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As winter nears, people are starving in North Korea

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North Korea is heading into another cold winter but there are big concerns for vulnerable citizens who may fall victim to starvation

According to reports by the BBC, the warnings are coming from both inside and out of North Korea – with defectors in the South stating that families in the North are already going hungry.

Concern has been building for some months for the ‘lower class’ living in North Korea, who already live in poverty, as well as a growing shortage of food within the nation.

“Problems such as more orphan children on the streets and death by starvation are continuously being reported,”

said Lee Sang Yong, editor in chief of the Daily NK, which has sources in North Korea.
A starvation crisis is occurring in North Korea / Image: File

“The lower classes in North Korea are suffering more and more,”

as food shortages are worse than expected.

It’s become increasingly difficult to get information out of North Korea over the course of the COVID pandemic.

The country’s border has been closed since January 2020 to prevent the spread of coronavirus from China – where the virus was believed to have originated from.

Reports claim that getting messages out of the country to family and friends who live in South Korea comes at a very big risk.

North Korea has imposed tough rules on communication. Anyone that is caught with a mobile phone faces the extreme risk of being thrown into a labour camp as punishment.

But – even though those risks are high – some continue to send letter and even voice mails and text messages to their relatives and to news publications in Seoul, South Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seems willing to openly acknowledge the severity of the situation

Publications in the South then “build a picture” of what is going on in the North- meaning, trying to understand how big the starvation crisis really is

North Korea has always struggled with food shortages, but the pandemic has made a bad situation worse.

The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un has compared the current situation to the country’s worst disaster in the 1990’s, known as the “Arduous March” – a time where hundreds of thousands of people died of starvation.

Last week, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service stated to a closed-door parliamentary hearing that Mr Kim said he felt he was “walking on thin ice due to the economic situation”, according to lawmakers at the briefing.

This growing concern has been amplified by state media, which has highlighted measures being taken to prevent crop damage and released propaganda posters emphasising efforts to work on food production.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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