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From Confucius to Gandhi

From Confucius to Gandhi

What makes the South Korean industry and economy robust? Hard work…sincerity…honesty or simply the righteous character of each and every citizen? The first thing that strikes a visitor is the calm demeanor and smiling face of the host. Aggression of any kind is missing…in the body language of a common Korean walking on the street […]

When an Economy Becomes Creative

When an Economy Becomes Creative

The World Forum for Peace, organised by the Journalists Association of Korea in April 2016, was a great entry point to South Korea. In a roller-coaster schedule across the country, we visited several provinces and were hosted by governors and mayors in each province, some being potential Presidential candidates. The journey was a phenomenal peep […]

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

What! Not going down to ground zero at Panmunjong?

This was the sensitive spot where North and South Korean soldiers can be seen standing eye-ball to eye-ball, separated only by an imaginary line representing the 38th parallel that demarcates the two sides at the end of the Korean War (1950-1953). Instead of a potentially tense tour, we were ushered to the touristic DMZ Observation […]

War, Peace and Cartoons on the Korean Peninsula

War, Peace and Cartoons on the Korean Peninsula

One of the weapons of Cold War is, humiliating the enemy with and through different forms of expression and media. Satire in caricatures is the most effective one in this respect. A cartoonist could spoil any image by repeating the comic insults continuously in various frames. Nowadays, one of the world famous “victims” of political […]

Pyongyang’s acts increase tensions in the region

Pyongyang’s acts increase tensions in the region

The international community was disturbed and taken aback by North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test in early January this year. The test was not only threatening the security and the peace of the Korean Peninsula but also the region and world at large. Malaysia is very concerned about this international issue even though it is not […]

Peace of Korean peninsula: The current state and challenges

Peace of Korean peninsula:  The current state  and challenges

A divided Korean peninsula is one of the last remaining geopolitical problems of the twentieth century, with two countries technically still at war. The countries, of course, are the two Koreas – one dynamic and modern, the other closed, impoverished, and belligerent. The peninsula they share represents one of the most vexing challenges facing the […]

AJA announces AJA Awards winners

AJA announces AJA Awards winners

Asia Journalist Association (AJA) President Ivan Lim Sin Chin announces the final winners of AJA award 2016: The president of Indonesia Joko Widodo, Korean filmmaker Lee Joon-ik, Korean-Filipino member of National Assembly Lee Jasmine and Line Co. The ceremony will be held with AJA General Meeting 2016 and the starting ceremony of The AsiaN Global Ombudsman at the National Assembly House (국회의원회관), […]

IS uses “jihad” to fulfill their agendas

IS uses “jihad” to fulfill their agendas

Even though the civil war in Syria is regarded by many people as an internal conflict, it involves the intervention of two big powers in support of the two parties in the power struggle. The Islamic State (IS) has taken advantage of the war in Syria and managed to use the political instability in the […]

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s post-9/11 comments about Islamophobia ring true even today

Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s post-9/11 comments about Islamophobia ring true even today

In the wake of recent increase in hatred against Muslims due to Paris and San Bernardino attacks, what we forget is all Muslims cannot be blamed for the actions of a few (as cliche as it may sound, it remains true). In the US, Donald Trump remains the biggest anti-Muslim politician but it must not […]

Remembering history for a better future

Remembering history for a better future

The development of transportation systems has accomplished so much more today than in the past half century. The Internet has developed to such fast speeds, giving us a highway of information about other cultures and different peoples. Counterevidence to this development, however, is the proliferation of IS and terrorism, which has affected everyone worldwide. Why […]

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