13 Burst results for "Thai Embassy"

"thai embassy" Discussed on Buddhist Society of Western Australia

Buddhist Society of Western Australia

08:16 min | 5 months ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on Buddhist Society of Western Australia

"Other said he's going around the prison having read my poker and understood it too bad bricks sunday to mothers sunday to mattis. What about all the people didn't matter now. You may laugh that for that fellow. When she's finished his sentence will not murder again. He's authentication being reinforced again and again by the prison cells. The boston new windows even his uniform. He's gone pass at indication. He's not a a person a huge being done. These terrible things dotting initiate. What he's done this including all the other stuff in his life if you keep treating people as a paedophile repeater no such things. As terrorists people have done terrorist things. Okay another story for you. True story his his his personal jose time during the vietnam war after penn psych on the other place in now soviet-era they fell to the communists within days. I tend charles monetary. Well i lived to hanoi was half the distance as it was bankok and we had an evacuation plan. The government see father the embassies in had older names and evacuation plan. Because i already expected the communist to invade northeast tied which was ethnically. Lao belong to laos while than thailand. Anyway we'll on alerts in case they crossed the border. But because i was fluent entire at the time on laotian because many of those generals actually visited edge jar. He's a top generals and asheville twice. I got the low down. Those generals would not afraid of troops crossing because the communists in vietnam laos cambodia had exhausted all resources now in that war. They didn't have the strength to evade another country. That was it maybe years later. But what the generals in thailand were already concerned about was the ethnic thais who had rebelled against the government the communists who were tie people and they were very very strong highly organized. Many of the university graduates people who've had reacted a tragedy in thomas university. One of the main thai universities seeing their friends thrown on to bonfires alive. No one of the monks who saw on is so severe. Shame were in the close fighting an insurgency. Could all the weapons. They wanted from across the border and supplies from the local villagers who felt neglected by the government. I know that. Because i was in that area at the time i had to ask the military which mounting i should go to to meditate. Aw otherwise the communists had captured. Some monks tortured and killed him and a white mount. They were thought i was seeing straight away outta be dead meat. So i'd also soldiers witch mountain. Could i go in. They said that one over there that save the communist. Lots of moving that mountain they are. Oh yeah we know where they all are. What any attack them. It's not our policy. They had far greater amount of helicopter. Gunships support of the us military. There was a non violent strategy. We're not going to attack them if we do that. Like the hydros head in greek mythology if we just kill one of those communist insurgents the brazos friends choi up for revenge so as nonviolence. There was also amnesty forgiveness. Anytime any one of those soldiers wanted to give up and go back to university village. There would be no debriefing. There'd be no torture or consequences. What hundred percent forgiveness just go back let go your free anytime you want to leave a clear exit strategy with no fear and they meant it. They did that a lastly. We always say the courses actually looking at those courses. I remember meeting one of these soldiers who was the they had these places watched and they knew who the insurgents where the communists were and he said he would meet the communist going down to the village for some ice would have stopped him you just. He showed them his new watch. Used to call the ghetto. Blasters big said. This is why we're not fighting the government is actually looking after us. We can new prosperity regretting immigration system. It actress ity kleenex. We'd be looked after so the visitors gave up their support for the communists had no reason noodle ballato. Those communist insurgents gave themselves up and some entrepreneurial type businessman will take people and toes of the case where the communists were for. The best thing was when the leaders gave themselves up. Shorty can't have amnesty for them. These are the ones who actually killed monks and solters and suddenly other people but for once the country which is supposed to be buddhist protests. There were an amnesty just like everybody else little leaders and not just that. They had talents organizational inspirational. There were given top positions in the civil service. You use your talents for your country. Not against it. And i told that story. Once in sydney in front of the the consul general of the thai embassy. The concert in sydney he stood up and he said not enforce story. I know most of what you said was absolutely true. Therefore stories three of those communist insurgent leaders are now serving as ministers in the government not to be put a costlo on award and shot dead not locked up in prison forever but to be part of the system so it's a marvelous buddhists way. Yeah you make an upset angry at the why. Why not being in inside. When i was expelled from the monastery or sober years forgiving automation to.

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"thai embassy" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:19 min | 7 months ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on KQED Radio

"From my old grandma says, Why do they do such things to the Buddha? Master Archer that what he says It's mostly ignorance, Buddhist traditions like mindfulness arm or trendy around the world, but they can spread Buddhist Sheikh in a way that's detached from the Asian cultures where Buddhism flourishes. Cultures that say, Don't put anything sacred on the floor or on your gross foot and never get a Buddha tattoo. The human body is dirty, especially when no human have sex. What is your feeling towards the person who has the tattoo? Are you angry at them? How do you feel? Had have no angry about them at all. But I just want to educate them, and I want to help to lift up the value of Buddha. She wonders why don't people treat Buddha like other religious figures? Because if anything, touch Mohammed or Jesus, they've been deep trouble. If it has anything about Buddhism, the Buddhist hardly have voice to stop them. So they think that they could do anything they want. Do you think Buddha himself would be Upset at this or would he just Let it go. Letting go means you're letting your emotion not letting called the act otherwise it be using the theory of letting go in everything. We must not have Law and order. Her organization. Knowing Buddha does try to impose order as they see it, with hundreds of volunteers scanning the Web. If you offend them, they will ask you to stop. If you refuse, Even if you're outside Thailand, they might get the local Thai Embassy toe way in. Yes, they do Have that kind of influence. Punk. Up comes a mountain that hand conclude with Thong issue my new story from a few years back when Louisville Thanh had an art exhibition in Paris with a giant Buddha head on the ground. That's not what he went after them with the Thai embassies, help and Louisville, Thanh apologized and put the Buddha head on a platform off the floor, she says Overall, they have a 50% success rate. And those who don't comply may be named and shamed. Please.

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"thai embassy" Discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World

02:22 min | 7 months ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on PRI's The World

"Me read my says. Why do they do such things to the buddha master dot what he says. It's mostly ignorance buddhist traditions. Like mindfulness are more trendy around the world but they can spread buddhist chic in a way. That's detached from the asian cultures where buddhism flourishes culture that say. Don't put anything sacred on the floor or on your gross foot and never get a buddha tattoo. The human body study especially when no human have sex. What is your feeling towards the person who has the tattoo. Are you angry at them. How do you feel. I have no angry about them at all. I just want to educate them. And i want to help to lift up the value of buddha. She wonders why. Don't people treat buddha like other religious figures because if anything pets muhammad or jesus the been deep triple but if that has anything about would assume the buddhist hotly have voiced to stop them so that they can do anything they want. You think buddha himself would be upset at this or would he just let it go letting go mean you letting go your emotion letting go the app otherwise it'd be using the theory of letting go in everything. We must not have law and order her organization knowing buddha does try to impose order as they see tears web. If you offend them they will ask you to stop if you refuse. Even if you're outside thailand. They might get the local thai embassy to weigh in. Yes they do have that kind of influence. Hong kong comes up now. Kong louis with on is here because i knew story from a few years back when vitton had an art exhibition in paris with a giant buddha head on the ground i e went after them with the thai embassies. Help and louis vitton apologized and put the buddha head on a platform off the floor. She says overall they have a fifty percent success. Rate and those who don't comply maybe named and shamed disrespecting the video from knowing buddhist facebook.

