Former Spy Chief in South Korea Sentenced in Election Case

“What I did was for the nation and for the people,” Mr. Won told reporters on Monday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/world/asia/former-spy-chief-in-south-korea-sentenced-in-election-case.html?_r=0

You know, when you abuse government services, it don’t matter how you look at it….you are breaking the law by NOT allowing people to make up their own minds.  This is the kind of stuff the makes modern politics really freaking creepy.  If anyone thinks their current government does NOT engage in these kinds of activity, they are fooling themselves.

South Korea Disbands Party Sympathetic to North – NYTimes.com

Today is the day when democracy in South Korea is pronounced dead,” Lee Jung-hee, head of the United Progressive Party, said during a rally of party members outside the courthouse. Ms. Lee accused the Constitutional Court of “opening the door for totalitarianism.” Some party members wept.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/world/asia/south-korea-disbands-united-progressive-party-sympathetic-to-north-korea.html?_r=0&referrer=

I’ve been watching this president….. Too many things has been done that have not been good for freedom. This is one of them.

China mulls impact of N. Korea regime collapse on border area | GlobalPost

In my 3.5 years of living here, I have seen China’s attitude towards North Korea change in the following order:

– Defending North Korea’s actions
– Saying nothing about its actions
– ‘Inviting’ North Korea up for a talk about its actions
– Criticizing North Korea for ours actions
– and now preparing against its actions

I suspect more news propaganda to appear and something to happen within 3 years at best.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140504/china-mulls-impact-n-korea-regime-collapse-border-area

China mulls impact of N. Korea regime collapse on border area | GlobalPost

In my 3.5 years living here, I have seen China’s reaction go from defending North Korea to saying nothing, to ‘inviting’  North Korea up for a talk, to outright criticizing them.  Now we have this little tidbit. There is a pattern here and sitting is going to happen within the next few years…

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140504/china-mulls-impact-n-korea-regime-collapse-border-area

South Korea’s Hot-Button Medium

On Dec. 10, a handwritten, politically charged poster appeared on a bulletin board at Korea University in Seoul, one of the country’s top institutions of higher education. It began and ended with the same question: “How are you all doing?”

read full article here

Sometimes you just need to ask a question.

S. Korea Arrests 3 Party Officials For ‘Rebellion Plot’

South Korean authorities have arrested three members of a small, left-leaning political party and charged them with conspiring to stage a rebellion.

Well this is interesting.

South Korean authorities have arrested three members of a small, left-leaning political party and charged them with conspiring to stage a rebellion.

http://m.voanews.com/a/1738408.html

Korea in the news

Well, I figure I should do more news reports.  So much is not known about things in this part of the world…or things that are related to Korea.

Report: 9 North Korean defectors repatriated after being caught in Laos, sent to China

SEOUL, South Korea — Nine North Korean defectors have been forced to return to their country from China after being captured in Laos, a South Korean news report says.

Laos had been assumed to be a safe route for North Koreans leaving their mostly poverty-stricken homeland. Activists say that defectors who are returned to North Korea can be punished or even killed by the regime, considered one of the world’s most repressive and brutal.

Surprise surprise.  I just can’t really fathom a country that goes to such great lengths of control.  It simply can’t last.

North Korea sanctions hit aid groups, some forced to carry cash by hand due to bank clampdown

PYONGYANG, North Korea — New international sanctions aimed at thwarting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program are having unintended consequences: halting money transfers by foreign humanitarian groups working to help those most in need and forcing some agencies to carry suitcases of cash in from outside.

Sometimes I am a little mixed.  I mean, people should be allowed to do what they want but at the same time, if other people want to do something different, then it should be so.  If you simply cannot bear to think on you own and let someone else run your life, that’s fine by me but you should be aware of the alternatives and make an informed decision.

Dangerous double-jaw surgery on the rise in South Korea

A painful plastic surgery usually only performed for medical reasons is being embraced by South Koreans as the latest way to improve their appearance.

Double-jaw surgery is a radical solution to correct facial deformities and is usually carried out on people who are unable to chew properly due to an excessive over or underbite.[emphasis mine]

First, I could easily tell from the pic that it was a fake ‘before’ image.  You start to see these ‘advertisements’ all over the place where it’s rather obvious the ‘before’ pic is simply an edited version of the ‘after’ pic.  I especially like the one poster where they changed the size of the ‘after’ to make it look even more dramatic :)