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World News 4 The WLHS Pilot May 2013 North Korea North Korea is a country with a troubled history that now poses a serious threat to the U.S. By Zac Lukasik Lately in the news, newspapers, and even in hallway conversations, the topic of North Korea has been talked about. Recently, North Korea has been in the news for threats against the United States and South Korea. North Korea said it would carry out pre-emptive nuclear strikes against the United States. Analysts are doubtful that they could hit the U.S. mainland with a missile, but the missiles could hit South Korea or Japan, and American forces are there. Since many students do not know much about North Korea, here is a brief history of the nation, which helps to explain why our nations do not get along. North Korea and South Korea occupy a peninsula in southwestern Asia. For more than 2,000 years the Korean peninsula was occupied by powerful dynasties, the last being the Joseon dynasty. In 1905, Japan invaded Korea, and in 1910 they annexed them. At the end of WWII, the Japanese that occupied Korea surrendered and lost control of Korea to the Allied forces. Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with the Soviet Union administering the northern portion, and the U.S. administering the southern portion of Korea (similar to the way that Germany was split after the war). This foreign administration of Korea was intended to be temporary, and plans were made for free elections in both districts. However, in 1948 Kim II-Sung, a communist aligned leader of the Korean People’s army (KPA), convinced Soviet leaders not to allow the United Nation authorities north of the dividing line, so the election never took place in North Korea. By the end of 1948, two new nations had been established--the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea which was supported by the Soviet Union (North Korea). Most U.S. forces left South Korea by the summer of 1949, leaving behind a weak government and inexperienced army. North Korea had the backing of USSR and China, and they had developed a strong army. From the moment they were founded, North Korea and South Korea have not gotten along. North Korea is generally more militaristic in its attempts to gain control. In 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea starting the three-year Korean War. In 1953 the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed. Originally this was to be a temporary treaty to set up a demilitarized zone along the 38th parallel, but a permanent peace agreement was never signed. Tensions between the two countries have existed ever since. After the Korean War ended and the Cold War drew to a close, North Korea lost support from the Soviet Union. The loss of support allowed the United States to use satellite pictures to spot the Yongbyong nuclear complex. The Yongbyong nuclear complex was perceived as a threat to all of its surrounding countries, so the U.N. forced them to allow an inspection which turned up empty. For years the nuclear complex was unproductive, and as North Korea strived for nuclear uranium, most countries forgot about North Korea, that is until a few months ago. Kim Jon-il, the late ruler of North Korea allowed North Korea to lie low and bolster its economy and infrastructure. More importantly, it gave them time to advance their launch rockets and make leaps towards creating a nuclear warhead capable of striking the U.S. His son, Kim Jong-un, succeeded him as the country’s leader and brought North Korea into the world spotlight as a threat to South Korea and one of its allies, the United States. In December of 2012 North Korea launched a satellite into space. This successful launch was the fifth and only successful attempt to put a rocket into orbit. All other attempts failed. The North Korean rocket was carrying a 220-pound, satellite, perhaps one-tenth the weight of a typical nuclear warhead. North Korea has a long way to go before it can threaten the West Coast of the United States with a nuclear-armed missile. It has yet to develop a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop its missile, and experts say that it has not tested a reentry vehicle that can withstand the heat of the atmosphere. Additionally, it is not clear that the country knows how to aim a missile with much accuracy. “What’s important here is the symbolism, especially if the test seems reasonably successful,” said Victor D. Cha, a scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “It’s not as if the U.S. can describe them anymore as a bunch of crazies who could never get anywhere with their technology. And it ends the argument that Kim Jong-un might be a young, progressive reformer who is determined to take the country in a new direction.” According to the New York Times, North Korea is threatening the United States, because the U.S. led the “push for sanctions at the United Nations to punish North Korea for its nuclear test in February, its third.” Also, the North often makes these types of threats when the U.S. and South Korea hold their joint military exercises, which they believe is a threat. Additionally, North Korea often highlights possible threats from abroad as a ploy to keep the people focused on this, rather than the famine and hunger that is sweeping the nation. North Korea has had a direct impact on our lives; it is important to know the history of this country. Fortunately, we can count on the United States to keep an eye on North Korea.
