What’s next? Blood libel?

Cartoonist Lee Won-bok, who has published a popular series of comic books (one of which I own) that teaches young people about different countries, has done a three-part series on the United States. Reading the Chosun piece on it, however, I was more than a little struck by this: Seemingly conscious of growing anti-American feelings…

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Shhhhhhh . . .

Considering the current concern with satire and free speech, Hyung-Jin Kim’s (AP) article on Shin Eun-mi, the Korean-American woman that has been accused of saying nice things about the DPRK, is a recent report concerning the National Security Act, free speech in South Korea and the politically inspired abuse of such in South Korea. Shin…

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Leaky Cheong Wa Dae

Cheong Wa Dae really, really doesn’t like leaks: The prosecution on Thursday questioned police Superintendent Park Gwan-cheon and conducted raids in the expanding investigation surrounding former presidential aide Chung Yoon-hoi. Park, who served on Cheong Wa Dae’s team dealing with discipline within the civil service until February, is accused of having leaked reports regarding Chung…

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The Kim Jin-Tae Test

There must be lots of sunspot activity or some other quirky action as of late because there has been a remarkable occurrence of people named “Kim Jin-Tae” in the news this last month. As a test of our reader’s perception (and maybe taste), we would like for you to pick which Jin-Tae is which. Your…

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A Gentlemen’s Spanking Club?

Just when the chain of libel, reprimand and punishment was thought to have played out at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office, the senior prosecutor who sacked the prosecutor investigating the NIS agents that were involved in electioneering activities has sacked himself. A senior prosecutor accused of exerting political pressure on a junior prosecutor investigating the…

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Senior Prosecutor Sacks Prosecutor Investigating NIS Agents

The special investigation into NIS electioneering has taken yet another twist.  The senior prosecutor in the Office of the Prosecutor has dismissed Yoon Seok-yeol, the chief prosecutor of the special investigation team looking into the National Intelligence Service’s (NIS) alleged interference in the 2012 presidential election.  This came shortly after the prosecutor arrested three NIS agents that were implicated in…

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Move the UN headquarters to the DMZ

Huh, you ask? That’s right –  according to Reuters (January 19, 2012) South Korean presidential-hopeful Huh Kyung-young – the head of the Democratic Republican Party – wants to move the U.N. headquarters to the DMZ.  “With the U.N. headquarters located in Korea, there would be no war on the Korean Peninsula. Then, I will unify the…

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