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"thai embassy" Discussed on Life is Short with Justin Long

Life is Short with Justin Long

08:55 min | 7 months ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on Life is Short with Justin Long

"Is you know in the budget for them to travel for so many trips those two camps at they're like it's not safe from like what do you mean associated said last week a group of chimps came throw pulled a baby off a woman's back and ate the baby up in the canopy. I'm like maybe they'll stay card. Money guard marnie. So it's like you know there are many times where it's hurry up and wait. And you're working twelve hour fifteen hour day. It's sometimes come at the end of the trip or now what i'll do is up my kid into a show and if they want to be a part you get to be part of the greek and i did so my youngest daughter rina loves to do them loves to be a part of it. Oh you're talking about steve irwin. So what was that line. So i remember i was filming in nome alaska And and at that time nome alaska had a chinese restaurant a sushi restaurant in an italian restaurant in the sub shop. They were all the same restroom gnome. Way it s and That's funny so i remember. Here's knock in the door like two o'clock in the morning and it was some guy. They're part of a group looking for gold. Jeff corwin to hear about steve irwin. Elaine what he this stranger woke me up. I woke up my producer. Who was there and when some guy just knocked in the door and sits you know. Steve irwin has just died. I was absolutely shocked. And then the phone started ringing and it was totally totally surreal. And you know a horrible horrible events and and and just such a random seeming thing. Considering all the things he went through and saw the dangerous situations he was in. Did that. give you pause to that to that At do anything to deter you from some of the situations you were putting yourself in. It didn't give me pause because i tell you. By that point. I had been two plane. Crashes that summer what eight months before that we had navigated survival an acoustic guitar and southwest ware asia. Where what country. In in thailand i. It was in cambodia. We were filming there. I've been there many times. And we were a whole story on black market wildlife trade and while we were there thailand and cambodia at fisticuffs before we knew it the. Us embassy burnt down. They burnt down our hotel. All our passports were at the thai embassy because we needed to get visas for something and we sent our fixture in to look through the ashes. He got attacked. It was wild. And so you know we've had moments like that. Yeah i mean. I was literally might at the time was three years old. My wife was next to me. We were in a plane engine. Blew and we're buck making emergency landing and brooks falls alaska so we've survived. That stuff like this going to do life is going to do so. I never said man. I need to be more care via less. You live your life. You do your best and what happens happens. How do you feel about. Do you ever think about the afterlife. And you're all these perilous situations you you've come so close to a do you think it is is the afterlife or something for the the beyond anything that you certainly. Don't fixate on it but you think about it. I don't think about that. I don't look at the world that way. I fake this is your moment and you make the best out of this moment for me. I don't speak brady body else. Yeah and i think. I wanna make my life the best. My family's life the best an afterlife for me is is creating an environment where that next generation will inherit of a viable biologically rich in healthy planet. That is my opportunity of attributing that my own small little way. I can't imagine there's anything above. And beyond what i have experienced and what i hope to experience more with my projects that have work. Now what is there for me after this life. That's better than this life. Yeah that makes sense especially considering the things you've seen so then i want just want as much of it as joyful and healthily and physically to participate as one can get in a very small human lifespan. Okay really quick. Jeff around we have a quick knee-jerk whatever response. What is your most commonly used emoji. If you do use emojis. i just started using emojis. I last week. Oh congratulations centered jimmy. And i'd be like. Oh how do you put that vase or you know. The thumbs bald eagle emotion there. Well i didn't realize until last week. Oh that's what that is how you do it. I was afraid to ask the. Because i would come across is technologically. So you're still in your training wheels. You're i-it's thumbs up. Oh classics up. Classic that's good for me thumbs up if you could be a professional athlete. What sport would you play. I love to swim. I would love to be a love when i'm swimming. Good and strong. And i often through my lapse. I think like michael phelps just trailing jeff cohen going. Oh that's yeah you. Did you swim in high school when you were hidden but i started swimming college and i'm i'm pretty sucky at a lot of sports In fact i was asked to throw a ball up to the pittsburgh pirates and my wife didn't want to go because she couldn't handle it not making it to the diamond. Might make you sing me. My friend was in the living room. And i'm like underhand hitting lamps and my wife was like i'm not going on getting it across the play. I'd be worried about that too because it could be. The downside is much greater than than any potential upset upset. Is you get it over the big moment. Yeah that was pretty rough. That was No i. I was off sports but i was really good at swimming. And then when i started a swim aggressively and actively and then became became. I got into free diving you. Yeah why i i always. I always need that when doing laps. I need that mental thing to get me. Get me through it. Your red sox fan when a win and be the patriots row now this year. Yeah sometimes yeah i am. I like our. We've got awesome sportsman. Yeah you sure do If you could have one snack food for the rest of your life Your go-to you're watching a movie. Just want to munch on something. What would you choose my wife's laughing. Or i might my homemade roasted peanuts. Roast mailed peanuts and the best known roast peanut on a skillet on the stove. And you toast the southie stage when they make pad thai they just roast them on this flat surface or in the sometimes central america. The do what's on a on a kamal out. So i just do it by the raw peanuts. Valencia redskin on peanuts ochre. and then. I love their like my go-to kinda like you a little seizing. I had no see. I had no seasoning to them because of the salt doesn't really stick to it but i i'll chop up like a little bit organic beef jerky to it. And i liked that flavor of the nuts house. That's kind of my go-to snack. I may a An apple guy. I love a great new england. Macintosh apple macintosh yet. People have been saying honey crisp. For whatever reason i think they must be in seasonally. Chris i feel like i need to go to the dentist after i have. Okay all right apple. That's a circus. That's like one of the marshmallow circus peanuts with an apple skin around it. It's too sweet. It's to desert its second..

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"thai embassy" Discussed on GSMC Weird News Podcast

GSMC Weird News Podcast

05:43 min | 1 year ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on GSMC Weird News Podcast

"Those of you. That love an ironic story like I do. What's happened here is just kiss. Kiss blow blow ironic absolutely loved this a government initiative that set out to combat fake news in the media was forced to remove one of its entries on Tuesday after falsifying a a report by CASS website. Hoax news an Anti Fake News Center earlier today said. Kiss sued online made a false claim in its report that the Thai Embassy in London said Thai nationals. Who traveled in the United Kingdom? Maybe quaranteed for up to fourteen days if they show symptoms of the corona virus infection in fact the statement was taken from facebook. Page run by the Thai Embassy in London. The statement said that those who had fever coughing respiratory difficulties etc may be held for a medical check-up it also urged nationals to avoid unnecessary travels to the United Kingdom. The virus outbreak is ongoing but on its website the Anti Fake News Center branded Co sued reporter false that such measures are actually not in place is part of magical in publishing group. The same company that owns kiosk English when reached for comment an official at the Anti Fake News Center which operated by the Ministry of Digital Economy and society. So the Thai ABC's facebook page is a fake. One official. One at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that the pages indeed run by by its London mission. The center later removed the entry without any Explanation Center. Did Not make any attempt to reach out to kiassa to`real team before running. The report is false. State-sponsored fact checkers were part of the Ministry of Digital economies effort to counter misinformation on social media but critics raised concerns that the center could be weaponized against legitimate news coverage deemed unfavorable by the government And that is just the most ironic thing that I can imagine happening in. Today's news cycle however. I found some more fantastically ironic stories for you. A father and his two daughters were walking their dog named lucky when it struck gold dog found gold stage. Coincidences happen. No matter where you turn but when something happens the total opposite of one expected. It's what we call ironic. Would a fire station catch? Fire COP gets arrested. Skydiver develops a fear of heights. But this this one is mind blowing. One of the girls kicked gold nugget. Her Dad way the nugget at the supermarket and discovered it was twenty ounces. So twenty five thousand dollars. Us So lucky did really bring bring the luck when you win an award for being a spelling bee champ you kind of the plaque to be error free but in twenty eleven Kevin Bailey and James Dallas give received spelling bee trophy with an extra mistake. The word spelling had an extra eye so the trophy company probably higher. It's past winners to spell check. This fire hydrant was patented by Guy. Named Friedrich Graf Route Eighteen. No one the ironic thing is that there's no way to be sure because the US patent office had burnt down in Eighteen. Thirty six But Hey bar. Hydrant managed to outlive the patent office. You'd expect students enrolled in an ethics class to have some ethics. But you'd be wrong dartmouth. College students had some serious explaining to do after they got caught cheating. Some students got disciplined while others had time to ponder their stakes after getting suspended cheating ethics classes. Most ironically stupid thing that you can do in school. Movie Goers seriously disappointed after a screening of the movie Noah or cancelled if you don't know the story of Noah is a massive flood in which he has to get a ship together with two of each species but right before the screening of this epic excess water was found in the Exeter vue cinema so the flood ruined Noah. Most people assume you can eat as much as you want. All you can eat restaurant. But you can't George Almond Andy Miles. Thought they could eat as much as they want when they sat down at the Gobi restaurant and brightened but.

