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· August, 2011

Stories about South Korea from August, 2011

South Korea: Anger Erupted over Video of Afro-American Man Assaulting Elderly Couple

A video of an African American man mocking, cursing and assaulting a defenseless elderly Korean couple was spread online, prompting public anger. Police is investigating the case and it is...

South Korea: Journalist Taking Pictures of Women Without Consent

South Korean photo journalists are infamous for their disregard for individual's portrait rights. One citizen journalist from the Wiki Tree site posted photos [ko] of three foreign women in their...

South Korea: Pop Music Censorship Meets with Strong Opposition

More than 2,600 South Korean pop songs have been censored in the past two years for their "hazardous" lyrics. One entertainment agency, however, filed a lawsuit against the government that...

North Korea Got Talent? Video of North Korean Singing Contest on Chinese Site

A short, edited video of the North Korean singing contest was posted on Youku, a video hosting service based in China.

North Korea Kicked out South Korean Workers in Joint Resort Facilities

North Korea kicked out South Korean workers from joint mountain resort in North on August 23, 2011. Robert Neff from the Marmot's Hole blog commented on the existing worries on...

Lessons Gaddafi Should Have Learnt from North Korea

Joshua from One Free Korea, in comparing the North Korean situation with the fall of Gaddafi, explains about the importance of the nuclear deterrent in sustaining the North Korean regime...

North Korea: Speculation Looms over Kim Jong-il's Visit to Russia

Net user 100gf from Politics and Computers blog posted a brief summary on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's visit to Russia, a rare official visit for the first time in...

Online Gaming Hackers, North Korea's Next Major Income Source.

Edward Castronova from the Terra Nova commented on allegations that North Korean army of online gaming hackers have breached the servers of popular South Korean online gaming sites to raise...

South Korea: Blood Type Personality Theory, How It Works

The blood type personality theory claims that people's blood type is predictive of their personality and compatibility with others. Nowhere is this belief more popular than in South Korea and...

Google Logos Celebrate Indian and Korean Independence Days

BuzzInTech posted about Google's celebrations of South Korean and Indian independence days on August 15 by using its special logos in their countries’ Google main search page.

Colombia: The FTA With the United States From the Blogosphere

With the pact signed in Washington to increase the debt ceiling, the United States Congressional leaders returned to the topic of the free trade agreement (FTA) with Panama, South Korea...

Is North Korea Planning to Kill South Korean Defense Minister?

Robert Neff from the Marmot's Hole blog commented on several news reports on a team of North Korean agents allegedly dispatched to assassinate the South Korean defense minister.

South Korea: Severe Rains and Storms, Evidence of Climate Change?

Steven Borowiec from the Asia Sentinel suggested the recent weeks’ torrential rains and storms in South Korea could be evidence that the climate is changing and commented that the country...

South Korea: Extremist Grandpas Attack Labor Activists

The Korea Parents Federation, an extreme right-wing group made up exclusively of elderly Korean men has been involved in clashes with protestors demonstrating against massive layoffs in Busan, South Korea's...

South Korea: Web App Controversy Reignites Net Neutrality Debate

The threat of a government clampdown on a free smart phone messenger app, has reignited the net neutrality debate in South Korea. This core principle of Internet governance is fast...

South Korea: Several Thousands Protested against Massive Layoffs

The “Hope Bus” protest took a place in Busan, the nation's largest port city, on July 31. About 3,5oo people from all over the country, including civic activists and labor...

South Korea: Volunteers out to Clean up Flood Damage

Several days after the onset of one of the worst flooding and landslides in South Korean history, efforts to aid those affected continue. Twitter user Sayqueen tweeted a photo of...

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