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SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN EMERGE AS KEY BATTLEGROUNDS IN US STRATEGY AGAINST CHINA, FEATURING TIM SHORROCK
Japan, South Korea

SOUTH KOREA AND JAPAN EMERGE AS KEY BATTLEGROUNDS IN US STRATEGY AGAINST CHINA, FEATURING TIM SHORROCK

https://youtu.be/cwyeOWk-auI As China continues rising and the U.S. attempts to dominate the world, Northeast Asia becomes an increasingly crucial battleground. The United States is trying to encircle China with a network of hundreds of military bases while building a trilateral military alliance with South Korea and Japan. But many in those countries want to be free of U.S. domination. Today’s MintCast focuses on Japan and Korea and how deeply the United States has crafted and shaped the internal politics of those nations. Our guest today is Tim Shorrock, a writer and commentator who has covered the region since the 1970s. Growing up in Japan, Tim has covered Korea for The Nation magazine since 1983. His writing can also be found on his personal website, TimShorrock.com. W...
Still fighting for Korea’s liberation: An interview with Comrade Ahn Hak-sop
North Korea, South Korea

Still fighting for Korea’s liberation: An interview with Comrade Ahn Hak-sop

‘In 1952, I came here to liberate the southern half of the peninsula, and I need to stay here and continue that struggle.’ Derek Ford Subscribe to our  channel A veteran of the Korean Fatherland Liberation war who spent 42 years in south Korean jails under the most brutal conditions, Comrade Ahn Hak-sop refused to recant his communist affiliation, withstanding all kinds of torture over many decades. Although two other ‘unconverted’ comrades who were finally released went north, Comrade Ahn remains in south Korea, a living example to his struggling people and the embodiment of their determination to see their country fully liberated and reunited. This interview is reproduced from Liberation School, with thanks. ***** Ahn Hak-sop was an officer in the Korean...
The Korean War Continues With Biden’s Renewal of Travel Ban to North Korea
North Korea, South Korea, USA

The Korean War Continues With Biden’s Renewal of Travel Ban to North Korea

BY AMANDA YEE General Douglas MacArthur, UN Command CiC (seated), observes the naval shelling of Incheon from USS Mount McKinley, 15 September 1950 On August 22, the U.S. State Department renewed its ban on the use of U.S. passports for travel to North Korea. This travel ban prohibits as many as 100,000 Korean Americans living in the United States from visiting their relatives in North Korea. The ban was first set in place by the Trump administration in 2017, and—in spite of Korean American activists’ repeated calls to lift the draconian ban—has been renewed annually since. During his presidential campaign in 2020, Joe Biden had promised to “reunite Korean Americans separated from loved ones in North Korea for decades,” but has extended the travel ban each...
Seventy Years On: Remembering Korea’s Pain
North Korea, South Korea

Seventy Years On: Remembering Korea’s Pain

BY NILANTHA ILANGAMUWA Traditional Korean dance (Jinju geommu). Photograph Source: SJ Yang – CC BY-SA 2.0 Amidst these precarious times, where our humanity is continuously put to the test, nothing holds greater importance than our inflexible dedication to pursuing peace. However, it is truly enraging to witness self-proclaimed guardians of peace traversing the globe, stoking the flames of conflict in countries such as Ukraine and sabotaging any attempts at negotiations between warring factions. The inferno of war, which once consumed distant lands, now threatens to engulf the Asian continent again. The impending doom looms, and it is only a matter of time before an Asian nation succumbs to the whims of a deluded comedian, masquerading as a false hero, playing with the lives...
South Koreans up in arms over Japan’s radioactive plans
Japan, South Korea

South Koreans up in arms over Japan’s radioactive plans

Hundreds of protesters have rallied in Seoul to protest the impending dumping of Fukushima’s wastewater into the ocean South Koreans rally against Japan's plan to dump radioactive wastewater from the Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean, on August 12, 2023. ©  Getty Images / Chung Sung-Jun Mass protests hit central Seoul on Saturday, with South Korean activists rallying against Japan’s plan to release purportedly “treated” radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean. Despite repeated objections by Japan’s neighbors, who are alarmed over potential environmental implications, Tokyo is expected to move forward with the plan as soon as the end of August, according to local media reports. Hundreds of activists g...
Remembering the 1980 armed uprising against imperalism in Gwangju, Korea
South Korea

