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  • U.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack

    1 hour ago

    U.S. investigators have determined that NorthKorea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

    One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved.

    ...
  • ‘Interview’ writer: If they want to bomb somebody for free speech, I’d like to be at ground zero

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 hours ago

    On Dec. 17, eight days after my interview with screenwriter Dan Sterling of “The Interview” – the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about goofy journalists who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and then are tasked by the CIA to assassinate him – Sony...

  • Sony Pictures CEO consulted U.S. State Dept on film, leaked emails show

    2 hours ago

    The head of Sony Pictures consulted with a senior U.S. official in June, days after North Korea threatened "merciless countermeasures" over the release of an upcoming film featuring a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong Un, leaked emails show.

    In an internal June 26 email seen by...

  • Sony pulls release of ‘Interview’ as U.S determines N.Korea behind attack

    3 hours ago

    Sony Pictures on Wednesday pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film.

    Hackers attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking...

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  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

    6 hours ago

    The New York premiere of "The Interview," a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

    The hackers, who said they were...

  • How to hack the Sony hackers

    By Rob Eshman

    22 hours ago

    I know what I’m doing on Christmas Day: First Chinese food, then “The Interview.”

    I’ll be eating Chinese food on Christmas because I’m a Jew, and that’s tradition.

    Then I’m going to go to a theater to watch “The Interview” because I’m an American, and that’s patriotism.

    ...
  • Sony ‘R’ Us

    By Marty Kaplan

    2 days ago

    The most shocking thing about the digital disemboweling of Sony Pictures’ computer data is that anyone would actually find it shocking.

    That goes for everything from the vulnerability of everyone’s personal and proprietary data, not just Sony’s, to the revelation that a...

  • ‘Interview’ screenwriter Dan Sterling: Fallout from comedy about Kim Jong-un isn’t so funny

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    5 days ago

    DEVELOPING [Dec. 17, 2014]: Sony Pictures said on Wednesday it canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers.


     

    *Over coffee at a Larchmont...

  • Sony CEO ordered ‘The Interview’ toned down, Rogen objected

    1 week ago

    Sony Corp. Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai ordered the film "The Interview" to be toned down after Pyongyang denounced it for depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader, according to emails apparently stolen from Sony's Hollywood studio.

    The comedy, slated for U.S. release...

  • Group claiming Sony hack demands ‘Interview’ not be released

    1 week ago

    A group that claimed to be responsible for the massive computer hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment demanded the company cancel the release of "The Interview," a film comedy that depicts an assassination plot against North Korea's leader.

    A letter posted on a file-sharing site on...

  • North Korea sentences U.S. citizen Matthew Miller to six years hard labor

    September 15, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    North Korea sentenced U.S. citizen Matthew Todd Miller to six years hard labor for committing "hostile acts" as a tourist to the country, a statement carried by state media said on Sunday, as the United States requested his immediate pardon and release.

    Miller joins Kenneth Bae...

  • North Korea fires three short-range rockets as Pope visits South Korea

    August 14, 2014 | 5:24 pm

    North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's Ministry of Defense said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

    The rockets were fired from multiple launchers in the North Korean port city of Wonsan and...

  • Why would North Korea help Hamas build tunnels?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 28, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    According to a Saturday piece in the Daily Telegraph, unnamed Western security officials say North Korea is restocking Hamas's fast-depleting supply of rockets and equipment. 

    Even more worrisome, according to the report, the North Koreans have used their own expertise in...

  • North Korea slams U.S. movie on leader assassination plot; Un calls it ‘act of war’

    June 25, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    North Korea on Wednesday denounced a forthcoming American comedy film featuring a plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong Un as an act of terrorism and threatened to unleash a "merciless counter-measure" if Washington failed to ban the movie.

    The movie "The Interview", starring...

  • ‘Homeland’ gets a South Korean adaptation

    February 20, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    South Korea is the latest country to buy the Israeli drama “Prisoners of War,” aka the original version of Showtime’s hit program “Homeland.” According to The Hollywood Reporter this particular adaptation will focus on tensions between South Korea and North Korea.

    Since...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, AIPAC, BDS and more

    February 12, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    The Holocaust Abroad

    Thank you for your excellent cover and feature story on North Korea (Holocaust in the Hermit Kingdom,” Jan. 24.)  The following week was our annual student-led retreat at AJRCA.  We were so moved by the story that, in memory of International Holocaust...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, Howard Stern, nachas and more

    February 5, 2014 | 10:26 am

    North Korea’s Familiar Struggle

    I am writing to give you a heartfelt thanks for the cover story on the human rights situation in North Korea (“Holocaust in the Hermit Kingdom,” Jan. 24). I was born in the United States, my parents are South Korean immigrants, and in my family...

