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· January, 2012

Stories about South Korea from January, 2012

South Korea: Kids Become Outcasts for Not Having Branded Bags

Blogger Hangukdrama wrote on South Korean elementary children's craze over expensive and branded school bags and how this behavior has been encouraged by parents, who concerned that their kids would become outcasts...

South Korea : Pizza Appears in Lunar New Year's Ancestral Worship

Sharing food with relatives that had been offered in the ancestral worship is regarded as the essence of the traditional Lunar New Year holiday in Korea and there are strict...

South Korea: ‘Torture Expert’-Turned-Pastor Loses Pastorship Amid Criticism

Lee Geun-an is a former ‘torture expert’, notorious for his brutal ways of torture on numerous democratic activists under authoritarian rules in 1970s and 80s. After serving 7 years in prison, he...

South Korea’s Richest Conglomerate Criticized for Environmental Pollution

An activist organization, Public Eye Group nominated Samsung, South Korea's richest and most powerful conglomerate, for the People's Award 2012. The award is given to raise public awareness on corporation's...

Responses to AP's News Bureau in North Korea

The Associated Press has opened a news bureau in North Korean capital, becoming the first western news agency to have its office inside the hermit kingdom. North Korea Tech blog...

Madagascar: After the Land Grab Affair, Is Daewoo Back in the Country ?

Sam posts an open letter to Andry Rajoelina written by Mamy Rakotondrainibe that demands more transparency on the return of Daewoo Logistics in the economy of  Madagascar [fr]. Mahefa Rakotomalala provides...

South Korea: National Security Law Draws Intense Criticism

North Korea Tech wrote a blog post on South Korea’s controversial National Security Law that bans display and distribution of North Korean material. Recently, several citizens were arrested under this law for posting...

North Korea Punishing People Who Did Not Mourn Enough for Kim Jong Il

A news report came out saying North Korean authorities have begun to punish citizens who did not display enough sadness at Kim Jong Il's funeral. Bloggers have already raised suspicions...

South Korea: Anger and Suspicion Grows Over Election Rigging

A political scandal is brewing in South Korea over alleged election rigging, despite the police's conclusion that the nation's election commission website was disconnected due to a distributed denial of...

U.S.A : Pizza Chain Employee Uses Racial Slur Against Asian Woman

A Papa John’s employee in New York city identified a Korean woman named Minhee Cho as “lady chinky eyes”. This racial slur against Asians caught the attention of local and...

Occupy Wall Street Demands Release of the South Korean President's Vocal Critic

The OWS (Occupy Wall Street) set up a special Facebook page calling for the release of Chung Bong-ju who was jailed for raising allegations against the South Korean President. Mr. Chung is also...

South Korea: A Teenage Boy's Anti Suicide Campaign Video

A spate of student suicides occurred recently in South Korea due to mindlessly violent school bullying. While some schools hushed up the case for the sake of their reputation, a 18-year-old...

South Korea: Students Protest Against Election Rigging

As suspicion and anger grow over the ruling party's election rigging, students from South Korea's major universities gathered together to release a joint statement calling for a thorough reinvestigation of...

South Korea: Satirial Podcast's Popularity Continues Despite the Host's Arrest

Naggomsu is a satirical podcast which gained tremendous popularity in South Korea for lampooning the country's President. Even after one of its host was jailed for raising allegations of stock...

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