| Nov 11, 2013
| 5:42 PM
North Korea staged gruesome public executions of 80 people this month, some for offenses as minor as watching South Korean entertainment videos or being found in possession of a Bible, a South Korean newspaper reported Monday.
The daily JoongAng Ilbo...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 11:59 AM
Interesting situation. Now that the United Nations in a report has identified Kim Jong Un and the North Korean government as the most evil, murderous, Nazi-like regime on the planet, what are we going to do about it? By “we”, I mean the...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:31 PM
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used his moment in the spotlight Wednesday at the World Economic Forum to sound an alarm over what he sees as China's rising militancy and Japan's outdated defense posture.
In a speech opening the five-day annual...
| Dec 16, 2013
When a political crisis hits Pyongyang, the leadership's normal antidote is to hide the real drama in rumors and shadows while assuring the world that outside forces are no match for North Korea's spirit of "single-hearted unity." But North Korea's real-...
| Mar 14, 2014
This week, as the Ides of March approaches — the March 15 anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar, a determined but ultimately fruitless attempt by Roman senators to stop their government from sliding toward dictatorship — the...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 5:49 PM
At the moment, our preoccupation is President Vladimir Putin's next move outside Russia. Will he invade eastern Ukraine? Will he move into Moldova? But even more worrisome than these territorial issues is what Putin may have in mind for Russia itself....
| Nov 8, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When Madonna declared herself fed up over the "death of creativity" after a world tour in which religious conservatives protested her concert in Poland, fascist skinheads heckled her in France and she received terrorist threats in Russia, the pop...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Angels-owned radio station KLAA (AM 830) has hired troubled ex-major leaguer Jim Leyritz to co-host a new sports talk show, a peculiar move for a club that lost promising young pitcher Nick Adenhart to a drunk-driving accident in 2009.
Leyritz, a two-...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 7:25 AM
BEIJING -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Friday appealed to China to rein in its North Korean ally and to ease its provocative territorial claims, but after a day of talks Beijing’s response was unclear.
In meetings with President Xi Jinping...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 7:00 AM
YANJI, China — She was a North Korean success story.
For more than two decades, the woman, now 50, dabbled in various businesses at the border between China and North Korea. She sold rice. She traded foreign currency. She opened a massage parlor...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 10:15 AM
BEIJING – Torture, deliberate starvation and other abuses carried out by North Korean authorities -- possibly on the orders of supreme leader Kim Jong Un himself -- constitute crimes against humanity and should be referred to an international...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Sometimes — as with North Korea and its despot of the moment, Kim Jong Un — I hate to admit it, but I miss the good/bad old days when we could just threaten to bomb someone back into the Stone Age to solve problems.
The U.N. Commission of...