The American student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in North Korea has died, his family says. Otto Warmbier, 22, returned to the US last Tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. North Korea said botulism led to the coma, but a team of US doctors who assessed him dispute this account. Mr Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel. He had suffered severe brain damage, and was medically evacuated from North Korea on 13 June to
I am heartbroken for his loved ones. I don´t know any of the background, but I don´t understand what he was doing in North Korea in the first place. It doesn´t strike me as either a tourist or school destination.
Sorry he died. But, this whole things sounds strange. Why was he there in the first place. What could possibly appeal to any American citizen about going into this arm pits of a personality cult country based loosely on communism? My God, this nut case of a dictator has people executed by flame thrower and anti-aircraft guns for crying out loud.
Article says that he attempted to steal the propaganda poster. No....he took it from his hotel wall, put it in his suitcase, and it was discovered at the airport as he was leaving North Korea. Sad story that says much about life in this modern version of the Hermit Kingdom...and much about youthful ignorance and stupidity.
It could be argued that Otto made a very foolish decision, but he did not deserve this. My heart goes out to his family and I pray that God will give them comfort as they go through the grieving process.
I hope that young people will learn a lesson from this young man´s ordeal. The world is an ugly place and actual evil does exist and most of all, you are not invinceable.
This, for taking a poster. Dear God in heaven take this young man in your arms. Dear Lord thank you for your gift of salvation and eternal life. The hell that crazy fat boy put this poor man through gives rise to anger so great that people feel a need to go to war. This is so despicable. This crazy fat bot and his enablers need to be destroyed. China is just not stepping up to the plate.
Paul Manafort has been cooperating with the bogus Russia election meddling probe since day one. He has turned over hundreds of requested documents, and willingly met with Senate intelligence committee investigators. A day after that meeting the FBI conducted a highly unusual “no knock” raid of Mr. Manafort’s Virginia home. That is a literal break-down-the-door type of raid. It is both rare and highly aggressive, particularly in cases of the political kind.The raid took place last month but is just now being reported on. Several of those same reports suggest the raid was initiated at the request of controversial Special
Obama administration holdovers gave the New York Times a fear-mongering report on global cooling/global warming/climate change/climate extremes that the Times implied President Trump was suppressing. (Snip)The Times corrected the report the next day: An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report. While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times. But like all errors it seems (and I am as guilty as anyone of this) the error reflects the reporter´s
Apparently CTH and Asian expert Gordon Chang are on the same intellectual page in analysis of the ongoing North Korea issues. In this interview Mr. Chang outlines the dynamic between U.S. President Trump, North Korean President Kim Yong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Gordon Chang also agrees that mounting economic pressure on China will be the pathway to getting the DPRK into line. (Video) The North Korean commentariat today has all been centered around a “response” to a precipitous strike by the United States. As previously outlined by Secretary Tillerson, via the “four no’s”, and backed up by the entire U.S.
