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By William Tucker

Coming on the heels of the Russian and Chinese veto of a Security Council resolution, the UN General Assembly took up the issue of Syria. The resolution in question, which passed the General Assembly by a vote of 137-12, called for Syrian President Bashir Assad to resign his post. Unlike the Security Council, the resolutions passed in the General Assembly are not legally binding.

By William Tucker

This past weekend three more Buddhist monks set themselves ablaze in Seda county of Sichuan province. These most recent self immolations bring the number to 19 since the protests began back in March of 2011. Each immolation prompted an immediate large scale protest resulting in the Chinese People’s Armed Police firing into the crowd. Independent reports are difficult to verify at this time.

By William Tucker

Two Tibetan monks have set themselves on fire, a practice known as ‘self-immolation,’ to protest Chinese policies over the past two days. These two acts take the number of self-immolations by Tibetan monks to 15 over the last year. As is typically the case, larger protests break out shortly after these acts occur. In this most recent case, Beijing has agreed to allow the protests to take place.

By William Tucker

North Korea’s official media outlet has reported that the nation’s leader, Kim Jong-il, has died at the age of 69. Jong-il has been in bad health recently and suffered a stroke in 2008. Although Kim Jong-il named his son, Kim Jong-Un, as his successor in September 2010, the younger Kim does not have any political or military experience.

By William Tucker

New intelligence, recently released into the open source, suggests that North Korea has been working on an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S. North Korea’s larger missiles – namely the Taepodong 1 and 2 – require a fixed launch facility. The benefits of a mobile ICBM, such as hiding in the many tunnels Pyongyang has dung into its mountainous territory, are readily apparent.

By William Tucker

China’s head of the Central Political and Legislative Committee, Zhou Yongkang, claimed that China is “ill-prepared” to handle massive social unrest. Yongkang’s remarks come on the heels of slowing economic growth and increasing unemployment. China’s unemployment problem has led to wider demonstrations across the country and this has caused a headache for many leaders in Beijing. This represents the crux of China’s current problems.

By William Tucker

Last Thursday, as most Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving, North Korea threatened to turn South Korea’s Blue House into a sea of fire. For the uninitiated, the Blue House is South Korea’s presidential residence located in Seoul. If the term “sea of fire” sounds familiar that is because it is a familiar refrain from North Korean leadership when they issue their frequent threats.