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  • Women activists cross DMZ to mixed reception on South Korean side

    05/26/2015 6:20:00 AM PDT · by Skooz · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 5/24/2015 | James Pearson
    A group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace. North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Despite its name the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarized and fortified borders in the world. "We feel very celebratory and positive that we have created a voyage across the DMZ in peace and reconciliation," said U.S. activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, honorary co-chair of the WomanCrossDMZ...
  • German firms eager to access Japan’s defense market

    05/14/2015 9:26:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 14.05.2015 | Julian Ryall
    Japan is hosting its first ever international defense industry trade exhibition and conference, further emphasizing the government’s sharp departure from a 70-year self-imposed ban on the export of defense-related equipment by Japanese firms as well as collaborations with foreign defense companies. […] Firms from the United States are much in evidence, inevitable given Japan’s close security alliance with its Pacific partner, but a number of German companies are testing the waters of a new and potentially lucrative market. […] Not all of Japan’s neighbors have welcomed what they claim is a return to the aggressive nationalism of the early decades...
  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign amid scandal

    04/20/2015 8:57:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 20, 2015 11:32 PM EDT | Hyung-jin Kim
    South Korea’s prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal just two months after he took up the country’s No. 2 post, officials said Tuesday, in the latest political crisis to hit President Park Geun-hye. Lee Wan Koo has been at the center of a corruption scandal that flared after a businessman killed himself earlier this month, leaving a memo listing the names of eight high-profile figures he claimed to have bribed. Most of the eight men, including Lee, are considered as close associates of Park. Businessman Sung Wan-jong told a local daily before his death he gave...
  • The ‘Hyundaization’ of the Global Arms Industry

    04/17/2015 3:45:03 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/05/2015 | JOE KATZMAN
    Precision weapons and networked targeting have helped maintain America’s military superiority for decades. But technology marches on. New defense exporters are joining the global game with advanced and well-priced offerings, creating potential threats to the U.S. and its allies, and weakening Western influence. The Pentagon has a plan to cope with these evolving threats, but is it enough? To understand what’s happening, consider the global automotive industry. South Korea’s Hyundai Motors became a serious global competitor by leveraging the rapid diffusion of technology, an initial edge in cheap labor, and a “good enough” product for value buyers. Their success wasn’t...
  • Monsanto Settles Farmer Lawsuits over (Escaped) Experimental GMO Wheat

    03/22/2015 4:03:55 PM PDT · by jonatron · 13 replies
    Organic Consumers ^ | 11/12/14 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" wheat, which was never approved by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field in 2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was destroyed or stored away. South Korea and Japan temporarily halted purchases of U.S. wheat after the announcement on fears the unapproved wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup...
  • Airbus Wins $1.5Bn Korean Contract

    03/16/2015 6:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    PARIS --- Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with Korean Aerospace Industries (KAI) to develop and manufacture 314 light helicopters in South Korea, a company official confirmed March 16. The contract was signed by the two companies’ chief executives in Seoul, Korea, earlier today. The contract, worth an estimated $3 billion, calls for joint development of 214 Light Attack Helicopters (LAH) and about 100 Light Civil Helicopters (LCH), based on the technology of the latest version of the Airbus AS365B1 Dauphin twin-engined medium helicopter, now re-designated H155. The two companies will share revenues from the contract on an even basis....
  • Fallout: Saudis score nuclear reactor deal with South Korea as Obama appeases Iran

    03/12/2015 12:07:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Who could have seen this coming? Practically everyone outside the Obama administration, that’s who, but these days it would have been a Logan Act violation to mention it. Saudi Arabia has cut a deal with South Korea to develop two nuclear reactors in the next 20 years, putting Iran’s chief opponent in the region to play a little nuclear escalateo with Tehran: As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea.That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising...
  • Saudi Nuclear Deal Raises Stakes for Iran Talks

