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An Open Letter From Korea's Gay Protesters

HuffPost Korea | Dohoon Kim | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Editor's note: This past Saturday, dozens of activists converged on Seoul's City Hall for a sit-in protesting the actions of Seoul's mayor, Won Soon P...

Does Child-like Thinking Produce Innovative Designs?

Soren Petersen | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Soren Petersen

We all marvel at the creativity of children because they are full of energy, uninhibited and inquisitive. When they draw, the worlds they invent ma...

Solar Seoul Shows How Eco-Friendly Cities Can Work

Park Won-soon | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Park Won-soon

Committed to building a city that is safe from the threat of power crises, self-sufficient in energy and responsible for its energy use, we are exploring ways to generate energy in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. For example, we are installing mini-photovoltaic power stations on the rooftops of school buildings, apartments, and other structures, taking the maximum advantage of our high population and building density.

South Korea's New Hybrid Media: Wall Posters Gone Viral

Seung-yoon Lee | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Seung-yoon Lee

It is ironic that the 'most wired' society is picking up pen and paper once again.

Seoul in a State of War

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 06.09.2013 | World
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

South Korea is always in a state of war with its Northern neighbor. Today is no different from yesterday, last year, or even 10 years ago. Tomorrow, next week, next year will follow the same pattern.

Artist Makes Masterpieces From Newspapers

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 09.11.2012 | Arts

At first glance, Korean artist Kyu-Hak Lee's mixed media mosaics come off as fairly straightforward recreations of iconic works of art. But upon close...

The First OWS Mayor

John Feffer | Posted 01.08.2012 | World
John Feffer

Park Won Soon is certainly not the first civil society organizer to win political office in Korea. But he may be the first to combine a reformist platform with a commitment to revolution – a revolution in social values.

A One-Man Protest-On-Demand Movement

ARTINFO | Posted 12.26.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

As Occupy Wall Street's art-world spin-offs take to the streets in New York by occupying major museums and gallery spaces, a single South Korean artis...

South Korean Maestro Conducts North Korean Orchestra

AP | Posted 11.16.2011 | Arts

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea says a prominent South Korean maestro has conducted two orchestras in the North in a sign of easing tensions between...

Is North Korea's Bark Worse Than Its Bite?

Eric Margolis | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Is North Korea really the dire threat that Washington claims it is?. In truth, many moderate Koreans take a less alarmist view of the North. They tend to see the North rattling its cage to get food and fuel from the US, South Korea and Japan.

Commentary: New Policies for the "Third Billion"

Carol Peasley | Posted 09.06.2011 | Impact
Carol Peasley

"Have you thought about making shoes as well as bags?" Such was the advice of Bedriye, one of our Turkish participants at the Global Women in Management (GWIM) workshop.

10 Sustainable Cities

Eva Maddox | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Eva Maddox

Sustainable cities -- or eco-cities -- cropping up across the globe may hold the answers to the challenges presented by swelling urban populations.

G20: Why Failure Wouldn't Be the End of the World

Time | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In fact, there's not likely to be much more than rhetorical consensus on reducing imbalances. And the remainder of the G20 agenda, which includes tryi...

Technology Lessons from Seoul, South Korea

Darrell West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Darrell West

It is humbling to be an American technology expert visiting Seoul, South Korea. In case you don't know it, that Asian city has the world's fastest b...

Video: Obama Visits South Korea

MSNBC | MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Obama arrived today in Seoul, South Korea, the last scheduled stop on his Asian tour. A big part of his agenda is North Korea, reports CNBC'...

New Jersey-based Covance expanding clinical trial operations

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Princeton-based company has provided clinical trial support to the pharmaceutical industry in Asia-Pacific for more than two decades, with ...

Video: President Obama Arrives in South Korea

MSNBC | MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

President Obama has arrived in Seoul for talks focusing on the economy. CNBC's John Harwood has the details. (CNBC) Seoul - John Harwood - South...

In Seoul, Obama takes on North Korea's nuclear challenge

WorldFocus.org | WorldFocus.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Obama administration is trying tackle the thorny issue of North Korea and its nuclear program. To take a closer look at this issue, Leon Sigal of ...

Disgraced cloning expert convicted in South Korea

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean stem cell scientist once hailed as a hero for bringing hope to people with incurable diseases and creating the world's first cloned dog was convicted Monday on criminal charges related to faked research, but avoided jail.

