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Today I join forces with The Volokh Conspiracy and others in proclaiming May 1st as Victims of Communism Day. The fact that communism killed somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 million people is not acknowledged nearly as often as it should be.
And given that communists are still in charge of North Korea, Vietnam, China, and Cuba (which launched a crackdown against dissidents today), Communist repression is still ongoing, with more victims every day.
(Hat tip for Cuba: instapundit.)
From Belmont Club. Covers not only the recent Korean artillery exchange, but also the strategic implications of China’s shipping lanes. Worth a read.
This is huge news. The indispensable Claudia Rosett has details:
“The plan has entailed issuing new banknotes, lopping off two zeroes, so 1,000 won becomes 10. People were given just one week to swap old money for new, after which the old notes would become worthless. A limit was placed on the amount that could be officially exchanged, effectively confiscating all individual savings worth more than about $40 at informal exchange rates.”
Yeah, I can sort of see how that might piss people off.
I would say that criticizing Kim Jong Il is about as dangerous as a German criticizing Hitler in 1937, but I suspect it’s actually more dangerous than that. For one thing, the concentration camps are a lot further along…
Bonus: So Ronery.
(Hat tip: Instapundit.)