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Jeju Island

Let It Shine

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.27.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna' let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." These lines, from a traditional gospel spiritual song...

Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists' Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.29.2016 | World
Medea Benjamin

South Korea's Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination full of spas, resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails. But if you really want to get rejuvenated, skip the tourist hotspots and go directly to the village of Gangjeong to support the extraordinary community that has been opposing the building of a naval base since 2007.


Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

In 2008, Prof. Yang returned to Jeju island, having left a rewarding life as a famed artist and film critic in the capital, Seoul, to join protests against construction of a planned naval base on the shores of Gangjeong, a village in Jeju Island.

A Pivot on the Peace Island

Kathy Kelly | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

Gangjeong is one of the country's smallest villages, yet activists here, in their struggle against the construction of a massive naval base, have inspired people around the world.

We Don't Want You to Swim in the River

Kathy Kelly | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

These weapons we tout aren't futuristic; they announce our lack of a future. But everywhere around us, we can spot people who are volunteering to live simply so that others can simply live.

Peace Pilgrimages for Korea

John R. Eperjesi | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
John R. Eperjesi

She traveled without money, slept outdoors and relied on the charity of others for food. When she was not on the road, Peace Pilgrim gave lectures and gathered signatures for several peace petitions, one of which was a plea for immediate peace in Korea.

Paradise Jeju Island: A Tahiti in the South Pacific?

Young-mok Kim | Posted 05.14.2012 | World
Young-mok Kim

Who should be the ones to care when Korea's territorial integrity and its national sovereignty are threatened? First and foremost, it should be Koreans.

South Korea Cracks Down on Dissent

Christine Ahn | Posted 04.18.2012 | World
Christine Ahn

By redbaiting SPARK as a communist, pro-North organization, the South Korean government is trying to taint the Jeju naval base resistance and send a message to others that if they are or become involved, they too will be branded and targeted.

Water, Water, Everywhere

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
George Heymont

What happens when a profession becomes obsolete? Or when no one wishes to carry on a tradition? A tiny community of skin divers in the Korean Strait constitutes the last generation that will earn its living underwater.