Military

For your viewing pleasure: American and South Korea marines in the snow

If this is your thing, check out Mashable's American and South Korean marines conduct military excercises (sic), carry each other shirtless in the snow. From the title, I'm sure you can imagine the contents. Although the exercises are a provocation for relations with North Korea, I guess images likes the following could be enjoyable.


Enjoy ^^


Should Expat English Teachers Be Afraid of the North Korea and China Situation?

North and South Korea are technically still at war and of course we all know the supporting allies for each country are China and the United States, respectively. There are various opinions on the whole entire conundrum, but one thing we can all agree on, especially those of us actually in South Korea, is that the situation can be a little disconcerting.

For those of us who are here teaching and have been through those school days designated for mock disaster/war rehearsals, I’m sure we can agree that the situation on the peninsula went from being an online news story we read in the comfort of our own homes to a stark reality.

Not only do we as expats come to appreciate the tension more, but many of us start to look more meaningfully into the situation as a whole. This includes forming our own opinions on China and the presence of the United States in this region of the world.


Queer Links from the Week

American and ROK Marines Joint Winter Drill [PHOTOS]

American and ROK Marine Winter Drill


The Telegraph has a good slide show of American and Korean Marines during their recent joint winter drill in Pyeongchang. Give me a good ondol and a hot cup of coffee and I’m fine staying inside, but rock on boys.


Queer Links from the Week

Human Rights Monitor: Suicide of Gay Soldier Brings to Surface Military's Indifference to Sexual Minorities
Mapping Worlds: Gay in Korea: an interview with an American expat living in Seoul (not a big fan of the expat's generalizations... my comments are at the bottom under Mark)

With Friends Like These…

In this Jan. 23 photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Il talks with Naguib Sawiris, executive chairman of Cairo-based Orascom Telecom, at an undisclosed place in North Korea. Kim held talks with the Egyptian telecoms magnate whose company set up and operates an advanced mobile phone network in the impoverished communist nation.…Is there any reason to keep any Egyptian government official in power? Beijing and Pyongyang have “lips and teeth”, but Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and North Korea’s Kim Jong-il have ballistic missile sales, according to Don Kirk.


Summitry for Politics’ Sake

It’s hard not to yawn.

North and South Korea have agreed to hold preliminary military talks on 8 February, in an attempt to defuse heightened tensions on the peninsula.

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak urged the North to seize a “good chance” to improve relations.

The Koreas will discuss the two deadly attacks by Pyongyang against the South, which killed a total of 50 people, Seoul’s defence ministry said.

The talks may lead to a more senior meeting, possibly at ministerial level.


Worrying Trends Point to Destabilization in NK

[Caption]As discreet developments, the easing of travel restrictions and troop desertions are remarkable, even a moment to cheer; together they start to worry.

Firstly, Andrei Lankpv narrates the slow erosion of North Korea’s restrictive travel visa system.


Negotiating With a Libertarian About Foreign Policy

Arnold Kling, whom I generally liked before this rant, takes a swipe at libertarians and “leftists”, and Will Wilkinson takes it seriously.

It seems to me that some libertarians link arms with the far left as blame-America-firsters, with scathing attacks on America’s military and its foreign policy.

The first part of Wilkinson’s response I like.


More Peace than War Over Water

http://bookmunch.wordpress.com/2010/10/13/the-dense-centre-of-some-virulent-new-microbe-heart-of-darkness-a-graphic-novel-illustrated-by-catherine-anyango-text-adapted-by-david-zane-mairowitz/Here’s another moment when I almost felt I had paid money for a Master’s degree for a reason. The topic of my final paper in the methodology course I completed a month ago turns up in a blog post. “Conflict and Cooperation over International Rivers: A Global Governance Proposal


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