Sunday, April 22, 2012

North Korea Pledges Imminent Jihad on South

North Korean troops on parade
 North Korean military cut into national TV to make a special announcement. (Original translation by BNONews edited by

In view of the situation getting graver as the days go by, the NPRK Supreme Command special operation action group issues the following notice upon authorization:

The special actions of our revolutionary armed forces will soon meet the reckless challenge of the group of traitors.

Those actions are an eruption of public anger and resentment, and a sacred war of all service personnel and people to protect the dignity of our supreme leadership.

Their targets are the Lee Myung Bak group of traitors, the arch criminals, and the group of rat like elements, including conservative media destroying the mainstay of the fair public opinion.

Once the above said special operations kick off, they will reduce all the rat like groups and the bases for provocation to ashes in three of four minutes, in much shorter time, by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.

Our revolutionary forces do not make empty threats.
This is an extremely unusual bold threat from the North. One which in some form they will have to back with action, due to the extremely public nature of the statement.

Things are already tense after the earlier attempted launch of a rocket by North Korea.

Japan and South Korea have called emergency meetings. Their troops, and those of the US in the area have gone on alert.

Update: Korean Central News Agency (North Korean state run media) has now released their own article about it. They have been nice enough to include an English version.

Theories about the promised destruction are leaning towards it being a cyber attack.

Socialist Hollande Ahead in France

After having over an eighty percent turnout, France is one step closer to finishing the presidential elections. Socialist Francois Hollande has taken the lead with 28.6% of the vote, whilst President Nicholas Sarkozy trails with 27.1%.

The vote today did not decide the final election, but narrowed it down to the final two candidates. There had been ten to choose from in this vote. Final voting occurs on May 6.

Marine Le Pen came in third with 18.1% and Sarkozy will have to win over a good portion of her far right votes, in order to be able to beat Hollande. For her National Front party it was a huge night, as they gained their highest number of votes ever.

Communist Jean-Luc Melenchon, who had nearly 12%, urged his followers to back Hollande. Francis Bayrou, considered the top centrist, took 9%. The remaining five candidates, split only about five percent of the vote.

This is the first time, during the Fifth Republic, that a returning President has failed to win the first round. Current polls suggest Hollande will win. If Sarkozy can not sway enough to his side, he will become the first incumbent not to win the election since 1981. At that time socialist Francois Mitterrand was elected for two terms.

"The choice is simple, either continue policies that have failed with a divisive incumbent candidate or raise France up again with a new, unifying president," Mr Hollande said. He promises to raise taxes on the rich and on corporations, increase the minimum wage, lower retirement to sixty, and higher sixty thousand new teachers.

Sarkozy promises to continue working on lowering the national debt. He also wants to create a tax that would tax anyone who moved out of France for tax reasons.