The Cleanest of the Clean?

first_img [imText1]As the number of favorable reviews confirms, B.R. Myers has written an insightful and interesting book in “The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves- And Why It Matters.” In it he employs Seoul’s archive of North Korean domestic news and his own language skills to go past the sanitized propaganda of the Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) and its ilk to the stories and ideas that the North Koreans themselves see and hear. In so doing, he has successfully exposed the chasm between what North Korea puts out for international consumption and what it reserves for its own people, and this is unquestionably important work. The former focuses on, at various times and depending on the audience, one or all of communist solidarity, the desire for peace in the face of an intractable U.S. and/or South Korean enemy, the Juche ideology with its talk of humanism, the impending victory of the North Korean military over the aforementioned U.S. and/or South Korean enemy, and the need for inter-Korean solidarity in the face of international pressure. The latter, domestic propaganda, however, is rather uglier, and far less palatable on any level; a brand of racist “paranoid nationalism” which asserts the innate moral superiority of the Korean people and makes it clear that by not being crushed beneath American imperialism like its southern neighbor, North Korea is, morally and militarily, the better half of the peninsula, but with the caveat that, due to that innate moral purity, there is a need for a strong, parental leader to protect the people from the cruelty surrounding and threatening them. It is a nuanced form of fascism, and it has more in common with the ideas of imperial Japan and Hitler’s Germany than the rest of the former communist bloc.It is this second position which Myers throws light on in the book, and it is this which represents the most important contribution the book is likely to make; its ability to take the reader from a historical overview of the birth of the North Korean state through to a convincing argument that, given its racist worldview, absolute lack of moral compass in international dealings and conviction that nuclear weapons are an intrinsic part of its claim to being the “better Korea,” no amount of negotiation or aid is ever likely to cause the North to relinquish its nuclear armory or start behaving like a bona fide stakeholder in the international community. However, there are some things which Myers claims in his work that seem to be leaps of faith, too. Some of his assumptions about how the North Korean people view their own propaganda seem rather presumptuous. For example, speaking of the propaganda monuments that litter the country, is there really “no doubt,” as Myers asserts, that “North Koreans feel as much pride in these enduring monuments of strength and unity as Americans feel at the sight of the Lincoln Memorial”? Does Myers not think the repressed or the hungry may feel that such monuments are symbolic of their repression or hunger, though they may not feel able to say so? Similarly, are the Arirang mass games, “in which scores of children of the same height, body type and hairstyle dance and leap in unison” really “joyous celebrations of the pure-bloodedness and homogeneity from which the race’s superiority derives”? Judging by the way defector Han Sung Ju described his Arirang experiences in a 2007 Daily NK interview, it is anything but a “joyous celebration,” while claims of compulsory audience attendance at the 2008 performances do not suggest much joy, either. Furthermore, is it fair to make the leap of intellectual faith that “the army’s maraudings during the famine” indicate that “celebration of instinctive behavior has affected the culture of the real life military”? It is hard to agree that a hungry soldier stealing food from the local populace during a nationwide period of mass starvation really constitutes a “celebration of instinctive behavior,” and judging by the tale of jailed grain thief Park Won Guk in one of The Daily NK’s “Lee Jun Ha’s prison tales” last year, a dim view is taken of such thievery by the North Korean authorities as well.Nevertheless, it is the thrust of the book which is important, and none of these criticisms detract from the overall value of the argument put forward by the author. North Korea is not a benign and misunderstood communist relic; it is a ruthless military dictatorship with a deep-seated racist suspicion of all other peoples which is unlikely to alter as long as its paranoid, ultra-nationalist leaders are hiding behind a small collection of nuclear weapons within the mock-Communist edifices of their showpiece capital. For saying so in a clear, concise and enjoyable manner, we should be grateful to B.R. Myers. News AvatarChris Green Facebook Twitter SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By Chris Green – 2010.02.25 5:57pm center_img The Cleanest of the Clean? News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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Women rely on financial advisers more than men

