The Last Iron Curtain Is Crumbling
This is a great story from the Korean press. The communications revolution is reaching North Korea. How quickly will the regime lose control? Will it be slow or will it be fast? Interesting that the regime is using freq-monitoring technology to track conversations . . . who wants to bet that the watchers are just as fascinated and hungry for info as the watched? Keep putting those cell towers up! You can't stop the info flow! I had a conversation with a colleague once in which we decided (at the time) that to pacify Afghanistan, the only real thing needed was to airdrop Britney Spears and a good metal band in and have them do free concerts around the country. Like it or not, nothing can stop the power of US pop-culture. We invented the convertible, jazz, jeans, cowboys, "greed is good" and on and on and on. ----------- Another topic from the Korean press: Is the history of Japan's militarism being revised? Analysts have been saying for years that Japan would begin to flex its muscles. And they never get the story right in their own history textbooks. The average Japanese person's perspective of World War II goes something like this: "There was some sort of conflict, I don't really know much about it, and then the American nuked us." This article focuses on comfort women, which were Korean women forced to work in brothels, serving Japanese military units throughout East Asia. Quite a sore subject for the Koreans. US diplomacy and security relationships are the only things that keep these nations from being at each other's throats. Without us, there would be a crazy arms race like never before witnessed. Nukes too.