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South Korea’s Computer Network Crashes

20 Mar

john_draperWhy couldn’t it have been the television broadcasts, instead of a computer network attack?

Police and South Korean officials were investigating the simultaneous shutdown Wednesday of computer networks at several major broadcasters and banks. While the cause wasn’t immediately clear, speculation centered on a possible North Korean cyberattack.

The shutdown came days after North Korea blamed South Korea and the United States for cyberattacks that temporarily shut down websites in Pyongyang.

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Crime In The USFK

20 Mar

Pyeongtaek ProtestSouth Korea’s leftist daily, Hankyoreh, thinks South Korea has become American service members’ “playground for criminal activity“.

In recent days, US forces in Korea have been responsible for a series of crimes. This past weekend alone, there were three altercations in the Seoul area involving US GIs. And only two weeks ago three US soldiers caused a late-night disturbance in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood and shot a BB gun at citizens and the police officers who were in pursuit and fleeing from the scene…

After midnight on Mar. 17, there were two incidents in a row in which drunken US soldiers committed acts of violence around Seoul’s Hongdae area and then assaulted the police officers who tried to stop them.


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Tearing Iraq Apart

20 Mar

Iraq-Sectarian-violenceIraqis are not grateful to the United States for the 2003 invasion.

RAED JARRAR: Correct. I mean, I mentioned previously how I’m half-Sunni and half-Shiite. Many Iraqis jokingly now refer to people like myself as “Sushis.” And, you know, like, it’s like it’s getting—our community is getting smaller and smaller, because there are less mixed marriages. Before 2003, I did not know who from my friends were Sunnis or Shiites, and we’ve never expressed any concerns, we’ve never heard any stories about this person being a Sunni or a Shiite—and not only from a personal experience. The example that I always give is the 55 deck of cards that was printed by the Pentagon and CIA when they went after the top 55 leaders in Iraq. Thirty-six out of those 55 were Shiites. It’s almost the same representation publicly. I mean, not to say that the former Iraqi government was all-inclusive and everyone was happy, but it was a dictatorship that was secular. So people’s ethnic and sectarian affiliations were not really a part of that oppression. If you supported the government, you were—you had a good life. And if you opposed it, regardless of your sectarian affiliation, you were destroyed, and your entire family was destroyed.

Unfortunately, these things changed completely now. They changed because of two reasons. The first one is the complete destruction of the Iraqi national identity. There is no—there is no civic identity in Iraq anymore. So people went—they regressed. They went to the other level that they can identify with, and that, unfortunately, was the sectarian affiliation. The second reason is that this is actually the system that was introduced by the United States in 2003. The Governing Council that was created by the U.S. in 2003 marks the first occasion where Iraqis were chosen to run the country based on their sectarian and ethnic affiliations in Iraq’s contemporary history. It never happened before the U.S. came.

Contrast this with the mainstream line, that the United States only “triggered” sectarianism.

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