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Employment law surrenders to basic instinct

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Employment lawyers have a great deal to thank Hollywood actor MichaelDouglas for, according to a leading employment law advocate. Disclosure highlighted sexual harassment in the workplace, Wall Streetshowed the damage done when a key employee leaves and engages in competitiveactivity. Now with Douglas v Hello!, his dispute with the magazine about hiswedding photographs, gives employment lawyers a masterclass on the law ofconfidence and privacy, said Paul Goulding QC of Blackstone Chambers addressingthe Employment Lawyers’ Association in London on December 4. OK! magazine had undertaken to pay Michael Douglas and his bride, CatherineZeta Jones, a large sum for exclusive rights to publish wedding photographs. OK! asserted that rival publication Hello! offered three times thecontractual sum but that the couple trusted OK! to publish only the images theywanted published. On 20 November 2000, two days after the wedding, Zeta Joneswarned OK! that Hello! was about to publish unauthorised photographs. Aninterim injunction was obtained but Hello! appealed and the Court of Appealdischarged the injunction. Hello! published its spoiling issue three daysbefore OK!’s. Goulding QC commented: “The decision is of considerable significance toemployment lawyers. Douglas v Hello! demonstrates the common law’s capacity todevelop established doctrines and apply them to unprecedented situations. Italso illustrates the growing importance of the law of privacy, often a closerelation of the law of confidence. “Adapting well-established principles to a changing technologicalenvironment, coupled with the impact of the Human Rights Act, bothsubstantively and procedurally, means that this field is particularly ripe forfurther development under the influence of creative and ingenious argumentsfrom employment lawyers.” Related posts:No related photos. Employment law surrenders to basic instinctOn 1 Dec 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Bryozoans of the Weddell Sea continental shelf, slope and abyss: did marine life colonize the Antarctic shelf from deep water, outlying islands or in situ refugia following glaciations?

first_imgAimAt the height of glaciations such as the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), benthic life on polar continental shelves was bulldozed off nearly all of the Antarctic shelf by grounded ice sheets. The origins of the current shelf benthos have become a subject of considerable debate. There are several possible sources for the current Antarctic shelf fauna, the first of which is the continental slope and deep sea of the Southern Ocean. The high levels of reported eurybathy for many Antarctic species are taken as evidence supporting this. A second possible source for colonists is the southern margins of other continents. Finally, shelves could have been recolonized from refugia on the continental shelves or slopes around Antarctica. The current study investigates whether the patchily rich and abundant biota that now occurs on the Antarctic continental shelf recolonized from refugia in situ or elsewhere. LocationWeddell Sea, Antarctica. MethodsWe examined bryozoan samples of the BENDEX, ANDEEP III and SYSTCO expeditions, as well as the literature. Using similarity matrices (S circle divide rensen coefficient), we assessed similarities of benthos sampled from around Antarctica. By assessing numbers of species shared between differing depths and adjacent shelf areas, we evaluated the origins of cheilostome bryozoan communities. ResultsBryozoans decreased from 28, 6.5 and 0.3 colonies per trawl, and 0.16, 0.046 and 0.0026 colonies per cm2 of hard surface from shelf to slope to abyssal depths. We found little and no support for recolonization of the Weddell Sea shelf by bryozoans from the adjacent slope and abyss, in the scenario of LGM faunal wipe-out. The Weddell Sea shelf bryozoan fauna was considerably more similar to those on other Antarctic shelves than to that of the adjacent (Weddell Sea) continental slope. The known bryozoan fauna of the Weddell Sea shelf is not a subset of the Weddell Sea slope or abyssal faunas. Main conclusionsWe consider that the composition of the current Weddell Sea bryozoan fauna is most easily explained by in situ survival. Thus we consider that at least some of the Weddell Sea fauna persisted throughout the LGM, although not necessarily at the same locations throughout, to recolonize the large area currently occupied.last_img read more

