Apr 13, 2009
Apr 6, 2009
Not only did the country successfully send a communications satellite into orbit, KCNA said, but "it is sending to the Earth the melodies of the immortal revolutionary paeans 'Song of General Kim Il Sung' and 'Song of General Kim Jong Il.' "
Some say that there was no satellite at all. North Korean scientists and engineers are known to have built several hundred short- and mid-range missiles as well as nuclear warheads, there's never been any sign of fabrication of a satellite. South Koreans say that North Koreans built a dummy satellite to save money. Anyway, North Korea can count the launch as a success. They shot a long-range missile farther than ever before, this one went approximately 2,000 miles, twice the distance of Taepodong-1 and nearly half the distance needed to deliver a warhead to Alaska or Hawaii.
Apr 2, 2009
The G20 summit which took place in London on April 2 gathered the finance ministers and central bankers of 20 countries, including the seven major industrialised nations. The EU was represented by the Czech Republic, and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank also participated. 20 or 25 years ago, one could not even imagine that such different countries with such different economies, such different mentalities and historic traditions, would sit at the table and could agree in such a difficult situation on how to act, especially so quickly. Of course 20 years ago, they didn't have this global financial crisis.
Gordon Brown, UK prime minister, host of the summit, said the meeting marked the emergence of a “new world order”, as he unveiled what leaders claimed was a $1,100bn package of measures to tackle the global downturn, including support for lower income countries and a $250bn plan to boost the international money supply. "We will take action to build a stronger, more globally consistent, supervisory and regulatory framework for the future financial sector." "I think the new world order is emerging, and with it the foundations of a new and progressive era of international co-operation."... He just loves to say it again and again, his voice becomes deeper and he doesn't blink when he makes a pause and says: "new world order". It makes me sick. He is just their loud speaker, he is nobody but he is so proud that he's a part of it. Gordon Brown wanted a second fiscal stimulus but did not get one. However, he will be pleased that the agreement was universally accepted by the G20. He will also privately be delighted at the mood he helped create.
"A world less Anglo-Saxon and less liberal. The irony is that it's in Washington (in November 2008) and in London that the ultraliberal bracket opened 20 years ago by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher is closing."