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"thai embassy" Discussed on Correspondents Report

Correspondents Report

05:55 min | 2 years ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on Correspondents Report

"Now unless you're an expat living in Thailand or a regular business traveler to that country perhaps you've probably never heard of the TM thirty visa tobacco tobacco in recent months though it's been causing outrage among the Southeast Asian nations one million strong expert community it stems from a forty year old law that has never have been enforced until now with Thai chilies determined to crack down on international criminals hiding out in the country South East Asia correspondent Catherine. This has the story I finally landed my dream job. I was now a foreign correspondent but little did I know just how long it would take to get my visa or all that I was flying into the middle of visa crackdown controversy facing foreigners the topic of conversation tonight as you can see is Thailand's controversial immigration Russian laws and the consequences will come back to that but first we need to go through a little history it all comes down to a low written almost forty a US ago after the fall of the Kamei Rouge regime in Cambodia in nineteen seventy nine. There was a major influx of refugees across the border. People people were also coming in via boat from Vietnam so as a security measure tile authorities put reporting requirements in place to monitor the movement amount of foreigners but as with much in Southeast Asia it was never publicly enforced until now under the system all non immigrant visa holders that is any expat living in the country is now required along with their landlord to report win they leave their home province and upon their overturn within twenty four hours every single time so for example if you live in Bangkok and traveled to poo kit for the Kent you're required to report and of course the system used to enforce it doesn't work so smoothly as you can imagine being a foreign foreign correspondent. I travel a lot for this job like many other experts so Wanda standardly it's causing furor among the Expat community immunity and has become such a hot topic of discussion over drinks at Thailand's foreign correspondent club. The board invited immigration officials to explain blind why it was needed. Dominic folder chaired the discussion. This law is from forty years ago from the Cold War period and the bureaucracy that is being applied to administer it is from the same era. How can you justify this. They they onerous for seizure this procedure that causes a lot of difficulty an inconvenience to people. I can absolutely understand that skip your heart Tom doing that but understand us. You're going to know that you start that hot. We've tried to make things easy. System is erratic non-functioning so basically a system has been launched which people like this are expected to deal with the does not work is is that a good way of doing things is about telling your wife that you're already at home. Trust me is went back and forward like these four hours with the immigration officials giving away little to satisfy the frustrations expressed by the crowd and insisting the changes are needed to catch foreign criminals both just going back to this idea of why why this suddenly became because nobody has noticed a particular deterioration and in the security situation in Thailand. It's not apparent on the outside surface things. It's been changing in the country Thailand in all over the world. The the criminal amid is getting stronger. The requirements are so onerous landlords some apartment complexes are erecting signs saying no oy foreigners while others jokingly say the new tourism slogan in Thailand is travel less. A group of experts have launched a petition against it and perhaps even more concerning is the impact on investment with some investors weighing up whether it's just too hard to do business here. Luckily Luckily I have a local office manager. Who's able to help me out with the paperwork but this was just one of the many steps required of me as I madly sought about getting Ching my visa. We started the process even before left Australia bought. It still took three months to gain approval. When I got an interview with the immigration in department fairly soon after my arrival I thought it would sail through but no it dragged on and on and because of the time it took I had to travel in and out of the country a few times to renew my tourist visa and then my husband and I were required to travel to the Thai Embassy in another country to register for a journalist visa. We thought we could go in and out in one day but as we eagerly lined up in a long line of other expensive tie embassy input on pen. We were told it would take three days to process. That's only gave us a three-month visa from there. We had to apply to extend it for for a year. I had started to wonder if I can get my visa before my year-long posting was over then a week later back in Bangkok and after hours of waiting in the immigration office we had good news. We finally gained approval a few days later. I found out I was being posted to our Washington Washington bureau so the process dance all over again. Let's hope this time it doesn't take quite so long. Catherine this with final report out of Bangkok.

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Thailand's new visa troubles

Correspondents Report

05:54 min | 2 years ago

Thailand's new visa troubles

"Now unless you're an expat living in Thailand or a regular business traveler to that country perhaps you've probably never heard of the TM thirty visa tobacco tobacco in recent months though it's been causing outrage among the Southeast Asian nations one million strong expert community it stems from a forty year old law that has never have been enforced until now with Thai chilies determined to crack down on international criminals hiding out in the country South East Asia correspondent Catherine. This has the story I finally landed my dream job. I was now a foreign correspondent but little did I know just how long it would take to get my visa or all that I was flying into the middle of visa crackdown controversy facing foreigners the topic of conversation tonight as you can see is Thailand's controversial immigration Russian laws and the consequences will come back to that but first we need to go through a little history it all comes down to a low written almost forty a US ago after the fall of the Kamei Rouge regime in Cambodia in nineteen seventy nine. There was a major influx of refugees across the border. People people were also coming in via boat from Vietnam so as a security measure tile authorities put reporting requirements in place to monitor the movement amount of foreigners but as with much in Southeast Asia it was never publicly enforced until now under the system all non immigrant visa holders that is any expat living in the country is now required along with their landlord to report win they leave their home province and upon their overturn within twenty four hours every single time so for example if you live in Bangkok and traveled to poo kit for the Kent you're required to report and of course the system used to enforce it doesn't work so smoothly as you can imagine being a foreign foreign correspondent. I travel a lot for this job like many other experts so Wanda standardly it's causing furor among the Expat community immunity and has become such a hot topic of discussion over drinks at Thailand's foreign correspondent club. The board invited immigration officials to explain blind why it was needed. Dominic folder chaired the discussion. This law is from forty years ago from the Cold War period and the bureaucracy that is being applied to administer it is from the same era. How can you justify this. They they onerous for seizure this procedure that causes a lot of difficulty an inconvenience to people. I can absolutely understand that skip your heart Tom doing that but understand us. You're going to know that you start that hot. We've tried to make things easy. System is erratic non-functioning so basically a system has been launched which people like this are expected to deal with the does not work is is that a good way of doing things is about telling your wife that you're already at home. Trust me is went back and forward like these four hours with the immigration officials giving away little to satisfy the frustrations expressed by the crowd and insisting the changes are needed to catch foreign criminals both just going back to this idea of why why this suddenly became because nobody has noticed a particular deterioration and in the security situation in Thailand. It's not apparent on the outside surface things. It's been changing in the country Thailand in all over the world. The the criminal amid is getting stronger. The requirements are so onerous landlords some apartment complexes are erecting signs saying no oy foreigners while others jokingly say the new tourism slogan in Thailand is travel less. A group of experts have launched a petition against it and perhaps even more concerning is the impact on investment with some investors weighing up whether it's just too hard to do business here. Luckily Luckily I have a local office manager. Who's able to help me out with the paperwork but this was just one of the many steps required of me as I madly sought about getting Ching my visa. We started the process even before left Australia bought. It still took three months to gain approval. When I got an interview with the immigration in department fairly soon after my arrival I thought it would sail through but no it dragged on and on and because of the time it took I had to travel in and out of the country a few times to renew my tourist visa and then my husband and I were required to travel to the Thai Embassy in another country to register for a journalist visa. We thought we could go in and out in one day but as we eagerly lined up in a long line of other expensive tie embassy input on pen. We were told it would take three days to process. That's only gave us a three-month visa from there. We had to apply to extend it for for a year. I had started to wonder if I can get my visa before my year-long posting was over then a week later back in Bangkok and after hours of waiting in the immigration office we had good news. We finally gained approval a few days later. I found out I was being posted to our Washington Washington bureau so the process dance all over again. Let's hope this time it doesn't take quite so long. Catherine this with final report out of Bangkok.