first_img For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning software Only half of female respondents (51%) agree that they are willing to pay for financial advice compared with 58% of males, according to The Cerulli Edge— U.S. Retail Investors report for the first quarter of 2021. “This provides both a challenge and an opportunity to providers in the advice segment,” Scott Smith, director of advice relationships at Cerulli, said in a release accompanying the study. “As regulators are consistently elevating the role of transparency and disclosure in client relationships, investors are more likely to ask questions about advice fees and commission charges.”Instead of simply recommending the “best” stocks or funds, advisers are increasingly adopting process-based planning, which creates an implementation timeline, the Cerulli report noted. By dividing this timeline into tangible milestones, advisers are better positioned to communicate the value of each step rather than trying to assess an ambiguous wealth management fee.“When connecting their renumeration to specific responsibility and outcomes, advisers could reduce the potential skepticism among female investors and create millions of mutually beneficial client relationships,” Smith said. Two new studies agree that female investors who work with advisers rely more heavily on them for holistic planning advice than men do. However, many women are reluctant to pay for that advice. As many women are less interested in being actively involved in the day-to-day management of their investments, it paves the way for a relationship with a financial adviser that they trust to take over many of those decisions, the Spectrem report concluded.A separate study by Cerulli Associates also found that female investors are less interested in day-to-day management of their investments, but that they are also less willing to pay advisers to act on their behalf. 5 1 3 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 2 House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 4 The Spectrem report agreed that female investors want advice on a broader range of financial topics, not just investments. “Any financial professional who wants to work with female investors needs to be aware that these female clients will expect excellent communication and will rely upon their selected adviser for many decisions,” the Spectrem report found. “Women are also a bit more loyal and once they find their chosen adviser, they are less likely to change to another adviser, making them an ideal client.”(Questions about Social Security rules? Find the answers in Mary Beth Franklin’s ebook at InvestmentNews.com/MBFebook.) Bitcoin bulls say price volatility is different this year Newsletters The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers A study from the Spectrem Group found that 61% of women use a financial adviser compared to only 56% of men. And women who use advisers tend to rely more heavily on them for most of their financial needs, not just investing advice. Women also place a higher level of importance on professional designations such as certified financial planner or chartered financial analyst than men do, 78% to 71%, the Spectrem report found.Men are more likely to have done their own investing and they are more comfortable with making financial decisions without the assistance of a financial adviser, Spectrem found. In contrast, women feel far less knowledgeable about financial products and investments than men and they are also more likely to be seeking security as their primary portfolio objective.Nearly half of the men who do not use an adviser — 47% — said it is became they feel they can do a better job of investing than a professional. That is in stark contrast to the less than a third of women who feel that way. The women who currently do not use an adviser are more likely than men to identify as not having enough assets to warrant an adviser or not being able to afford an adviser.last_img read more

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At the half: Minnesota up on Northern Illinois 29-23

first_img2. Minnesota is executing at the line.The Gophers are shooting 9-12 from the line compared to Northern Illinois’ 1-3 free-throw shooting. The Huskies will need to head to the line more often if they want to reduce Minnesota’s six-point lead.3. McBrayer needs to carry team. Guard Dupree McBrayer had 18 points last game, and this game he is shooting 2-3 with six points at the half. McBrayer will have to take more shots down the stretch if the Minnesota wants to increase its lead. At the half: Minnesota up on Northern Illinois 29-23The Gophers are shooting 30 percent from the field. Jack WhiteDecember 11, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThree observations:1. Gophers start the game slowThe Gophers started the game shooting just 25 percent from the floor and only making five of their first 20 shots. Yet, the team still led because the Huskies shot 29 percent from field-goal range. The Gophers are shooting slightly better at the half than they were to start, going 30 percent from the field.last_img read more

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Why did Apprentice Hlapić travel to France?

