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The Huge, Strange Coalition Opposed to an Obama Apology at Hiroshima



A G-7 meeting will take place on May 26-27 at Ise, Japan. This has prompted some discussion about whether or not President Obama will and/or should apologize for the August 6, 1945 bomb-drop. I figure he won’t for the reasons sketched in this essay: basically no one wants him to. The coalition opposed to an apology is huge. The below essay is a repost of my May essay for the Lowy Institute.


The Korean Right Got Crushed Last Month – Why?



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The following post is the original English language version of a story I wrote for Newsweek Japan (relevant issue to the left) a few weeks ago on the South Korean.


Questioning The Media Portrayal Of Foreigners & Drugs In South Korea

The arrest of a Canadian working for a university in Daegu on charges of growing marijuana in his apartment has once again ignited a discussion over how foreigners & drugs are depicted by South Korean media entities, & a blog post written by prominent expat researcher & Gusts of Popular Feeling writer Matt VanVolkenburg has drawn increased attention to the issue. Korea FM spoke with VanVolkenburg & Korean studies professor, NY Times contributor & Korea Expose managing editor Se-Woong Koo about how the recent case, & previous incidents, have been portrayed in the ROK.


Waiting for China re: N Korea is like Waiting for Godot




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I published an op-ed in the JoongAng Daily today, which this post re-prints.


No, ‘American Sniper’ is Not the greatest American War Movie; it’s actually quite Conventional


My Review of ‘The Interview’: Dumb, but Mildly Subversive

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I know this came out awhile back and almost everyone has seen it now. But my review just went up at the Lowy Institute, so here is my local mirror of that post.


How do you spell muslim?

Murdoch is a dick, but you probably knew that already. Check out this tweet:

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Image skanked from here

Each individual muslim, each and every single one of three billion on this planet is personally responsible for the horrendous acts carried out by the few? Surely, anyone with a primary school level of education can see the utter piffle in this logic.


The “Interview” Fits a Long Tradition of Really Stupid US Portrayals of North Korea (but SK Film is much Better)

 

 

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If you are looking to watch The Interview immediately, you can buy it on YouTube here. But the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes have been weak so far.


Paranoid Anti-Americanism of South Korean Geopolitical Film

 


My 2014 Hate-Mail of the Year: ‘Kelly, You’re Wrong; North Korea’s Awesome!’

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For my 2013 hate-mail of the year award, go here.

So I get a lot of weird email and comments because of my blog, or in the comment sections of my op-eds for the Diplomat.


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