Hwang Sun Charged for Pro-North Activity

first_img SHARE Hwang Sun Charged for Pro-North Activity News By Daily NK – 2015.02.12 1:06pm Facebook Twitter On February 10th, the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office indicted Hwang Sun [41, female] for violating National Security Law. Hwang has beenheld in custody since last month. According to the prosecution, Hwang isbeing charged for allegedly praising and idolizing the North Koreanregime at her event, “Hwang Sun – Shin Eun Mi TalkConcert”, that took place at the Jogyesa Temple lastNovember. While this so-called “pro-North lecture” raised a lot of controversy, Hwang’spartner, Shin Eun Mi, was also charged, but her indictment was suspended on the8th of last month. Shin was then deported to the US. Hwang had been investigated under thecharges of allegedly working as a pro-North activist for the group, “Practical Implementation of the South-North Joint Declaration”, praising the North Korean regime, and promoting editorialspublished by North Korea’s Party-run publication,Rodong Sinmun, through her “Sovereignty BroadcastingChannel” online. Prosecutors say Hwang wrote pro-Northstatements in her blogs and emails, such as referencing “PremierKim Il Sung’s achievements”.She is also being charged for possession of the book, Laughter Through Hardship, which was published in North Korea. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img read more

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Winners and losers after 100 days of Theresa May

first_imgHistorically, the Treasury has been perhaps the most powerful government department. What the Chancellor wanted, he usually got. In May’s government, Chancellor Philip Hammond, a Remainer, has been a lonely voice arguing against a hard departure from the EU and the single market, and right now, he’s on the back foot.Big businessUnder previous governments, politicians were always at pains to stress that Britain was “open for business.” Prime ministers Gordon Brown and David Cameron appointed prominent businessmen to government roles. The financial industry (“the City”), accounting for about 11 percent of the U.K. economy, carried huge weight in Westminster.But in positioning herself as the champion of working people, May’s government has adopted a tone toward business giants that would have once seemed unthinkable from a Tory prime minister.But in positioning herself as the champion of working people, May’s government has adopted a tone toward business giants that would have once seemed unthinkable from a Tory prime minister.In her conference address this month, May took a dramatic new turn, setting out a populist, interventionist economic approach — cracking down on corporate tax avoidance, controlling energy prices – aimed at showing she would stand up for the little guy. LONDON — Friday marked 100 days since Theresa May replaced David Cameron as U.K. prime minister, taking control of a nation reeling from weeks of political turmoil after the Brexit referendum in June.“People voted for change. And change is going to come,” May told delegates at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham earlier this month, as she charted a stark departure from her predecessor.Here are the winners and losers of May’s first 100 days. WinnersThe working classMay has pointedly tried to position herself as the champion of “ordinary, working-class families,” as she put it in her keynote speech at the annual party conference. Brexit, as she sees it, was a howl of distress by blue-collar voters who feel they’ve been overlooked by ruling elites. Capturing these voters, May believes, will broaden the Conservatives’ electoral appeal and take supporters from the Labour Party and UKIP.EuroskepticsThe prime minister voted to remain in the union but you wouldn’t necessarily know it from her subsequent rhetoric. May quickly adopted the language of the Euroskeptics, firmly insisting that Britain would leave the EU and that she wouldn’t abide any attempts to overturn or undermine the “will of the British people.”Now, the country seems on course for the “hard” break from the EU championed by Brexiteers. Euroskeptics are controlling the narrative, led by Brexit minister David Davis and abetted by cheerleaders in the right-wing press.David Davis arrives at Downing Street on July 13, 2016 in London, England | Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesLawyers and lobbyists Also On POLITICO Theresa May gets hard welcome from EU ‘nest of doves’ By Tom McTague Theresa May’s Brexit war cabinet By Tom McTague May’s government plans to introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” that will, in one fell swoop, transfer all European laws that the U.K. currently abides by onto the domestic statute books. The government will then, over time, pick through the tangled mess and amend unsuitable or unpopular laws. The big winners from that? Lawyers and lobbyists, already licking their lips in anticipation of years of hefty fees from companies and interest groups.Liberal DemocratsAll right, all right: it may be too soon to argue that we’re witnessing a Liberal Democrat revival. But the party’s performance in the by-election to replace David Cameron in the Witney constituency Thursday may be a sign of things to come.The Lib Dems slashed the Conservatives’ majority from around 25,000 to 5,700 after campaigning on a pro-European platform. With May taking a hard line on Brexit, there’s a clear opportunity for opposition parties to increase their support among the disgruntled 48 percent who voted to remain — and right now, the Lib Dems seem best-positioned.Nicola SturgeonThe Scottish National Party leader is the only party leader in the U.K. who projects the same air of competence and authority as the prime minister.center_img LosersThe 48 percentSince they woke up to a historic defeat on June 24, there hasn’t been much for the 16.1 million British citizens who voted to stay in the EU to be cheerful about.Early hopes for a second referendum faded after May’s government set the country on course for a hard exit. Those still making the case against a clean break are shouted down as “Bremoaners,” unwilling to accept the will of the people. Or as the Daily Mail put it in an editorial recently: “Whingeing. Contemptuous. Unpatriotic.”The PoundThe U.K. currency was trading at $1.22 late on Friday, down 17 percent since the vote to leave the EU.The Treasury  David CameronThursday’s election of a new Tory MP in the Witney constituency, which Cameron held from 2001 to 2016, underlined the former prime minister’s abrupt disappearance from the U.K.’s political scene. In her speech in Birmingham, May praised her predecessor’s achievements. In reality, her team moved swiftly and ruthlessly to rub out the Cameron regime.LabourThe opposition spent much of May’s first 100 days engrossed in a bitter leadership contest. With Jeremy Corbyn reaffirmed as leader last month, the party’s popularity continues to sink. According to an IPSOS Mori poll published Thursday, the Conservatives are now ahead by 18 points, with the backing of 47 percent of voters. That’s up seven points in a month — and the most since Gordon Brown was prime minister in 2009. UKIPBrexit should’ve been a populist moment of triumph. Instead, the party has fallen apart. Diane James, replacing Nigel Farage as the leader, lasted only 18 days before resigning. The frontrunner to replace her, Steven Woolfe, ended up in hospital after a confrontation with a colleague in the European Parliament, and he quit the party days later, saying it was “ungovernable.” The party’s support has sunk from a peak of 12 percent earlier this year to 6 percent, according to Thursday’s IPSOS Mori poll.MigrantsThere’s virtually unanimous agreement: the vote to Leave was a vote to control immigration. May has set down restriction of free movement of people as her red line in the Brexit negotiations. One way or another, she wants to reduce the number of people coming into the country.The National Health ServiceDespite Brexit promises, it turns out the NHS won’t get that extra £350 million a week, after all.last_img read more

