Since the voluntary denuclearization of North Korea seems like a fantasy, the United States position of tightening its grip around the North Korean regime’s throat becomes clearer in Washington every day. President Barack Obama stated that “judgment will be levied at the highest level,”* and the U.S. Treasury [Read more]
If North Korea were a halfway normal country, the Pyongyang regime would be content to ridicule this two-hour Hollywood romp from a distance and let it go at that.
What happened to Sony’s film is nothing less than an act of transborder censorship, one which sets a terrible precedent.
Recently, Sony Pictures Co. moved forward with filming an absurd comedy about the assassination of Kim Jong Un, despite the protests of the North Korean government. However, when it came time for the movie to be released, hackers hit Sony, causing it to halt the release of the movie to the public. This situation is not [Read more]
The United States is considering whether to reclassify North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism after the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment. This means that the U.S. views North Korea’s recent hacking as a serious security threat on the level of cyberterrorism. Last weekend, the FBI publically announced that [Read more]
This concession is an invitation to autocrats and idiots around the world to take similar action against disagreeable films. But Hollywood doesn't care about that.
This scenario has perhaps captured so much attention because it pits the epitome of Americanism — Hollywood, celebrity, big business, money — against the epitome of authoritarianism.
It is widely known that Kim Jong Un has no use for the Americans. Recently, the North Korean dictator exploited a trip to a museum as a means to get even with the enemy.