North Korea’s First Girl Band: Moranbong

North Korean Girl Band, Moranbong

North Korean Girl Band, Moranbong

Let’s welcome the NK-Pop group Moranbong! This group of five main vocal singers accompanied by another five musicians is all the craze, which was formed under the guidance of North Korean’s young leader, Kim Jong-Un. This group which debuted in July 2012 shows contrast from Kim Jong-il’s former leadership and entertainment. While Kim Jong-il was a known movie-buff, his son may be taking the route to make a name for himself as a music-buff. Also knowing that Kim Jong-Un’s wife, Ri Sol-Ju was a former musician may have been an extra push for Moranbong.

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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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