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"thai embassy" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

C-SPAN Radio

11:33 min | 2 years ago

"thai embassy" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio

"State so thank you so much Greig this is really a treat for me as a as a post journalist in a really is as Doug suggested the gold standard in coverage of North Korea to give you a sense that I'm going to read you a blurb on the back of this book we authors always like to get more jobs from people that are really one as as extraordinary as this Evan arsenal's who's writing I'm sure many of you know on the new Yorkers right written brilliantly about Asian or office says there is quite simply no journalist in any language was done more to on earth and tell the astounding story Kim Jong on then and if I feel so that's our that's our offer this morning and and I want to open with your big scoop that has been getting reactions from president trump and a lot of other people on page two thirteen of this park no doubt said in print some some many weeks ago you write that Kim Jong loons half brother Kim Jong nam quote became an informant for the CIA an agency with a track record of bringing down surprise it didn't like president trump was asked about this yesterday the report was picked up by the Wall Street journal and he said I saw the information about the C. I. with respect to Kim jong-un's brother or half brother and I would tell him that would not meeting Kim Jong on that would not happen under my auspices in other words if I understood the president for swearing recruiting agents to spy on a country that still threatens us with nuclear what extraordinary statement so let's start with the scoop and tell us what you can about the this role as an informant that was played by Kim Kim Jong un later murdered by by Ken mais path rather thank you David thank you for the introduction so Kim Jong nam was Kim Jong on all the ha Russia and we think that the two of them I think that the two of them never actually met they lived entirely separate close to childhood Xena Kim Jong il had many families with different children and he kept them all in different compounds in Pyongyang and you know even when they went to Switzerland he's thinking wrong to do Neva and can do alone in his family to bend so these these two had no relationship what so ever but having said that it was still a real surprise that Kim Jong un would order his half brothers assassination even to North Korea in this very brutal way having a chemical weapon applied to his face and he died within twenty minutes of that attack and there was quite a lot of puzzlement about why he would do that Kim Jong nam had been living outside of North Korea for almost two decades by that stage had been based in Macau but he also had a base in Beijing he had the protection of the Chinese and so and he had really showing no interest whatsoever in the leadership of North Korea but having said that North Korea as the regime is founded on this very bizarre Pictou bloodline this idea that the family descended from this holy mountain in the north of North Korea so technically Kim Jong nam could be considered a rival to the leadership of North Korea because he had this pic do blood running through his breath bangs bot you know it during the course of my reporting I was told by a very reliable source that Kim Jong nam had been an informant for the C. I. A. and his final years he had been meeting his handlers and Southeast Asia and Malaysia Singapore around these places and passing on what information he knew about about his brother in the regime that and even though he was in this kind of exile he continued to have very good contacts at the top of the regime he was very close to his uncle until can someone had him killed at the end of two thousand fifteen but he had like his uncle was that north Korean ambassador to Malaysia so you continue to have these high level contacts he could have been a good source of information and the reporting is that he had met his hand let in Malaysia and the days before his death and he had a hundred and twenty thousand dollars in cash in his backpack at at the time of his death so that would seem to give reason for Kim Jong going to be even more concerned about so that's really the the the question of the day I would say is it your information or would you would you assume that at the time of this grizzly murder with a with a biological weapon weapon that Kim Jong un was aware that his half brother was in fact an asset of the CIA I mean it's impossible to say and I have spent the last two years trying to get into condolence head which is a very scary place but you know you on so many levels like he has the Pictou blonde he had been openly criticizing the regime and encounters with Japanese journalists at airports around Asia plus there was this fact as if Kim Jong moon did know about this yes that is all of these things that treasonous offenses and can someone dies and any one of them could be a reason for him to feel he had to get rid of his brother and then finally if I could just ask you on this what the likely effect of president trumps a remarkable statement I wouldn't do that would be for an agency in American government that is struggling everyday to know as much as it can about the CCAA North Korea that's closed and still threatening this would have negative effects on efforts to gather information would not one of the big challenges with North Korea and different from other what a credit rating different from around the world to be around this is almost no human intelligence about North Korea and its C. I. A. because of the hottest of the hot tub so is this the I a was in fact successful in recruiting Kim Jong nam that's a huge boon to them and to the understanding of the regime so if I was somebody working at the CIA and I heard the president say that and seem to confirm that that control non laws working for the CIA I think I'd be quite demoralized in a five field of The Washington Post speaking with David Ignatius about her book the great successor so I want to turn now to the to the book it's it's an extraordinary narrative like a novel it has an arc we'll get to wear that our goals and to me it was a surprising price but I want to begin with the question of how you as a journalist put the story together you say at one point early in the book that Kim Jong un became an in during a session for you sessions are good things for journalists because it puts us in a place we just gotta know the next fact and walk this audience through your research into this amazing compound on the beach Wong sama where he and the other one percenters of North Korea hung out your tracking the stories about him to Switzerland just how you assemble the error that's in the book yeah I mean when I returned I previously covered North Korea when I return in two thousand fourteen I was just so astonished that this young guy he was twenty seven years old when he took over that he had been able to hold on to the leadership and to defy all of these expectations and I wanted to try to figure out why and you know as a report that I did what I we do and went out and tried to report it out so I tried to recreate his childhood and bring together as much information as I could about how he grow out how he became this leader that he is today how he justifies to himself one of the brutal things that he does to remain Aleida so I was living in Japan and I found the Japanese sushi chef who had been living in that royal household and this is like such a good illustration of how little we know about Kim Jong un and the kinds of people whose brains we will tap to find out about him that this is a very eccentric character somebody who left Japan during the boom years to move to North Korea but he had this kind of access to condone own at a very young age and so he told me about that thanks birthday party where he was present where can done one was presented with a little general's uniform with eclipse and go doesn't he was called a little general and real generals came into his birthday party and saluted to him and then later I managed to track down his aunt and uncle who had being his guardians in Switzerland posing as his parents while he was at school there during his teenage years and so they were able to confirm that for me they were also at that best a posse the eighth birthday party where he was named the success so I really just tried to set out to find every single person I code if I had any kind of encounter with him and of course a lot of the stories that anecdotal very superficial but I was hoping to get that to get the you know anything we could add to this would increase our understanding of this man who is such a threat to the outside world one image that haunted me was the that of Kim Jong on that at the perhaps you know eleven or twelve as a schoolboy and burn with an obsession for basketball every afternoon putting on is Chicago Bulls Jersey with Michael Jordan's number talk to us about this weird basketball obsession added that he had and how it culminated bizarrely it is diplomacy with Dennis Rodman of all people one of the weirdest characters ever to come out of the NBA yeah I mean this is this is a rate like he is a huge basketball fan every day off to school and then he was down at the high school shooting hoax and nobody knew who he was and check the Thai embassy was very close to the high school for the other kids they just thought he was tied they didn't know it but they didn't think it was quite strange that there was often I mean who and Korean then you're Asian adults sitting there on deck to is chairing excessively every time he scored a point or whatever and and condolence trash talking about other things so that there was a little then but he has been really trash talk from Kim's are going to try to measure whether you'd call layers don't tired maybe that way I can like okay this stops it with his mother was a very powerful influence on him as a child and this is something that's often overlooked there was actually his mother and they got him into basketball because there is a saying in Korean and south Korean mothers to this day think that if you play basketball you'll grow toll so she wanted her son to go total Atticus came down it was a very short guy as we know it said this she planted the seed and his head and it.

