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Gwangju, where Korea’s modern history was written in blood

Gwangju, where Korea’s modern history was written in blood

By Habib Toumi BAHRAIN: On my first visit to South Korea in 2019, I was awed by several beautiful places, impressive monuments and breathtaking landscapes. I enjoyed modernism at its most bewildering sophistication and I dived into history at its deepest meanings. Yet, amid all the bewildering sophistication and brilliant modernism, the most poignant places […]

Kyrgyzstan mourns victims of border conflict with Tajikistan

Kyrgyzstan mourns victims of border conflict with Tajikistan

By Nurzhan Kasmalieva BISHKEK: President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Zhaparov signed a decree, according to which May 1-2, 2021 are declared days of national mourning in the republic. According to the decree, as a result of the armed conflict on April 29-30, 2021, on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border in Batken Oblast of Kyrgyzstan, there are numerous casualties […]

‘Comfort women’ lose lawsuit against Tokyo over wartime sexual slavery

‘Comfort women’ lose lawsuit against Tokyo over wartime sexual slavery

SEOUL: South Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery lost their second lawsuit against the Japanese government Wednesday, suffering a setback in their efforts to hold Tokyo accountable for war crimes. The Seoul Central District Court dismissed the case brought by 20 plaintiffs, including surviving victims forced to work in front-line brothels for Japanese soldiers during […]

Situation in Afghanistan defies solutions amid lack of genuine will, absence of sensible moves

Situation in Afghanistan defies solutions amid lack of genuine will, absence of sensible moves

  CAIRO: Asia Journalist Association President Ashraf Aboul-Yazid has ruled out the possibility of a real solution to the Afghanistan crisis in the near future. “I am pessimistic. If I say there is a solution, I think I am far from the right thing because the cycle of this threat is repeated,” he said. “There […]

The relevance of unified Korean Peninsula for a future world – Part II: Lessons learnt: a unified Germany

The relevance of unified Korean Peninsula for a future world – Part II: Lessons learnt: a unified Germany

  By Dr. Hassan Humeida – Kiel, Germany BERLIN: Germany is a prime example of economic success after reunification. Germany had been divided for 41 years, from 1949 to 1990. After the Second World War, the United States (US), France, Britain and the Soviet Union (an association of countries that includes Russia) were in control […]

The relevance of a unified Korean Peninsula for a future world – Part I: Bright perspectives for a unified Korea?

The relevance of a unified Korean Peninsula for a future world – Part I: Bright perspectives for a unified Korea?

  By Dr. Hassan Humeida – Kiel, Germany BERLIN: South Korea, which gained independence on August 15, 1945, is an example of how obstacles can be overcome with accuracy and order, diligence and perseverance in the work attitude. These attributes have turned Korea into a major industrial country, exporting high quality products to all countries […]

Who coined “Arab Spring”? A media perpsective on Tunisia’s Revolution ten years later

Who coined “Arab Spring”? A media perpsective on Tunisia’s Revolution ten years later

By Habib Toumi TUNIS: Ten years ago, a Tunisian street vendor set himself ablaze. Mohammed Bouazizi was one of many young men in the town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia and elsewhere trying to make ends meet by doing odd jobs. He did not finish high school successfully and without the much-coveted diploma, his […]

A Strange Museum in Tehran: No to the Chemical Bomb, No to the Atomic Bomb

A Strange Museum in Tehran: No to the Chemical Bomb, No to the Atomic Bomb

By Alireza Bahrami TEHRAN: These days, with the election of Mr. Biden as the next President of the United States, one of the options that has gained strength in some media is the US invasion of Iran before the end of Mr. Trump’s presidency; An option that, of course, seems very unlikely. The history of […]

Memorial to victims of forced sex work in WWII may remain in Berlin district

Memorial to victims of forced sex work in WWII may remain in Berlin district

BERLIN: A Berlin district council has passed a resolution seeking to keep a statue of a girl symbolizing the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery permanently installed at a public site, officials and reports said Wednesday. The resolution, approved by a majority vote at Berlin’s Mitte district parliament, calls for measures to have the statue […]

Japan Crown Prince Fumihito formally declared first in line to throne

Japan Crown Prince Fumihito formally declared first in line to throne

  TOKYO: Crown Prince Fumihito was on Sunday formally declared first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne at a ceremony that had been postponed for seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Emperor Naruhito, dressed in a traditional dark orange robe, proclaimed his younger brother as crown prince to the people of Japan and the […]

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