South Korea’s highest court upholds US soldier’s conviction, sentence

February 28, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Criminals, Culture, Expats (Whacky), U.S. Policy, Women & Men 

ajosshi.com: This is the soldier that stole the vic’s laptop, not the soldier that burned, stabbed, and terrorized his vic.

SEOUL — The six-year prison sentence for a U.S. Forces Korea soldier convicted of raping a drunk South Korean teen was upheld by South Korea’s highest court on Thursday, rejecting the soldier’s second and final appeal.

Read more: http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/bad-behavior-in-the-pacific/south-korea-s-highest-court-upholds-us-soldier-s-conviction-sentence-1.210013

S. Korea on alert against relocation of Chinese frigate

February 28, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Espionage, History, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

It has been confirmed that the frigate Liaoning has been relocated from Dalian port to Qingdao which is across the sea from the Korean peninsula, raising suspicions that it is designed to addresses increasing tensions in North Korea following its third nuclear testing.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/03/116_131254.html

Dennis Rodman’s bizarre trip to North Korea: Is it also unethical?

February 26, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Economy, Expats (Whacky), Info, North Korea, Soft Power, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

American basketball star Dennis Rodman and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters are in North Korea, where they will film for a forthcoming Vice/HBO program and promote some “basketball diplomacy,” including pick-up games in Pyongyang.

Whatever the trip’s impact, it reminds me of a debate that I’ve heard many times among people who work on issues relating to North Korea: What are the ethical pros and cons of visiting the world’s most oppressive country? Although there is no consensus view and a significant numer of North Korea-watchers say that visiting the country helps to open it up, I most frequently hear experts argue that tourism is unethical because it directly funds and offers free propaganda to the regime.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/26/dennis-rodmans-bizarre-trip-to-north-korea-is-it-also-unethical/

North Korea Threatens U.S. Over Joint Military Drill

February 23, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, History, Info, North Korea, Nukes, U.S. Policy 

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Saturday warned the top American military commander in South Korea that if the United States pressed ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea scheduled to begin next month, it could set off a war in which American forces would “meet a miserable destruction.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/north-korea-threatens-us-over-military-drill.html?_r=0

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.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/23/japanese-holiday-celebrating-disputed-islands-sparks-backlash-in-south-korea/

As Families Change, Korea’s Elderly Are Turning to Suicide

February 17, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Economy, History, Info, U.S. Policy 

SEOUL, South Korea — Even with the explosive growth of suicides in South Korea, the case of the 78-year-old widow was shocking enough to merit attention in the recent presidential election and hand-wringing in the news media.

Rather than quietly taking her life at home as many South Koreans do, the woman staged her death as a final act of public protest against a society she said had abandoned her. She drank pesticide overnight in front of her city hall after officials stopped her welfare checks, saying they were no longer obligated to support her now that her son-in-law had found work.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/world/asia/in-korea-changes-in-society-and-family-dynamics-drive-rise-in-elderly-suicides.html?_r=0

Tension over N. Korea’s nuclear test set to climax this week: official

February 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) — The timing of North Korea’s possible nuclear test still remains unclear, with the tension expected to enter the most critical phase this week, a senior official in Seoul said Monday.

The official said that South Korea is keeping close tabs on the North’s nuclear test site in its northeastern region, as Pyongyang is likely to carry out the test before President-elect Park Geun-hye is sworn in on Feb. 25.

After Pyongyang warned last month of a third atomic test without specifying a date, many have bet on late leader Kim Jong-il’s Feb. 16 birthday or other potential dates in the coming week, including U.S. President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address on Feb. 12 and Presidents’ Day on Feb. 18.

“Only North Korean leader Kim Jong-un knows the exact date of nuclear test,” said the official, asking to remain anonymous.

Read more: http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2013/02/11/99/0301000000AEN20130211002351315F.HTML

S. Korea warns of pre-emptive strike against North over nuclear tests

February 11, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel, U.S. Policy 

South Korea will launch a pre-emptive strike against Pyongyang if the antagonist to its north moves to test a nuclear weapon. Seoul said a first strike would be preferable to North Korea getting an atomic weapon, even if it risked open war.

Read more: http://rt.com/news/south-korea-first-strike-806/

North Korea video shows US city under attack

February 6, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Culture, Info, North Korea, Nukes, Soft Power, Technology, U.S. Policy 

North Korea, which is poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, has posted a video depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack. The footage was uploaded on Saturday by the North’s official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the state media.

Read more: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=203_1360053143

Korea Dominates 2013 Super Bowl Ads

February 4, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
Filed under: Asia, Culture, Info, Soft Power, Technology, Trade, Travel 

Out of the roughly 37 companies spending a combined $300 million on commercials this Super Bowl Sunday, one country outside of the U.S. stands out: Korea.

Korean firms and even Korean culture are going to be everywhere this Sunday night as the San Francisco 49ers take on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2013/02/03/korea-dominates-2013-super-bowl-ads/

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