6/24/13 Today’s Brew

Today’s Brew focuses on North Korea.

North Korea's Instagram

North Korea’s Instagram

1. North Korea’s Instagram owned by German teenager

North Korea’s Instagram account believed to be an official account by the government was revealed to be a work of a German teenager just posting photos as a fan.

2. North Korean city, Kaesong, becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site

The same city where the shuttered joint economic complex between North Korea and South Korea was approved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before modern drama ensued, Kaesong was the ancient capital of the Koryo Dynasty.

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Commentary on Vice Guide’s Trip to North Korea

North Korean Basketball Team with the Harlem Globetrotters (Screengrab from Vice)

North Korean Basketball Team with the Harlem Globetrotters (Screengrab from Vice)

Vice’s documentary on their high-profiled trip to North Korea aired on HBO Friday, June 14th. As they ticked another episode to their list of sensational journalism, North Korea is considered a bit like the holy grail for journalists since information is so restricted. The show’s running time was 30 minutes which seemed a bit ambitious for a trip that made headlines with Dennis Rodman as part of the traveling crew. The show did end up to seem quite a mirage of video footage, interviews, and monologues all jammed up every second. An extended version of the trip would be worthwhile to watch.

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6/20/13 Today’s Brew

Let’s see what’s the brew today….

Pollution haze in Singapore. Copyright Associated Press.

Pollution haze in Singapore. Copyright Associated Press.

1. Singapore and Malaysia shuts down due to worst pollution haze

Forest fires in neighboring Indonesia is bringing the worst pollution haze to the two countries. Schools of shut down and even Mcdonald’s isn’t delivering.

2. Jihadist posts his terror mission on Facebook and gets caught

Sefa Riano was planning to attack the Myanmar Embassy and posted his mission plan on Facebook. But lucky, before he could do it, Indonesia police found his yellow smiley faced post and arrest him.

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6/19/13 Today’s Brew

Today’s news comes from all around Asia.

Toru Hasimoto, Japanese politician tweeted about legitimacy of sex slavery during WWII

Toru Hasimoto, Japanese politician tweeted about legitimacy of sex slavery during WWII

1. [Japan] Toxic radioactive waste continues to be found in and around Fukushima

Problems continue to arise as the nuclear plant in Fukushima is recuperating from a devastating earthquake in 2011. The water pumped in to cool the fueling rods are contaminated with nuclear waste and now the issue of where this water can go arises. Into the sea will not be an option.

2. [Japan] Crisis control for Japanese politicians using social media

Japanese politicians are getting a lot of heat these days for posting comments that are politically “charged.” Someone needs to hold a social media seminar for these folks.

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