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Friday, January 19, 2018

Kim Dominates the Olympics

For John, BLUFIt seems that North Korea's Kim Jung-un is winning the public relations game at this time.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

Young people and conservatives in South Korea accuse President Moon Jae-in of sacrificing Olympic ideals for diplomatic expediency

From The Guardian, by Reporter Justin Mccurry, 19 January 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

South Korea is facing a public backlash over its sports rapprochement with North Korea, with critics accusing the government of turning next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics into the “Pyongyang Olympics”.

After three high-level meetings along their border in little over a week, North and South Korea have proposed forming a joint women’s ice hockey team and allowing their athletes to march together under one flag at next month’s games in South Korea.

Despite the logistical challenges posed by North Korea’s eleventh-hour agreement to compete in Pyeongchang, the International Olympic Committee is expected to give the proposal a sympathetic hearing when it meets officials from both countries in Lausanne on Saturday.

But young people and conservatives in South Korea have accused the country’s president, Moon Jae-in, of sacrificing Olympic ideals for diplomatic expediency.

Moon’s approval rating fell to a four-month low of 67% on Friday, in a reflection of the public’s lukewarm response to his attempts to promote an Olympic détente he hopes will lead to a diplomatic breakthrough over Pyongyang’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

In the US it is all President Trump's fault for being belligerent with regard to Leader Kim Jung-un.  However, in South Korea, it turns out that President Moon is in trouble for being too easy on Leader Kim.  That Leader Kim is one foxy operative.

EXIT QUESTION:  Do you sometimes feel reports confuse sentences and paragraphs?  Back when I was young, before the earth started to cool, I thought paragraphs were a collection of sentences, not single sentences.  Then, later in my life, I was taught that sentences shouldn't be more than twenty words in length.  Oh, it was so long ago.

Regards  —  Cliff

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