    03/12/2015 8:40:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 11, 2015 | Jay Solomon and Ahmed Al Omran
    As U.S. and Iranian diplomats inched toward progress on Tehran’s nuclear program last week, Saudi Arabia quietly signed its own nuclear-cooperation agreement with South Korea. That agreement, along with recent comments from Saudi officials and royals, is raising concerns on Capitol Hill and among U.S. allies that a deal with Iran, rather than stanching the spread of nuclear technologies, risks fueling it. Saudi Arabia’s former intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, a member of the royal family, has publicly warned in recent months that Riyadh will seek to match the nuclear capabilities Iran is allowed to maintain as part of any...
  • Who is Mark Lippert - The man so close to Obama? (now ambassador, slashed in Korea)

    03/05/2015 1:31:49 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Truth On Target ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kerry Picket
    Who really is Mark W. Lippert? OBAMA used Senate Office to influence Kenyan Presidential Elections...
  • PROOF OBAMA BACKED RUTHLESS FOREIGN THUG (Ambassador who was slashed in S. Korea involved)

    03/05/2015 11:03:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/10/2008 | BOB UNRUH
    Sen. Barack Obama designated a personal aide (who is now the Ambassador who was slashed in S. Korea, Mark Lippert) as his direct contact for the 2007 Kenyan presidential campaign of Raila Odinga, who later was appointed prime minister after his election loss was followed by widespread, deadly violence that destroyed or damaged 800 Christian churches, according to e-mails obtained by WND senior staff writer Jerry Corsi during a trip to Kenya...
  • U.S. Ambassador to South Korea bloodied in Seoul knife attack

    03/05/2015 6:03:02 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 4 replies
    www.fortune.com ^ | 3/5/15 | Emily Rauhala
    You can’t see it on television, but South Korean President Park Geun-hye has a scar that runs from her right ear to her chin. In person, up close, it is just visible below her makeup, a smooth cut that follows the curve of her face. She’s had it since 2006, when she was attacked on the campaign trail by a man wielding a utility knife. On Thursday, in an eerily similar incident, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on the face and wrist in the South Korean capital. Photographs from the scene showed him holding the...
  • U.S. Envoy to Seoul Lippert Injured in Attack by Armed Assailant

    03/04/2015 3:18:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 71 replies
    Yonhap ^ | (Thursday), March 5, 2015
    U.S. envoy to Seoul Mark Lippert was seriously injured Thursday morning after being attacked by an armed assailant, official sources said. The envoy was on his way to attend a morning lecture in central Seoul when the attack took place. Lippert, bleeding heavily, was rushed to a nearby hospital, the sources said, adding that the suspect was immediately arrested although his or her identity is still not known.Image source
  • South Korean cafe features two live sheep

    02/07/2015 2:12:23 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 6, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    SEOUL, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The owner of a South Korean cafe where diners hang out with live sheep said business has been booming with the coming of the Year of the Sheep. -snip- The cafe owner said many South Koreans are seeking to spend time around sheep during the year, and his business offers an easier alternative than traveling out to a rural sheep farm.
  • North Korea urges South to lift sanctions before talks can begin

    01/23/2015 5:51:59 PM PST · by BBell · 6 replies
    SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday demanded the lifting of sanctions, imposed by South Korea after a 2010 attack on one of its naval vessels, as a condition for resuming dialogue.
  • Kim Jong-un reveals North Korea WILL talk to South Korea and may hold ‘high level summit’

    01/01/2015 8:04:35 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 January 2015 | By Jenny Stanton For Mailonline
    North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un said he is open to more talks with his South Korea counterpart. In somewhat of a New Year's resolution, the leader said he is open to the discussions or even a summit - a statement welcomed by Seoul, the capital of South Korea, which in turn urged the North to take concrete steps towards normalisation of relations. Kim's call for improving inter-Korea relations in his New Year speech comes as Pyongyang, North Korea's capital, faces heightened criticism over its human rights record.
  • Vanity - any fans of Jumong from Korea?