US Navy destroyer, command ship in Ukraine for Sea Breeze

first_img View post tag: USS Mount Whitney View post tag: Black Sea View post tag: USS Porter View post tag: Ukrainian Navy US Navy destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Ukraine ahead of the start of exercise Sea Breeze 2018.Only USS Porter pulled into the Ukrainian port city of Odessa prior to the exercise.The two ships entered the Black Sea on July 6 and July 7 and will operate in the region for up to 21 days, which is the maximum warships from states without shores on the Black Sea are allowed to stay under the Montreaux convention.Last year’s edition of exercise Sea Breeze was joined by Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64).Sea Breeze 2018 will include personnel from Bulgaria, the UK, Italy, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Estonia, Canada, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Poland, the United States, Turkey, Ukraine, and Sweden.Exercise evolutions will include prevention of illegal activities at sea and search and rescue operations in addition to air defense, anti-submarine and amphibious warfare exercises. The exercise starts July 9 and is expected to conclude July 21. According to Ukrainian media reports, USS Porter is scheduled to visit ports in Bulgaria and Romania after the exercise.“The USS Mount Whitney is excited to return to the Black Sea. We look forward to working with our partners in the region to build relationships that promote peace and economic stability in the region and the globe,” said Capt. Robert Aguilar, commanding officer of Mount Whitney.USS Mount Whitney is forward-deployed to Gaeta, Italy, while the USS Porter is forward-deployed to Rota, Spain. Share this article View post tag: SEA BREEZE View post tag: US Navy Photo: USS Porter (DDG 78) arrives in Odessa, Ukraine, July 8, 2018. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Union snared in academics’ feud

first_imgA Union debate on the Israel-Palestine conflict almost collapsed on Tuesday after President Luke Tryl retracted an invitation to controversial writer Norman Finklestein, alleging that he was pressured into withdrawing it.A panel of prestigious academics and politicians was due to debate the motion, “This House believes that one state is the only solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict,” but the withdrawal of Finklestein’s invitation prompted every other celebrity speaker to also pull out.Finkelstein, a former historian at DePaul University in the United States, claims that he was no longer welcome at the event after Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote to Tryl, objecting to his forthcoming appearance. Finkelstein and Dershowitz have been sworn enemies since 2005 when Finkelstein published Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Misuse of History, which was strongly critical of Dershowitz’s 2003 book The case for Israel.      Tryl originally claimed that he retracted Finkelstein’s invitation due to an anti-Israel bias among the speakers, but in a private email to Finkelstein he said, “Many people expressed concern that the debate as it stood was imbalanced…I tried to convince them otherwise but was accused of putting forward an imbalanced debate and various groups put pressure on me. “I received numerous emails attacking the debate and Alan Dershowitz threatened to write an OpEd attacking the Union. What is more he apparently attacked me personally in a televised lecture to Yale,” Tryl claimed.Professor Dershowitz said, “What was the Oxford Union thinking?  Why would it select five debaters – on both sides of a debate about the one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict – who were virulently anti-Israel, along with one who is kind of neutral?“They asked me to be part of the two-state solution team, but when I saw the line-up and the topic, I smelled a rat and declined. So then they asked Norman Finkelstein to replace me on the pro-Israel side.”Dr Finkelstein responded, saying that in his opinion, “Professor Dershowitz has sought to banish me from public life because I exposed him as a hoaxer. It seems that his successful campaign to deny me tenure in the US did not satiate him. Now he is hounding me in the UK. It is regrettable that the Oxford Union capitulated to his bullying tactics.” Tryl said, “I think it’s a shame that both of them sought to use the Union and this debate as a vehicle to further their own disputes. Both men are welcome to come to the Union and debate head-to-head, and I hope that they’ll do this in front of our members rather than tit-for-tat behind-the-scenes manoeuvring in the press.”In protest at the retraction, both Green Party human rights activist and Peter Tatchell and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lord Trimble pulled out. Tatchell said, “I know of nothing that [Finkelstein] has said to justify his invitation being withdrawn. The attempt to ban him goes against the principles of free speech that the Oxford Union claims to defend.”He added, “I was astonished that the Oxford Union was prepared to host Nick Griffin and David Irving in the name of free speech but not Norman Finkelstein.”Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappe and Ghada Karmi, who are all academics, opposed the removal of Finkelstein on the grounds that his views were being suppressed. Luke Tryl rejected accusations that he acted against the interests of free speech. “Dr Finkelstein was not dropped because of his views or because of any attempt to censor him,” he said. “The issue was that with Pappe, Karmi and Shlaim on one side and Finkelstein on the other the debate was imbalanced and had too much of an anti-Israeli bent. “I took representation from various groups within the University, who felt uncomfortable with the debate being imbalanced. We suggested therefore that Dr Finkelstein might not be best suited to this debate.”Paul Usiskin from the organisation Peace Now UK, who spoke at the replacement student debate, supported Tryl’s decision. Asked why he thought Finkelstein had been removed, he said, “He is on record as an opponent of Israel, of denying the right of Israel to exist.”He added, “[The other speakers] clearly thought they would have a clear field for victory. They were faced with Lord Trimble, who does not have a very good track record on the issue, and Peter Tatchell who has, and they clearly thought they had it sewn up.“I believe they’re desperate for another arena in which to delegitimise Israel, after the failure to begin the academic boycott of Israel, in which all three were key. What they expected was a clear field for a one-state solution as the start of creating that new arena. Those of us who believe in Israel and support a two-state solution remained steadfast and denied them their victory.”The events come in the wake of international controversy surrounding Luke Tryl’s decision to invite historian David Irving and British National Party leader Nick Griffin to take part in a free speech forum. Last week, East Oxford MP Andrew Smith wrote a letter to Tryl urging him to retract his invitation to Irving and Griffin, and Dennis MacShane MP pulled out of a debate scheduled for next month.last_img read more