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Browns sign four exclusive rights free agents

first_imgCLEVELAND — On the first day of their offseason program, the Cleveland Browns announced that they had signed four exclusive rights free agents, including embattled wideout Josh Gordon. The other three signees are wide receiver Matt Hazel, offensive lineman Austin Reiter and fullback Danny Vitale.To be an exclusive rights free agent, a player must have less than three accrued seasons (six games or more games on an NFL roster) in the NFL. Like restricted free agents, teams can offer a set tender amount to their ERFAs, however once tendered that player can only negotiate with the team controlling their rights or risk sitting out the season.For obvious reasons, Gordon is the most noteworthy of the four signings. A 2012 supplemental draft pick by the Browns, Gordon’s two accrued seasons came in 2012 and 2013 where he played in a combined 30 games. Gordon served multiple suspensions over the last three seasons for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and recently got out of rehab for substance abuse before making his return to the NFL this past season. He had played in just five games since leading the league in receiving yards in 2013.If he’s able to stay out of trouble this year and earns another accrued season, Cleveland will have an opportunity to re-sign him as a restricted free agent next offseason. The tender amount Gordon will earn in 2018 is worth $790,000.Meanwhile, fellow wideout, Hazel, was a practice squad signee back in December. Hazel appeared in nine games during his three-year career, but none for the Browns to this point.Reiter came to Cleveland after being signed off the Redskins’ practice squad in 2016. The 2016 seventh-round draft pick played in every game for the Browns last season.Vitale played in 15 games for the Browns last season, starting six. The 23-year-old was also signed off a practice squad in 2016, coming over from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that fall. Spencer German Related TopicsCleveland BrownsJosh Gordonlast_img read more

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