreme Leader? I suppose not. Maybe he can still justify the award, that the executions make economic sense because there will be eighty less mouths to feed? 

After all, there has been persistent reports of food scarcities in the country and millions of its citizens live near starvation. The World Food Program is claiming that "one in every three children remains chronically malnourished". 

I was in KL’s Jalan Genting Klang yesterday for the One World Toastmasters meeting. I had a good time and not only because two of the three speeches were humorous – one talked about condoms and the other about sex. I also admire members’ gung-ho heroics at this meeting – they were not shy to learn and they were not afraid to have fun! I loved the energy here and because they start and end on time, I am awarding this meeting a score of an 8 over 10.

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