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“Ground Control to Major Tom….”

This is awesome. Astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has the perfect crowning touch for his time in the International Space Station: his incredible rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Bowie would be proud of this rendition and Commander, we’re all proud of you down here on Earth and what you have done to make science and […]

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Nothing new under the son

Now it looks as though North Korea is going to go ahead and re-start its nuclear facility at Yongbyon. There’s a good article in The Christian Science Monitor about this latest news to come out of the North and whether or not the international community should be worried about it. Yes, we should be worried […]

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There’s a method to their madness

Okay, so it’s been a little intense here on the Korean peninsula for the past month with all the angry rhetoric and threats North Korea has been making, but after having lived here for the past twenty-three years, this is nothing unusual. Yes, there bellicose rhetoric has alarmed a lot of people, but here in […]

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North Korea threatens nuclear strike on US

So much for Dennis Rodman’s basketball diplomacy. North Korea on Thursday vowed to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States, amplifying its threatening rhetoric hours ahead of a vote by U.N. diplomats on whether to level new sanctions against Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test. An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will […]

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Dennis Rodman in North Korea: The story that won’t go away

Dennis Rodman’s no elder statesman like former president Jimmy Carter or our ace in the hole/clutch diplomat Bill Richardson, but you wouldn’t think so with yet another story about his visit to North Korea and an appearance on ABC’s This Week. It’s the story that won’t go away and for Rodman, he hasn’t enjoyed this […]

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Mr. Rodman, this way to debriefing

Probably not according to a news story via ABC: Basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman may be the only American to have hugged, drank and laughed with North Korea’s bad boy Kim Jong Un, but the U.S. State Department said today it has no plans to debrief Rodman for any personal intel on the man who says he […]

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Rodman: Kim Jong-un’s an awesome guy

One thing about Dennis Rodman, he never disappoints. Even when it comes to calling Kim Jong-un an “awesome guy.” Ending his unexpected round of basketball diplomacy in North Korea on Friday, ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an “awesome guy” and said his father and grandfather were “great leaders.” Rodman, the highest-profile […]

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Court side in Pyongyang with Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong-un sharing a laugh together. As my friend and fellow author, Alex Keto so eloquently pointed out, “folks, you can’t make this stuff up.” Please note the careful placement of the Coca Cola can. Either Rodman brought his own Coke or you can get it in […]

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Dennis Rodman in Pyongyang: Basketball Diplomacy

Well, if ping-pong worked with the Chinese, maybe Dennis Rodman, a.k.a. The Worm, and basketball might have the same effect on the Norks. Very interesting article in The Diplomat about Rodman’s visit to North Korea that even has Marcus Noland finding something in the visit to get excited about: “I am all for it,” Dr. […]

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Redeployment of Tactical Nukes on the Korean Peninsula?

This is the kind of news that’s going to raise some eyebrows. A lot of eyebrows. If folks in Korea were concerned about Mad Cow disease earlier this month when they took to the streets, I wonder how people are going to react to this news. Seoul officials and experts cautioned against the redeployment of […]

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