Remembering the 1980 armed uprising against imperalism in Gwangju, Korea

The spirit of Gwangju still burns bright amongst large sections of the Korean people, who yearn to reunite their country and free it from colonial rule. World Anti-Imperialist Platform Very few people outside of Korea are aware that there was an armed uprising against colonial rule and fascist dictatorship in south Korea. Even fewer are aware that the uprising lasted for ten days and established a people's commune in the city. https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/1580836263%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-6y2mOBoCBat&color=%23ff5500&inverse=false&auto_play=false&show_user=true This article is reproduced from Platform News, with thanks. ***** The Gwangju people’s uprising was a popular uprising of the people of Gwangju, Jeollana...
South Korea: the ‘Land of Morning Calm’ is working itself to death
South Korea

South Korea: the ‘Land of Morning Calm’ is working itself to death

Capitalist dystopia in action: behind the ‘economic miracle’, the daily grind keeps getting harder. Renaud Lambert South Korea is often held up as a model of modern technological capitalism. But daily life for the masses is much harsher than the glossy image projected by popular culture. This photo shows a man in his home in Guryong slum, very close to south Korea’s wealthiest district of Gangnam. Established in 1988, Guryong now has about 3,000 residents, making it the largest slum settlement in Seoul. The following article is reproduced from Le Monde diplomatique, with thanks. ***** It’s a tired old media trope. When someone questions the virtues of western liberal democracy, back comes the riposte: ‘Why don’t you try north Korea then?’ The Korean...
70 Years Later, the Korean War Must End
North Korea, South Korea

70 Years Later, the Korean War Must End

BY CATHI CHOI Photograph Source: Corporal Peter McDonald – Public Domain July 27 marked 70 years since the signing of the armistice that halted — but did not end — the Korean War. Since then, the divided Peninsula has been locked in a perpetual state of war that grows ever more dangerous. In recent weeks, the U.S. has flown nuclear-capable bombers, launched nuclear war planning talks with South Korean officials, and sent a nuclear-capable submarine to South Korea for the first time in 42 years. This followed the largest-ever live-fire military drills near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides Korea. North Korea has responded with missile tests — and recently threatened nuclear retaliation. As a Korean ...
Seoul pushes back on Borrell’s claim about Ukraine weapons
South Korea, Ukraine

Seoul pushes back on Borrell’s claim about Ukraine weapons

The EU foreign policy chief highlighted the need for ammo shipments but did so unilaterally, South Korea’s defense ministry says EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. ©  Christine OLSSON / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jong-Sup never discussed ammunition shipments to Ukraine with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the ministry told journalists on Sunday. It was referring to Borrell’s since-deleted tweet saying he had “a good meeting” with Lee on the sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singapore. “Shared alarm at continued [North Korean] provocations and discussed Ukraine’s needs for ammunition,” he wrote at the time. The South Korean Ministry of Defense c...
South Korea approves Ukraine arms transfer
South Korea, Ukraine

South Korea approves Ukraine arms transfer

Seoul has claimed the Wall Street Journal report was partly “inaccurate” but declined to specify further FILE PHOTO: South Korean soldiers arrange 155mm howitzer shells during a military exercise in Goseong, South Korea, April 4, 2016. ©  AP / Newsis / Jang Se-young South Korea has agreed to send hundreds of thousands of artillery shells to Ukraine under a “confidential arrangement” with the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported. The move would mark an about-face for Seoul, which has been reluctant to authorize lethal aid to Kiev. Under the reported agreement, South Korea will first ship the munitions to the US, which will then forward them on to Ukraine, sources told the WSJ on Wednesday. Seoul and the Pentagon have so far de...