The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, the Kremlin’s spokesman said on Friday.

It would be Kim’s first foreign visit since taking the helm of the reclusive east Asian state in 2011. His personal envoy travelled to Moscow last month as part of efforts by the two Cold War-era allies to improve relations.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/19/vladimir-putin-invites-north-korea-kim-jong-un-moscow – 12/19/2014


Hollywood didn’t even dare to kill Hitler, the most evil of all dictators, during his lifetime. When Charlie Chaplin made The Great Dictator at the height of World War II, he lampooned the world’s most dangerous man without even considering the possibility of offing him.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120599/interview-sony-hack-obscures-north-korea-human-rights-abuses – 12/18/2014.


We’re in it now.

The International Club of Bad Little Boys has been mightily insulted.

You don’t even have to show the movies even though the head-vaporizing clip has been making the rounds of the web for hours.

It may be enough for the malignantly narcissistic to know what they look like in America and, perhaps, how some of their people may be perceiving them via their own private adventures across the World Wide Web.

From The Awesome Conversation (FTAC) earlier today when asked where North Korea got its madly skilled IT hackers:

KGB–>VEVAK–>SSD Russian purpose or cover has been replaced by Putin’s neo-feudalism, but, possibly, probably, old relationships persist. China (–>MSS) is also not the west’s best buddy. As regards IT in general and possibly demonstrated by Assange and Snowden, the arc of despots seems quite capable of seducing western talent as well as producing prodigious security dictatorships sophisticated in every aspect of computer science concerned with the control of information.

Say it ain’t so, if you can.

It appears to me the United States — and, in general, the open democracies — is under attack in myriad ways daily, internally via foreign investment in influencing the nation’s intellectual assets, externally through means better known to James Bond movies — and now wild cinematic sendups, temporarily suppressed (one hopes) — than to foreign affairs readers.

I revise the axis “Putin-Assad-Khamenei” (“together they are defending political absolutism”) to Putin-Assad-Khamenei-Jong-Un.

Additional Reference

“North Korea: UN Commission documents wide-ranging and ongoing crimes against humanity, urges referral to ICC” – 2/17/2014.

“UN assembly votes to refer North Korea to ICC: UNGA also urges Security Council to consider sanctions against Pyongyang over alleged crimes against humanity.”  Al Jazeera – 12/19/2014.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/395130/tribe-liberty-jonah-goldberg – 12/20/2014.

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