Sports May 2013 The WLHS Pilot 5 A Glimmer of Hope Though the Brewers have many shortcomings, there is some promise in this underdog team. By Noah Schroeder Milwaukee has two teams that play in the bold colors of blue and gold, and it turns out that they have more than just colors in common. Our Milwaukee Brewers, currently with a record of (insert), have rebounded nicely after a rough 2-8 start. However, while disappointing many, the tough start was not much of a surprise. This season the Brewers’ roster is not nearly as talented as in previous years, partly due to injuries. Yet, like the similarly colored Marquette Golden Eagles in the world of college basketball, they are finding ways to win against the odds, through gritty play and big performances from unlikely places on a nightto-night basis. The pitching, aside from newlyacquired starter Kyle Lohse, and replacement closer, Jim Henderson, has been less than stellar. The lineup for most of the season held Ryan Braun as the only well-established and respected big league hitter. Yet this team has been winning at a consistent pace and has an overall different feel than past Brewer teams--even the Division Champs of 2011. For the majority of the last couple seasons, the Brewer’s offense has got supplies? based itself around the long ball from its sluggers such as Braun, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and in 2011, Prince Fielder. While the home run is exciting, I find this year’s team to be even more intriguing because they are winning by playing quality baseball. Norichika Aoki, while hitting at a lower average than last year, has continually come through with clutch hits at the top of the lineup, along with up and coming shortstop Jean Segura--acquired in last year’s Zack Greinke trade--who is hitting well above .300. Through all of this, the meat of their club, the 3-4-5 hitters, have been injured or struggling. Corey Hart remains sidelined with an injury, Aramis Ramirez was out for the majority of April and still isn’t fully healthy, and Braun, Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy have not performed up to their usual standards. This has left the other members of the team, namely Segura, centerfielder Carlos Gomez, and utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to pick up the slack. Gomez, also hitting well over .300, seems to be forming into a quality everyday centerfielder, which the Brewers were counting on when they extended his contract. Wisco School Store “What You Need For What You Can Afford” before school . during lunch I was not a believer at the beginning of the year, but I am overjoyed to say that I am now. And why shouldn’t I be? When the pitching is shoddy, the bats seem to come alive. This team is exactly that--a team. They pick each other up, fight back, and have fun. And best of all, with a healthy Ramirez, and soon Hart, and a more consistent Ryan Braun (which is guaranteed to happen) there is no reason that this squad--with those three now balanced by the improved duo of Gomez and Segura--can’t score even more runs than last year’s team, which scored more than any other National League team in 2012. This lineup has already proved itself to be dynamic, and those guys will make it an absolute nightmare for opposing pitchers. The only hole in the lineup seems to be second baseman Rickie Weeks, but with Yuniesky Betancourt swinging a hot bat, the Brew Crew has options for the infield. The pitching hasn’t been dominant, but flashes of quality work demonstrate that the young staff can settle in over the year. I see a bullpen that has some talent, and may be added to at the trading deadline. This battling team, which has already shown it can win, could become a force to be reckoned with. So, congratulations Crew; you’ve earned a convert. The exceptional play from unlikely places has been a refreshing surprise, a change from the standard Brewer offense of let-a-slugger-hit-ahomer approach. Segura and Gomez have matured into excellent players before our eyes and nicely round out the offense. I don’t know if they’ll make the playoffs, but there is no longer any reason to believe they can’t contend for a spot. So maybe, just maybe, like Marquette, the Brewers can combine this scrappy, clutch play with the powerful talent they already have and make a magical run. So I thank you Brewers, for giving us all an unexpected gift. A gift of hope that our team will not only be a joy to watch all season, but that we’ll still be watching in October.