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SOUTH KOREA: Overregulation of Technology Coming to an End?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – South Korea enjoys some of the world’s most advanced technology. In addition, the country enoys nearly ubiquitous and extremely fast broadband. Still, one thing keeps South Korea from realizing its full online potential: Heavy-handed government regulation. This may be about to change. In South Korea, the Internet has been subject to […]

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South Korea: Propaganda Disguised as Education?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – A new textbook awaiting publication by Kyohak Publishing Co. is now the subject of an intense argument between South Korean liberals and conservatives. On both sides, politicians, media personalities, and educators are making their opinions known. Following the South Korean Ministry of Education’s decision to require students to learn Korean history […]

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NORTH KOREA: Did Porn put Popstar in Firing Line?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – A dozen North Korean musicians faced a government firing squad last month for allegedly making and selling porn. That might have gone unnoticed by the world if one of them hadn’t been Hyon Song-wol, national chanteuse and hottie former girlfriend of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. Conspiracy theorists, start your engines. In […]

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NORTH KOREA: It’s A Very Hard Sell

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – It seems that some foreigners are growing tired of the international community’s casting of North Korea as the outcast on the block. Hoping to change its undesirable reputation, a group called the Korean Friendship Association (KFA) has been running a YouTube channel focused on portraying the nation in a positive light. […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Looking Past the Gossip

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Stories about celebrity love lives are often more speculation than fact. But in South Korea, this may be changing thanks to Dispatch, a web site that’s made its name telling the truth. Though just two years old, Dispatch has already gained a reputation for both breaking celebrity romance news, and debunking […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Just Short of Wedding Bells

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – The South Korean LGBT community has struggled with discrimination throughout the country’s history, but there are some signs that the tide is changing. In May, South Korean film director Kim Jho Gwang-soo revealed plans to hold a ceremony in September to celebrate the commitment between him and his partner, Dave Kim. […]

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NORTH KOREA: One Click from the Internet

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES -Simple lack of Internet access is one of the biggest obstacles to solving some of North Korea’s myriad woes. The hermit state has a computer network of its own, but citizens can only access those sites the government has OK’d. Further, the nation’s computers are designed to discourage opposition to the government. […]

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NORTH KOREA: American Tried for Treason

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES- Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American tourist, is currently awaiting trial in Pyongyang for allegedly planning to remove the North Korean government from power. If Bae is found guilty, he may be executed.   The government-owned media in North Korea has been fairly tight-lipped about the specifics of Bae’s transgression. All they have revealed […]

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South Korea: Making Nice Via More Trade

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES- South Korea, China, and Japan are making progress in efforts to create a free trade zone that would potentially tower over the combined European Union and North American economic hulk. Despite successfully setting aside their otherwise tension-ridden relations to start such discussions, any hope of advancement may take months or even longer. […]

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NORTH KOREA: Ball Is In China’s Court

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – It will take a lot more than a friendship with Dennis Rodman to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. After a short period of reduced tension between North Korea and the international community, things are now back to the way they were. North Korea’s nuclear program and Kim Jong Un’s belligerent […]

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NORTH KOREA: Change of Heart Through Basketball?

Last week, former NBA star Dennis Rodman visited North Korea, watched a basketball game with Kim Jong-un, and in the process showed that there may be hope for better relations between North Koreans and Americans, if not between the governments themselves. Rodman came to North Korea to work on a documentary with Vice Media, the […]

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NORTH KOREA: International Drama Queen.

North Korea has been, and is increasingly becoming, a topic of heightened concern within the international community. In December, their government tested long-range rockets, violating international law. Although the North Korean government claims that the rockets were carrying satellites for their space program, the U.N. increased sanctions against North Korea after the launch. A month […]

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SOUTH KOREA: Pleasing the Press

There has clearly been no shortage of work for South Korean journalists in the past few weeks. Last month, Park Geun-hye was elected President of South Korea. An event as important as a presidential election tends to get a lot of media attention, but even after the election, there is much work to be done. […]

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SOUTH KOREA: A Little Sympathy Goes A Long Way!

Free speech advocate gets ten months behind bars for posting online? This sounds close to ridiculous in a democracy like South Korea. However, Park Jung-geun, a South Korean photographer and a supporter of free speech, suffered this exact fate recently. He is accused of supporting North Korea, an act that is illegal under the National […]

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NORTH KOREA: Down On America, No Matter Who The President Is

Presidential elections in the United States get a lot of attention, both in the U.S. itself, and all over the world. This election has actually been somewhat eclipsed in South Korea, due to their own upcoming presidential elections. North Korea has paid most of their media attention to South Korea’s election, but they did finally […]

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NORTH KOREA: Trying to Save Face With a Stolen Tablet?

The release of North Korea’s new “Arirang” tablet computer is very exciting news, but as with many new gadgets, there is at least one big question. Instead of asking how it compares to competitors or how well it performs, the question is about where it was made. North Korea’s media said a government agency, the […]

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