Talking Points: 14 April

nkoreaCan a state survive in isolation? North Korea seems happy to do so, whilst Cuba is making long awaited moves away from isolation.

It’s been an “unbearable insult” and today North Korea has threatened to withdraw from nuclear disarmament talks following UN Security Council condemnation. Even Russia is calling on North Korea to return to the talks whilst China is urging calm. But North Korea isn’t having any of it. Enough is enough it seems for this country – can the world afford to upset countries considered dangerous?

Airline flights. Phone service. Money transfers. The US has more to gain than it thinks from reforming its policy towards Cuba. But who needs this change more?

Cuba will be one step closer to democracy  according to this blog. But this blogger  isn’t too impressed with the US. He says that the US forgives nations as and when it suits them giving Vietnam and Japan as examples.

“It can label someone as a “dictator”, yet turn around and work with other bona fide dictators when it fits its agenda….But Cuba, for some odd reason, had been on the list of nations-to-not-forgive-list for almost half a century”

Are there some countries that can never be forgiven?

Bouncers and ex soldiers employee in schools are on the rise in British schools.There are already high security measures in place in some schools around the world, worth reading about security measures in this American school. This blogger isn’t keen on the move and feels that children shouldn’t be treated as thugs or criminals in an educational environment – all you need is some strong school discipline from no-nonsense head teachers.

And finally, today we get to meet the world’s most famous dog, Bo. The “first puppy” is a six month old, black and white Portuguese water dog. Apparently the breed has a “can-do and hopeful spirit”. So according to Senator Kennedy who gave it to the Obamas, Bo will be a “perfect fit”. It seems we do share traits with our pets!

13 Responses to “Talking Points: 14 April”

  1. 1 Auspicious Ndamuwa
    April 14, 2009 at 10:47

    No country can leave in isolation in this global village. North Korea must be handled with all the severity it deserves. It’s like a case of a spoilt child who demands something that is harmful. The world should not dance to the Korean tune but make this country understand the importance of submission.

  2. 2 chipo
    April 14, 2009 at 11:52

    if countries like zimbabwe are told to follow certain rules and not make there own demands to the international comunity what makes korea special.the other point is the UN is now seeing the threat in korea only after they have tested a long rang space rocket.threats like this are seen from the time they begin.so we need to increase sanctions on north korea.

  3. April 14, 2009 at 12:22

    Southern Sudan/ Juba

    Who is North Korea? threatening the world and US, nothing will happen to US, North Korea will never Isolat the US from the other world.

  4. 4 Dinesh
    April 14, 2009 at 12:46

    I fail to understand from where NK gets all this funding. It population is deprived of all benefits and developments and there is no sustainable economy their. Who is funding NK to continue its nuclear build-up ????????? and how is it getting the technology – from where their scientist are being trained how are they keeping themselves updated on nuclear technology??????. I a sure its China who is playing this teasing game and using NK to keep US & Japan on its toes.

  5. April 14, 2009 at 13:18

    No nation can survive or thrive in isolation except support by one of world powers. Cuba survived with Russia’s support and now North Korea is making lots of noise with Chinese and Russian support. If not, why can’t Zimbabwe survive partial international isolation?

    The painful thing is that in such isolations, it is citizens that suffer while the rulers enjoy as if all is well. I do hope citizens of isolated countries will find the courage to fight the rulers who put them in suffering because of personal pride and greed.

  6. 6 Livia Varju
    April 14, 2009 at 14:47

    North Korea can’t feed its population, who live in abject poverty, and receive food aid from abroad. They should not spend millions on nuclear technology but take care of their people. If they don’t listen, then food aid has to be stopped.

  7. 7 Dinka Aliap Chawul,Kampala
    April 14, 2009 at 15:39

    Hi HYS. N.K can survive isolation from the international community but developing/third world countries civilian populations such as in Africa & Asia will not survive N.K made missle !!! world needs to act now with an immediate effect on both N.K & IRANIANS nuclear programs otherwise world will be a “hell” in case if such a provocative countries are allow to have a nuclear weapons.

  8. April 14, 2009 at 16:11

    North Korea is a clear winner. It has nukes and no one can touch it. If and when negotiations take place, they will be on their terms.
    Is Iran following North Korea? Certainly because it proves success is just around the corner.

  9. 9 Jaime Saldarriaga
    April 14, 2009 at 16:30

    North Korea issue is clear in the eyes of UN security Council unanimous decision. North Korea can not defy this decision unless facing consequences. Fighting against a unanimous decission of UN sSecurity Council (including China) shouldn´t be an easy task for North Korea.

  10. 10 Ravichandran
    April 14, 2009 at 17:33

    If the North Korea’s (NK) action qualifies for isolation, which in this case begs for more than isolation, there isn’t much the world community can do about it, but give what it deserves- a military response. Isolation is what Kim Jong II lusts for, because he and his cronies will be relatively safe if the population is kept isolated.

    But not satisfied with its reclusiveness, NK interacts with the rest of the world by effectively blackmailing the world community for privileges, and if the west pays the ransom-which it frequently does one way or the other-, NK will come back for more, once every year, lest the world forgets his country or for sheer joy of barking to the world that NK still kicking and alive by its torments. The few months gap of relative peace is the only saving grace for Japan, South Korea and rest of the world.

    China must be squealing with ecstasy to see the nervousness of the west and fearful response of Japan.

  11. 11 Dr.Ethiopia
    April 14, 2009 at 21:51

    Greetings Krupa,

    I am the blog author that you referred to in regards to Cuba getting the short end of the stick. Thanks for reading the article. I have never been confused as to the U.S.’s foreign policy as much as i have by the Cuba debacle.

    Indeed, Cuba should have been forgiven long time ago. The people had suffered ultimately. And half a century later, we know that our embargoes had not worked to force Cuba into submission.

    Something has to change, and Obama realizes that.

    it is a daring decision by Obama.

  12. 12 Dennis Junior
    April 15, 2009 at 04:15

    CUBA: It is good news that the United States is moving on the road of helping the Average Cuban Citizen….

    NORTH KOREA: No, this country can survived in an isolated world….

    FIRST PUPPY: Congrats to the Obama’s….

    SCHOOL SECURITY: That is sad, that a school has to act like a bar-room or a club…..

    *Dennis Junior*

  13. 13 Syed Hasan Turab
    April 16, 2009 at 15:41

    I think more then N Korea, USA & EU is on fast track of Isolation. No doubt N. Korea knows how to survive any way Russia & China are playing hipocracy with concerned parties.

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