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Lee Hee-ho and Hyun Jeong-eun to Pave the Way Again

Lee Hee-ho, Chairwoman of the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center and Hyun Jeong-eun, Chairwoman of Hyundai Group travelled to North Korea on 26 and offered condolences over Kim Jong-il’s death in Kumsusan Memorial Palace, Pyongyang. These two ladies actually met Kim Jong-un and paid respects. On 19, North Korea announced its decision not to welcome foreign […]

What a Coincidence to Pass Away Together

Kim Il-sung and Moon Ik-hwan died in 1994 Kim Jong-il and Park Yong-gil died in 2011       Kim Il-sung embracing Pastor Moon in 1989 Kim Jong-il and Elder Park photographed in 1995   South Korea’s notable unification activists Pastor Moon Ik-hwan and his wife Elder Park Yong-gil were greeted by Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il respectively. Pastor […]

Bloodshed in Kazakhstan? Shush please

Bloodshed in Kazakhstan? Shush please

“Silence against the death of 16 people in Kazakhstan”  Russian media criticised the Western ones     <Source: hello.news352.lu>  “You probably won’t hear many meaningful calls for action from Washington, London or Brussels… Imagine that a tragedy like this had occurred in a Russian city just across the border from Kazakhstan. Can you imagine the field […]

Profile of Kim Jong-un

Profile of Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-un is the youngest son of Kim Jong-il and his third wife Ko Young-hee born in 1983(or 1984, sources vary). At first, he was not at the centre of attention. North Korea watchers focused on his half-brother Kim Jong-nam and full brother Kim Jong-hol rather than him. Then in 2009, speculations came that his […]

Four Survival Rules for a Young Dictator

So, Marshal Kim Jong Il, the lodestar of the 21st century, is dead, and his impoverished country is going to be run by his son Kim Jong Un, who might be the world’s youngest four-star general. This sudden power transfer produced much speculation about North Korea’s future. Will the country survive? If so, what will […]

South Korea President’s Mourning

South Korea President’s Mourning

Whether to mourn or not the passing of Chairman Kim Jong-il of North Korea is a controversial issue in South Korea but the government seems have a rather flexible approach. In 1994, the head of the opposition party Lee Bu-young suggested official mourning in regard to the death of Kim Il-sung and this caused a […]

Mom’s power against nuclear power

Mom’s power against nuclear power

Japan’s nuclear power industry, which once boasted of the world-class safety, now finds its existence threatened by women angered by the government’s opaqueness on radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after it was struck by an earthquake-driven tsunami in March.  Aileen Miyoko Smith, head of Green Action said in an interview with IPS, “Mothers […]

<1001st Wednesday> A Japanese Woman Kneels Down

<1001st Wednesday> A Japanese Woman Kneels Down

  A Japanse woman attracted people’s attention at the 1001st “Wednesday Demonstration” which was held on 21st  in front of the Embassy of Japan in Seoul. ‘Wednesday Demonstration’ is holding every wednesday at noon to solve the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery Problem. She said “I’m Maria(50) and I aplogise elderly Korean women who were comfort women during […]

How the World Sees Kim’s Death

The death of Kim Jong-il was front-page news all over the world. Breaking news, the headlines, the big story, hot topic or whatever it is called, the news came as swiftly as possible. However, different views and attitudes were found to present an account of the event. The Yomiuri Shimbun of Japan said in an […]

NGOs sharply divided

<Kim Jong-il Dead> NGOs sharply divided

  The NGOs of Korea have expressed different views about the death of Kim Jong-il. Especially, the issue of offering condolences is dealt in an extremely different way. Left-wing NGOs such as PSPD and Nanummunhwa gave condolences but right-wing NGOs such as NRU and CUBS had a fairly negative attitude to condolences. PSPS released a […]

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