Human rights groups estimate that at least 110 Syrians were killed yesterday, which would be the highest single-day death toll in the nine-month uprising.
His role in leading the North Korean people to a perfect Worker's Paradise is well known (aside from a few unfortunate famines). But as film director, Kim Jong Il deserves a retrospective.
Fish farming needs fewer resources than raising livestock and can be more environmentally sound than open-water fishing.
The third son of North Korea’s “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il appears well on his way to succeeding his father, in name if not in style and substance. He will lead the committee in charge of the funeral on Dec. 28 and will then be referred to as “successor.” Just when he will assume the real titles held by his father is a matter of intense speculation. Past precedent suggests a wait of as long as three years, according to Korean custom. For now, Kim Jong-un, 28 or 29 years old, faces the prospect of manipulation by high-ranking relatives and generals. “He’s very much an untested quantity,” says Shim Jae-hoon, a political analyst in Seoul. His lone qualification, according to Mr. Shim, is that “he symbolizes the house of Kim” – a reference to his grandfather, long-ruling “Great Leader” Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, and his father.
Guest blogger Kevin R. Johnson selected the 10 immigration events with the widest impact in 2011 – and Arizona's people, places, and laws featured prominently.
The passing of two great writers, Havel and Hitchens, may not cause currencies to fluctuate or armies to go on standby as Kim Jong-il's death has today. But the influence of their words will live on.
Syria agreed to the monitors today in Cairo, just two days before the Arab League was set to push for action against Syria at the United Nations.