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"For years has visited North Korea, a dozen times and interviewed many of its citizens, including members of Kim Jong owns family. Her book is a fascinating look at the background character and personality of Kim Jong own as well as a picture of life inside North Korea today, an insightful look at the leaders volatile interactions with Americans from President Trump to Dennis Rodman. And if I feel began her career in journalism in her home country of New Zealand, she's reported from more than twenty countries and was the Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief from two thousand fourteen to twenty eighteen focusing. On Japan and the Korea's. She's now the post Beijing bureau chief, her new book is the great successor. The divinely perfect destiny of brilliant. Comrade Kim Jong own will Anna Fifield welcome to fresh air. You've been a foreign correspondent for a lot of years and reported on a lot of countries in Asia some with autocratic regimes somewhere. Democratic is reporting on North Korea different from all of them. Yes, it definitely is. I also reported previously from countries like Iran and Syria and Libya on Gadhafi and nothing comes close to what it's like to report in North Korea. So on my trips to North Korea often when I arrive. I don't even know where I'm staying everything is organized by the state. Once I get that, you know, where I eight where I go who I talked to kind of what streets we go down on the way to get. So it's all very highly Cari graft, so that I only say what they want me to say, but having said that I do find a lot of utility and going to North Korea because it's a Potemkin village, and the Potemkin village has changed over the years since I started going in two thousand and five so it's interesting to see the kind of messages that projecting. So I remember very distinctly and one year it was February it was the middle of winter, and they took me to the very best hospital in Pyongyang the Red Cross off. Spital and I walked in there and I had my huge Gortex coach on and things. And I was freezing inside the hospital. There was no electricity. There were patients lying in the beds. You know, you can't run a medical equipment to whatever you need in a hospital without electricity. So that in itself was very telling to me that the best hospital in North Korea didn't have electric city. Let's talk about Kim Jong owned to understand him. One of the things I get from your book is the aft understand his family. His grandfather Kim Il Sung was the first in this ruling dynasty and North Korea. Tell us about him how he came to power Kim Jong UN's, grandfather was Kim Il song, and he was born into a Christian. Family precipitation family, his grandfather was a minister. So this is when Pyongyang was still considered the Jerusalem of the east and his family moved to mentor northern China during the Japanese occupation to fight against the. The Japanese and this is where the legitimacy of the Kim family comes from. So after nineteen Forty-five when the Korean peninsula was divided and Japan was defeated at the end of World War, Two, it was, then the Soviet Union and stalled Kimmel song today. It's and of puppet, president and North Korea and to do its bidding. That was the idea and Kim Il song very much played up the idea that he was this anti-japanese. You know, anti American revolutionary who would lead North Korea on to great things and the personality cult started very early on in a way that surprised even the Soviets had a very strong, Stalinist personality cult going on at the time, too. And they began sewing this myth about the Kim's that they were uniquely qualified. They were kind of given the divine rice to lease North Korea and during the Kimmel some years that kind of worked because the North Korean economy was strong and north. Korea was in relatively good standing with China and the five eight union looking after it things that are really start going downhill until the late seventies. When the economy started coming off the rails, and then the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transformation of China, but the family still hawks back to these chemicals song days. Cumulus sunk died in nineteen Ninety-four and his son Kim Jong Il took over at that time. It is interesting that the North Koreans adopted this cult of personality that was seen in the Soviet Union of defying a leader and putting images of him everywhere, with big posters, the Soviets kind of abandoned this in the nineteen fifties. But the North Koreans kept it right on through to the current leader, haven't they? That's right. I mean they kept going on steroids. It's impossible to tend to corner practically North Korea without seeing a big billboard or big picture of the latest. I mean to this day every single public building every school every office. Every subway car has a photo of Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong Il in it. And also every house is required. Every pop went is required to have these portraits to and not just that, but there's a special cloth that has kept in a special bulks to claim these portraits and their inspections to make sure that you'll properly looking after them. So it's really hard to exaggerate, just how pervasive and strictly enforced, this personality cult is so Kim Il. Sung dies in one thousand nine hundred four and the next ruler is Kim Jong Il. He was a son of Kim Il-Sung. Right. So how is he different from his father? He was very different from his father, his father. Cumulus song was very kind of. Charismatic gregarious kind of person, he seemed to get a real kick out of travelling extensively around the country, and talking to his adoring subjects. Of course they were forced to be adoring, but you can tell that he did seem to enjoy some people responded to him. Kim jong. Il came along having been anointed the first success of, and he was very introverted. He didn't seem to take naturally to this job, and his entire seventeen years in power, he spoke in public, only one time, and even then it was only one sentence, which was at a military parade. So he was a much different character from his father, but he also took over control of North Korea at a very difficult time. So the Soviet Union had just collapsed, a few years before China was well on its way to becoming the economic giant, we say today, but also a famine was taking grip of North Korea and the over the rest of the nineteenth as many as two million people. Actually died of salvation from that feminine. So he is very much associated with those bad and difficult times. So Kim Jong UN the current leader was a son of Kim Jong Il, and you spend quite a bit of time in the book talking about his formative influences, and it helps to get a sense of how the Kim family lived. I mean, the wives and other relationships that he had, what kind of lives did the wives, the extended family live in North Korea. Right. Kim Jong UN was the third son of Kim Jong Il. He was the offspring of the fourth relationship that Kim Jong-Il head yet he had many consulates, and wives and partners of various descriptions. So each of these families lived in its own cloistered existence in North Korea, Kim Jong Il, never knew has older brother. Kim Jong nam who was the first born son in the take Mickley according to North Korean Confucian. Hierarchy, he should have been the success, but he never lived with him. He lived in a highly different compound in North Korea. He never knew him. He lived a isolated in this residential compound with his older, brother and younger sister. So he had a very unusual and dysfunctional upbringing. He didn't go to school. He had private tutors, who came to the house. He didn't have any friends. He didn't play with other local children. He just had his brother and his sister to play. With the so he had a very strange childhood, where he grew up believing that he was very, very special princeling. And at the time when other people in his country were starving to death literally and, you know, struggling to survive, he lived a life of absolute decadence, where they were fed imported food, French, pastries and salmon brought in from overseas. And he had LEGO and all sorts of detained okay. Of toys at that time. So he had a very unusual upbringing in North Korea. Right. Any lived in Switzerland for a few years going to school. You talk to people who knew him, there would have to say about him. That's right. When he was twelve years old. He joined his older brother in Switzerland and the capital of Ben whereas older brother had been living with his maternal aunt, an uncle and festival he enrolled and an English language private school. He spent two years that learning English learning in English. And then he transferred to a local German scold in his neighborhood. So when I Wayne, I've visited the apartment where he lived in which is a very ordinary apartment complex. And, you know, a suburb of Ben that there's nothing special about it. And he went to a school that was at the public school very close to his apartment where he basically had three or four friends, all the children of immigrants. He hung out with them and kind of kept to himself, people at that time say that he was quite reserved. He had did have trouble communicating with them because of language difficulties, but even once he became conversant in gentleman, he was still quite kind of shine had. Difficulty communicating. But his one great passion was basketball, so every day after school he would head down to the high school courts there, and he would should hopes and play with other local kids, they didn't care who he was. They thought that he was tied actually because the Thai embassy was close to that high school. And so he was just able to be kind of relatively normal kid, except for the fact that there were adults. You know, Koreans who sat there and dictators keeping score and being kind of excessively complimentary whenever he did. Well, it's fascinating to think about the impact on a kid of learning at a very early age that he is the anointed one you described his eighth birthday party. What was that, like, that's right for his eighth birthday party? He was presented with a little general's uniform, you know, an olive green uniform with gold buttons, and epaulettes and things and he was told that he would be the success. Fisa of his father, so at this birthday party, which was attended by the fficials and actually real generals from the Korean people was army, you know, they would bowing to him and the generals was saluting him and treating him as if he would be the to his father one day, and has aunt, who was presented that both they've already told me that, you know, from that point on it was impossible for him to act like a normal child. A hey was, you know, head the sense of entitlement and was treated in this very phoning way. So he grew up expecting, you know to be able to give commands there's this lovely little detail you have about going bass fishing on a boat. I guess with his father and you gotta know this shift Fujimoto was the name of this guy who's spent years with the family when he would catch a fish Kim Jong UN would what he would to hold the fish and say, hey, look what I caught that. That's right. So he would go out fishing and a boat with Fujimoto and his mother and his brother. So fujimoto's of. Very strange character in this household, he left booming Japan to go and live in North Korea and make sushi for the Royal family there. And he was kind of a signed to be a buddy playmate. That's what he called it to Kim Jong UN because these kids have had nobody to play with nobody to hang out with so he would take them out fishing on the boat and every time he caught a fish Kim Jong UN would grab the fishing rod away from him and say, look what I caught and they all excited about it. And of course, everybody would Huma him and say, well done on Euclid. So these are obviously quite small anecdotes. But I feel like they are quite illustrative of the environment that he grew up in this sense of entitlement. And how special he felt as a child, people talk about narcissistic personality disorder. I mean, I'm not a psychiatrist. You aren't either, but you got to wonder what is the effect of years and years from the age of aid being told that you are practically infallible? Yeah. Well, I did actually go and talk to a bunch of psychiatrists and psychologists, some of whom have one of them have consulted for the South Korean intelligence service about this, and they say, yes, that he does show signs of narcissism. They do say it's impossible to diagnose somebody from this kind of distance. But the thing that stands out to them as the fact that he does not appear to have a disorder as such. There are no reports from his time in Switzerland or in growing up in North Korea that he was tortured kittens acting in any kind of, you know, psychopathic kind of way. So they say that he did grow up with the sense of entitlement. But it was just that he's not a nutjob as the president of the United States might say it, but they said one thing that I found really interesting was that, you know, to go back to the, you know, the old cliche about a power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely that there is kind of Kim. Cool reaction that occurs on the brain. You get a hit of dopamine when you are powerful like this, and it can become kind of self-perpetuating you crave. This kind of power so at one psychologist, I thought to say that this is probably how can John justifies the brutality that he shows to himself, so that he continues to get this hits chemical head of power and a Fifield is the Beijing bureau chief for the Washington Post her new book about North Korean leader. Kim Jong UN is called the great successor. We'll be back after short break. This is fresh air..

