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.
In 2008, Barack Obama carried North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In 2016, President Trump flipped those five states on his way to a 30-state victory, the most states won in 20 years. Now those five states are in the running to land a $10 billion in a display-making factory.President Trump gets credit for this one. From Nikkei on November 18: TAIPEI -- iPhones might one day soon carry "Made in America" labels. Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review.
Oh how the media protested when President Trump fired Democrat Preet Bharara. The media portrayed him falsely as the bane of Wall Street. But Saint Preet was a sham political appointee hired from the staff of Democratic Senate Leader Crying Chuck Schumer to shakedown corrupt corporations to "donate" ti Democratic Party "charities" to avoid criminal prosecution. I explained that already. Now a judge has shown what kind of half-assed lawyer Bharara is in court.(Snip) From Newsday: A federal judge in Manhattan has reduced one count of a drug conviction and accused prosecutors of using “misleading” tactics in a case that
Oh Lordy, this is divinely funny… (Via Daily Mail) Former FBI director James Comey made a quiet visit to The New York Times on Thursday, one of few public outings since he admitted leaking stories to the newspaper about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. (Photo)Leaker Comey kept his sunglasses on and his gaze forward as he marched through the front entrance of the Times Square office building which houses the publication shortly after 6pm. He was accompanied by his wife Patrice Failor who also wore sunglasses. (read more with additional pictures)
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