    12/22/2014 10:04:57 AM PST · by Perdogg · 14 replies
    Are there any fans of the TV series Jumong from Korea? Is it worth investing the time?
  • The 35 Most Powerful Militaries In The World

    12/20/2014 4:04:53 AM PST · by iowamark · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dec. 10, 2014 | Amanda Macias, Jeremy Bender and Skye Gould
    There's only one real way to compare military strength, and thankfully the world hasn't had many opportunities lately. Despite the potential powder keg in the South China Sea, standoffs in Ukraine, and proxy wars throughout the Middle East, inter-state warfare between the world's military powers has been all but banished from the global scene (for the time being, at least). For a simpler evaluation of military power, we turned to the Global Firepower Index, a ranking of 106 nations based on more than 50 factors including overall military budget, available manpower, and the amount of equipment each country has in...
  • ‘Irish alcoholism nature’ reason for job rejection for Irish teacher in South Korea

    11/07/2014 9:02:03 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    BBC News Northern Ireland ^ | 6 November 2014 | Last updated at 05:31 ET | Ciarán McCauley
    A teacher from the Republic of Ireland has been turned down for a job in South Korea due to the “alcoholism nature” of Irish people. Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, had applied for a teaching job in Seoul. She was told by an agency that their client did not hire Irish people due to their perceived drinking habits. The 26-year-old told the BBC that she could not believe the email was real at first. […] Last week, she received a reply that said: “I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the...
  • South Korea plans to buy Russian air cushion landing craft

    11/06/2014 4:32:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Tass ^ | November 06, 2014
    Russia and South Korea are expected to shortly sign a contract under which Russia will build several air cushion amphibious assault landing craft Murena-E for South Korea, an informed source from the Russian delegation to INDO Defence 2014 exhibition told TASS on Thursday. “South Korea already ordered three boats in 2004 and is very satisfied with their operational capabilities, seeking to buy several more that would be upgraded a bit,” he said, adding that India and Turkey are also viewing the purchase of Murena craft. The source said all modifications have already been added in a new project. “We expect...
  • South Korea cancels F-16 upgrade deal with BAE Systems: Pentagon

    11/05/2014 4:30:28 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 5, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL
    The U.S. government on Wednesday said it had canceled, at the request of South Korea, a preliminary contract with the U.S. unit of Britain's BAE Systems (BAES.L) to upgrade 134 F-16 fighter jets, ending a major arms deal initially valued at $1.7 billion. The unusual move, announced by the Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency, paves the way for South Korea to pursue a similar upgrade deal with Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), the warplanes' original manufacturer. The decision raises questions about the ability of non-original equipment makers like BAE to compete in the market to upgrade thousands of F-16s in use...
  • S. Korea Spy Agency: North Korea Leader Had Ankle Surgery

    10/28/2014 3:26:17 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 8 replies
    Voice of America ^ | October 28, 2014 | VOA News
    What caused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to begin walking with a cane earlier this month? Ankle surgery, says South Korea's spy agency, as reported by Yonhap news agency on Tuesday. Kim’s six-week absence from public events set off a frenzy of wild speculation around the world, from serious health issues to a possible coup. The National Intelligence Service (NIS) told South Korean legislators that a foreign doctor flew to the counrty and operated on Kim in September or October to remove a cyst from his ankle, said Park Byeong-seok, an aide for opposition lawmaker Shin Kyung-min.
  • New Iraqi Defense Minister Warns Kurds

    10/19/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    BasNews ^ | October 19, 2014 | unattributed
    New Iraqi defense minister Khaled al-Obeidi has delivered his first official speech, insisting that the Kurdistan Region must hand back terrorists that have been living in the KRI. Al-Obeidi is a Sunni, was approved as the new Iraqi defense minister along with Mohammed Salem al-Ghabban, a Shia, who was appointed interior minister. “The Kurdistan Region should hand back criminals who have been charged with terrorist acts to the federal government, so they can face justice,” said Al-Obeidi. “The Kurdistan Region security forces and Iraqi police should arrest all those criminals, as they are threats to the security and stability of...
  • (URGENT) Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

    10/19/2014 3:16:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/19
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  • F-35A Fighter Jets to Be Poorly Armed (Korea's funding issue)

    10/17/2014 7:35:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/17/2014 | Chosun Ilbo
    Only about half of the Air Force's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, which cost a hefty W121 billion, will be fully armed due to lack of combat weapons (US$1=W1,062). Seoul decided to buy 40 F-35As at a total cost of W7.34 trillion last month and claimed that would allow the Air Force to "overwhelm" North Korea. But it has bought only half the weapons needed for the F-35As in a war, according to Air Force data submitted to Saenuri Party lawmaker Song Young-keun Wednesday. The Air Force has secured a mere 45 percent of air-to-air missiles that would be used against...
  • North Korea fires artillery into South: Yonhap