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"This is fresh air. I'm Dave Davies infra Terry gross today inside Kim Jong UN's North Korea, and a Fifield looks at the brutal and idiosyncratic regime of a man who learned to exercise power at an early age on his eighth birthday. He was given a general's uniform and told he would succeed his father Kim Jong Il has aunt, who was present at that birthday party told me that, you know, from that point on it was impossible for him to act like a normal child, he was head, the sense of entitlement and was treated in this very fawning way. So he grew up expecting, you know to be able to give commands Fifield we'll talk about daily life in North Korea. The failed nuclear talks with the US and some strange moments when Dennis Rodman visited the country. Her book is the great successor and Maureen Corrigan reviews, a new novel by Jill Senate. She calls both smart and disturbing. In her new book, our guest, Anna Fifield says that North Koreans don't celebrate their own birthdays. Just that of their leader Kim Jong own. In fact, she writes for many children. It's the only time they'll ever get a present five field who's been reporting on East Asia for years as visited North Korea, a dozen times and interviewed many of its citizens, including members of Kim Jong owns family. Her book is a fascinating look at the background character and personality of Kim Jong own as well as a picture of life inside North Korea today and an insightful. Look at the leaders volatile interactions with Americans from President Trump to Dennis Rodman, and a Fifield began her career in journalism in her home country of New Zealand. She's reported from more than twenty countries and was the Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief from twenty fourteen to twenty eighteen focusing on Japan and the Korea's. She's now the posts Beijing bureau chief, her new book is the great successor. The. Divinely perfect destiny of brilliant. Comrade Kim Jong own. Well, Anna Fifield welcome to fresh air. You've been a foreign correspondent for a lot of years and reported on a lot of countries in Asia, some with autocratic regimes. Some were democratic is reporting on North Korea different from all of them. Yes, it definitely is. I, I have also reported previously from countries like Iran and Syria and Libya, under Moammar Gaddafi and nothing comes close to what it's like to report in North Korea. So on my trips to North Korea. You know, often when I arrive, I don't even know where I'm staying everything is organized by the state. Once I get there. You know where I eight where I go who I talked to kind of what streets we go down on the way to get this? So it's all very highly career graft so that I only see what they want me to see, but having said that I do find a lot of utility and going to North Korea because it's a Potemkin village, and the Potemkin village has changed over the years since I first started going in two thousand and five so it's interesting to see the kind of messages that they are projecting. So I remember very distinctly and one year, it was February, it was middle of winter, and they took me to the very best hospital in Pyongyang the Red Cross. Spital and I walked in there and I had my huge Gortex Khotan and things and I was freezing inside the hospital. There was no 'electricity. There were patients lying in the beds. You know, you can't run a medical equipment or whatever you need in a hospital without electricity. So that in itself was very telling to me that the best hospital in North Korea didn't have electric city. Let's talk about Kim Jong Hoon to understand him. One of the things I get from your book is that you have to understand his family. His grandfather Kim Il Sung was the first in this ruling dynasty North Korea. Tell us about him how he came to power Kim Jong UN's grandfather was Kimmel song and he was born into a Christian family Presbyterian, family has grandfather was a minister. So this is when Pyongyang was still considered the Jerusalem of the east and his family moved to Manchuria northern China during the Japanese occupation to fight against the. Japanese and this is where the legitimacy of the Kim family comes from. So after nineteen forty five when the Korean peninsula was divided and Japan was defeated at the end of World War, Two, it was then that the Soviet Union and stalled Kimmel song to be its and of puppet, president and North Korea and to do its bidding, that was the idea and Kimmel song very much played up the idea that he was this anti-japanese. You know, anti American revolutionary who would lead North Korea on to great things. And, you know, the personality cult started very early on in a way that surprised even the Soviets head of very strong, Stalinist personality cult going on at the time, too. And they began sewing this myth about the Kim's that they were uniquely qualified. They would kind of given a divine right to lease North Korea and during the Kimmel song years that kind of works, because the North Korean economy was strong and north. Korea was in relatively good standing with China and the Soviet Union looking after it things that are really start going downhill until the late seventies. When the economy started coming off the rails, and then the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transformation of China, but the family still hawks back to these chemicals song days. Cumulus sunk died in one thousand nine hundred four and his son Kim Jong Il took over at that time, it is interesting that the North Koreans adopted this cult of personality that was seen in the Soviet Union of defying a leader and putting images of him everywhere, with big posters, the Soviets kind of abandoned this in the nineteen fifties. But the North Koreans kept it right on through to the current leader, haven't they? That's right. I mean they kept going and on steroids. It's impossible to turn a corner practically in North Korea without seeing a big billboard or a big picture of the latest. I mean to this day every single public building every school every office every so. Subway car has a photo of Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong Il in it. And also every house is required. Every apartment is required to have these portrait's too, and not just that, but there's a special cloth that has kept in a special box to clean these portraits, and their inspections to make sure that you're probably looking after them. So it's really hard to exaggerate, just how pervasive and strictly enforced, this personality cult is so Kim Il Sung dies in nineteen ninety four. And the next ruler is Kim Jong Il. He was a son of Kim Olson, right? So how was he different from his father? He was very different from his father. His father Camille song was very kind of charismatic gregarious kind of person, he seemed to get a real kick out of travelling extensively around the country and talking to his adoring subjects. Of course they were forced to be adoring, but you can tell that he did seem to enjoy this and people responded to him. Kim Jong Il came. Along having been anointed the first successor there, and he was very introverted. He didn't seem to take naturally to this job, and his entire seventeen years in power, he spoke in public, only one time, and even then it was only one sentence, which was at a military parade. So he was a much different character from his father, but he also took over control of North Korea at a very difficult time. So the Soviet Union had just collapsed, a few years before China was well on its way to becoming the economic giant, we see today, but also a famine was taking grip of North Korea and the over the rest of the ninety s as many as two million people actually died of salvation from their feminine. So he is very much associated with those bad and difficult times. So Kim Jong UN the current leader was a son of Kim Jong Il, and you spend quite a bit of time in the book talking about his formative. Influence isn't it helps to get a sense of how the Kim family lived? I mean, the wives and other relationships that he had, what kind of lives did the wives, the extended family live in North Korea. Right. So Kim Jong UN was the third son of Kim Jong Il. He was the offspring of the fourth relationship that Kim Jong Il head yet he had many consorts and wives and partners of various descriptions. So each of these families lived in its own cloistered existence in North Korea, Kim Jong. Oh, never knew has older brother. Kim Jong-Nam who was the first born son. And you know technically according to North Korean and confusion, hierarchy, he should have been the successor, but he never lived with him. He lived in an entirely different compound in North Korea in ever knew him. He lived isolated in this residential compound with his older, brother and younger sister. So he had a very unusual and dysfunctional upbringing. He didn't go to school. He had private tutors, who came to the house. He didn't have any friends. You know he didn't play with other local children. He just had his brother and his sister to play. With their so he had a very strange childhood, where he grew up believing that he was very, very special princeling and at the time when other people in his country were starving to death literally and, you know, struggling to survive, he lived a life of absolute decadence, where they were fed imported food, French, pastries and salmon brought in from overseas. And he had LEGO and all sorts of Nintendo kind of toys at that time. So he had a very unusual upbringing in North Korea. And he lived in Switzerland for a few years going to school. You talk to people who knew him there. What did they say about him? That's right. When he was twelve years old. He joined his older brother in Switzerland and the capital of Bern where his older brother had been living with his maternal aunt, and uncle. And first of all, he enrolled, an English language private school. He spent two years. Is there learning English learning in English? And then he transferred to a local German scold in his neighborhood. So when I went on I visited the apartment where he lived in to the very ordinary apartment complex. And, you know, a suburb of burn that is there's nothing special about it. And he went to a school that was at the public school very close to his apartment where he basically had three or four friends, all the children of immigrants. He hung out with them and kind of kept to himself, people at that time, said that he was quite reserved. He had did have trouble communicating with them because of language difficulties, but even once he became conversant in German. He was still quite kind of shy and had difficulty communicating. But his one great passion was basketball, so every day after school he would head down to the high school courts there, and he would shoot hopes and play with other local kids, they didn't care who he was. They thought. He was tie, actually because the Thai embassy was close to that high school. And so there he was just able to be kind of relatively normal kid, except for the fact that there were adults. You know, Koreans who sat there in deck chairs keeping score and being kind of excessively complimentary whenever he did. Well, it's fascinating to think about the impact on a kid of learning at a very early age that he is the anointed one you described his eighth birthday party. What was that, like, that's right for his eighth birthday party? He was presented with a little general's uniform, you know, an olive green uniform with gold buttons, and epaulettes and things and he was told that he would be the successor of his father..

