Tuesday, March 31, 2009

North Korea to Try Journalists

Iran, North Korea Playing Diplomatic Games With American Journalists?

Women on the Web — Iran and North Korea have more than their hatred for the United States in common. They have both detained female American journalists in recent weeks — and we can’t help but wonder how these political outcasts will use them against their mutual enemies.
Increasingly concerned about the well-being of Roxana Saberi, who has been locked up in Iran since January, the United States has been pressuring the Islamic Republic to grant consular access to the American journalist. Officials hope someone from the Swiss government — which serves as the intermediary between the U.S. and Iran — can ensure the physical well-being of the North Dakota woman. Saberi’s father, Reza Saberi, says she is "pretty suicidal" and may go on a hunger strike if she is kept in Tehran’s Evin Prison much longer.
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North Korea to put U.S. journalists on tria

Reuters — North Korea said on Tuesday it would put on trial two U.S. journalists arrested earlier this month on its border with China, accusing them of "hostile acts".
The planned trial adds to the mounting tension over North Korea's planned rocket launch in the next few days, which it says is to send a communications satellite into space but which the United States and others say is to test a long-range missile that could carry a warhead as far as U.S. territory.
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Small Incidents Trigger Wars

Korea Times — Serious misunderstandings cause wars. Even relatively small ones, festering underground over time and eating into the foundations of stability, can have the same calamitous effect. Some poisons work immediately; other poisons take time.
Let us consider a serious current poison that the U.S. media has been underplaying ― mostly deliberately ― at least for the time being.
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