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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 […]

Analyses of the Korean Media

<Kim Jong-il Dead> Analyses of the Korean Media

<graphic=Cho Ha-neul> How do the Korean media view the news of Kim Jong-il’s death? We have looked at the features and analyses of the major media on 20th, the next day.   Chosun Ilbo Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Han Sung-ju wrote a column titled ‘Leadership vacuum of North Korea’ and said, “The death of […]

Libyan Revolution and North Korea

Libyan Revolution and North Korea

So,Colonel Gaddafi is dead, and the Libyan revolution has succeeded. Its triumph is usually presented in the Western media as another great victory of democracy. It remains to be seen to what extent this optimism is warranted. But there is little doubt that news from Libya has further complicated the North Korean situation – and […]

Bush and Blair guilty of ‘Crimes against Peace’

Bush and Blair guilty of ‘Crimes against Peace’

The former US President George W. Bush and the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair found guilty of ‘Crimes against Peace’ on 22 by a moot court in Malaysia.     The former Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad set up the court in Kuala Lumpur in 2007 strongly criticizing the Iraq war led by […]

Portrait of Liu Shaoqi in Beijing

Portrait of Liu Shaoqi in Beijing

  Liu Shaoqi, China’s head of state who died on 12 November 1969 in the middle of the Cultural Revolution(right). Portraits of Mao Zedong(centre) and Zhou Enlai(left) seen through the shop window at the Wangfujing Street. <Lee Ha-ryoung/The AsiaN aja_smile@asia-n.asia> The portrait of Chinese Communist Party’s Liu Shaoqi (1989~1969), China’s former head of state who […]

The Mother and Son Reunited at the Graveyard in 41 Years

Jeon Tae-il, who burnt himself to death at the age of 22 in 1970 shouting “Keep the Labour Law!” and “We are humans, not machines!” At last, his mother Lee So-sun came to her son’s side in September, 41 years after his death. The mother and the son are now lying on their backs at […]

Message from the UN Secretary General

Message from the UN Secretary General

It gives me pleasure to convey greeting to the Asia Journalist Association on the launch of AsiaN. This new on-line news service begins work at a time when Asia has emerged as one of the new leaders of the global economy. The region’s prosperity and investment around the world continue to lift missions of people […]

DMZ: Land of Life and Hope

DMZ: Land of Life and Hope

There are many places on earth where people cannot dwell in, but Korea has a unique piece of land where no man can live in. It’s not because of pollution or lack of drinkable water. It’s because it is a demilitarized zone, the product of the 21st century cold war, a place where no civilian […]

Can China Manage North Korea?

Can China Manage North Korea?

The recent news about the establishment of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) on the Sino-North Korean border has once again attracted much attention to the relations between the two countries. The remarkable prominence of China in North Korean economy has led to a great deal of speculation pertaining to China’s alleged leverage over Pyongyang. It is […]

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