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"Tonight. Excessive he warning is in effect in Sacramento and some of the East Bay valley's seventies at the coast of it cooler, they're still eighties nineties around the bay and triple digits inland. This is fresh air. I'm Dave Davies infra, Terry gross who's off this week in her new book, our guest, Anna Fifield says that North Koreans don't celebrate their own birthdays. Just that of their leader Kim Jong own. In fact, she writes from any children. It's the only time they'll ever get a present five field who's been reporting on East Asia for years has visited North Korea, a dozen times and interviewed many of its citizens, including members of Kim Jong owns family. Her book is a fascinating look at the background character and personality of Kim Jong own as well as a picture of life inside North Korea today, an insightful look at the leaders volatile interactions with Americans from President Trump to Dennis Rodman, and a Fifield began her career in journalism in her home country of New Zealand. She's reported from more than twenty countries and was the Washington Post's Tokyo bureau chief from two thousand fourteen to twenty eighteen focusing on Japan and the Korea. She's now the posts Beijing bureau chief, her new book is the great successor. The divinely perfect destiny of brilliant comrade Kim Jong own. Well, Anna Fifield welcome to fresh air. You've been a foreign correspondent for a lot of years and reported on a lot of countries in Asia, some with autocratic regimes. Some more democratic is reporting on North Korea different from all of them. Yes, it definitely is. I also reported previously from countries like Iran and Syria and Libya, Gaddafi and nothing comes close to what it's like to report in North Korea. So on my trips to North Korea. You know, often when I arrive, I don't even know where I'm staying everything is organized by the state. Once I get there. You know where I eight where I go who I talked to kind of what streets we go down on the way to get? So it's all very highly Korea graft so that I only see what they want me to say, but having said that I do find a lot of utility and going to North Korea because it's a Potemkin village, and the Potemkin village has changed over the years since I started going in two thousand and five so it's interesting to say the kind of messages that projecting. So I remember very distinctly in one year. It was February it was the middle of winter, and they took me to the very best hospital, and Pyongyang the Red Cross off. Spital and I walked in there and I had my huge Gortex Khotan and things and I was freezing inside the hospital. There was no electricity. There were patients lying in the Bates. You know, you can't run a medical equipment or whatever you need in a hospital without electricity. So that in itself was very telling to me that the best hospital in North Korea didn't have Alec trysofi. Let's talk about Kim Jong owned to understand him. One of the things I get from your book is that you have to understand his family. His grandfather Kim Il Sung was the first in this ruling dynasty and North Korea. Tell us about him how he came to power Kim Jong UN's, grandfather was Kim Il song, and he was born into a Christian family Presbyterian, family has grandfather was a minister. So this is when Pyongyang was still considered the Jerusalem of the east and his family moved to mentor northern China during the Denny's ocupation to fight against the. The Japanese and this is where the legitimacy of the Kim family comes from. So after nineteen Forty-five when the Korean peninsula was divided and Japan was defeated at the end of World War, Two, it was then that the Soviet Union and stalled Kimmel song, debates and of puppet, president and North Korea and to do its bidding, that was the idea and Kim Il Sung very much played up the idea that he was this anti-japanese anti American revolutionary who would late North Korea on to great things. And, you know, the personality cult started very early on in a way that surprised even the Soviets had a very strong, Stalinist personality cult going on at the time, too. And they began sewing this myth about the Kim's that they were uniquely qualified. They kind of given a divine right to lease North Korea. And during the is that kind of worked because the North Korean economy was strong and north. Korea was in relatively good standing with China and the Viet union looking after it things that are really start going downhill until the late seventies. When the economy started coming off the rails, and then the collapse of the Soviet Union and the transformation of China, but the family still hawks back to these chemicals song days. Cumulus sunk died in nineteen Ninety-four and his son Kim Jong Il took over at that time, it is interesting that the North Koreans adopted this cult of personality that was seen in the Soviet Union of defying a leader and putting images of him everywhere, with big posters, the Soviets kind of abandoned this in the nineteen fifties. But the North Koreans kept it right on through to the current leader, haven't they? That's right. I mean they kept going on steroids impossible to ten cornet practically in North Korea without seeing a big billboard or a big picture of the latest. I mean to this day every single public building every school every office. Every subway car has a photo of Kim Il-Sung and his son Kim Jong Il in it. And also every house is required. Every apartment is required to have these portrait's too, and not just that, but there's a special cloth that has kept in a special bucks to claim these portraits and their inspections to make sure that you'll probably looking off to them. So it's really hard to exaggerate, just how pervasive and strictly enforced, this analogy cult is so kim-il-sung dies in one thousand nine hundred four and the next ruler is Kim Jong Il. He was a son of Kim Il-Sung. Right. So how was he different from his father? He was very different from his father, his father. Cumulus song was very kind of. Charismatic gregarious kind of person, he seemed to get a real kick out of travelling extensively around the country, and talking to his adoring subjects. Of course they were forced to be adoring, but you can tell that he did seem to enjoy this and people responded to him. Kim Jong Il came along having been anointed, the first success of, and he was very introverted. He didn't seem to take naturally to this job, and his entire seventeen years in power, he spoke in public, only one time, and even then it was only one sentence, which was at a military parade. So he was a much different character from his father, but he also took over control of North Korea at a very difficult time. So the Soviet Union had just collapsed, a few years before China was well on its way to becoming the economic giant, we say today, but also a famine was taking grip of North Korea and the over the rest of the nineteenth as many as two million people. Actually died of salvation from that feminine. So he is very much associated with those bad and difficult times. So Kim Jong UN the current leader was a son of Kim Jong Il, and you spend quite a bit of time in the book talking about his formative influences, and it helps to get a sense of how the Kim family lived. I mean, the wives and other relationships that he had, what kind of lives did the wives, the extended family live in North Korea. Right. So Kim Jong UN was the third son of Kim Jong Il. He was the offspring of the fourth relationship that Kim Jong Il head yet many consulates, and wives and partners of various descriptions. So each of these families lived in its own cloistered existence in North Korea, Kim Jong Il. Never knew has altered brother Kim Jong nam who was the first born son in the inner take Mickley according to North Korean Confucian hierarchy, he should have been the success, but he never lived with him. He lived in a highly different compound and North Korea. He never knew him. He lived a isolated in this residential compound with his older, brother and younger sister. So he had a very unusual and dysfunctional upbringing. He didn't go to school. He had private tutors, who came to the house. He didn't have any friends. He didn't play with other local children. He just had his brother and his sister to play. With their so he had a very strange childhood, where he grew up believing that he was very, very special princeling and at the time when other people in his country were starving to death literally and, you know, struggling to survive, he lived a life of Epsilon decadence, where they were fed imported food, French, pastries and salmon brought in from overseas. And he had LEGO and all sorts of Nintendo kind of toys at that time. So he had a very unusual upbringing in North Korea. Right. Any lived in Switzerland for a few years going to school. You talk to people who knew him, there would have this about them. That's right when he was twelve years old. He joined his brother in Switzerland and the capital of Ben whereas older brother had been living with his maternal aunt, and uncle and festival. He enrolled, an English language private school. He spent two years that learning English learning in English. And then he transferred to a local German language school in his neighborhood. So when I Wayne, I visited the apartment where he lived in a very ordinary apartment complex. And, you know, a suburb of Ben that is there's nothing special about it. And he went to a school that was at the public school very close to his apartment where he basically had three or four friends, all the children of immigrants. He hung out with them and kind of kept to himself, people at that time, said that he was quite reserved. He had did have trouble communicating with them because of language difficulties, but even once he became conversant in German. He was still quite kind of shine had. Communicating. But has one great passion was basketball, so every day after school, he would head down to the high school courts there, and he would should hopes and play with other local kids, they didn't care who he was. They thought that he was Thai, actually because the Thai embassy was close to that high school. And so he was just able to be kind of relatively normal kid, except for the fact that there were adults. You know, Koreans who sat there and dictators keeping score and being kind of excessively complimentary whenever he did. Well, it's fascinating to think about the impact on kid of learning at a very early age that he is the anointed one you described his eighth birthday party. What was that, like, that's right for his eighth birthday party? He was presented with a little general's uniform, you know, an olive green uniform with gold buttons, and epaulettes and things and he was told that he would be the success. Fisa of his father, so at this birthday party, which was attended by officials and actually real generals from the Korean People's Army, you know, they were going to him. And the generals was saluting him and treating him as if he would be the ad to his father one day, and has on who was present at that birthday party told me that, you know, from that point on it was impossible for him to act like a normal child a hey, was head, the fence of entitlement was treated in this very phoning way. So he grew up expecting to be able to give commands there's this lovely little detail you have about going bass fishing on about his father, and you gotta know this shift, Fujimoto, believe is the name of this guy who'd spent years with the family when he would catch a fish Kim Jong UN would what he would hold the fish and say, hey, look what I caught that. That's right..

