Park Geun-Hye

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: Korean Defamation Laws Silence Critics

Robert Koehler & Chance Dorland discuss a New York Times article that makes the case that the Park Geun-hye administration is using the country’s defamation laws to silence critics.

The duo then finishes with a quick discussion of how bad Donald Trump would be for freedom of speech in the US.

Fighting to Live: The Korean People’s Solidarity Against Poverty

On August 29th, the KEEP 2014 delegation and the International Strategy Center Policy and Research Coordinator Song, Dae-Han met with Kim, Yoon Young, the General Secretary for the Korean People’s Solidarity Against Poverty to learn about their anti-poverty struggles. The Korean People’s Solidarity Against Poverty is composed of 46 organizations including labor unions such as the Korean Confederation of Trade Union and organizations for evictees, community members, street vendors, single room occupancy tenants, and the homeless. They do consultations, advocacy, and solidarity work directly with the poor and with anti-poverty and homeless organizations. They are currently fighting to abolish the family obligation system and reform the basic standard of living guarantee.

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Duipuri- A Short Story

 by Kellyn Gross


“Bottoms up.”

He raises his shot glass in the air, striking hers as she does the same. Soju spills, dripping onto a stained blue checkered tablecloth. A sudden laugh escapes her pursed lips. She downcasts her eyes and smooths her pants. Her pale make-up no longer conceals her flushed face.

“To us!” The young man brings the glass to his lips, and tilts his head back as he gulps the clear liquor. His plastic stool wobbles, and he clasps the round table to brace himself. Unsuccessful, he falls against the orange tent wall. A broad smile forms on his round face, and he gingerly places his glass down.

“To us.” A loose bun at the nape of her neck unfurls. She pats it with her left hand. The young woman sips down her drink and smirks.

Korean Democracy at a Crossroads- FPIF

By targeting public officials who scrutinize the country’s notorious internal intelligence service, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is rolling back hard-won democratic gains in South Korea.

“When Park Geun-hye became president of South Korea earlier this year, there was a sense of unease among many that the election of a dictator’s daughter represented a step backward for the country’s three-decade old democracy. Recent events show those fears to be well founded…”

Continue reading Korean Democracy at a Crossroads by Geoffery Fattig for Foreign Policy in Focus

United Progressive Party Commentary on NIS Fabricated Charge

A Commentary on the National Intelligence Service’s Fabricated

‘Conspiracy for Rebellion’ Charge against the Unified Progressive Party

Park Geun-hye on Homosexuality

I made this image after seeing George Takei's post on the queen in rainbow colors (yay gay marriage in the UK!).

Who wore it better?

A sign of struggle: the Gwangju uprising and the politics of symbolism

By Taryn Assaf

Since the tragic incident that befell the citizens of Gwangju, South Korea, in May of 1980, events commemorating this time have stood as a symbol of strength, unity and power among citizens throughout the country. Subsequent revolutions, such as the democracy movement of 1987 and various workers movements have drawn upon the Gwangju uprising as a symbol of the fight for democracy. Although the uprising did not directly lead to democracy in Korea, it is still heralded as a leading example of the fight against oppression in the name of human rights.

The 2012 South Korea Presidential Election


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