News story: Joint Forces Command seeks out innovation in Silicon Valley

first_imgCedarsSinai Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills. Crown Copyright 2018.In Silicon Valley, they met with the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a United States Department of Defense organisation focused on accelerating commercial technologies to the US military. Here they were briefed on DIUx’s approach to developing innovation, including how its innovation ecosystem benefits from strong links that have been developed with investors.General Deverell also met with tech startup companies, including Pilot AI, Shield AI and Orbital Insight.Pilot AI has developed a platform to provide artificial intelligence to devices with low computing power, sufficient to detect people, vehicles, buildings and weapons.Shield AI, have developed Hivemind, an artificial intelligence platform that enables robots to see, reason about and search the world. Shield AI’s first product, Nova, is a Hivemind powered drone that searches buildings, whilst simultaneously streaming video and generating maps.With more data than ever before being generated by satellites, drones, balloons, and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Orbital Insight builds software that interprets this data to help businesses and governments to make better business and policy decisions.Speaking about JFC’s appetite for innovation, General Deverell said: By speaking to individuals who are already developing some of the most advanced technology in the world, we are closer to understanding how this can be applied in a military setting. We are preparing JFC and wider UK Defence for a future that counts technology such as AI, machine learning and autonomy as part of our armoury, both to deter our enemies and to protect our people. The jHub, was created to enhance and improve the operation of the UK armed forces through innovation. This trip has reinforced my view that innovation is fundamental to Joint Force Advantage. DIUx is an impressive player in the innovation ecosystem, so the jHub will forge closer bonds with them through a new liaison officer position. Joint Forces Command aims to provide the UK Armed Forces with an edge over adversaries for wars in the information age. This trip to one of the world’s innovation capitals helps us secure advantage for the joint force. JFC’s jHub is keen to speak to companies who have solutions which could be adapted and adopted by the military customer in months rather than years. If you would like to get in touch with the jHub, please email [email protected]center_img General Deverell met with academics, innovation units, tech startups and investors in San Diego, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco. He also visited the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).As the Ministry of Defence’s information command, Joint Forces Command (JFC) seeks to explore innovative new technology already being developed by partners, allies and the private sector. The mission for the trip was to explore how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data analytics and autonomy could be used to bring advantage to the joint force.Accompanying General Deverell on the trip was Lieutenant Colonel Henry Willi, from JFC’s innovation unit, the jHub.While visiting the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, they had a tour of its Simulation Center for Advanced Clinical Skills, an immersive environment equipped with the latest in human patient simulators and medical devices. Here, General Deverell took part in a simulated operation on a lifelike mannequin patient. He then met representatives from the Cedars-Sinai Health System accelerator, which aims to help technology innovators turn their ideas into practical solutions that can improve the lives of patients around the world. He added:last_img read more

