Kim Jong-un expected to embark on state visit to Iran
The Telegraph (U.K.)
Media reports from South Korea indicate that Kim, who inherited power after the death of his father in December, will take part in the six-day summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran from Sunday.
The organisation is made up of 120 member states that consider themselves independent of any of the major powers, but the venue for this year’s summit has provoked criticism in the West because of Iran’s defiance of international pressure over its nuclear programme.
Kim Jong Un Is No Reformer
Let me be blunt: The North Korean regime will not change because Little Kim studied in Switzerland, likes Mickey Mouse, and has a hot wife. If anything, another crisis could be looming: The death of Kim Jong Il and the politics of an unstable leadership transition, a new “get-tough” attitude in Seoul, and U.S. and South Korean electoral cycles constitute a unique confluence of escalation that has not been seen on the peninsula since the 1990s.
After decades of work, Bergen County Koreans have earned political respect
Bergen County Record (N.J.)
After two decades of persistence, Korean-Americans, one of the fastest-growing minority populations in Bergen County, have become a force commanding the attention of both major political parties.
“As time goes on, it’s going to become more and more important,” said Bob Yudin, chairman of the Bergen County Republican Organization. Yudin said the Korean-American community is undergoing what so many other ethnic minorities have experienced as they enter the political system.
McLean Teen’s Hope Floats Across Korean Borders
Charlotte Heffelmire, 15, of McLean is using helium balloons and neighborhood donations to break into North Korea. Standing on the roof of a building in South Korea, Heffelmire released about a dozen balloons — pearly greens, pinks and blues — that she hopes will float over the 2.5-mile-wide Korean Demilitarized Zone into North Korea.
Japanese Ambassador to Return to South Korea
Wall Street Journal
Japan is to send its ambassador back to South Korea after recalling him amid a diplomatic row over disputed islands. Masatoshi Muto was recalled earlier this month in protest against a surprise visit to the islands by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
Why Richard Aoki is Still a Symbol of Solidarity
If reporter Seth Rosenfeld was seeking tons of press attention for his new book about the FBI’s war on student activism during the 60s & 70s, he achieved his goal. One day before his book was published, Rosenfeld released an article stating that former Black Panther Richard Aoki had worked as an FBI informant after graduating from high school. My first reaction was to deny it. I’m still not going to fully accept this allegation until more information is published.
Margaret Cho’s Newest Confidence Booster: Her Motorcycle
The Drop Dead Diva star took her latest passion to New York City this month to share her riding experience with a group of women at a blogging conference in New York City hosted by Harley-Davidson.
“One of my proudest achievements was getting my motorcycle license,” Cho says. “I think it’s an inspiring thing.”
Neta: Cool Fish, Cool Place
Nick Kim is dressed all in white, standing in his open steel kitchen, wrapping seaweed around some brightly colored morsels of sea urchin gonad. A man in a T-shirt is seated in front of him, tossing his curls, talking loudly. “Hey, bro, why don’t you make that one thing, though? I used to get it all the time at Masa.” Kim delivers the sushi in his fingers. “Because I don’t have to,” he replies.
BellyQ: The Latest from UrbanBelly’s Bill Kim
Bill Kim got the Belly ball rolling in 2008 at UrbanBelly with his imaginative takes on noodles and dumplings. Belly Shack—an Asian-Latin fusion joint—followed a year later, and the boricua sandwich was born (think marinated tofu and miso sauce over crispy plantains). Now Kim can’t wait to get his hands on the new infrared grills and the Chinese water smoker.
Michelle Wie stays positive in ‘tough year’
Vancouver Sun via Calgary Herald
Wie’s game this year has lacked consistency. Her eighth-place finish in Portland was her first top 10 in a year where she has missed seven of 14 cuts.
She is proud she hasn’t let her indifferent play get her down.
“It’s been my toughest year so far, but I think that I’ve really tried to see positives through it and done a good job with that,” Wie said. “I’ve enjoyed every single week. Even though I didn’t play as well, I still try to take the positives out of it because the game is tough enough without beating yourself up too much.
S. Korean Badminton Pairs Have Bans Cut to 6 Months
AP via ESPN
The association’s disciplinary committee had earlier proposed banning the two women’s doubles pairs from international and domestic play for two years after they were ejected from the Olympics for trying to deliberately lose in order to manipulate the knockout rounds. The players appealed for leniency. The punishment was lowered to six months Wednesday.
LG Unveils 84-Inch TV with Lots of Little Pixels
Wall Street Journal
How many pixels is enough for a TV? LG Electronics Co., the second-largest seller of TVs globally by units, pushed into new territory on Wednesday by unveiling an LCD-TV with an 84-inch (yes, seven feet diagonally) screen that has a resolution of 8.2 million pixels.