Friday, October 17, 2014
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — After vanishing from the public eye for nearly six weeks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is back, ending rumors that he was gravely ill, deposed or worse.
Now, a new, albeit smaller, mystery has emerged: Why the cane?
Kim, who was last seen publicly at a Sept. 3 concert, appeared in images released by state media Tuesday smiling broadly and supporting himself with a walking stick while touring the newly built Wisong Scientists Residential District and another new institute in Pyongyang, part of his regular "field guidance" tours. The North didn't say when the visit happened, nor did it address the leader's health.
Kim's appearance allowed the country's massive propaganda apparatus to continue doing what it does best — glorify the third generation of Kim family rule. And it will tamp down, at least for the moment, rampant rumors of a coup and serious health problems.
Before Tuesday, Kim missed several high-profile events that he normally attends and was described in an official documentary last month as experiencing "discomfort."
Archive footage from August showed him overweight and limping, prompting the South Korean media to speculate he had undergone surgery on his ankles. Some experts thought he was suffering from gout or diabetes.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. didn't have any reason to doubt the authenticity of the latest images, although she added that because of the opacity of the North Korean regime, there's always a question about the reliability of publicly available information.
A South Korean analyst said Kim probably broke his media silence to dispel outside speculation that he wasn't in control and to win sympathy from a domestic audience by creating the image of a leader who works through pain.
The appearance may be a form of "emotional politics meant to appeal to the North Korean people's sympathy," said Cheong Seong-chang, at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea.
Kim's father, Kim Jong Il, who reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008 before dying of a heart attack in late 2011, was seen limping but never with a walking stick, said Lim Byeong Cheol, a spokesman from Seoul's Unification Ministry. Kim Jong Un's grandfather, Kim Il Sung, occasionally used a cane when he got too old to walk steep roads, according to another ministry official, who did not want to be named citing office rules.
Cheong said Kim appeared in the recently released images to have lost about 10 kilograms (22 pounds) compared to pictures from May. He speculated that since Kim was holding a cane on his left side he may have had surgery on his left ankle.
Kim "appears to want to show people that he's doing fine, though he's indeed still having some discomfort. If he hadn't done so, excessive speculation would have continued to flare up and anxiety among North Korean residents would have grown and calls by outsiders for contingency plans on dealing with North Korea would have gotten momentum," Cheong said.
The South Korean government has all along seen no signals of any major problems.
In deciding to resume his public activity before fully recovering from his condition, Kim was looking to quickly quell rumors that his health problems were serious enough to threaten his status as North Korean leader, said Lim, the government spokesman.
"The cane aside, he looked to be in good health," Lim said.
The recent absence was, in part, "probably an attention-getting device — and it certainly works," Bruce Cumings, an expert on Korea at the University of Chicago, said in an email.
"The North has been on a diplomatic offensive in Europe and elsewhere, it feels isolated — and is, if we're talking about relations with Washington," he wrote. "All this puts them back on the front page."
Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim and Kim Tong-hyung in Seoul and Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
#1 Married To A Mare
I’d rather not believe it, but it almost looks like the poor guy fell in love so hard that he married a horse. Only in America…
#2 Fish Head
This fame-hungry fish timed this moment perfectly to ruin this snorkeler’s photo, making his head appear as that of a fish.
#3 The Power Of Buddha
This shot was taken at the perfect moment and angle.
#4 Cat Face
This picture is beautiful, artistic and full of creativity. The reflections in the window perfectly combine the smiling little girl’s and cat’s faces together.
#5 You’ll Blow Your Head Off
This is the moment when the gymnast literally lost her head.
#6 I Heart New York Lightning
There are thousands of perfectly-timed pictures out there that capture the beauty of a lightning bolt across a city skyline. The talented photographer who snapped this picture below probably waited for hours in the perfect place to click and document this magical moment.
#7 Shark Selfie
Selfies are the new trend on social media that has taken the world by storm, with millions of people (regular and well-known) sharing their own every day, and even a song written about them. The picture below is undoubtedly the most courageous selfie I’ve ever seen. The guy was clearly desperate to capture the moment with his favorite actor, Jaws.
#8 The Magic Carpet
We can’t see Aladdin in the picture below, and it doesn’t look like an Arabic desert, but the magic carpet is still more than happy to make an appearance.
#9 Pegasus? Is that you?
If it was white, we could say that Pegasus does exist.
#10 Photogenic Tiger
This stunning picture was captured at the perfect moment, and is full of intricate detail. Gorgeous.