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Humanitarian aid to North Korea falling
International humanitarian aid to North Korea has been falling in recent years mainly due to tension over its nuclear program. According to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, North Korea received only $33.9 million in humanitarian aid this year, which is less than 30 percent of the U.N’s yearly goal of $113.5 million. This is mainly due to reduced aid from the United States and the European Union.
[INTERVIEW] Young entrepreneur fights racial bias
South Korean students eagerly learn English-speaking skills through various ways. A common way is through “phone English,” talking with a native speaker over the phone. University student Kim Tae-woong, 23, who now runs his own English tutoring company Dayoung English, was one such customer who paid for the phone service to improve his speaking skills. “One day I learned most...
Made-in-NK clothing sold in South
Around 50,000 clothing items made in North Korea have been sold in South Korea in violation of the government’s sanctions against Pyongyang, Rep. Kim Hyun-kwon of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea claimed Tuesday. Labels on the clothes showed they were made in China, but they were actually produced in North Korea. South Korean smugglers are involved in the circulation of the products, the lawmaker said citing data from the Korea Coast Guard (KCG). Since 2010, the South Korean government has banned North Korean products from entering the South by imposing the sanctions called May 24 measur...
Hiring scandal probe may expand to all public companies
The ongoing investigation into suspicious hiring practices at casino operator Kangwon Land should expand to all public and state-owned firms, President Moon Jae-in said Monday. “While looking into illegal hiring practices at some public firms, we can’t help but suspect the problem could be quite common in all public firms,” Moon said during a meeting with his senior secretari...
Hong, Park loyalists poised for do-or-die battle
Liberty Korea Party (LKP) Chairman Hong Joon-pyo lashed out at loyalists of former President Park Geun-hye for resisting his reform drive, Monday, saying they are acting like “cowards.” Hong’s criticism came after two pro-Park lawmakers - Choi Kyung-hwan and Suh Chung-won - snubbed the party’s request to leave the party “voluntarily,” harshly criticizing Hong for “dividing” t...
LKP leader's US trip welcomed by few
Chairman of the largest conservative Liberty Korea Party (LKP), Hong Joon-pyo, is scheduled to visit Washington next week to call for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea. However, there are widespread concerns here that his visit will only cause misunderstanding among U.S. politicians and policymakers about Seoul’s stance on the redeployment issue...
Kangwon Land: hotbed of corruption
Kangwon Land, Korea’s only casino where citizens can legally gamble, is becoming the main target in the government’s anti-corruption drive as revelations show the public firm has offered jobs to hundreds of people recommended by politicians and ranking officials. According to Rep. Lee Hoon of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), all 518 successful candidates who landed...
Dating is still 'SIN' in South Korea's military academies
The Korea Military Academy (KMA) and the Korea Naval Academy (KNA) have created files showing personal data of male and female cadets who are dating each other, Rep. Rhee Cheol-hee of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea claimed Thursday. The files included the couples’ names, residences and family backgrounds, Rhee said. A paper obtained from the KNA listed the private data ...
Cheong Wa Dae destroyed computers after Park's impeachment: lawmaker
Cheong Wa Dae destroyed 82 computer servers as well as 300 desktop computers and 15 laptops immediately after the National Assembly impeached President Park Geun-hye, Dec. 9, a ruling party lawmaker claimed Wednesday. This act was apparently aimed at destroying evidence of the massive influence-peddling scandal which led to her impeachment, Rep. Back Hye-ryun of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea said in a report on a local broadcaster. Back claimed the presidential office destroyed the desktop computers on Dec. 29, 2016. On the same day, the notebook computers and 22 servers were also des...
[INTERVIEW] Activists reveal Jeju's dark history
Jeju Island is Korea’s most popular tourist destination. However, Baek Ga-yoon and Kang Eun-joo, co-representatives of Jeju Dark Tours, say little is known about the island’s dark history. Jeju Dark Tours, a civic group, provides information about tragedies that took place among the island’s well-known tourist attractions. “Tourists love Hamdeok Beach, but they usually don’t ...
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