Meetings between South Korean President Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Abe, and U.S. President Obama this week come at a particularly opportune time. Divisions between America's two strongest Asian allies undermines U.S. strategic objectives, and benefits one primary regional and global player: China
On Monday, March 17, Chen Chuandong, a counsellor at China's mission in Geneva, publicly rejected allegations of North Korean human rights abuses. In his speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, he called the allegations "divorced from reality."
A major flaw in the approach the United States has taken toward North Korea is the "all-or-nothing" attitude. Either North Korea agrees at the beginning that it will give up its entire nuclear program or all bets are off.
The ILLITERACY is the state of mind occupied by all the people in this country who are either functionally or de facto illiterate. Sure there are tho...
In one year, three missionaries were detained in North Korea from America, South Korea and Australia.
Outside visitors are allowed to visit North Korea, their visits categorized into different streams: journalism, charity, tourism, family reconnection. The last category intrigued us. What would it be like to know your family was living in such a place?
The worst thing we can do is ignore the problem in North Korea and hope it goes away on its own. We must not take this information and move on with our lives. What if the world passively looked on as Hitler made his march through Europe and just hoped for the best?
This week bore witness to a variety of global crises, some brewing, others resolved. Even so, their urgency was punctuated by heavy-hitting players and high-friction plays.
Murder, enslavement, torture, rape, and enforced disappearance are just a few of the "unspeakable atrocities" cataloged in an unprecedented U.N. report on North Korea. In short, you can control 25 million people if you kill, maim and imprison enough of them. And if your neighbor, in this case China, cuts off escape routes.
Public criticism of its human rights record by international bodies, such as the United Nations, and individual states, such as the Unite States, usually causes North Korea to deny it, then fume, and then continue or escalate the abusive practices just to spite the international community.
Early last year, I was being interviewed regarding my book on Kim Jong Il. At one point, the host referred to Kim Jong Il as a "campy" figure. "That's a very unfortunate choice of words," I told her. Her mortification was immediate and apparent.
Just as the seemingly impregnable Honecker regime rapidly disintegrated along with the Berlin Wall in November 1989, the Kim dynasty in North Korea has been expected to collapse at any minute. This minute, of course, has lasted for more than two decades.
It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?
We are an America that, right now, is reluctant to fully embrace a world leadership role, but not quite ready to abandon it. We're far from isolationist, but we're not that interested in policing the world either.
I worried that we were going to slide into deeper economic turmoil and perhaps even violence. I feared that our division was aiding a gradual slide into plutocracy -- governance by the elite, the super wealthy. In other words, we were being divided and conquered.
Ironically, the exaggeration of Jang Seong-taek's power and influence by the foreign media might have been a contributing factor in his downfall.