    10/10/2014 3:18:31 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 83 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Fri Oct 10, 2014 | reuters.com
    (Reuters) - North Korea fired artillery into South Korea on Friday, aimed at a region near the rivals' military border where an activist group had sent leaflets flying into the North, Yonhap news agency said.
  • North Korea says nothing wrong with leader Kim Jong-Un's health: South Korea

    10/04/2014 7:35:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    SEOUL: There is nothing wrong with the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a senior North Korean official said during an extremely rare visit to the South, after rumours of a debilitating illness or even a coup in Pyongyang. South Korea's unification minister Ryoo Kihl-Jae, speaking on a television talk show Sunday, quoted Kim Yang-Gon as saying: "There is nothing wrong with the health of Secretary Kim". Kim Yang-Gon, who heads a ruling party department in charge of South Korea-related affairs, visited the South's western port of Incheon Saturday to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games, along...
  • South Korea Formally Announces Intent to Buy 40 Lockheed Fighter Jets

    09/24/2014 8:17:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 24, 2014 | CHOE SANG-HUN
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea formally announced on Wednesday that it would buy 40 F-35A fighter jets from the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in a deal that includes transfers of technology for the development of the country’s own advanced fighter jet. South Korea picked Lockheed Martin’s F-35A as the sole choice for its air force’s new fighter jet in November and has since been negotiating the terms of the deal. On Wednesday, Defense Minister Han Min-koo called a meeting of top military procurement officials to approve the purchase, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration said in a news release....
  • Samsung SGR-A1 Robot Sentry Is One Cold Machine

    09/15/2014 12:48:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ubergizmo.com ^ | 09/14/2014 | Edwin Kee on
    Samsung Group subsidiary has worked on a robot sentry that they call the SGR-A1, and this particular robot will carry a fair amount of weapons that ought to make you think twice about crossing the borders of South Korea illegally – as it has been tested out at the demilitarized zone along the border over with its neighbor, North Korea. The SGR-A1 will be able to detect intruders with the help of machine vision (read: cameras), alongside a combination of heat and motion sensors. The whole idea of the Samsung SGR-A1 is to let this military robot sentry do the...
  • GE wants part in domestic fighter jet development (South Korea)

    08/21/2014 4:33:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2014-08-21
    General Electric Korea on Thursday expressed its willingness to join the South Korean government’s plan to develop a double-engine platform for its next generation of fighter jets. The U.S.-based conglomerate said it could do more good when collaborating with Korean companies in the KFX project, while promoting its rich history and competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. “GE has played a significant role in the development of Korea’s aerospace defense industry by providing jet engines, avionics and integrated systems,” said Khang Sung-wook, president and CEO of GE Korea, at a press conference in Seoul. “Through the KFX program, GE seeks...
  • Why South Korea is so distinctively Christian

    08/21/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/21/2014
    SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also afire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Korea’s 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes. Yoido Full Gospel Church’s 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Belief’s farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moon’s "ascension". The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage...
  • South Korea Sent Thousands of Choco Pies Over North Korea via Balloon

    08/04/2014 5:44:56 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 37 replies
    ViralSoil ^ | 8/1/2014 | None credited
    On Wednesday, about 200 South Koreans attached thousands of chocolate snacks to 50 giant balloons and released into North Korea after Pyongyang reportedly banned the coveted treats from the country earlier this month. The pies, which have become popular among hungry North Koreans, are considered as a symbol of capitalism and represent a cultural impact that might encourage an uprising. “We will continue to send Choco Pie by balloons because it is still one of the most favorite foodstuffs in North Korea,” said Choo Sun-Hee, one of the organisers of Wednesday’s balloon launch.In response to the activity, Pyongyang has pressed...
  • South Korea Giving Philippine Navy A Free Ship As Tensions Rise With China

