Gromky: I will translate. The Feds have decided on a course of action where it will be very easy for the Russians to pass him messages or get messages from him, and/or kill him outright in an untraceable manner and blame the killing on us.
Saw this over in "North Korean Economy Watch". Follow-up to a story we've been looking at for a while.
Rason (South Koreans would pronounce the initial "R" as an "N") is an ice free port in the Sea of Japan. Rason was formally known as Rajin-Sŏnbong.
China has secured the rights to build three new piers at Rason, one of which will be dug out to accommodate 70,000 ton vessels.
China will build a power plant, an airfield, and a new rail link to the Chinese city of Tumen. A rail link already exists between Rason and Tumen but it is 156 km in length (and slow). The new link will be just 55 km. China will invest about $3B US.
Note that a rail link already exists between the Russian eastern border town of Khasan and Rason. Of the three currently existing piers, one is leased by Russia and the other by the Chinese. Making it easier for the Norks to play a shell game when exporting internationally banned items.
A Michigan man accused of buying and hiding more than 4,000 pounds of explosives [ANFO] with enough potential firepower to equal the Oklahoma City bombing has pleaded guilty to one count, though his attorney insisted Wednesday that his client had no violent intentions, saying "He had no intention of hurting anybody, destroying anything. He would have used them eventually for business." A wired informant provided evidence: A sheriff's detective listening to the recording heard the informant ask Lechner what he planned to do with the material, and Lechner replied: "When the government gets taken over, we will be mercenaries." I guess you could call that a 'business'
NEW DELHI: India has marked a major success in its battle against polio by being removed from the World Health Organizations list of countries plagued by the crippling disease. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad says the WHO removed India from the list Saturday after the country passed one year without registering any new cases.
The milestone is a major victory in the global effort to eradicate polio and leaves only three countries with endemic polio Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. India must pass another two years without new cases to be declared polio-free.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praised some 230,000 volunteers who traveled across India to vaccinate children and said Indias success against polio shows that teamwork pays.
Both have some interesting history. P-36 Was designed by Edgar Schmued, workaholic. Yes, from Germany. The P-47 was a couple of Russian designers. The P-47 had eight fifty calber/ four per wing. Good story.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.