  • Letters to the editor: North Korea, Chris Christie, Pollard and more

    January 29, 2014 | 12:29 pm

    Just Say ‘No’ to China

    Three years ago, in a letter to the Los Angeles Times, I called for a boycott of China based on its own abuses: from the selling of women by psychiatric hospitals as sexual partners, to forced labor, torture and murder, denial of human rights and the theft...

  • Letter from Shin Dong-hyuk

    January 24, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    I learned of the history of the Jewish people for the first time in South Korea, after my escape from political prison Camp 14 in North Korea. I also learned about the horrific Holocaust, the genocide suffered by the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazis some 70 years ago. 

    ...
  • Auschwitz in North Korea

    By Rob Eshman

    January 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    This week’s cover story by Jared Sichel is one of the most important pieces the Jewish Journal has published in our 28-year history.

    It is not about the Holocaust, or Israel, or modern Jewish life. It’s about the unrelenting evil of North Korean concentration camps. And it’s...

  • Holocaust in North Korea

    By Jared Sichel

    January 23, 2014 | 10:13 am

    As Shin Dong-hyuk crawled over his friend’s lifeless body, the 23-year-old North Korean could feel the electric current shooting through him. 

    Luckily, for Shin, the two pairs of pants he was wearing, coupled with his friend’s corpse, shielded him for the most part from the...

  • 북한 내 대학살 Holocaust in North Korea (translation)

    By Jared Sichel

    January 22, 2014 | 10:57 am

    신동혁이 그의 친구, 23살의 북한 사람의 죽은 시체를 기어 올랐을 때, 그는 그를 관통한 전기 총격의 전류를 느낄 수 있었습니다. 

    운이 좋게도, 신씨는 그가 입고 있던 바지로 그의 친구의 시체를 연결 시켜, 가시 철사 울타리를 통한 치명적인 전압의 흐름의 대부분으로부터 그를 보호할 수 있었습니다.

    이 울타리는 그가 수용소, 수도 평양시로부터 북쪽으로 약  50마일 떨어진 언덕에 있는 태동강에 있는 북한 수용소 내에서 태어났을 때부터 그를  억류한 울타리었습니다.

    그러나 가혹한 오후,...

  • Ex-NBA stars disassociate from Dennis Rodman-led basketball game in Pyongyang

    January 7, 2014 | 10:04 am

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center commended the National Basketball Retired Association for firmly disassociating itself from the Dennis Rodman organized basketball game in Pyongyang in honor of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s 31st birthday.

    "While all Americans support the use of...

  • The North Korea Dennis Rodman will never see

    December 19, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a problem.
     
    Seems he’s been taking a lot of heat lately for having Jang Song Thaek, his uncle and mentor, arrested, publicly humiliated in front of the country’s ruling elite, called out as a traitor, put on trial and executed - all...
  • Israel, others urged to join chemical arms treaty

    December 10, 2013 | 9:34 am

    Israel, Egypt and North Korea should renounce chemical weapons, especially after Syria joined the convention banning them and three other nations plan to do so, the chief of an international watchdog said on Tuesday.

    Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning...

  • North Korea to Bibi: Israel’s ‘a cancer’

    October 1, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    A week of debate at the United Nations came to a close this week with a much-anticipated address from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, as expected, devoted nearly all of his speech to Iran’s nuclear program.

    Then, things got interesting.

    See, there’s this thing at...

  • Netanyahu at U.N. will liken Iran to North Korea

    September 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will liken Iran to North Korea in his U.N. General Assembly speech.

    The speech is Netanyahu’s bid to emphasize Israeli reservations about any rapprochement with Iran by the United Nations.

    “Iran must not be allowed to repeat...

  • Kerry says world cannot let Assad get away with chemical attack

    August 30, 2013 | 11:15 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made clear on Friday that the United States would punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the "brutal and flagrant" chemical weapons attack that it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus last week.

    Kerry said it was essential not to...

  • In Iran talks, North Korea parallel goes only so far

    April 9, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    If you have nuclear weapons, all sorts of bad behavior will be tolerated.

    That’s the lesson some are worried Iran may be learning from North Korea’s increasingly confrontational stance against South Korea and the United States.

    Pyongyang has stepped up its belligerent rhetoric...

  • U.S. can intercept North Korean missile but may opt not to, admiral says

    April 9, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    The United States is capable of intercepting a North Korean missile, should it launch one in the coming days, but may choose not to if the projected trajectory shows it is not a threat, a top U.S. military commander told Congress on Tuesday.

    Admiral Samuel Locklear, the commander...

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