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Japan, Singapore and South Korea lead world’s passport power

Japan, Singapore and South Korea lead world’s passport power

Japan, Singapore and South Korea have confirmed Asia’s leadership in the world’s passport power, topping the latest list compiled by the Swiss consulting company Henley & Partners. According to the Henley Passport Index at the beginning of the third quarter of 2019, Japan and Singapore held the top spot as their citizens can visit 189 […]

NUSOJ condemns arbitrary closure of Two TV stations in Somaliland

NUSOJ condemns arbitrary closure of Two TV stations in Somaliland

Mogadishu, 18, 06, 2019: National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has strongly condemned the arbitrary closure of two private television stations in Somaliland. ERYAL and HORYAAL 24 TVs were all shut down on Tuesday morning, 18 June, by the government of #Somaliland . The order was made by the Minister of Information. Managers of both […]

Trans-peninsula DMZ hiking trail to open in 2022

Trans-peninsula DMZ hiking trail to open in 2022

The government said Tuesday it will create a coast-to-coast hiking trail along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates South and North Korea by 2022. The newly envisioned route, tentatively named East-West Crossing Route of DMZ Peace Trail, will be 501 kilometers in length and pass through 10 local autonomous districts from Ganghwa on the west […]

Hong Kong: RSF and NGO coalition demand bill threatening journalists to be withdrawn

Hong Kong: RSF and NGO coalition demand bill threatening journalists to be withdrawn

Reporters Without Borders (RSF), along with 73 other NGOs, urges Hong Kong to abandon the bill that would allow China to extradite journalists and their sources. In a letter sent on June 6th to Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of 73 NGOs call for Hong Kong […]

S. Korea, Britain agree on post-Brexit FTA

S. Korea, Britain agree on post-Brexit FTA

South Korea and Britain reached an agreement Monday to maintain their current free trade agreement even after the “no deal” Brexit, with Seoul becoming a major non-EU member economy to seal such a deal as it braces for the fallout from the divorce. The move came amid concerns that South Korean companies may no longer […]

Trump disputes report of N.K. officials’ execution

Trump disputes report of N.K. officials’ execution

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday disputed a news report that North Korea has executed its nuclear negotiators over the collapse of February’s summit between the two countries. South Korea’s conservative Chosun Ilbo reported last week that North Korea had executed its special representative for the U.S., Kim Hyok-chol, along with four officials of the […]

Moon to meet former U.S. President Bush this week

Moon to meet former U.S. President Bush this week

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will greet former U.S. President George W. Bush at Cheong Wa Dae later this week, Moon’s office announced Sunday. Moon is scheduled to meet Bush on Thursday morning, as the former president plans to attend a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of former President Roh Moo-hyun’s death. It’s to […]

Has Singapore Led to Real Gains on the North Korean Nuclear Question?

Has Singapore Led to Real Gains on the North Korean Nuclear Question?

  The warm feelings of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in June have given way to the chill of December and the reality of a coming winter. In October and November, North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA, published a series of commentaries warning that North Korea might resume testing nuclear […]

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Nostalgia and Romanticism: Populism and the Rise of Identity Politics

Politically, the world is more dangerous and unpredictable than it was just a couple of years ago. Seemingly overnight, following Britain’s unexpected vote on June 23, 2016, to withdraw from the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as US president in November of the same year, confidence in liberal democracy is at a […]

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

Kim: ‘I will visit Seoul soon’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a surprise announcement Wednesday that he will visit Seoul soon. The announcement came at a joint press conference on day two of his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that also included the signing of a peace deal and a further commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. “I […]

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