first_imgThe Lima Association, in collaboration with the ship’s 3D street art artist Filip Mrvelja, told another great tourist story “Bike Adventures of Hlapich and Lima” which aims to promote the most famous work of Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić and Slavonski Brod as tourist destinations.The project is a continuation of the story where Hlapić grew up, a painter who goes on a new journey with his friend in search of good people. He decided to travel by bicycle, and the destination is Toulon in France, where the Street Art Festival is taking place, in which Hlapić participates.”Since the biggest brand of Slavonski Brod is one of the greatest Croatian writers – Ivana Brlić – Mažuranić, we named the project “Bike Adventures of Hlapich & Lima”, which alludes to the title “Brave Adventures of Hlapich” (The Strange Adventures of Apprentice Hlapich)”Points out Krešimir Herceg, president Lima Association from Slavonski BrodThe plot of the film follows two characters who set off on a trip to France by bicycle, and the entire trip was filmed and the documentary “Bike Adventures of Hlapich and Lima – First Journey” was made from the material. We invite you to the promotion and premiere of the documentary that will take place in Slavonski Brod, at the location of the Youth Center, Ante Starčevića 11, on Friday, February 05, starting at 19.30 pm. “As we have been working for the last six years on the promotion of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić and her works, and Hlapić is the most translated book IB.Mažuranić, we wanted to combine two stories through one modern story, Hlapić and the development of cycling tourism in Slavonski Brod. Throughout the project, we have two goals. The first is the promotion of Ivana Brlić Mažuranić and Šegrt Hlapić as a cultural asset of Slavonski Brod, and the second goal is to break various prejudices against other nations. We want to show that there are good people everywhere in the world and the whole point is for a man to be a man”Said Herceg.Every success begins and ends with people, so this way we want to highlight them. In addition to the idea duo, the ship’s film director Berislav Petrović, who is also the director of the documentary, and Tin Horvatin and the Zebrica Association, who created a special Bike Adventures website, dedicated their knowledge and time to the project. Also, the whole project, like any other, would not have succeeded without the sponsors who provided the minimum financial resources to make this great tourism project a success. That is why we thank the Tourist Board of Slavonski Brod and Giant Croatia for the promotion of our tourism.Be sure to visit the premiere of the documentary about Hlapić’s adventure in Toulon, France. And when you are already there, we recommend that you personally meet the whole team who with their love for Slavonski Brod tells various tourist stories, acts proactively, promotes the destination and with boundless energy and will deserve the title of ambassadors of Croatian tourism.Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1048042865251857/last_img read more

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Authorities: Man hid girlfriend in freezer, lived with impostor

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Deputies respond to Murphy USA gas station in Lehigh Acres Recommended Authorities: Man hid girlfriend in freezer, lived with impostor Published: August 1, 2017 12:59 PM EDT Updated: August 1, 2017 1:07 PM EDT YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) A man stored his girlfriend’s body in a freezer with the help of another woman, who assumed the dead girlfriend’s life by moving into her home, using her credit cards and caring for her dog, authorities said.The two were arrested and charged with corpse abuse after the girlfriend’s body was found last weekend in a home near Youngstown. A judge set a $1 million bond on Monday for Katrina Layton, 34, and Arturo Novoa, 31.Court records do not list attorneys for them, and there was no telephone listing for Layton or Novoa. Layton has asked for a court-appointed attorney.Authorities suspect the body found in the freezer is a missing woman named Shannon Graves, who was 28 when she was reported missing. They’re awaiting official identification and information on the cause of death.Graves had not been seen for months, according to a missing-person’s report filed by her family in June. Her sister told media outlets that Graves’ friends last saw her in February.Her sister said it was not unusual for Graves to go a while without talking with her family. But they said she never left home without her car, dog and phone, and all three remained behind.Youngstown Prosecutor Dana Lantz said that around the time police believe Graves vanished, Layton moved in with Novoa and began using Graves’ car, phone and credit cards and taking care of her dog.Novoa asked a friend to keep a padlocked freezer, police said, but the man became suspicious because it had been locked for a week.The friend managed to open the freezer, found the remains and called police, investigators said. Author: AP SHARE Immokalee man arrested, faces second-degree murder for shooting death last_img read more

