AGAINST all odds, the US President and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have enjoyed a tête-à-tête at the Singapore summit. But what is the language of diplomacy for this pair - and does the North Korean leader speak the President's language? Here's what we know. Does Kim Jong-un speak English? The highly secretive tyrant isn't often expected to speak another language, so it will come as no surprise that few have heard his attempts at talking English. However, Kim's high school teacher has revealed that the dictator may know a little more English than he lets on. In an interview with NBC's Today show, Michel Riesen said Kim probably does know English - but pretends not to. Michel Riesen told Keir Simmons: "He was a good student, but he wasn't extraordinary."Riesen claims Kim attended an English-language international school in Gümligen, near Bern in Switzerland, when he was 14 years old. And he said he taught Kim sports, math, and German, and was also his … [Read more...] about Does Kim Jong-un speak English and how did he communicate with Donald Trump at the Singapore summit?
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DONALD Trump became the first US President to set foot in North Korea today as he shook hands with Kim Jong-un at the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) for a historic third meeting. The North Korean leader accepted Trump's Twitter invitation to “say hello” and “shake hands” in an attempt to revive stalled nuke talks. This is Trump’s first visit to the heavily fortified border between the North and the South – as his last attempted trip in 2017 was thwarted by bad weather. Trump crossed the border and became the first US President to ever set foot in North Korea - and Kim said he was "proud" he did it. The moment was filmed and photographed as Trump approached the concrete barrier at about 3.45pm local time. Kim said it was good to see Trump again and hailed the 45th President as courageous for crossing into North KoreaTrump spoke to reporters as Kim stood beside him. He said: "I just want to say this is my honour. Stepping across that line is a great … [Read more...] about Donald Trump shakes hands with Kim Jong-un as he becomes first US president ever to set foot in North Korea
DW: Does the continuing saga surrounding US President Donald Trump, special counselor Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the investigation, remind you of Watergate and the Nixon era? Nick Akerman:Yes, it is coming around the same time of the year. The anniversary of the Saturday night massacre is coming up at the end of October, so it is clearly at the same time of the year eerily enough. It is hard to say what is exactly going on here. One part of me thinks, this whole thing about Rod Rosenstein was just a setup to try and deflect attention away from the Kavanaugh hearings right now, which is what Trump's normal pattern is: to try to do something to get people's attention in a different direction. So, I am not sure how serious he is about this and whether this was just a deflection from Kavanaugh or whether he really is serious about getting rid of Rosenstein. Part of me believes that this thing is all a setup by Trump to begin … [Read more...] about Watergate alum: Firing Rod Rosenstein would be criminal
Is it disingenuous that the name of the Reddit community r/WatchPeopleDie uses the word die? Put it this way: the people in the videos and GIFs shared on Watch People Die do not merely die. Neither do they pass away (too polite), nor go to a better place (too peaceful). They are beheaded, incinerated, exploded, crushed, electrocuted, drowned, mangled, stoned and disemboweled. And their deaths, horrific and tragic as they are, can be watched by anyone with internet access, over and over again. The number of people who have watched these death videos without signing in to a Reddit account is unknowable. But the number of subscribers to Watch People Die – the number of Reddit users interested enough in seeing strangers get killed to have clicked SUBSCRIBE – exceeds 425,000. That’s nearly the population of Miami. By another way of comparison, Watch People Die is as big as the Reddit forums r/FinancialIndependence and r/Ass (NSFW, of course). So many of us would like to … [Read more...] about Exploitation on the internet? The morality of watching death online
Along with attempting to breakdance, sharing an illicit John Player Special, and drenching yourself in Kouros, a common rite of passage for teenage boys in early-1980s Britain involved sitting in a bedroom watching, and rewatching, gruesome low-grade horror movies. A generation of young males (it was almost exclusively a male thing) thrilled to the sight of bright red blood spurting out of freshly created orifices, psychos on the rampage with domestic hardware and undead monsters feasting on human sashimi. Their parents, meanwhile, were likely to be downstairs reading newspaper stories with titles like "Rape of Our Children's Minds" that listed in prurient detail the exact same scenes their offspring were playing back in slow motion upstairs. As a cultural phenomenon, video nasties followed a similar pattern to moral panics over new media. Just like computer games or the internet, the explosion in popularity of the video format in the late 1970s outpaced government measures to regulate … [Read more...] about Who’s nasty now?