In this blog, we report on developments in and around North Korea, including the broader security setting and political, economic and social change in the country.
Marcus Noland: Executive Vice President & Director of Studies at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
Stephan Haggard: Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the University of California, San Diego Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies
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An ant asked the echo of a dinosaur: "Why do you eco around the same mountain year after year if there are so many other mountains around you?"
The dinosaur answered: "This is what the ancient dinosaurs programmed me to do".
?: Is the black ink on the white paper more important than the tears on the cheeks of a little girl who just lost her entire family because a dinosaur is fighting for tomorrows oil?
Who do you choose to be: the dinosaur-echo or the ant?
Dear friends and family, life has never been clear cut. Are we learning how to move forward in a better way as a global civilization? Is it ever enough?
Step into their shoes and you will change your mind.......
Let there be a tomorrow for the poor........please......
Name….Achiri Arnold Nji
The world is in a very “hot state” right now. Geopolitical tensions and wars are everywhere. Hunger and diseases are killing the “African Dream”. Climate change has made many settlers to say “ADIEU” to their lands. Areas which were formally great lakes are now “Great deserts”, the “Ice Mountains” of the Arctic are becoming just “Ice hills”. Religious ideologies and misinterpretation of beliefs and traditional practices are gradually pushing the world into a “War of Religions”. The world of 2099 depends on what individuals, organizations and governments decide to do today. All the problems of the world of today are the results of a misguided educational system. The educational system of today is so job oriented that every scholar goes to school just to make sure that he/she gets a good job in future. Little is done to remedy the social problems plaguing society. A few years…Continue
Press this guitar and tears will pour forth: A ballad of labour rights abuses in South Korea.
There is no doubt South Korea has earned its title as one of the Four Asian Tigers, alongside the other economic success stories of Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The four have industrialized their economies remarkably quickly and maintained a significantly strong growth rate between the early 1960s and the 1990s, and the Republic of Korea is the 12th largest global economy today (Forbes, 2013). This meteoric rise can be attributed to a few key factors, but one of the less commonly cited ones is the “rather unique social and political arrangement between the state, capital and labour.” In fact, this factor can be said to have been critical to the nation’s economic success as it would not have been possible without a “strict enforcement of state corporatism in which… labour was pacified through control and coercion”. (Kim, 2000)
There is a vague effort underway to assert that such rights exist and are universal.One may prepare such a list of rights, but try and rank them in order of priority!I am rather fatigued by those who pontificate and then do not make their list.Here…Continue
Dear All, I am studying at the University of Amsterdam, finishing my masters in Political Science this June. I was wondering if anyone has studied online political activism in democratic policy-making process recently, and if so, would you be up for…Continue