Monthly Archives: July 2018

Kim Jong-un and the Intellectuals: Scientific Socialism with North Korean Characteristics and Reform from Within

The intelligentsia forms an important stratum in any society, and the so called socialist societies have had a peculiar fascination with intellectuals as a class. This probably has much to do with Marx as intellectual, and with the positivist progeny … Continue reading

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Kangson Uranium Enrichment Plant Unzipped

There’s a nasty habit now of the worst case scenario regarding North Korea’s nuclear programme turning out to be correct, and we’ve just got ourselves another instalment. Ankit Panda at The Diplomat has published an article, based on work at … Continue reading

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Fire and Fury as Mutually Exclusive Concepts of Nuclear Disarmament Inevitably Collide in Pyongyang

Matter and antimatter can lead a separate existence but when they meet they annihilate each other. That is exactly what has just happened in Pyongyang following the latest visit of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Two mutually exclusive … Continue reading

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Framing North Korea’s Solid Fuel Missile Programme as First Strike Weapons

The week has seen further developments regarding North Korea’s solid fuel missile programme. I have already written about some of those developments here. Basically, it appears that North Korea is upgrading and preparing to upgrade production facilities associated with the … Continue reading

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Galen Strawson of Mind and Matter

Galen Strawson, Things That Bother Me: Death, Freedom, the Self, Etc, (New York, New York Review Books, 2018). It would be tempting to attribute Galen Strawson’s peculiar brand of naturalism to the hashish and the LCD, but readers of this … Continue reading

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The Melian Dialogue and the Singapore Summit

The previous week I wrote of US intelligence assessments on North Korea’s nuclear programme, which suggests that North Korea is not committed to nuclear disarmament let along complete, verified, and irreversible dismantlement of the type long demanded by the United … Continue reading

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US Intelligence Un Zippes Kim Jong-un’s and Donald Trump’s Buttons Both

If you have been following the North Korean nuclear crisis closely you have been getting an equivalent of a Higgs boson and a gravitational wave about twice a week. Boy, was this week no exception. In fact, this weekend we … Continue reading

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