When we initially read this article yesterday our review began with an earnest and sincere effort to understand the concerns amid the career bureaucrats in the U.S. State Department; and also to understand the overall cultural climate that would need Secretary Tillerson’s Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to calm these officials…. (Snip) I mean seriously, how much “talking to‘ could one organization need? These are obviously some seriously needy people. Then again, we’ve long discussed the overall liberal perspectives within the department; so the most entrenched liberalism inside government is definitively
Robert Mercer is a billionaire hedge fund manager who originally constructed the multi-million Cambridge Analytica data tool to aid Ted Cruz in winning the 2016 GOP Primary. Mr. Mercer bought controlling interest in Breitbart Media for $10+ million. It was through Breitbart media that Mercer, together with Steve Bannon, deployed the Cambridge Analytica tool with a two year presidential poll (2014/2015) to vacuum up user data for later use in the 2016 republican primary. (Snip) However, after Ted Cruz refused to specifically and enthusiastically endorse the winner, Donald trump, at the GOP convention in Cleveland, Robert Mercer kicked him out
President Trump on Wednesday ratcheted up his rhetoric against North Korea, pointing to the strength of the U.S. nuclear arsenal one day after warning Pyongyang of "fire and fury" if it continued its threats. Trump said in a series of tweets that he hoped that the "power" of the U.S. nuclear arsenal would never have to be used. He added that "there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world." My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.... — Donald
Confirming that Special Counsel Mueller´s probe has a particular interest in the business dealing of Trump´s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, the WaPo reports that FBI agents "raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials." Federal agents reportedly appeared at Manafort’s home without advance warning two weeks ago, in the predawn hours on Wednesday, July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee. The WaPo reports that the served search warrant was "wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tiger Woods will not attend his arraignment Wednesday on a driving under the influence charge, his attorney said, meaning under court rules the superstar golfer will be pleading not guilty. Attorney Douglas Duncan said in an email Tuesday to The Associated Press that Woods will not be attending the hearing, but he didn´t elaborate. Any plea other than not guilty requires the defendant´s attendance. The Palm Beach County State Attorney´s Office declined comment. Woods could have agreed Wednesday to enter a program for first-time DUI defendants. He would have to plead guilty to reckless driving and receive a year´s
James Damore, now a former Google employee, caused outrage when he circulated a manifesto on Friday, complaining about Google’s “ideological echo chamber” alleging women have lower tolerance for stress and that conservatives are more conscientious. The chess master, who studied at Harvard, Princeton and MIT and worked at Google´s Mountain View HQ, was fired on Monday after the search giant’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said portions of Damore’s 10-page memo “violate our code of conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes” despite saying in the same memo that Google employees shouldn´t be afraid of speaking their minds.
A new martyr for free speech has been born, and his name is James Damore. Damore’s offense is that recently he authored an internal memo at his workplace—Google—that appears, more or less, to have triggered the entire staff. His argument, essentially, is there might be more to “gender gaps” than pure sexist oppression, and he thinks it might be worthwhile to treat differences of opinion as a form of diversity worth protecting. The horror! The horror! Google officials initially weighed in to say, while they obviously are in favor of the expression of “alternate viewpoints,” such expression “needs to work alongside
Back in March, I asked in my Taki’s Magazine column “Diversity Versus Debate”: Does the increasing campus hysteria and antirationality portend bad news for Silicon Valley? If students increasingly grow up in a culture in which the person with the most wounded feelings rules, will they be able to code emotionless computers as well as in the past? With the tech industry already immense, and soon to attempt to take over the auto industry with self-driving cars, those are trillion-dollar questions.
On paper it’s called a “book deal”, “film rights” etc. The reality is that former FBI Director James Comey, a man who most believe lied under oath, leaked classified information, and turned the power of the FBI against POTUS Trump in order to secure a now far-reaching special counsel investigation, is being rewarded by the Deep State for a job well done to the tune of tens millions of dollars. (Snip)The imprint giving Mr. Comey his book deal is an imprint of a U.S.-based publishing powerhouse and itself a subsidiary of a private German company that also publishes Handelsblatt Global,
