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Is Justice Possible for North Korea's Victims?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 04.19.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

What to do about torture, rape, political prison camps and other atrocities in North Korea? A UN investigative panel says the isolated country is a "totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world" and its abusers must be prosecuted by the International Criminal Court.

Reflections from South Korea

Alexander J. Szikla | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Alexander J. Szikla

As a global leader in the manufacture of automobiles and electronics, South Korea's economy still faces key issues. Home loans demonstrate precisely how the Korean financial sector is underdeveloped.

Military Drills and the Harmful Cycle of Fear

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

It is important to break this cycle and work towards resolving suspicions between the two Koreas. We can works towards reconciliation and have families reunited. We can build bridges between nations and work for peace.

Trading up

China Hands | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
China Hands

Jean Young Koo reports on the Free Trade Agreement between China and South Korea It seems that the world's fastest growing major economy and an Asian...

End The Culture Of Impunity Over Sexual Violence

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

As anchored in the UN Charter, the founding fathers of the UN expressed their determination to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war and reaffirmed the faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person. Based on this spirit, continuous efforts have been placed to promote human rights and democracy across the world since the inception of the United Nations. This is the right path into the future. However, we have to recognize the daunting challenge ahead of us on this journey. This is why the Human Rights Council must play a central role to ensure the success for mainstreaming human rights in the United Nations.

The Issue with South Korea's Cosmetic Surgery Culture Isn't the Actual Surgery

Alicia Chon | Posted 03.17.2014 | College
Alicia Chon

It's not about the type of cosmetic surgery or the motivation behind the decision. It's about the lack of emphasis on one's own beauty.

Alcohol Etiquette: A Guide to Getting Drunk Around the World

Off Track Planet | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Getting drunk is easy. Being a worldly, respectable drunk takes practice.

My Strategic Impatience

John Feffer | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

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.

Ahn-nyong-ha-seh-yo! Introducing HuffPost Korea

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.28.2014 | Media
Arianna Huffington

Ahn-nyong-ha-seh-yo from Seoul. I'm here for the launch of HuffPost Korea, which marks the 11th country where The Huffington Post's hybrid approach to journalism -- as a hub for original reporting and a blogging platform for a range of voices, both new and established -- is expanding the worldwide conversation.

When You Should Call Your Grandparents

Ko Im | Posted 02.26.2014 | Women
Ko Im

Both of my grandfathers are the strong but silent type. One is from the modern-day capital of North Korea before the 38th parallel was drawn. The other has roots in the deep South of the Korean peninsula. Neither are talkers.

What South Korea Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

Posted 03.03.2014 | Healthy Living

The culture that dreamed up K-pop, kimchi and Taekwondo has a lot to teach the rest of the world about health and wellness. In fact, South Korea is ho...

State Department 'Deeply Disappointed' In North Korea

AP | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says it is "deeply disappointed" in North Korea's decision to withdraw for a second time an invitation to a U...

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

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?

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914

John Feffer | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
John Feffer

China and Japan are on a collision course. If they don't find a way to back down and save face, no amount of historical knowledge and mutual commerce will prevent an Asian march of folly.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Angry Workers Swarm Seoul's Streets, Demand President Resign

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.07.2014 | World
Michelle Chen

South Korea may best be known for slick electronics and saccharine pop tunes, but less of that stereotypical effervescence was present in Seoul in Dec...

Kim the Third

John Feffer | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Kim the Third might seem, with his Falstaffian girth, more a figure of humor than a figure to be feared. Appearances have proven deceiving. He has quickly demonstrated that, like his grandfather, he will act decisively and ruthlessly to maintain his perch.

Brazil, Korea: Two Tales of a Macroprudential Regulation

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The pervasiveness and relevance of asset price booms and busts in modern economies has now been fully acknowledged. So has the case for combining prudential regulation and monetary policy in the complementary pursuit of financial and macroeconomic stability.

East Asia Needs United Approach to Climate Change

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Stephen P. Groff

With these numbers in mind, the question is how can the East Asian economies work together to gain maximum benefit from reducing carbon emissions?

Korea's Public Diplomacy Opportunity

Philip Seib | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Philip Seib

As a cornerstone of a state's public diplomacy, being admired for being resolute and standing for something will likely be more valuable than the mere gestures that too often pass for substantive policy.

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

Wait But Why | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Wait But Why

It's a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come -- a true hermit kingdom. So why would an American tourist ever be allowed into the country?

Fighting for Those Who Fight for Us

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

While our nation enjoys time away from work, students are home from school and many are taking advantage of the various Veterans Day sales -- our nation needs to stop and remember the significance of Veterans Day.

Women Divided

Rana Florida | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

For every Sheryl Sandberg advocating women to Lean In, for every Marissa Meyer, the CEO of Yahoo, who's proving that women can have it all, billions of women around the world are not just marginalized but brutally victimized.

How to Karaoke Like a Boss in Seoul

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

There's no better way to end a long night of getting wasted in Seoul than with a few rounds of ear-busting, brain-pounding karaoke. Koreans refer to karaoke as noraebang or "song room," which is exactly where you'll be going with your falsetto-fabulous Korean friends in Seoul.

Taekwondo Fights Its Way to Become One of the Top Sports in Jamaica

Christina Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Christina Brown

If the Jamaican team realizes its potential, black, green and gold colors may someday signify not only speed but also excellence in taekwondo.