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North Korea sentences U.S. citizen to 8 years for crossing border

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Aijalon Mahli Gomes has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and a fine of 70 million won ($700,000US) for crossing the North Korean border from China. It is unclear as to why he crossed the border, but come on, he’s listed as a devout Christian. Why else would he have gone?

Gomes is from Boston but was teaching English in South Korea at the time when he decided to hop up to China and go into the communist state to do some good will.

It’s unlikely that Gomes will serve the 8 years of his sentence. He will most likely be released early as an act of good will toward the United States as 3 other U.S. citizen have in the past year.


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April 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Info on North Korean operating system, Red Star

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A Russian blogger studying in North Korea bought a copy of Red Star, a computer operating system home-brewed by the N. Korean government, and posted information about it on the internet.

Apparently, the Linux-based system is highly restrictive and is geared towards monitoring user activity. However, it does run Mozilla Firefox and has versions of Microsoft Office’s programs. The software runs only in Korean and uses the North Korean calendar system that is based on the birth of Kim Il Sung (2010 is the year 99)

Most people in North Korea don’t have computers, nor the $5 it cost to by Red Star off the street. But it is interesting to see that they REALLY don’t like the outside word.

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April 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Torpedo is more likely to have sunk South Korean ship says Defense Minister

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South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young has stated that a torpedo is more likely to have been the cause of the ship’s collapsed rather than a sea mine. ¬†However, he had not made mention as to who may have shot the torpedo. ¬†A definitive cause cannot be discovered until the ship is salvaged.

This announcement was made less than a day after President Lee Myung-Bak warned that an investigation must be made ‘without suspicion or negligence. Forty-six sailors are still missing and rescue workers have resumed the search after halting efforts for two days due to severe weather.

Pyongyang has refused to comment on the matter.

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April 2, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Search for missing sailors still going

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After rescuing 58 sailors of the 104 on board the South Korean Naval ship that sank last week, authorities have not found any signs of life near the site of the explosion. However, it may be possible that the missing sailors found a cave of some sort for refuge so authorities continuing to search.

Last week, an explosion brought down the ship near the island of Baengyeong. Since the island is so close to the North Korean shore, an attack was speculated, however South Korean authorities have since dismissed that theory. The radar had not shown an signs of torpedo before the blast.

Officials are now speculating that an old North Korean sea mine from the 50s might have been the culprit. While they were removed in 1953, it is not likely that 100% of them were removed due to the difficulty in retrieving the thousands that were placed. Previously mines have been found in 1959 and then another in 1984.

[via: CNN]

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March 29, 2010 at 12:36 PM

South Korea accepts Ethiopian as refugee citizen

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While South Korea had signed the U.N. Refugee Convention in 1994, it has accepted only 175 refugees since then. Last week, an Ethiopian became the first such refugee to gain South Korean citizenship.

While South Korea has accepted thousands of North Korean refugees, North Koreans are accepted differently as they are automatically given citizenship upon receiving refugee status.

[via: BBC]

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March 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM