Wednesday’s Link Attack: S. Korea’s Presidential Race; North Korea; Psy and Madonna
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: November 14th, 2012
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S. Korea presidential hopefuls suspend merger talks
AFP via Google News

South Korea’s two left-leaning presidential hopefuls suspended merger talks Wednesday because of disagreement over the selection of a single candidate to contest the December poll.

“We have stopped the single candidacy negotiations for the time being,” Yoo Min-Young, the spokesman for independent candidate Ahn Cheol-Soo told reporters.

The talks between software mogul Ahn and Moon Jae-In from the main opposition Democratic United Party only began a week ago, as they sought to merge their campaigns to challenge conservative front-runner Park Geun-Hye.

North Korean defectors hold little hope for new Chinese leadership

The topic that has ignited such passion today is China and its ongoing leadership change. All five [defectors] agree China has been too forgiving of North Korean behavior and human rights abuses in the past, but they are split as to whether that will change with fresh blood at the helm in Beijing.

Xi Jinping is widely tipped to lead China for the next ten years. Seo Jae Pyoung, Secretary-General of the Committee for the Democratization of North Korea says his initial dealings with Kim Jong Un, the young North Korean leader, will be watched closely.

N. Korea shipped missile parts to Syria: media
AFP via Google News

North Korea tried to export ballistic missile parts to Syria in May in violation of UN sanctions, Japanese media said Wednesday, citing diplomats who have seen a classified UN report.

South Korean authorities inspected North Korean cargo bound for Syria and confiscated hundreds of cylinders that could be used to build the weapons, the Asahi Shimbun said.

Seoul in June reported the discovery to the United Nation’s North Korea sanctions committee, which then dispatched experts to South Korea to inspect the materials, the liberal daily said.

Man gets 25-year prison term for raping niece
Yonhap News

A 58-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for raping his underage niece as well as impregnating her, a Suwon court said Wednesday, amid growing calls for tougher punishments for brutal sex crimes against minors.

S. Korean women’s life expectancy 8th highest in the world: U.N. report
Yonhap News

The life expectancy for South Korean women ranked eighth overall in the world while numbers for men trailed at 26th place, a United Nations report showed Wednesday.

According to the 2012 world population report released by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the average life expectancy of a Korean woman stood at 84.0 years, while the average for a man stood at 77.3 years.

Madonna succumbs to Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ in New York
Los Angeles Times

Consider this a public service announcement: Tuesday night in New York, Madonna and Korean pop star Psy joined forces for a one-two punch of his “Gangnam Style” and her “Music.”

There’s little reason for Cleveland Indians to hesitate on dealing Shin-Soo Choo
Cleveland Plain Dealer

At this point we can only talk about the Indians’ tradable pieces in general because we don’t know what value each could bring in a deal. Choo is the easiest call. Trade him over the off-season. There’s no chance he’s coming back.

Ex-Steeler Ward: Hard work leads to success
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver Hines Ward told a Fayette County audience Tuesday that he overcame obstacles in life and pro football with hard work and by dismissing the doubters who said he could not succeed.

“I’m never going to buy into what people tell me I can’t do,” said Ward, who retired last season after 14 years in a National Football League career highlighted by two Super Bowl victories and a Super Bowl MVP honor in 2006.

Ward told more than 1,500 people who gathered at the Penn State Fayette Campus in North Union that they have to believe in themselves and not worry about those who would put them down.

After disappointing breakup with Knicks, Jeremy Lin building a better relationship with Rockets
Yahoo Sports

“I went into an absolute shell for a few months in New York,” Lin told Yahoo! Sports. “I went through a phase when I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I didn’t want to talk to my friends. I didn’t want to give anybody close to me a chance to mess up our relationship. I saw how publicity and fame changed certain people around me, and changed how people looked at me. And I hated it.”

Fame had come so fast, so without warning, it hasn’t been until training camp and starting the season with Houston that Lin has finally breathed out, finally understood he had found a franchise that will let him grow, let him make his mistakes, let him be.

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