Dennis Rodman Defends BFF Kim Jong-Un

March 7, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Expats (Whacky), Info, North Korea, Nukes, Prison Camp, Soft Power, Technology, Torture, U.S. Policy 

Japanese holiday ‘celebrating’ disputed islands sparks backlash in South Korea

South Korean national police guard the Takeshima islands in pairs positioned at various lookout points. (Chico Harlan/The Washington Post)

Web users in both Japan and South Korea are up in arms over Japanese celebrations on Friday of Takeshima Day — a quasi-official holiday designed, appropriately, to mark an old territorial spat between Japan and South Korea.

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Revealing N Korea’s gulag and nuclear sites

Google’s newly updated maps show unprecedented detail in aerial imagery of isolated labour camps and missile launch pad.
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Military curfew in Korea will continue, USFK commander says

January 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Criminals, Culture, Kidnapping, Rape, Torture, U.S. Policy 

“SEOUL — The off-installation curfew for U.S. servicemembers in South Korea will continue indefinitely, according to a general order issued Monday by U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. James Thurman.

. . .  USFK commander Gen. Walter Sharp rescinded an unpopular 9-year-old curfew in July 2010, saying it was not necessary because troops could be trusted to behave off base.

Three months later, Thurman reinstated it after a rash of incidents involving U.S. servicemembers, including two high-profile rape cases, sparked widespread criticism from the Korean public, media and lawmakers, who suggested not enough was being done to control the 28,500 American troops here.”

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Greek police beat up another ‘illegal immigrant’ who’s actually a tourist

January 10, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Censorhip, Criminals, Culture, Info, Racism, Torture 

Even after Greek police handcuffed him without giving cause, took his passport and beat him on three separate occasions as they dragged him to the station, South Korean tourist Hyun Young Jung insisted on being sympathetic. ”I can understand them asking me for ID and I even understand that there may have been a case to justify them hitting me in the first instance,” he told BBC News. “But why did they continue beating me after I was handcuffed?”

In August, Greece instituted a new law enforcement strategy, termed “Operation Xenios Zeus,” to detain and export illegal immigrants. It’s hard to qualify the program as a success. Of the 60,000 people detained, only 4,200 have ultimately been arrested. But it’s also produced shocking stories like Hyun Young Jung’s, of well-meaning tourists who come to spend money and are rewarded with detention and, sometimes, a beating. Ironically, though the harsh anti-immigration law behind their treatment is purportedly meant to protect Greece’s economy, it could end up doing the opposite.

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Japan sends envoy to South Korea in bid to dial down tensions

In the wake of elections that put hawkish leaders in power, Japan has reached out to South Korea in a bid to dial down tensions. Shinzo Abe, the new prime minister of Japan, sent an envoy to South Korea to meet Friday with Park Geun-hye, who was recently elected president.

“I’d like to act as a bridge to make this year a good one for both of our countries,” Japanese envoy Fukushiro Nukaga said, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.

Park said she too wanted to rebuild ties, but urged Japan to “squarely face” its history. The closely watched meeting comes as the two countries spar over disputed islands and the sensitive history of South Koreans serving as “comfort women” for Japanese soldiers during World War II.

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Anger of wartime sex slaves haunts Japan and South Korea

Women forced into working in frontline military brothels keep up pressure on Japan for direct compensation for war ordeal

Kang Il-chul was 16 when Japanese military police arrived at her home in South Korea and told her she was being conscripted. The year was 1943, and her country was just two years away from liberation after 35 years of brutal Japanese colonial rule.

Kang spent the remainder of the war in occupied China, as one of tens of thousands of Asian women forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers in frontline, makeshift brothels. “I was put in a tiny room and made to sleep with about 10 to 20 soldiers a day,” says Kang, pausing to display the scars on her head – the result of frequent beatings by the military police. “I was punched and beaten so much that my body was covered in bruises. I still get headaches.”

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North Korea’s Underground Railroad to Freedom

October 17, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Defection, North Korea, Prison Camp, Slave Labor, Torture, U.S. Policy 

Former deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal Melanie Kirkpatrick has written a compelling book describing the tortuous path North Koreans must undertake across China to reach freedom in South Korea and other countries in the West. The book captures the multiple paths that desperate North Koreans have taken to arrive safely in South Korea and the West. It champions the sacrifices of dedicated individuals outside North Korea who have risked their lives to assist North Koreans in their road to freedom and to provide information back to North Korea about the outside world. And it savages the policies of governments including China, the United States, and South Korea for turning a blind eye to the suffering of North Koreans who are victims of an uncompromising totalitarian political system.

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S Korean torture film raises ghost of military past

October 5, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Film, Torture 

Busan, South Korea: A film based on the memoir of a democracy activist who was tortured in the 1980s by South Korea’s military rulers is provoking discussion about the country’s not-so-distant authoritarian past and the influence it will have on this year’s Presidential election.

“National Security,” which premieres on Saturday at the Busan International Film Festival, tells the story of Kim Geun-tae, who endured 22 days of torture in a notorious Seoul interrogation room because of alleged links to North Korea and a plot to overthrow South Korea’s military regime.

It is due for nationwide release in November, just a month before the country votes in a Presidential race being contested by Park Geun-hye, the daughter of military dictator Park Chung-hee, who ruled the country for 18 years until his assassination.

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NK prison camp closed

October 1, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Prison Camp, Torture 

NAGANO, Japan — The North Korean regime is feeling increased pressure over its abysmal human rights record.

The latest challenge came to light Friday, in a report by a reputable Seoul-based online news organization saying that it had confirmed the closing of political prison camp number 22 at Hoeryong, in the far northeastern province of North Hamgyong, near the Chinese and Russian borders.

Daily NK quoted an unnamed source from the locality as saying the inmates were transferred to other camps from Camp 22 starting in March, “after the warden who ran it and another officer ran away to China.”

Camp 22 had figured in a 2004 BBC television documentary alleging that prisoners had been used routinely as human guinea pigs for scientists’ deadly experimentation with chemical agents.

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