Zack de la Rocha Joins Run The Jewels In Los Angeles [A Gallery]

first_imgHip-hop duo Run The Jewels have hit the ground running on their 2017 Run The World Tour. A Few weeks into their travels, El-P and Killer Mike landed at the Shrine Expo Hall last night in Los Angeles, California. With their surprise album release of RTJ3 now in the hands of their fans, earlier than expected, the new material has furthered the band’s exciting legacy, with witty verses and killer beats. The group’s brilliance is only multiplied in a live setting.With collaborators like Joi, BOOTS, and Gangsta Boo often joining them in their recent live performances, fans in LA were treated to an especially guest-filled performance. Danny Brown, Travis Barker, and Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha (who is featured on the final track of their new album) all joined in for a star-studded performance of RTJ’s regular set.Featuring plenty of the new songs, covers of Queen and DJ Shadow, and classic originals, the group’s LA performance was by far the highlight of the run thus far.Run The Jewels have months of touring on the road ahead of them, including performances in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Denmark, Belgium, and more. The Run The World Tour continues in support of their 2016 release RTJ3 which also features Kamasi Washington, TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Trina, and more. Listen up right here and check out their full tour schedule right here.Enjoy the full gallery courtesy of Steve Rose Photos.Setlist: Run The Jewels | Shrine Expo Hall | Los Angeles, CA | 2/1/17We Are The Champions (Queen cover), Talk to Me, Legend Has It, Call Ticketron, Blockbuster Night, Part 1, Oh My Darling Don’t Cry, Nobody Speak (DJ Shadow cover), Hey Kids (Bumaye)*, Stay Gold, Don’t Get Captured, Panther Like a Panther, Love Again (Akinyele Back)^, Lie, Cheat, Steal, Early&, All Due Respect%, Run The Jewels, A Report to the Shareholders, Down#Encore: Kill Your [email protected], Close Your Eyes And Count To [email protected]*with Danny Brown^with Gangsta Boo&with BOOTS%with Travis Barker#with [email protected] Zack de la RochaRun The Jewels in Los Angeles 2/1/16 Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Notre Dame ROTC to commission senior cadets

first_imgOn May 14 in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, 13 cadets will be commissioned while the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, gives the keynote address. This ceremony will be a joint commissioning with members of the Navy and Air Force ROTCs.According to Lt. Col. Christopher Pratt, the class of 2016 has stood out for its intelligence, motivation, and leadership.“We have a very strong senior class — we have 13 seniors commissioning, which is the largest commissioning class out of the tri-mil this year,” Pratt said. “Out of this senior class, we have four that we call DMG — Distinguished Military Graduates. These are individuals that are in the top 10 percent of the country.”The Notre Dame ROTC is comprised of students from six universities — the University of Notre Dame, Bethel College, Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College, Indiana University at South Bend (IUSB) and Valparaiso University.The cadets who are being commissioned from Notre Dame, listed with their assignments, are as follows:Austin Crehan — Illinois National Guard — InfantryMichael Deasey — Army Reserve — Military IntelligenceFernanda Garcia — Active Duty — Corps of EngineersMatthew Jackson — Active Duty — Field ArtilleryJohn Lake — Active Duty — Cyber CorpsMichael McGraw — Active Duty — ArmorPeter Noell — Active Duty — InfantryRyne Quinlan — Arizona National Guard — Corps of EngineersMichael Weeks — Army Reserve — Military IntelligenceFrom Saint Mary’s College, Isabella Gagnon and Brett Quick, both of whom will be serving Active Duty in the Signal Corps, will be commissioned.According to Pratt, the class of 2016 enjoyed many special experiences, chief among them being a staff ride to the Gettysburg Battlefield.Pratt said this trip “allows [cadets] to connect to the program’s history and lineage, tying into the Irish Brigade, which served at Gettysburg.”In addition, this trip allowed seniors to view a statue of Father William Corby, a former President of the University and member of the Irish Brigade during the battle of Gettysburg, a replica of which stands outside of Corby Hall.The senior cadets also participated in many other events this year, including leadership developments exercises (LDX) at the National Guard Armory in Kingsbury, Indiana and at Fort Custer in Michigan. Cadets also participated in combat water survival tests at the University, rapelling labs at the South Bend Fire Department and two awards ceremonies.Pratt said success is consistent among cadets in the Notre Dame ROTC program and that this success is the culmination of four years of work.“When you come in as a scholarship cadet to Notre Dame, you generally finish,” he said. “We have about a 96% progression rate, which means that if you start the program, you generally finish if you’re a scholarship cadet. The important thing with that is that 95% of seniors [were commissioned] … [and] that is mostly based on their performance.” Tags: Army ROTC, Commencement 2016, navy ROTC, ROTClast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Aaron Tveit, Lena Hall & More

