Asiapress International goes international
Posted by ampontan on Monday, November 29, 2010
ASIAPRESS INTERNATIONAL is a Japan-based organization that is funding a team of citizen video journalists making clandestine films of life in North Korea. They also publish Rimjing-gang, a compilation of articles written by North Koreans, in Korean, Japanese, and now English.
The editor is Ishimaru Jiro, who trains the reporters and pays them $500 a month, as well as expenses for bribing police and border guards.
Word of his operation is finally filtering out of Northeast Asia, as this interview and article in Britain’s Telegraph demonstrates. It contains a compilation video with English subtitles. One scene shows a 23-year-old woman who lives outdoors foraging for grass, and who says she eats “nothing”. Another scene shows a woman giving a piece of her mind to a policeman in public.
Is the situation in North Korea getting close to a tipping point? Consider the following, found on the Internet:
(He) was showing signs of complete denial of reality. While the country was going through extremely difficult times with long bread queues in front of empty food shops, he was often shown on state TV entering stores filled with food supplies, visiting large food and arts festivals, while praising the “high living standard” achieved under his rule.
It was a reference to Nicolae Ceauşescu of Romania in 1989, who was executed in a revolution on Christmas Day that year.
It’s always worth reading what George Jonas has to write. This time it’s about North Korea.
North Korea is a Chicago-style protection racket with a flag and an anthem. Why did it shell a South Korean fishing village this week? Because that’s what North Korea does. It shells, professionally, for a living. From time to time it launches, or threatens to launch, projectiles at its neighbours, then invoices the world for stopping.
How do I know? Open sources. I’ve written about Korea, travelled in Korea, interviewed Korean officials, had Korean houseguests, married a Korean — well, a Canadian who was born in Korea — and have Korean in-laws, but that’s not how I know. My conclusion of why Pyongyang gave orders to shell the hilly tumescence of Yeonpyeong island on Tuesday isn’t derived from research but from math. I put two and two together.
Putting two and two together has been beyond the mathematical abilities of several American and minimally two South Korean administrations.
And Victor Davis Hanson adds his perspective: “The Korean mess reminds us again of who was and who was not in the ill-famed “axis of evil” as articulated in January 2002.”
Oh, yes, axis of evil. WikiLeaks reveals that the U.S. knew this year that North Korea has supplied 19 BM-25 missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, to Iran. The missiles have a range that puts some Western European capitals in striking distance, such as Berlin. (To attempt to provide what it considers balance to its article, the New York Times also mentions Moscow–a very unlikely target.)
They were shipped through Beijing.