    06/22/2014 10:26:46 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JUN. 6, 2014 | AFP
    South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions -- particularly with China -- over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said Thursday. The "Pohang-class corvette" will be decommissioned by the end of the year and donated to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila said in a statement issued this week. It was unclear if the donation would include the ship's weapons systems. South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwang-jin informed his Filipino counterpart Voltaire Gazmin of the donation during his visit to Seoul on May 30, the statement added....
  • Woman Eats for 100 People Every Day… Weighs Only 48kg (100lbs)

    06/21/2014 11:36:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    South Korea’s current fetish with ‘watching people eat’, or ‘dinner porn’ as the crazy is now known has uncovered a new star. The dinner porn craze involves no sex of course, but simply watching other people eat – online, on TV, wherever. According to a report on asiaone.com, quoting Elite Daily, Tae Ryun Huh is the new and emerging Korean sensation. No just because she eats, but because of how much she eats. And then this amazing fact – the school worker weighs 48kg. Tae Ryun Huh invited TV cameras to watch her eat and the South Korean show discovered...
  • Israel bids for $1.4 bil. refueling tankers (South Korea)

    06/12/2014 9:04:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2014-06-12
    IAI's refuel tanker By Jun Ji-hye Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is moving to join the competition to win a contract to supply the nation's Air Force with four in-flight refueling tankers. IAI's participation is creating a three-way battle, along with Boeing and Airbus, who are also bidding to win the 1.4 trillion won ($1.4 billion) acquisition project. The Israeli company held a media briefing session in Seoul Wednesday and stressed that its B767 MMTT (Multi Mission Tanker Transport) is the comprehensive solution to the air ability of the Air Force. "The IAI is proposing the pre-owned B767-300ER to be the...
  • Hoax? Chinese Man Stranded in S Korea After Son Defaces Passport

    06/07/2014 6:56:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2014-06-06
    A Chinese man is reportedly stuck in South Korea after his four-year-old son made some creative additions to his passport, leaving him unable to return home — though there is also suspicion that the clickbait story may be a hoax. Photos posted by the man on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, showed the passport page rendered nearly unrecognizable with what appears to be scribbles made using a black felt-tip pen. The man's eyes and mouth in the passport photo were given artificial enhancements along with extra facial hair all around the head. There were also what looked like additional...
  • S. Korea introduces female-only parking spaces—they're larger, w/ pink outlines & a miniskirt logo

    05/31/2014 4:22:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kwon Mee-yoo
    Practical or patronizing? South Korea is spending mega-money on creating larger car parking spaces for women. Capital city Seoul is introducing "lady-friendly" spots reserved exclusively for female drivers, the Korea Times reports. Wider and longer than regular spots, they will be closer to elevators and marked out with pink mini-skirted logos. It's not yet known, however, if men will be fined if busted for using them. Korea Times reports the initiative is part of a nearly $700 million push to make the metropolis more female-friendly over four years. Other projects include installing 7,000 new women-only toilets, and the resurfacing of...
  • What really caused the Korean ferry to sink?

    04/28/2014 9:20:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 28 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/28/14 | Dan Stevens
    On April 16 in clear weather and calm seas, the South Korean ferry SEWOL listed and sank within two hours, trapping almost 150 innocent victims in her hull. She sank in half the time it took for the TITANIC, which had a fatal gash below its water-line. To date, media reports have focused on rescue and recovery of the victims, which continues as of this writing. Investigators have mostly speculated that the tragedy was the result of cargo shifting during a sharp turn which caused the ferry to list, then capsize and sink below the water. There has been zero...
  • South Korean PM offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/27/2014 7:53:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04/27/2014 | By Tom Phillips
    South Korea's Prime Minister, Chung Hong-won, offered to resign on Sunday following withering criticism of the government’s handling of a ferry disaster that has plunged a nation into mourning and claimed at least 188 lives. The Sewol ferry was carrying 476 people, the majority schoolchildren, when it sank on April 16 while travelling to the tourist island of Jeju off the country’s southwest coast. By Sunday the official death toll stood at 188 with at least 114 still missing. Amid mounting criticism of the government’s response, Chung Hong-won, the Prime Minister, offered his resignation, apologising, “for many problems from the...
  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/26/2014 8:05:27 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, blaming "deep-rooted evils" and irregularities in a society for a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing.
  • It's ALL, COMPLETELY, About Him (Obama, natch. Vanity)