first_imgAfter a week jam-packed with Broadway openings, star-studded events and watching Hugh Jackman’s #feelingnuts video on repeat, it’s finally Friday! And you know what that means: It’s time for the Lessons of the Week. We learned so many new things about Patti LuPone, Lena Hall, Tim Rice, Annaleigh Ashford and more, we just had to share. Check out what we learned!Patti LuPone Does Evita Charity WorkIt’s been 34 years since Patti LuPone nabbed a Tony for Evita, but she still uses her skills to help out actors in need. At her concert at the Leicester Square Theatre, LuPone whipped out her belting high F to help a London Magaldi get his lines down. Oh Patti, you’re so generous.Constantine Stole a Loaf of BreadWell, technically he didn’t, but he so could. Did you hear the Rock of Ages star’s spot-on (drunk) impression of Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean in Les Miz? Watch out, Ramin, you’ve got a city boy born and raised in South Detroit on your tail.Lena Hall Cleans Her MeatAs Broadway.com has already established, Lena Hall is packing some serious junk in her pants to play rocker dude Yitzhak in Hedwig. But did you know that her silicone packer gets so dirty, she has to wash it in Dawn dish soap? TMI? Yeah, probably. Sorry.Tim Rice Eats Dinner With His OscarsIf you were worried Tim Rice was lonely in his Cornwall dining room, you can rest assured he has plenty of company. The Aladdin and Lion King lyricist puts his Oscars on the table instead of candlesticks. You know, just to make his dinner guests jealous.Megan Fairchild Is a College GirlHere’s something that’ll make you feel terrible about yourself: You know Megan Fairchild, who plays Ivy in On the Town? She’s not just a Broadway star and a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet. She’s also a math major at Fordham. All at once. And what did you do today?Annaleigh Ashford Is the New MarthaAnnaleigh Ashford is the star of You Can’t Take It With You—and by “it,” we mean her hot glue gun. On opening night, the Tony nominee bragged that she’s a super-talented crafter and she’s even been featured on MarthaStewart.com. It’s a good thing.Ariel’s Hair Is Super Crazy in RussiaOK, we know she’s a mermaid, and mermaid hair tends to get a little tousled by the salty ocean waves, but this is ridiculous. How the heck is the Russian Little Mermaid supposed to get a dinglehopper through that hair?The Brave Little Toaster Doesn’t SingSpeaking of Disney, we know you’ve been waiting with baited breath for a musical version of The Brave Little Toaster—wait, no, just us? Well anyway, it’s never gonna happen. Apparently, because the toaster doesn’t actually sing in the movie, Disney ain’t touching it. Tough break, Blankie.Aaron Tveit Just Got ScaryWe always thought of the Broadway hunk as a kindhearted guy (who sings “The Thong Song” in the shower, of course), but now he’ll be unleashing his inner murderer as John Wilkes Booth in Assassins in the West End. Aaron Tveit’s got the right to be different, but why can’t he be different in America, where we can actually see him?Broadway Is For LoversGuys, it’s like Love, Actually around here—Broadway stars are falling head over heels left and right! First, Santino Fontana popped the question to his Cinderella sweetheart Jessica Hershberg, and then Rory O’Malley and his beau tied the knot. Who’s next? Sandy the dog and Toby the rat, we’re looking at you. View Commentslast_img read more

US joined Central American bid to nab Mexico drug lord

first_imgBy Dialogo September 16, 2010 Authorities in Central America, Colombia and the US joined forces in a 10-month probe to capture one of Mexico’s most wanted men, alleged drug kingpin Sergio Villarreal, officials said on September 13. Villarreal, dubbed “El Grande” because he stands some two meters (six feet six inches) tall, was arrested as a result of the long collaboration between “agencies from Central America, Colombia and the United States,” Jose Luis Vergara, director of communications for Mexico’s marines said. Villarreal, who is said to work for the notorious Beltran Leyva cartel, was detained in a peaceful operation in the central Mexican city of Puebla. Mexican authorities had offered a reward of up to 30 million pesos (2.2 million dollars) for information leading to his arrest. According to authorities, Villarreal was a key participant in a bloody struggle for the leadership of the Beltran Leyva cartel that began after former chief Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed last year. Beltran’s death “created a schism within the organization,” Vergara told reporters here. Villarreal and Hector Beltran Leyva, Arturo’s brother, were feuding with would-be cartel leaders including Edgar Valdez, also known as “La Barbie,” who was captured by authorities on August 30. “La Barbie,” so-called for his fair complexion and light colored eyes, is accused by both Mexican and US authorities of drug trafficking and murders. Villarreal is similarly accused by Mexican authorities of trafficking and carrying out murders for several of the country’s brutal drug cartels, which have killed tens of thousands of people in bloody turf wars and confrontations with Mexican authorities. The leadership struggle within the Beltran Leyva cartel has left dozens of people dead, with authorities in cities including Acapulco and Cuernavaca discovering multiple bodies, some of them beheaded or mutilated. Villarreal’s arrest provided a much-needed boost for President Felipe Calderon, who so far has been unable to forge a national consensus around the war on drugs he unleashed four years ago. More than 28,000 people are believed to have been killed in drug cartel-related violence in Mexico since 2006, when Calderon launched a military crackdown.last_img read more

