A Trip To Europe


History is what it is.  I don’t dwell on the past. I do examine, and learn from it to the best of my abilities.

If you haven’t noticed by the picture, I’m going to talk about the Korean dispersion into Germany.

As an interesting fact, though, most people think Australia is all about Crocodile Dundy, Steve Irwin, kangaroos, and the outback.  Well, don’t forget, there are a lot of Germans in Australia, A LOT.  I’ve seen so many Germans in Australia that I actually can recognize the REAL English German accent.  The American movies have got it all wrong.

In any respect, off to Deutschland! (Germany in German). ✈ ✈ ✈

국제전략센터 연구보고서 1 한국의 주민참여예산제

주 민참여예산제는 지방 자치 차원에서 주민의 의견을 수렴하고 정책 결정 과정에 주민의 참여를 독려하는 제도 중 하나이다. 1989년 최초로 브라질에서 시행된 이후 세계 각국에서 주민참여예산제를 채택하고 있다. 이전에는 관료에 의해 예산 편성권이 독점되어 예산의 낭비와 비효율적 운영이 문제가 되어왔지만 주민참여예산제를 통해 예산 편성권을 분권화해 예산 편성의 효율성을 높일 뿐만 아니라 주민의 정치적 의식을 높일 수 있다. 이 연구는 현재 정치 과정에서 대의민주주의로 인해 발생하는 문제를 해결하는 한 방안으로 대두되고 있는 주민참여예산제도에 대해 분석해보았다.

이 보고서는 첫째, 대표적인 국제적 주민참여예산제의 사례인 브라질 포르투알레그레시와 독일의 리히텐베르크구에 대한 간단한 소개를 담았다. 그 다음으로 한국의 주민참여예산제의 역사와 현황에 대한 내용과 어떤 제도적 뒷받침으로 시행되고 있는지를 기술하였다. 그리고 한국에서 진행되고 있는 주민참여예산제의 사례 중 모범사례로 평가 받고 있는 인천 연수구의 주민참여예산제에 대한 상세한 연구 내용을 담았다. 마지막으로 10년의 역사를 가진 한국의 주민참여예산제의 성과와 과제를 알아보았다.


Participatory Budgeting in Korea: Finding Solutions to the Limitations of Representative Democracy

Participatory budgeting is a way for citizens to be involved in policy decision-making and encourage municipalities to consider constituents’ opinions. Since its inception in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989, cities around the world have adopted this program. Wasteful budgets and inefficient operations had been attributed to public officials’ monopoly over the allocation of public resources; by decentralizing this power, participatory budgeting allowed a more efficient allocation of the budget, while increasing citizens’ political awareness. This study examines participatory budgeting as a solution to the problems and limitations of representative democracy.

Korean Unification Only Looks Tidy In Print

The Economist applies the example of German unification to the Koreas‘ Sisyphean task. Drawing on the two courses open to it, massive handouts or immigration, the weekly recommends Seoul split the pain and the difference.

If the Koreas reunified, the government would face a stark choice. It could try to fill the gap in living standards between North and South, through handouts, public investment and subsidies. Or it could brace itself for heavy migration, as poor Northerners moved to the South in search of higher wages.

3 kleine songs made my day.

An other afternoon in CCC Cafe in Busan enjoying a bit of time alone. A cup of tea on the table and my computer in front of me, I decided to listen to a bit of music instead of watching some videos or reading.

And this afternoon I was in the mood for an all foreign music day. So exit my english and french songs that I usually listen to. I wanted to listen to some songs that I enjoy even though I can’t fully understand the lyrics and have to spend hours finding the translations on internet!! Just the sounds of the languages and the melody, and time flies away…

Condom ads unprotected from Chinese patriotism

A German ad campaign which features a sperm that resembles Mao Tse Tung has Chinese netizens and some government officials in a tizzy. The ad series also features Adolf Hitler and Osama Bin Laden in starring roles as the dreaded sperm.The irony is wonderful: Sperm increase the population, whereas the Hitler-Mao-Bin Laden trio sought, and are seeking, to diminish it --at least certain members of

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