    04/24/2014 1:09:30 PM PDT · by JennysCool · 4 replies
    Irritating Email Site News Ticker | 4-24-14 | None Listed
  • Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it (+video)

    04/23/2014 9:02:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | April 22, 2014 | Howard LaFranchi
    Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China. ... Now on the eve of Mr. Obama’s state visit to Tokyo this week, Japan is back to openly fretting about its place on America’s priority list – particularly in comparison to rising rival China. The reason? When Obama arrives Wednesday evening, he’ll disembark Air Force One solo – without first lady Michelle Obama. Obama will be the first US president to come to...
  • "Why Do Judges Execute Innocent…Children?"

    04/20/2014 8:20:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 20, 2014 | Kevin McCullough
    Headlines reported it: South Korean ferry with 300 school children aboard--sunk. Missing children likely drowned inside the ferry. The captain has been arrested, and he is attempting to justify the rationale he used in telling the people not to abandon ship. Every parent around the world that ever sent their baby off on a school field trip identified with the emotional distraught the parents of those children are feeling. The worst part was hearing some of the final text messages read on the evening news. "This will be the last time I can tell you mom, 'I love you!'" I...
  • Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

    04/18/2014 6:47:34 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04-18-2014 | Jungmin Jang
    The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship, mostly...
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Survivors tell of panic on board as ferry tilts, then capsizes

    04/16/2014 3:42:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT | Frances Cha and Madison Park,
    Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, passenger Kim Sung-Mook was eating breakfast in the ship's main hall when he felt a tilt, he told CNN affiliate YTN. At first, "we thought it was because of the tide," he said. The waves had been smooth until the ship suddenly leaned, witnesses said. The ship tilted further, and an announcement blared through loudspeakers warning passengers that moving would be dangerous. Then, he heard a loud bang from inside the ship. Kim said he thought a crane on board had toppled over. When seawater started gushing into the ferry, passengers began to scramble.
  • Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea

    04/16/2014 8:21:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014
    Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. -excerpt- The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.
  • Rescuers Race to Find Survivors of South Korean Ferry Sinking

    04/16/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL—South Korea said almost 300 people remain missing after a passenger ferry sank early Wednesday near the country's southwest coast. Rescue services raced to find survivors from the ship, which quickly rolled over and may have trapped passengers inside. Two bodies have been recovered from the site. Officials said the cause of the disaster hadn't been determined.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Korean Cruise Ship Sinks - 260 lost

    04/15/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 89 replies
    Chinese Dragon TV | 4/15/2014 | Chinese Dragon TV
    It has just been reported that a Korean cruise ship with 450 aboard has sunk. Only 190 are reported to have been saved- many high schoolers aboard.
  • Another South Korean superlative: Most draft dodgers in prison

    04/09/2014 7:37:18 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 13 replies
    CSM via Yahoo! ^ | April 8, 2014 | Donald Kirk
    Kim Ji-gwan has a succinct explanation for why he, his father, and two brothers all chose to go to jail rather than be drafted into the South Korean armed forces. “It is very simple,” says Mr. Kim, chatting in a coffee shop in the city’s posh Kangnam district. “Jesus commanded all his followers to love your neighbor.” In the past, the US and many other countries accepted religious beliefs as grounds for opting out of military service. Not so South Korea, where men still serve a minimum of 21 months in the military. The UN Human Rights Council reports that...
  • S.Korea plans $1.3-bln tanker aircraft buy to boost air defence

    03/31/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 31, 2014 | Joyce Lee
    (Reuters) - South Korea on Monday kicked off the process to buy four in-flight refuelling tanker aircraft, in a deal seen to be worth around 1.4 trillion won ($1.31 billion), with planemakers Boeing and Airbus expected to compete, sources said. The purchase is part of South Korea's attempts to bolster its air defence in the face of rising tension in Northeast Asia over the maritime interests of neighbours such as Japan and China, as well as against an unpredictable North Korea. The purchase will be made through a competitive bid process and bids will be accepted by June 30, arms...