Surveillance footage obtained and released by Japan s Fuji TV purportedly shows a woman attacking and killing Kim Jong-nam. The elder half-brother of Korean dictator Kim Jong-un was murdered in Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb. 13. The video, which has not been independently verified, shows a bald man in a tan suit walking around the airport while carrying a backpack. In the following clip, at two angles, footage shows a woman entering a line of people, grabbing the man by the head, and walking away (fast forward to 1:09 and 3:55 for the clearest footage of the incident).
Police have detained four suspects for alleged involvement in the attack, including 28-year-old Doan Thi Hoang, from Vietnam, and 26-year-old Siti Aisyah, from Indonesia. The woman that attacks the person believed to be Kim dons a white shirt and neck-length hair not unlike a suspected female assailant wearing an LOL t-shirt in a photo widely shared last week. Kim s death has caused a breakdown in the once-cozy relations between Malaysia and North Korea. Pyongyang s ambassador accused Malaysia s government of colluding with hostile forces and denounced it for carrying out an autopsy without its cooperation. Malaysia, meanwhile, has withdrawn its diplomatic envoy from Pyongyang.
Yet the deeper implications of Kim s death for East Asian geopolitics remain unclear. On Saturday (Feb. 18) China announced it would cease all coal imports from North Korea. It claimed the measure was simply in compliance with UN sanctions against North Korea, but the timing day s after Kim s death, and one week after North Korea s most recent nuclear test suggest Beijing is losing patience with the regime in Pyongyang.
Korean media has speculated that China had hopes (however far-fetched) that Kim Jong-nam, who had spoken out against his family s totalitarian leadership in the past, would defect to the South and establish a government-in-exile as the first-born son and rightful successor to Kim Jong-il. The murder of Kim Jong-nam has put to rest any such notions.
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- ^ once-cozy relations (qz.com)
- ^ colluding with hostile forces (www.cbc.ca)
- ^ withdrawn its diplomatic envoy (www.bbc.com)
- ^ cease all coal imports (edition.cnn.com)
- ^ establish a government-in-exile (askakorean.blogspot.hk)
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In 2015, American University Professor Richard Breitman published a paper that discussed Otto Frank s unsuccessful attempts to gain entry into the U.S. as he and his family fled Nazi persecution. According to Dr. Breitman, Otto Frank s efforts to get his family to the United States ran afoul of restrictive American immigration policies designed to protect national security and guard against an influx of foreigners during time of war. Instead of seeing Otto Frank for what he was a married Jewish man with a family our government saw him for what he was not a spy, a saboteur, a person to fear. His daughter Anne while in hiding wrote in her diary the following words:
It s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It s a wonder I haven t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart. I encourage my fellow citizens to cling to Anne s ideals and not to President Donald Trump s delusional grim reality of religious bigotry, paranoia, and xenophobia. If we had, Anne Frank, that beautiful spirit, might be alive today as a U.S. citizen. Imagine what she would have accomplished in a lifetime.
Sadly, we denied her family entry and she perished in a concentration camp. Have we not made any moral progress as a nation since Otto Frank and his family went into hiding back in 1941?
According to the CATO Institute, the odds of dying from a refugee terrorist attack are 1 in 3.64 billion. The odds of being struck by lightning twice in your lifetime are 1 in 9 million. Trump should ban lightning, not refugees, from entering the USA.
LANTANA, Fla. President Donald Trump wants small businesses to thrive, but his frequent Mar-a-Lago visits have flight schools and other companies at a nearby airport in a financial nosedive. The Secret Service closed Lantana Airport on Friday for the third straight weekend because of the president s return to his Palm Beach resort, meaning its maintenance companies, a banner-flying business and another two dozen businesses are also shuttered, costing them thousands of dollars at the year s busiest time. The banner-flying company says it has lost more than $40,000 in contracts already.
The airport, which handles only small, propeller-driven planes and helicopters, is about 6 miles southwest of Mar-a-Lago, well within the 10-mile circle around the resort that s closed to most private planes when he s in town. Trump flies into Palm Beach International Airport, which is 2.5 miles from Mar-a-Lago, and remains open as it handles commercial flights. Small private planes can also use that airport during presidential visits if they meet certain stringent conditions. The Lantana owners are pushing compromises they say will ensure Trump s security while keeping their businesses open. They involve letting pilots fly in a closely monitored corridor headed away from the resort until they are outside a 10-mile ban around Mar-a-Lago and a 30-mile zone where flying lessons are restricted. Pilots, planes and cargo would undergo preflight screening by Transportation Security Administration agents.
None of us are suggesting that we shouldn t do everything to keep the president safe but we believe there are things that can be done to keep us in operation, said Jonathan Miller, the contractor who operates the Palm Beach County-owned airport.
The airport and its 28 businesses have an economic impact of about $27 million annually and employ about 200 people full-time, many of them making about $30,000 a year. They don t get paid when the airport is closed. Miller is already losing a helicopter company, which is moving rather than deal with the closures. That will cost him $440,000 in annual rent and fuel sales. White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham directed questions to the Secret Service. The agency also declined comment. Flight restrictions have long been standard around buildings where a president is staying to protect him from an airborne attack.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat who represents the area, met with the business owners this week. She said she will meet with the Secret Service next week to see if a compromise can be reached. Lantana Airport opened in 1941 as a Civil Air Patrol station, with planes flying along the coast during World War II to spot German submarines attempting to sink cargo ships. Today, the 300-acre, three-runway facility handles an average of 350 arrivals and departures daily, peaking on winter weekends as tourists enjoy South Florida s temperate weather. Summer, with its stifling, visitor-repelling heat and the constant threat of plane-grounding thunderstorms, is not nearly as lucrative. Marian Smith, owner of Palm Beach Flight Training, said her 19-year-old business is losing 24 flights daily when closed and three students cancelled. She lost $28,000 combined the last two weekends and will lose $18,000 on this Presidents Day weekend. She estimates her 19 instructors are each losing up to $750 a weekend.
What s frustrating is that we get little notice when this is going to happen, she said.
This week, rumors began Monday. The closure notice arrived Wednesday. David Johnson, owner of Palm Beach Aircraft Services, said his 27-year-old repair and maintenance business generates $2 million in sales annually, but has taken a hit over the last month and he fears it will cascade if flight schools like Smith s close. He has written a letter he hopes gets delivered to Trump this weekend asking him, one businessman to another, to help resolve the conflict.
Even if the TSA had to screen every pilot going out of here, we would be open to that, Johnson said. But so far, we ve gotten nothing. Jorge Gonzalez, owner of SkyWords Advertising, a banner towing service, said his company lost four contracts totaling $42,500 because of Trump s visits. He wants exceptions made for three pilots to fly within the restricted zone when the president visits because it is where thousands of residents live and tourists stay.
We have spent 10 years building this business, said Gonzalez s wife, Hadley Doyle-Gonzalez. We just can t pick up and move.