Monthly Archives: September 2017

North Korea in the limelight

 

The existence of sustained troubles between North Korea and the West hasn’t really been a newsworthy story almost since the middle of the 20th century, when the Korean War (1950-53) ravaged the peninsula and seemingly set the balance of powers in stone, along the so-called 38th parallel, separating the two Koreas.

The early decades of South Korea were both politically and economically very rocky and challenging, as it, in all honesty, actually took until the early 90’s for South Korea, to finally join the ranks of the global community of democratic countries. But since then, there has really been no true contest between the 2 Koreas, regarding their levels of international appeal and dignity…

However, largely thanks to the “dedicated” efforts of PR China, North Korea has still managed to somehow survive even the collapse of the Soviet system, and the challenges posed by rapid technological (and military) developments in the Western countries – in spite of the ever-growing pressure, caused by all kinds of economic sanctions, which are directed against the country.

So in other words, the Korean case is basically nothing else than just the ever-present remnant of the cold war, whereby the Capitalist West (USA) and Communist East (China) are carrying out their proxy confrontation, relying on South Korea and North Korea, respectively….or this is at least the way how China still seems to regard this… Because the success of Communism is vitally connected with the existence of an international adversary, in order to perhaps even desperately blur the countless domestic flaws, from the eyesight and sustained attention of the citizens.

Therefore, China couldn’t be happier, that the cold war is still going on in the Korean peninsula, but at the same time, they are also obviously annoyed, that North Korean Kim isn’t such a humble servant of China anymore, as his father used to be… So the current situation isn’t caused by Donald Trump, but it’s caused by China, and simply carried through by Kim Jong-un. Of course, the recent rhetoric by Trump probably isn’t helpful by any means, but North Korea needs to be stopped, China will try to sabotage these efforts as subtly as possible (with occasional public displays of global cooperation), and South Korea and Japan NEED TO BE PROTECTED at any cost, from any kind of military activities by the North !!

So in other words, war is truly not the option (unless we are talking about some kind of a very specific operation against military installations, which must have an absolutely devastating effect on the North Korean aggressive capabilites), but the solution to the problem lies within China – they need to become serious about stopping North Korea, at last ! But in order for this to happen, the responsible member countries of the global community need to make a choice: the cheap goods, labour and money of China, or a potential nuclear catastrophe to devastate the whole region (or even the entire world, with some “doomsday perspective”)….

Therefore, this is where the actual dilemma lies: instead of “war or diplomacy?” we should be asking “Chinese money or our future on this planet?” and if we just face the reality like that, the “correct answer” to this question should obviously be an absolute no-brainer….

 

EU National Top 60 (Week 5 / July 9, 2017)

 