Failed presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton now has some interest in becoming a Methodist preacher, according to The Atlantic. Clinton’s pastor Bill Shillady told The Atlantic that Clinton had expressed interest in preaching when he saw her at a photo shoot for his book Strong for a Moment Like This for which Clinton has written the foreward. The book features daily devotionals he sent her during the 2016 campaign. “Clinton is lifting up an intimate, closely guarded part of herself,” Emma Green writes. “There are no more voters left to lose.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that the first six months of President Trump´s time in the White House have been "exhausting" while also criticizing Trump´s Twitter habits. Bush, a former rival of Trump´s during the 2016 Republican primaries, told Univision that it feels like "the whole world has been turned upside down" under Trump and gave him an incomplete grade for his first six months in office. "It´s exhausting," Bush said. "I mean it´s an incomplete grade in the sense that not much has been done. But it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) criticized President Trump Tuesday for Trump’s hawkish remarks on North Korea, saying Trump shouldn’t threaten the regime unless he is ready to back it up with action.bTrump ramped up the rhetoric against North Korea Tuesday after multiple reports of military escalation from the rogue regime. Trump won a diplomatic coup Saturday when the U.N. voted unanimously to slap massive sanctions on North Korea — avoiding vetoes from Russia and China.bThe Washington Post reported Tuesday that the country had developed miniaturized nuclear warheads for its missiles — with the potential to hit the U.S.b“North Korea best not
Judge Andrew Napolitano said the FBI´s raid on the home of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is a significant development. The raid occurred July 26 in Virginia and was confirmed to Fox News today by a spokesman for Manafort. (Snip) Agents hauled away documents and other materials. Napolitano said on "Outnumbered" that to obtain the search warrant, agents would have had to persuade a judge that there was "probable cause of crime in the place to be searched." Napolitano said the raid indicates the FBI did not trust that Manafort would preserve the materials they intended to find. "That is very damning
Speaking at a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vented about how President Donald Trump´s lack of political experience has led to him setting “excessive expectations” for legislative priorities. McConnell, R-Ky., told the group in Florence that he found it “extremely irritating” that Congress has earned the reputation of not accomplishing anything. “Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point,” said McConnell, a Republican
Two of the senators who singlehandedly derailed the skinny repeal of Obamacare were awarded a sit down interview with the admiring Dana Bash Friday on CNN. The bright faced journalist applauded Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) for having the “cajones” to vote against the Republican bill when they knew half the country would view them as heretics. Collins admitted it was an “uncomfortable” vote. But, they both insisted it was the right thing to do, which is why they did not fear backlash from GOP leadership, or even intimidating tweets from the Oval Office. Both women said they
New video has emerged showing Malia Obama dozing off after a ruckus night at Chicago´s Lollapalooza music festival on Friday. The video shows the former first daughter being driven from the festival site in a golf cart like a true VIP. Sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle, 19-year-old Malia appears to have already fallen asleep. But the movements of the car causes her head to jolt up a few times, though she doesn´t seem to open her eyes. A Secret Service officer in a yellow jacket clears the way for the golf cart, while another man drives the vehicle.
On Tuesday, New York magazine published an essay by a 24-year-old law student who recently paddleboarded around Manhattan for the first time. “I signed up for the race because I thought it sounded cool,” writes our participant. “Of course, when I asked around, everyone said it was really hard and I’d better start training.” The smugness, the entitlement, the painfully obvious observation — one might wonder: Who cares? Until you look at the byline and realize: Oh, of course. Another Kennedy, foisted upon us. Our diarist is none other than Jack Schlossberg, grandson of JFK, son of Caroline, accomplishment-free save for that 25-mile race
Several teenagers who were involved in a deadly crash after stealing two cars had a whopping 126 arrests between the six of them. Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after allegedly racing a stolen car through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car. Keontae Brown´s younger brother Keondrae, 14, was also in the car but survived after the vehicle was launched into the air before bursting into flames in Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday morning. They were allegedly playing a ´cat-and-mouse´ game with Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, who were
Former President Barack Obama’s National Security adviser, Susan Rice, wants President Donald Trump to accept North Korea as a nuclear power. “History shows that we can, if we must, tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea — the same way we tolerated the far greater threat of thousands of Soviet nuclear weapons during the Cold War,” she wrote in a New York Times op-ed, criticizing the president’s “fire and fury” rhetoric in response to the escalating tensions between the two countries. Rice urged Gen. John Kelly, White House chief of staff, to stop Trump, and she pointedly attacked Dr. Sebastian Gorka,
Former vice president Al Gore suggested on Tuesday that President Trump´s presidency could end early for "ethical reasons." "We´re only six months into the experiment with Trump. Some experiments are ended early for ethical reasons," Gore said at a showing in Berlin, Germany, of his new film on climate change. Gore, the Democratic former vice president to President Bill Clinton, is an outspoken critic of Trump´s climate change policies. His new movie, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," argues climate change is an ethical challenge similar to the civil rights movement or the fight for gay rights. "We can win
Since 2011, more than 20,000 shootings and homicides have left the city scarred. City pensions are nearly insolvent. While property taxes spike higher, the city still borrows for basic operations.(snip)..the city’s woes aren’t stopping 10,600 government employees from bringing home six-figure incomes and higher. This includes 1,000 city employees who pocketed at least $40,000 each in overtime.