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"So he had a very unusual and dysfunctional upbringing. He didn't go to school. He had private tutors, who came to the house. He didn't have any friends. He didn't play with other local children. He just had his brother and his sister to play. With their so he had a very strange childhood, where he grew up believing that he was very, very special princeling and at the time when other people in his country were starving to death literally and, you know, struggling to survive, he lived a life of salute decadence where they were fade imported food, French, pastries, and salmon broadened from overseas. And he had LEGO and all sorts of Nintendo kind of toys at that time. So he had a very unusual upbringing in North Korea. Right. And he lived in Switzerland for a few years going to school. You talk to people who knew him there. What did they say about them? That's right when he was twelve years old. He joined his older brother in Switzerland and the capital of where has brother had been living with his maternal aunt, and uncle, and first of all he enrolled and an English language private school. He spent two years, there learning English learning in English. And then he transferred to a local German language school in his neighborhood. So when I Wayne visited the apartment where he lived in to the very often Inari apartment complex. And, you know, a suburb of that there's nothing special about it. And he went to a school that was at the public school very close to his apartment where he basically had three or four friends, all the children of immigrants. He hung out with them and kind of kept to himself, people at that time, said that he was quite reserved. He had did have trouble communicating with them because of language difficulties, but even once he became conversant in German. He was still quite kind of shy and had different. He communicating. But his one great passion was basketball, so every day after school he would head down to the high school courts there, and he would shoot hopes and play with other local kids, they didn't care who he was. They thought that he was Thai, actually because the Thai embassy was close to that high school. So there he was just able to be kind of relatively normal kid, except for the fact that there were adults. You know, Koreans who sat there in dictators keeping score and being excessively complimentary whenever he did. Well, it's fascinating to think about the impact on a kid of learning at a very early age that he is the anointed one you described his eighth birthday party. What was that, like, that's right for his eighth birthday party? He was presented with a little general's uniform, an olive green uniform with gold buttons, and epaulettes and things. And he was told that he would be the successor of his father, so at this birthday party, which was attended by the fficials actually real generals from the Korean People's Army. You know they were doing to him. And the generals was saluting him and treating him as if he would be the to his father one day, and his aunt who was present at birth. They've. Party told me that from that point on it was impossible for him to act like normal child, that he was head, the sense of entitlement and was treated in this very phoning ways. So he grew up expecting, you know to be able to give commands there's this lovely little detail you have about going bass fishing boat. I guess with his father and you got to know the shift Fujimoto believe was the name of this guy who spent years with the family when he would catch a fish Kim Jong UN would what he would hold the fish and say, hey, look what I caught. That's right..

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"thai embassy" Discussed on The Black Guy Who Tips Podcast

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