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North Korea Tourism Is Ethical and Important

James Carli | Posted 11.24.2014 | Travel
James Carli

The assumption that all North Korean citizens are inseparable from their government is understandable considering everything we hear about the country in Western media. But North Koreans are human, just like us, and possess a powerful curiosity.

Japan's Real National Security Challenge -- and What It Means For America

Aki Peritz | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Aki Peritz

Tokyo's greatest national security challenge isn't actually Beijing or Pyongyang. Rather, it's the rapidly aging population that seriously undermines Japan's long-term ability to adequately protect itself.

The Scoop on Poop in South Korea

Mimsie Ladner | Posted 11.10.2014 | Travel
Mimsie Ladner

I sip my latte and stifle a chuckle as I take in my surroundings at Ddoong Cafe in the Ssamzigil shopping complex in central Seoul. Colorful mini plungers hang delicately from a tree in the corner and old-fashioned squat toilets are placed tastefully throughout the shop.

South Korea Fires Warning Shots Near North Korean Border

AP | By KIM TONG-HYUNG | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean troops fired warning shots Monday after North Korean soldiers approached too close to the border separating t...

Letter From Seoul

John Feffer | Posted 11.06.2014 | World
John Feffer

For more than half a millennium, this narrow alleyway in the heart of Seoul stretched for several kilometers. Today, only a tiny stretch of Pimatgol remains, along with a wooden gate that leads into a half-block of modern storefronts. The fate of Pimatgol reflects the forward-looking trajectory of South Korea.

This South Korean Priest Runs A Restaurant That Only Serves The Poor

HuffPost Korea | Bokkie Kwon | Posted 10.30.2014 | World

At the Dandelion Noodle restaurant in South Korea, the customers are either homeless or struggling financially. The owner Youngnam Suh doesn’t charg...

North And South Korea Exchange Gunfire Along Border

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 10.20.2014 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Troops from the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in ...

Top North Korea Officials Make Rare Visit To South Korea

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG | Posted 10.06.2014 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's presumptive No. 2 and other members of Pyongyang's inner circle made a surprise trip Saturday to South Korea...

Cell Phones, the COP and ISIS

Edward Goldberg | Posted 10.09.2014 | World
Edward Goldberg

As the world becomes more chaotic, what should the role of the United States be?

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.

To Reunify Korea, Start From Kaesong

Seok-Hyun Hong | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Seok-Hyun Hong

Rhetoric on the Korean peninsula is not the whole reality. For over a decade, one project has shown how both Koreas can cooperate to their mutual gain. The joint venture Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), a short drive from Seoul just across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), has weathered many storms.

7 Things The World Can Learn From Korea

HuffPost Korea | Carol Lee | Posted 08.26.2014 | World

With the fastest Internet in the world and about 98 percent of homes wired for Internet access, Korea is one of the most plugged-in nations in the wor...

Kerry Reaffirms 'Ambitious Agenda' of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

East-West Center | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
East-West Center

In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then.

This Traditional Korean Candy Cutter Makes 'Sweet' Music While She Works

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Arts

Chances are you're familiar with the little ditty "Whistle While You Work" from the 1937 Disney movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." While we w...

Pope Tells Koreas To Avoid 'Fruitless' Shows Of Force

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion

DAEJEON, South Korea (AP) — Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and re...

Pope Francis Should 'Go To The Margins' On Korea Visit: Activists

National Catholic Reporter | Thomas C. Fox | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion

This piece originally appeared in the National Catholic Reporter. SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA When Pope Francis arrives here Thursday, he will encounter a v...

The Romance of Seoul and the 'New Korean'

Michael Hurt | Posted 10.12.2014 | Style
Michael Hurt

A long time ago, in a Korea of another age, Seoul was a truly conservative, extremely reserved place where people didn't hold hands and certainly never hugged or kissed in public. But Korea has developed into a consumer economy based on choice, freedom and the ability to indulge one's carnal urges.

Pope Francis Heads To South Korea On First Asia Trip

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Pope Francis departs next week (Aug. 14) on a five-day trip to South Korea, his first to Asia and the start of an important new papal focus on t...

61 Years After Armistice: Korea's Gratitude, Pride, and Hope for the Future

Ahn Ho-young | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
Ahn Ho-young

President Obama recently designated July 27 as "Korean War Veteran's Armistice Day." In the days since, I have found myself reflecting on the meaning of the Armistice and on the effect it has had on my country in the intervening 60 years. Three key words emerge in my reflection.

Open Letter To The Korean President: 61 Years After Armistice, Democracy Is More Vital Than Ever

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

It is my hope that the 33,686 US soldiers who gave their lives in Korea, together with another 8,176 US soldiers who were missing in action, did not make the ultimate sacrifice in defense of your freedom to enable freedom's destruction under your government.

The World Cup and Baseball

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

This is, of course, a false contrast as baseball is popular in much East Asia, the Caribbean and increasingly in a few other countries besides the US. Soccer, while the world's most popular sport has failed to catch on in many parts of South Asia and is one of several popular sports in Australia, parts of East Asia and North America.

Call a Slave a Slave

Alexis Dudden | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Alexis Dudden

Importantly, matters now go far beyond the Abe administration's demonstrated strategy of blaming the victim for the crime and semantic brinksmanship. Under Abe, Japan will select from international law at whim.

Letter from Seoul: China and South Korea vs. Japan and North Korea?

Dr. Jin Park | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Dr. Jin Park

China's continuous rise and China's active strategic engagement with South Korea are increasingly challenging the basis of the U.S.-Japan-South Korea cooperative triangle in Northeast Asia. South Korea, on its part, is also upgrading its cooperation with China on economic partnership, a political dialogue (to persuade North Korea to renounce its nuclear ambition) and on the historical posture vis-a-vis Japan.

America Is Number One, Always

Blake Henderson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Let me start off by saying that I don't really care for numbers. Never have. But there's one number that I know in my heart to be true: that America is number one.

That's Gross!? -- Eating Internationally

Kevin Richberg | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

In this Moments in Travel I visit the Jagalchi Fish Market in Busan, South Korea, escorted by a group of local hospitality students. They introduce me to a fundamental staple of Korean cuisine, fresh seafood, so fresh in fact, that pieces of it are still "alive" when I consume it...