  1. LUIS FONSI FEAT. DADDY YANKEE – DESPACITO  (S / W5)

  2. DJ KHALED FEAT. RIHANNA & BRYSON TILLER – WILD THOUGHTS  (S / W3)
  3. ED SHEERAN – SHAPE OF YOU  (S / W5)
  4. CHARLIE PUTH – ATTENTION  (+1 / W5)
  5. DAVID GUETTA FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER – 2U  (-1 / W4)
  6. THE CHAINSMOKERS & COLDPLAY – SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS  (S / W5)
  7. IMAGINE DRAGONS – THUNDER  (+1 / W5)
  8. JONAS BLUE FEAT. WILLIAM SINGE – MAMA  (+2 / W5)
  9. SHAWN MENDES – THERE’S NOTHING HOLDIN’ ME BACK  (-2 / W5)
  10. ENRIQUE IGLESIAS FEAT. DESCEMER BUENO, ZION & LENNOX – SUBEME LA RADIO  (-1 / W5)
  11. CALVIN HARRIS FEAT. PHARRELL WILLIAMS, KATY PERRY & BIG SEAN – FEELS   (+33 / W2)
  12. ROBIN SCHULZ FEAT. JAMES BLUNT – OK  (+4 / W5)
  13. IMAGINE DRAGONS – BELIEVER  (S / W5)
  14. DJ KHALED FEAT. JUSTIN BIEBER, QUAVO, CHANCE THE RAPPER & LIL’ WAYNE – I’M THE ONE  (+1 / W5)
  15. JASON DERULO FEAT. NICKI MINAJ & TY DOLLA $IGN – SWALLA  (-1 / W5)
  16. CLEAN BANDIT FEAT. ZARA LARSSON – SYMPHONY  (-5 / W5)
  17. HARRY STYLES – SIGN OF THE TIMES  (S / W5)
  18. FRENCH MONTANA FEAT. SWAE LEE – UNFORGETTABLE  (S / W5)
  19. LIAM PAYNE FEAT. QUAVO – STRIP THAT DOWN  (-7 / W5)
  20. AXWELL & INGROSSO – MORE THAN YOU KNOW  (+5 / W5)
  21. ALICE MERTON – NO ROOTS  (-2 / W5)
  22. MALUMA – FELICES LOS 4  (+6 / W5)
  23. RITA ORA – YOUR SONG  (+9 / W5)
  24. J-AX & FEDEZ VS. T-PAIN – SENZA PAGARE  (-4 / W5) 
  25. ARILENA ARA – NËNTORI (BESS & GON REMIX)  (-2 / W4) 
  26. FABIO ROVAZZI FEAT. GIANNI MORANDI – VOLARE  (S / W5)
  27. OFENBACH – BE MINE  (-3 / W5)
  28. SHAKIRA – ME ENAMORÉ  (-6 / W5)
  29. LIL KLEINE FEAT. BOEF – KRANTENWIJK  (S / W5)
  30. ED SHEERAN – GALWAY GIRL  (+1 / W5)
  31. FABRI FIBRA FEAT. THEGIORNALISTI – PAMPLONA  (+3 / W5)
  32. MAGGIE LINDEMANN – PRETTY GIRL  (+27 / W3)
  33. LARTISTE FEAT. AWA IMANI – CHOCOLAT  (S / W5)
  34. BABY K FEAT. ANDRÉS DVICIO – VOGLIO BALLARE CON TE  (+4 / W3)
  35. MILEY CYRUS – MALIBU  (+5 / W5) 
  36. DANNY OCEAN – ME REHÚSO  (-1 / W5)
  37. JULIA MICHAELS – ISSUES  (NEW)
  38. LIL KLEINE FEAT. RONNIE FLEX – LOTERIJ  (+5 / W2)
  39. J. BALVIN & WILLY WILLIAM – MI GENTE  (NEW)
  40. ARMIN VAN BUUREN & GARIBAY FEAT. OLAF BLACKWOOD – I NEED YOU  (+17 / W5)
  41. BURAK YETER FEAT. DANELLE SANDOVAL – TUESDAY  (-11 / W5)
  42. KAMFERDROPS – JAG TRODDE ÄNGLARNA FANNS  (-3 / W4)
  43. LITTLE MIX FEAT. STORMZY – POWER  (-2 / W3)
  44. SMILEY – DE UNDE VII LA ORA ASTA?  (-8 / W5)
  45. JEBROER & DJ PAUL ELSTAK, DR. PHUNK – ENGELTJE  (-24 / W3)
  46. SIGALA & ELLA EYRE – CAME HERE FOR LOVE  (NEW)
  47. NIALL HORAN – SLOW HANDS  (-10 / W5)
  48. CRO – UNENDLICHKEIT  (NEW)
  49. PASCAL JUNIOR – HOLDIN’ ON  (-3 / W4)
  50. DAMSO – Θ. MACARENA  (-8 / W5)
  51. VASCO ROSSI – COME NELLE FAVOLE  (NEW)
  52. GILLI FEAT. KESI & SIVAS – RICA  (-3 / W3)
  53. ANTÓNIO JOSÉ & CALI Y EL DANDEE – TÚ ME OBLIGASTE  (RE / W3)
  54. CARLA’S DREAMS – PANA LA SANGE  (-27 / W4)
  55. SPEKTI FEAT. TASIS – JUNA  (-2 / W2)  
  56. MARINA SATTI – MANTISSA  (-1 / W5)
  57. C. TANGANA – MALA MUJER  (-12 / W2)
  58. FELIX JAEHN, HIGHT & ALEX AIONO – HOT2TOUCH  (-8 / W4)
  59. SEAN PAUL FEAT. DUA LIPA – NO LIE  (-12 / W5)
  60. ONE REPUBLIC – NO VACANCY  (NEW)

 

NARROW MISS

  • RAG’N’BONE MAN – SKIN  (P58 / W4)  
  • MARTIN GARRIX & TROYE SIVAN – THERE FOR YOU  (P48 / W1)  
  • TAKAGI & KETRA – L’ESERCITO DEL SELFIE
  • C-BOOL FEAT. GIANG PHAM – DJ IS YOUR SECOND NAME  (W2)
  • ARMIN VAN BUUREN FEAT. JOSH CUMBEE – SUNNY DAYS

DOWN & OUT

  • ARIANA GRANDE – ONE LAST TIME  (P51 / W4)
  • CNCO & YANDEL – HEY DJ  (P52 / W2) 
  • SFB – WAY IT GOES  (P54 / W1) 
  • ARTISTS FOR GRENFELL – BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER  (P56 / W1)
  • KONSTANTINOS ARGYROS – KSIMEROMATA  (P60 / W1)