Tag Archives: South Korea

South Korea on strike, North Korea on ‘ice’

Over 100,000 South Koreans, mainly workers, demonstrated in Seoul. North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un had his uncle, Jang Sung-thaek, executed, accused of selling off part of North Korea to foreigners and of drug trafficking. Continue reading

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The Child Catchers

Review of The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption by Kathryn Joyce, which explores the religious Right’s renewed enthusiasm for domestic and international adoption. Continue reading

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Capitalism’s violence, masses’ revolt show need for total view

The world today is riven between the creativity of masses in revolt and the violent degeneracy of counter-revolution, whose destructiveness even extends to the revived specter of nuclear war two decades after the collapse of the USSR. Such is the degeneracy of the globalized capitalist system, laden with destructive forces and sunk into structural crisis. The deep crisis is seen in the U.S. and abroad, economically, in unemployment and poverty, homelessness and hunger. It is seen politically, in new laws attacking workers and women, and new outbursts of racism. It is seen environmentally, with the advance of climate disruption and fake capitalistic solutions. It is seen in thought, as the lack of philosophy, of a total view, hampers the development of struggles from the U.S. to the revolutions of the Arab Spring facing counter-revolutions. Continue reading

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‘Comfort women’ speak

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters: ‘Comfort women’ speak Los Angeles—Bok-dong Kim, an 87-year-old Korean “comfort woman,” came here as part of her U.S. speaking tour on the fifth anniversary of House Resolution 121, which acknowledged Japan’s … Continue reading

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Queer Notes, January-February 2012

From the January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters: Queer Notes by Suzanne Rose After six days of 24-hour-a-day activism, LGBT occupiers, activists, and human rights groups in Seoul, South Korea, won the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance, with all clauses … Continue reading

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Stop Colombian FTA

From the July-August 2011 issue of News & Letters: Stop Colombian FTA Chicago–On June 10, several dozen activists from FSPA Justice & Peace Coordinating Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, News and Letters Committees and others marched to Obama’s campaign … Continue reading

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Remember Ssangyong

From the new issue of NEWS & LETTERS, May-June 2011: Remember Ssangyong It has been two years since the management of Ssangyong Motor Company in Pyongtaek, South Korea, announced layoffs of 1,000 workers. Shortly thereafter, those workers occupied their plant … Continue reading

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