Despite Olympic glow, half of Korea remains in darkness

first_imgThe two countries, Rumsfeld would often point out, have the same people and the same natural resources.Yet one is glowing with the light of freedom, innovation and enterprise, while the other is enveloped in the total darkness of human misery.Keep that darkness in mind while watching the North’s Olympic charm offensive over these two weeks.Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, is not the “North Korean Ivanka.”She is the vice director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department, a senior leader of the most brutal repressive totalitarian regime on the face of the Earth.As one defector told The Washington Post last year, “It’s like a religion. From birth, you learn about the Kim family, learn that they are gods, that you must be absolutely obedient to the Kim family.”Any perceived disloyalty to the Kim family can result in a visit in the middle of the night from the Bowibu — the North Korean secret police — that could send not just the offender, but three generations of his or her relatives, to a forced labor camp for life. “It was the only time in history that people have starved en masse in an urbanized, literate society during peacetime,” he notes.North Korea’s people starve while the regime pours its resources into its messianic quest to deploy nuclear missiles capable of reaching and destroying American cities.Even among the elites there is no safety.Last year, North Korea’s vice premier for education was executed for not keeping his posture upright at a public event.Defense Minister Hyong Yong Chol was pounded to death with artillery fire for the crime of falling asleep at a parade.And if you wonder why those North Korean cheerleaders stay in such perfect sync, maybe it’s because they saw 11 North Korean musicians lashed to the barrels of anti-aircraft guns which were fired one by one before a crowd of 10,000 spectators.“The musicians just disappeared each time the guns were fired into them,” one witness declared, “Their bodies were blown to bits, totally destroyed, blood and bits flying everywhere. And then, after that, military tanks moved in and they ran over the bits on the ground where the remains lay.” This is the brutality that Kim Yo Jong represents. North Korea’s system of “re-education” camps, which was recently mapped by satellite by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, is the most extensive in the world.Under three generations of Kims, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, have been imprisoned and killed in these camps. Inmates undergo the most brutal forms of torture imaginable, including being hung on hooks over open fires, while pregnant women are tied to trees while their babies are cut out of their bellies.Yet the camps are simply prisons within a larger prison.The entire country is one giant gulag.Thanks to widespread malnutrition, North Koreans are between 1.2 and 3.1 inches shorter than South Koreans.And thanks to economic mismanagement, 97 percent of the roads are unpaved.According to my American Enterprise Institute colleague, Nicholas Eberstadt, up to a million North Koreans died of starvation in the famine that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — Watching the media fawning over the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Olympics, I recalled a picture that my old boss, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, kept under the glass of a table in his office — a satellite photo of the Korean Peninsula at night.At the bottom, awash in light, is the free and democratic South. Meanwhile, the North is in complete darkness, save for a tiny pinprick of light in Pyongyang.  Yet despite this cruel reality, the media could not help fawning over the North Korean delegation.Reuters declared Kim Yo Jong the “winner of diplomatic gold at Olympics.” CNN gushed how, “With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea’s presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public.NBC even tweeted a photo of the North Korean cheerleaders with the heading “This is so satisfying to watch.”Seriously? NBC failed to mention that in 2005, 21 cheerleaders were sent to a prison camp for speaking about what they saw in South Korea.Instead of normalizing the regime, this should be an opportunity to educate the massive Olympic audience about the realities of life in North Korea under the murderous Kim crime family that is pursuing the ability to threaten American cities with nuclear destruction.Marc A. Thiessen is a columnist for The Washington Post who served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more