President

Nostalgia for a Despot: an Armchair Perspective of Korea’s Present

The big talking point in the land of the morning calm is undoubtedly the election of the conservative party candidate Park Geun Hye to the presidency. Park’s father is man by the name of Park Chung Hee, whose name is both revered and reviled in Korea. Park Geun Hye is a woman, but more in the vein of Margaret Thatcher, where it could be argued gender is incidental.

Park’s election has sparked plenty of talk due to her relationship with her father who ruled this nation with a very controversial iron fist for the best part of two decades in the 1960s and 1970s. While I didn’t follow the election race in too much depth, I know that Park’s victory ticked all the boxes in terms of surprise, disappointment, doom, and any other negative or positive political emotion you can think up.


The World Famous (but all too infrequent) If I Had A Minute To Spare Global Caption Competition of Death and Love with a Cherry on Top

Yes, it has been a while, but fortunately you may all rest easy, the If I Had A Minute To Spare  Global Caption Competition of Love and Death has returned, this time with a cherry on top. They cherry, you ask, is an  extra caption to be competitive about.

We’ll be staying local – as in Ireland wise – with a picture that has graced the front page of both The Irish Times and The Irish Bindependent:

Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are featured. Please provide a line:

 


An open letter to ATEK's new president

Dear Mr. Dolezal,

Congratulations on winning the ATEK presidential election, as reported in the Korea Herald (HT to Rob York - you guys really should sign him up to write your press releases) While I'm sure the news will be surprising to some, I trust that the members of ATEK will accept you through the democratic process that has been followed.


Your challenges are many, and I'm sorry to say that there are almost as many critics as supporters. Your job will be tough, but quite a bit of work has already been done. Contacts have been made, some battles have been won, and there are many opportunities to improve things. The road towards better treatment for foreigners in Korea is long - this is mile number 2 of a very long marathon.


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