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Thursday’s QPR quiz

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UNC welcomes back Sylvia Crawley as assistant coach

first_imgSylvia Crawley (Courtesy Photo)CHAPEL HILL -Sylvia Crawley, the captain and MVP of the 1994 North Carolina NCAA Championship team, has returned as an assistant coach for the Tar Heel women’s basketball program. The announcement was made on Tuesday by head coach Sylvia Hatchell.Crawley replaces another former UNC playing great, Ivory Latta, who resigned in May after two seasons to focus on her professional playing career.“This is a tremendous hire for our women’s basketball program,” said Hatchell. “Sylvia is a former ACC head coach and a true Tar Heel. She will be a wonderful addition to our staff and will assist us tremendously with recruiting and all facets of our program. A wonderful person, coach and one of my girls. We’re excited to welcome her back!”Crawley was a standout center during her days at UNC. As a senior, she was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament team, and to the NCAA East Regional All-Tournament team as Carolina marched toward the national championship in 1994.“It feels good to be returning to my home away from home,” said Crawley. “I’m grateful that Coach Hatchell has given me the opportunity to recruit and develop outstanding student-athletes at UNC. I was once in their shoes, so it deeply matters to me that every player feels valued and are equipped for the next level in life.”Upon graduation from Carolina, Crawley spent over a decade playing professional basketball, prior to joining the coaching ranks. Crawley served as the head coach at Boston College from 2008-12 as the Eagles made their entrance into the ACC, and served in the same capacity at Ohio University during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. She owns a 105-88 (.544) career record spanning six seasons.She was an assistant coach at North Carolina for two seasons from 2000 to 2002, and after completion of her playing career in 2004, she assumed a top assistant’s position at Fordham University. At the end of the 2006 season, she was named the interim head coach at Fordham, prior to accepting the head position with the Bobcats in April 2006.Most recently, Crawley was an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA in 2014. She also spent two years as a college analyst with American Digital from 2012-14.Crawley competed in 16 different countries in 12 years of professional basketball experience. She played four WNBA seasons as a forward with the Portland Fire and San Antonio Silver Stars. She announced her retirement from playing prior to the 2004 season. She also played professionally in the former ABL with the Colorado Xplosion and Portland Power from 1996 to 1999, and was the winner of the ABL’s slam dunk contest in 1997 with her famous “blind folded” dunk.Crawley was named the 1995 USA Basketball Player of the Year after leading the United States to a silver medal at the World University Games. Crawley was a member of the 1994 US Select team and was an alternate for the 1996 Olympic team, which also earned a gold medal. Crawley was also a member of the 1996 Jones Cup team and earned second-team tournament honors.Crawley finished her Carolina playing career competing in 124 games, making 101 starts. She compiled 1,158 points, 582 rebounds, 123 blocks and 90 steals. She ranks ninth on the UNC career charts in both blocks and field goal percentage (51.4). On Feb. 27, 2000, Crawley watched as her number – #00 – was hoisted to the rafters of Carmichael Arena as one of 11 Tar Heel women’s basketball players to have their numbers hang from the rafters.Off the court, Crawley is a licensed minister and is the co-founder and publisher of Monarch Magazine (monarchmagazine.com).The Steubenville, Ohio, native is a 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina. Crawley earned a double major in communication and radio, TV and motion pictures.Information for this article from SCS Foundation Alumni Newsletter.last_img read more

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Hope Solo appears in 200th game _ a first for a goalkeeper

