Posted on 12-10-2010
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

This story is kinda cool.  A 9 year old student wrote a letter to Johnny Depp’s character Captain Jack Sparrow asking for help staging a mutiny against her teachers.  The actor who was nearby shooting the fourth sequel of Pirates Of The Caribbeanshowed up in costume with 10 minutes notice to give a young kid a pleasant surprise she will not forget.  Video below:

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Posted on 12-10-2010
Filed Under (Foreign Policy) by Rashtrakut

Hwang Jang-yop the highest ranked defector from North Korea died this week.  The death of an 87 year old should not be a surprise, but the timing of his death and the repeated attempts by North Korea to assassinate him have spawned conspiracy theories.  His death also highlights the internal divide in South Korea.  The conservative parties had no reservations honoring Hwang Jang-yop.  South Korea’s leftists, always eager to make excuses for Pyongyang, have been much more lukewarm.  The much ballyhooed Sunshine Policy that earned former South Korean president Kim Dae Jung the 2000 Nobel peace price has been a dismal failure.  North Korea never had any intention of changing its ways and the policy may have actually propped up Kim Jong Il’s ramshackle regime.  Yet South Korea’s leftists place the blame for the recent freeze across the 38th parallel solely on their own government (and the Americans) with no blame attached to the dictator across the border – even when he sinks a South Korean naval vessel and kills South Korean sailors.  The presidency of Roo Moo-hyn (who committed suicide last year) saw Seoul turn a blind eye to North Korean spy infiltration.  At times you have to wonder if these parties are really that naive or are actually Manchurian candidates taking orders from Pyongyang (just as many Indians often cynically joke about their own communists taking orders from Beijing).

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