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Changing dynamics in Asia: the fallout of South Korea’s presidential impeachment

The Presidential impeachment is a landmark in the minds of many Koreans; Park Geun-hye is the first President in the history of South Korea to be successfully impeached through the constitutional court process. The verdict of March 10, 2017 signifies a fundamental change in how the government...

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Age-old tradition and the unbaffling presence of shamanism in Korean politics

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Open almost any textbook on Korean history that includes mention of the nation's ancient origins, and the word “shamanism” is virtually guaranteed to be present in the index. Yet in view of the recent scandal involving the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye and her long-time friend, Choi...

Fifth Nuclear Test: Renewed North Korean Aggression

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On September 9th, North Korea launched its fifth underground nuclear test. Questions have arisen as to how the reclusive state was able to carry out such a test, their largest yet, despite the strict UN sanctions imposed on the nation. Policy makers have been left scrambling for a solution to...

Nuclear bomb over Washington: North Korea releases a new propaganda video

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If the American imperialists provoke us a bit, we will not hesitate to slap them with a pre-emptive nuclear strike […] The United States must choose! It’s up to you whether the nation called the United States exists on this planet or not. These are the words used in the latest North Korean...

What the 50th anniversary since the Cultural Revolution means to China today

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May 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (文化大革命). Initiated by Mao Zedong with his “May 16th Notification,” the Cultural Revolution had the aim of consolidating Mao's authority over the government at a time when he felt the purity of Communist doctrines...

Japan and South Korea agree on new, irrevocable "comfort women" deal

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On December 28th, Japan and Korea reached an agreement that should permanently settle the “comfort women” issue, which has plagued relations between the two East Asian countries for decades. The agreement was reached at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, where Japan's foreign minister,...

South Korea's consecutive rallies against President Park

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On December 5th, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Seoul calling for President Park Geun-hye's resignation over recent pro-labor laws she has pushed forth, as well as for planning to whitewash history textbooks by publishing government-issued texts. According to the BBC, an...