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Moms can change politics: ex-lawmaker
Jang Ha-na, a former lawmaker of the Minjoo Party of Korea - the predecessor of the now-ruling Democratic Party of Korea - gave birth in February 2015 while she was at the National Assembly. This experience led her to a new life chapter. She is now seeking solidarity among mothers to spur positive changes in politics. Last month, Jang established a civic group “Political Mama...
[EXCLUSIVE] US Embassy, UNHCR exploit interns
A student in her 20s, who requested to be identified by the alias Kim Hye-jin, recalled the distress she felt as an intern for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul in 2015, during which she received neither a salary nor even a stipend for transportation and lunch. “I had to take an additional part-time job after finishing work at the embassy at 5:30 p.m. I barely had any time for myself...
[INTERVIEW] Lesbian politician speaks about life, political ambition
Jeong Hye-yeon, who came out as a lesbian years ago, has been elected as a deputy chief of the minor opposition Justice Party. It is the first known instance of a sexual minority politician joining the leadership of a political party in South Korea. Sexual minority groups hailed Jeong’s election, expressing hopes she will help reduce prejudices and disadvantages facing them. ...
First lady makes surprise visit to school
First lady Kim Jung-sook visited an elementary school in Gunsan, North Jeolla Province, Thursday, to greet students who sent 457 handwritten letters in May asking for a meeting with her. Kim also presented them with a handwritten letter. “If you extend your true hearts, it always moves others, like your letters led me to come here,” Kim wrote. “My husband and I will work hard to make the country happier for children and make your family smile.”
Justice Party seeks new start under new leader
The newly-elected Justice Party leader, Rep. Lee Jeong-mi, is a labor expert who has dedicated herself to promoting workers’ rights. In 1988, she dropped out of college and went to work for a company in Incheon with a single purpose - to form a union. It was a time when the pro-democracy movement was at its peak, and unions sprang up across the country.
Activist proposes inter-Korean 'human bridge'
The two Koreas need to set up a “human bridge” at their border to expand people-to-people exchanges, according to Yoon Yeo-sang, director of the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB). “Like an animal bridge that connects lands over a road, I propose the creation of a human bridge in the Demilitarized Zone. As East and West Germany legalized border crossings bef...
Russian oil imports surge in N. Korea
North Korea’s dependence on Russia for oil has increased threefold this year compared to the same period the previous year, according to media reports, Tuesday. Citing the Russian customs material, the Voice of America (VOA) said that Russian oil exports to North Korea has totaled $2.3 million by April this year, a considerable increase from $740 thousand last year.
LKP reform panel chief says impeachment was 'unfair'
A professor who has been recruited to lead the main opposition Liberty Korea Party’s reform committee said Tuesday the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye was “unfair.” “That was the result of collusion between the biased media and liberal politicians,” the committee chief Lew Seok-choon, a Yonsei University professor, told reporters. “There was excessive political ...
Conservatives laud Moon's performance at G20
Conservative opposition parties praised President Moon Jae-in’s diplomatic performance at the G20 summit, Monday. “President Moon took the trouble to pursue our national interest during the G20,” the largest opposition Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hong Joon-pyo said in a regular morning meeting.
Moon calls for aid for N. Korea children
President Moon Jae-in has called for increased aid for North Korean children, saying political circumstances should not affect it. “Humanitarian aid for the North’s healthcare and medical affairs should not be tied to political affairs,” Moon said at a G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday. Moon said Seoul is planning to help the North while keeping pace with international...