first_imgUnited States goalkeeper Hope Solo takes the ball during a women’s Olympic football tournament match against New Zealand at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugenio Savio)BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) _ For Hope Solo, the firsts keep coming.On Saturday, Solo appeared in her 200th game for the U.S. women’s national team in a group stage match against France at the Rio Olympics. She is the first goalkeeper in history to reach the milestone in international play _ no small feat.It also makes her the 11th U.S. player _ across all positions _ to reach that number of caps.“As a goalkeeper, I think she’s the best one in the world,” France coach Philippe Bergeroo said. “She’s always good for the U.S. even when the team is in difficult times.”The 200th cap is just the latest notable statistic for Solo in a long, illustrious and always interesting career.Last month, Solo became the first goalkeeper with 100 international shutouts when the United States defeated South Africa 1-0 at Chicago’s Soldier Field. It was also her 150th career win.About a year ago, Solo won her second straight Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper at the Women’s World Cup, which the United States won. Over the course of the tournament in Canada she had five clean sheets and allowed just three goals in seven games.And earlier last week, 16-year national team veteran got her 101st shutout when the United States defeated New Zealand 2-0 in the team’s Olympic opener in Belo Horizonte.“Hope is obviously such an experienced player. And having been through so many world tournaments _ the limelight, the pressure, and the focus that’s on you _ it’s an incredible resource to have her back there,” U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg said. “It’s also a safety net we fall back on: We try to make things as easy as possible for her, but we know that we have someone who is world class in the next behind us.”Along the way she’s vocally advocated for women’s rights. Solo was among the U.S. players who filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for wage discrimination, saying the men’s national team players have been paid much more than many on the women’s team, which for years has out-performed the U.S. men on the international stage.More recently, she’s called for better conditions for players in the National Women’s Soccer League.But the former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant has also seen her share of controversy _ and the Rio Games have been no exception. She riled some Brazilians when she posted photo of herself decked out in mosquito netting and armed with insecticide, with the caption: “Not sharing this!!! Get your own! (hashtag) zikaproof.As a result, fans at the group stage opener in Belo Horizonte booed her every time she touched the ball, and at one point jeered her with chants of “Zi-ka! Zi-ka!”“I’m glad the fans had fun,” Solo said following the game. “And if they had fun at my expense, more power to them.”For now, all that drama is outside noise. The focus for the U.S. is winning a fourth straight gold medal in the sport. The Americans are also vying to be the first team to win at the Olympics after winning the World Cup.“Hope Solo is solid when it comes to focusing on the games. She’s 100 percent focused on the games,” Klingenberg said. “Regardless of what happens _ regardless of the cheers, the chants, whatever _ I know she’s focused on what she’s here to do. And that’s to be goalkeeper for the United States and play the best that she can.”last_img read more

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PSG’s Ibrahimovic could be on his way to Qatar in 2016

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic will not play for Milan next season. The Swedish striker travelled to Doha with his agent Mino Raiola to meet with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, in order to negotiate a contract, with his current deal ending in June 2016. The meeting, according to French media, was not to increase his salary during his final year, but to instead open the door to a possible exit to a Qatari club after his time at PSG. Upd. on 26/06/2015 at 20:29 CEST The striker’s contract with PSG has had a net salary of 12 million euros during his first three years at the club, with a 20% cut back installed during his fourth and final year – lowering his wage to 9.6 million euros. Raiola met with Adriano Galliani and Milan to discuss a transfer, but the Italian club are not in the position to pay for a deal, nor reach his agent’s demands of 10 million euros. Jordi Blanco 17/06/2015 Therefore, Ibrahimovic tried without luck to maintain his salary of 12 million euros during his final year of contract at PSG. Al-Khelaifi did not accept his requests, as according to sources close to the president of the French club, he offered him the chance to sign for a Qatari club the season after, with a contract that could compensate for what the Swede stands to lose at PSG. Ibrahimovic has several options regarding his future, including a chance to go to the MLS, but playing in Qatar would offer him better economic incentives and furthermore, with his destination likely to be Xavi’s Al-Sadd, the opportunity to form part of one of the best teams in the country.last_img read more

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A 6 million euro claim from Porto stands between Eder Militao and Real Madrid

first_imgAdvertisement 9on3gsNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9prmrrWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E64( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) b9t4zWould you ever consider trying this?😱3rsf9Can your students do this? 🌚85vyz2Roller skating! Powered by Firework A 6 million claim from Porto is now standing between Eder Militao and Real Madrid. Real Madrid agreed to pay the transfer fee worth £50 million to sign the 20 year old Brazilian defender from Porto in this winter transfer window. The defender will surely be playing for the Los Blancos from the beginning of the next season as the personal terms are agreed between the player and the club.Advertisement However, a 6 million euro is still there which is preventing this move till now. Accoding to the rules, Porto have to pay the training fees of the player to his former club Sao Paulo. The Portuguese club are now denying to pay the fees and they want it to be paid by the Los Blancos. The club management of Real Madrid made it clear that they would not pay this fees either.Advertisement The Los Blancos are taking a firm stance in this matter. The inclusion of Eder Militao in the squad of Real Madrid will certainly strengthen their squad. He will be rotated with the likes of the other centre backs Nacho, Varane and Sergio Ramos. However, FIFA must intervene in this matter as soon as possible to complete this signing by the Los Blancos.Real target Juve star Dybala in a swap deal with IscoAdvertisement   Advertisementlast_img read more

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