The Seoul Central District Court sentenced Hwang Woo-suk to two years in prison for embezzling research funds and illegally buying human eggs. However, it suspended the penalty, allowing him to stay free if he breaks no laws for three years.

Prosecutors had asked for four years in prison, but Judge Bae Ki-yeol said the 56-year-old scientist had shown remorse and had notable achievements in dog cloning.

Hwang, who appeared confident as he walked into the courthouse, made no comment as he left. His lawyer, Yoo Chul-min, suggested in an interview with the YTN television network that he would not appeal, saying Hwang had been unable to concentrate on his research because of the "time-consuming" trial.

Prosecutors were not immediately available for comment late Monday.

Kirilenko, Hantuchova reach quarters at Korea Open

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Defending champion Maria Kirilenko of Russia advanced to the Korea Open quarterfinals on Thursday by beating Francesca Schiavone, who retired with an injury early in the second set.

Kirilenko was leading the third-seeded Schiavone 6-1, 1-2 in the second round when the Italian, who had taken a medical time-out in the first set with an apparent right thigh injury, retired.

Kirilenko will next play seventh-seeded Vera Dushevina of Russia, who beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-1.

Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia also advanced, defeating Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-1, 6-1.

Hantuchova, who did not face a break point, will next face Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan, who saved a match point before eliminating fifth-seeded Alisa Kleybanova of Russia 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Tokyo bidders increase push to host 2016 Olympics

AP | KAORI HITOMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tokyo should host the 2016 Olympics because it has the most compact set up, the most experience and will be the best stage for the world's athletes, one of Japan's top sports figures and bid backers said Thursday.

Mikako Kotani, an Olympic bronze medalist in synchronized swimming and the head of the athletes' commission for the Tokyo 2016 bid committee, said she has big hopes that Japan's capital will beat out Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid when the final decision is made on the host site next Friday.

"We have the experience to make the competition go smoothly," she said in an interview with The Associated Press, noting that Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Games. "We will be using some stadiums and venues from 1964. ... It will be very special for the Japanese athletes and for the younger generation."

Kotani, who won her bronze in Seoul in 1988, said that Tokyo's plans would have all the athletes staying within 10 minutes of their competition venues, a factor she expected will boost performances by allowing the Olympians more time to focus on their sports and less on traveling.

"As an athlete, this is very important," she said.

World stocks fall amid stimulus withdrawal jitters

AP | KELLY OLSEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SEOUL, South Korea – Most Asian stock markets fell Thursday amid a big drop in oil prices and as investors worried that support measures for the fragile global economy will be withdrawn too quickly.

The declines came after the Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged at a regular meeting in Washington Wednesday, as widely expected, and said the pace of economic activity has "picked up" since its last meeting in August.

But the Fed also said it said it would again slow some of its purchases of mortgage-backed securities, which have been part of the extraordinary support the central bank has given the U.S. economy over the past year.

Investors have focused on when central bankers and governments will begin to unwind some of the measures they have taken to boost the global economy since the onset of the global financial crisis one year ago.

"I think people get scared when the central bankers talk about the withdrawal from the market," said Francis Lun, general manager at Fulbright Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong "I think investors got coddled by the government for too long."

North Korea Says It's Open To New Dialogue On Nukes

AP | JAE-SOON CHANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said Monday that it is open to new dialogue to defuse tensions over its nuclear weapons program in what appeare...

Korean armies face off but repeat of war unlikely

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

North Korea's barrage of missile tests and a recent underground nuclear blast have unnerved many South Koreans. Yet for all the scaremongering on the Korean peninsula, an all-out attack by either side is unlikely.

Six decades ago, communist North Korea caught South Korea and its American allies off guard with an invasion that sent more than 180,000 troops and 240 Soviet-made tanks storming across the frontier, setting off a war that devastated the Korean peninsula.

Such a surprise attack wouldn't be easy today: Tens of thousands of South Korean troops stand guard along the 154-mile (248-kilometer) border, the world's most fortified. Watchposts and barbed wire line roads heading south, and huge blocks of concrete are ready to be dropped to obstruct the advancement of communist tanks.

South Korea's 650,000 forces are bolstered by 28,500 American troops in the country. The U.S. also has F-16 jets and A-10 attack aircraft in South Korea, while its F-16s in Japan could reach North Korea in an hour.

"I'm sure that the North Koreans know very well that they cannot win," said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul's University of North Korean Studies.

Kim Jong Il Convalescing By The Sea

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has been living at an east coast villa since mid-May and is likely convalescing after repor...