Jan 22, 2015

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Laid-off Ssangyong Workers Atop a Chimney

Laid-off Ssangyong Workers Atop a Chimney

More than a month after they climbed on top of a factory chimney on December 13, 2014, Director Kim Jeong-wook and Policy Director Lee Chang-geun of the Ssangyong Motors branch of the Metal Workers Union still remain 70 meters above the Ssangyong auto plant to wage protest. The reason why the two laid-off workers decided to withstand gale-force winds in the dead of winter to wage...

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Dec 31, 2014

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Today Is the Day Democracy Is Murdered: Wave of Re...

Today Is the Day Democracy Is Murdered:  Wave of Repression Sweeps South Korea

On December 19, the South Korean Constitutional Court delivered a devastating blow against the progressive movement when it disbanded the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) with immediate effect.  That act came as the culmination of a long campaign by South Korean President Park Geun-hye to shackle the labor movement and smash political opposition. (This article was originally...

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Dec 30, 2014

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The Erosion of Democracy in South Ko...

The Erosion of Democracy in South Korea: The Dissolution of the Unified Progressive Party and the Incarceration of Lee Seok-ki

On December 19, 2014, South Korea’s Constitutional Court delivered an...

Dec 23, 2014

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UPP Chair Lee Jung-hee – Progr...

UPP Chair Lee Jung-hee – Progress of Democracy will Not Stop

South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on December 19, 2014 to...

Dec 11, 2014

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Ashton Carter Nomination: Dangerous ...

Ashton Carter Nomination: Dangerous for the People of Korea

The recent nomination of Ashton Carter for U.S. Secretary of Defense raises...

Dec 3, 2014

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North Korea and Russia Poised for Su...

North Korea and Russia Poised for Summit

North Korea-Russian relations have recently become cozy.  Many project a...

Nov 20, 2014

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North Korea’s Release of U.S. ...

North Korea’s Release of U.S. Detainees – Another Look

North Korea’s unexpected release of its U.S. detainees has sparked...

Nov 11, 2014

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US-South Korea Scrap OPCON Transfer,...

US-South Korea Scrap OPCON Transfer, Base Relocation

Residents of the city of Dongducheon are fed up with U.S. bases that have...

Nov 8, 2014

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Pro-democracy Forces Rally around Un...

Pro-democracy Forces Rally around Unified Progressive Party

As the Constitutional Court trial that will determine the fate of the Unified...

Oct 28, 2014

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Human Rights: When North Korea Speak...

Human Rights: When North Korea Speaks, Part 1

In her examination of King Phillip’s War, Jill Lepore identifies war as “a...