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The Former Korean President “Roh” makes confession

April 7, 2009

The former Korean president Roh confessed.  Following the arrest of a key aide, Chung Sang-moon for accepting a bribe, former President Roh Moo-Hyun (Nom Hyun), admitted his wife Kwon Yang-sook received money from Park Yeon-cha, a Busan-based businessman whose confession to a massive network of bribery has shaken the nation over the past months.

Roh posted the statement at 3:28 p.m. April 7th, 2009 on his Web site admitting;

“I want to make public something in advance, Right now, Chung Sang-moon, former Blue House secretary, is being questioned on charges of receiving money from Park. I am concerned that Chung might have testified that he had actually done so. The accusation should be directed toward us, not Chung. My home made the request, received money and used it. We have done so because we still had outstanding debts. I will face legal action in accordance with the case. I apologize again. April 7, 2009.  Roh Moo-Hyun”

*“My home” is referring his wife, taking into account the common usage of the word in the Gyeongsang region, Korea.

So Roh Moo-hyun admitted that he and his wife Kwon Yang-sook took the money because of “outstanding debts.” Didn’t he had enough power to raise money by giving lectures to his supporters so called Roh (No) PPA?

I will elaborate on the details to prosecutors and face legal action in accordance with the case,” he said. 

Yes, Mr. Roh, Nom-hyun, you should be punished for his bribery as he admitted that his wife “Received” money not “borrowed” money from Park. Your CLEAN legacy has officially ended!

Roh PpaIt’s also amazing to see his supporters, Roh Ppa 노빠, react on his confession at discussion board from his website.   It’s almost like N Korean praising Kim Il sung or KJI.  Stupid Roh ppa 노빠들! 

It’s been a long time to see conservative and progressive press view this incident in almost same! Which I interpreted “Shame on you Nom Hyun!”

From the Hankyoreh –  Roh’s clean legacy launching failure

“Former President Roh Moo-hyun has failed to launch himself into a stable, post-presidency orbit because the projectile he and others are riding in was launched by Park Yun-cha. Having witnessed their own failures in leaving a legacy of a clean administration, the country’s former living presidents Kim Dae-jung, Kim Young-sam, Roh Tae-woo, and Chun Doo-hwan declare, “Sure enough, it’s a failure.” (Hankyoreh Geurimpan, 8 April 2009)

From the Chosun Ilbo – Roh started with the show, Ended with the show

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Fox News show bashed Canada

March 26, 2009

Every local media is talking about “Red Eye” this week.  Is this “Red Eye”, of course I never heard of before this, supposed to be a comedy show?  Actually I am not surprised most  American’s ignorance about outside world. (Seriously do they even know their surroundings beyond ten hundred kilometer radius?)   But the level of ignorance is unbelievable from comments are made from the host, Greg Gutfield, and his fellow panelists on national television network, so called Fox News Network, that the Canadian Forces would use the year to “do some yoga, paint some landscapes, and run on the beach”,  “the perfect time to invade this ridiculous country” because “they have no army.”,  “I didn’t even know they were in the war”, and “Canada only has a Police force that rides around on Horses, without bulletproof vests or armored vehicle”…blah blah blah. 

Title on YouTube clip says all about “How to lose friends and alienate countries” 

They just cross the line of humor under the name of “free speech”.    It is just another typical view of Americans on outside world. These people continue to live in a world of their own making – a world in which they are the centre of the universe with all stereotypes aside.

And these people keep forgetting that their own Soldiers are risking their lives or dying to protect the rights of these peoples, idiots, to” free speech”

I do not know much about Canada yet but I know few facts about Canada’s contribution to the world peace including 116 fine Canadian military personnel have given their lives in Afghanistan since 2002. 

 

Cartoon linked from The Vancouver Sun  

Roh Almighty?

June 22, 2007

Conservative‘s view

 

President Roh Moo-hyun addresses public officials, police officers and soldiers, “Stick to the election law and remain politically neutral in elections, even if I’m not willing to commit myself to it.”

President Roh filed a petition with the Constitutional Court on the National Election Commission’s verdicts that he violated the election law with his outspoken criticism against the main opposition Grand National Party and its presidential hopefuls. (English Chosun, 22 June 2007)

On The Progressive Side of View

Speaking at next week’s proposed strike by the Association of Unions of Metalworkers against a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, President Roh tells people to “stop engaging in political strikes” and to “start to think about why people are leaving labor unions.”

Meanwhile, back at the Blue House, the president is unable to figure out why his approval ratings are down and why people keep leaving his political party. (Hankyoreh Geurimpan, 22 June 2007)

Both sides know that Roh is derailed.  It’ll take a while.  But he needs to go through “Rehab”

Here’s this week’s Pick for “TGIF”: Rehab by Amy Winehouse

Oh! If you are in town, you will love to cruise around to feel a mix of jazz style as 10 days of  Vancouver International Jazz Festival kicks off today.

 

TGIF!

Perspectives on FTA impact Contiunes

April 5, 2007

Conservative now sees on FTA 

The Real Stars of the Show is

The Korean and U.S. circus bears look on glumly as their Japanese and German tamers collect buckets of cash from the cheering audience.   Under the just-concluded free-trade agreement with the U.S., Korea will scrap tariffs on made-in-USA Japanese and European cars, which could threaten Korean carmakers, while interest here in the gas-guzzling, clumsy American cars is unlikely to rise. (English Chosun Ilbo, 4 April 2007)

Progressive still sees FTA as

Getting what you pay for, paying for what you get

There’s a Korean expression, “You’ve made someone sick; now give him his medicine.”  That’s what’s happening with the FTA with the United States, since at first people will be given mad cow disease and genetically altered beef “for cheap,” then have to pay “a little more than usual” for their pharmaceutical products. (Hankyoreh Geurimpan, 4 April 2007)

Republic of Korea – The U.S. signed Free Trade Agreement

April 3, 2007

Republic of Korea and The U.S.has signed on Korea Free Trade Agreement following about 10 months of negotiations on Monday April 2nd, 2007.    The agreement stated that “A combined U.S.-South Korean economy would rank third in the world, just behind the European Union and the North American Free Trade Agreement”.  

It might bring benefits to both side that the deal could boost bilateral trade by 20 percent from the current $72 billion a year. The other hand it would eventually devastate the livelihoods of farmers and workers.  

By looking at overwhelming reactions and high praises from Cho, Joong, Dong and the GNP to President Rho, I start to have questions on the deal.   Andy Jackson at the Marmot Hole nicely summarized FTA in Korean Political perspectives.

  

“Are you Happy Now?” President Rho praised by pro-Americans, Conglomates, Conservative party and Press on FTA Agreements (Ohmynews, Apr. 3, 2007)

The key points of the deal include:

■ About 94 per cent of tariffs on commodities will be scrapped within three years.
Autos: Tariffs on passenger cars with an engine capacity of below 3,000CC will be abolished immediately, and within three years for bigger cars. Korea will overhaul and streamline its tax schemes for autos.
Textiles: The US will abolish 61 per cent of tariffs on textiles and garments in terms of its import value, and exclude Korea’s major textile export items such as men’s shirts from the yarn-forward rule of origin.
North Korea: The two countries agreed to establish a “committee on outward processing zones on the Korean Peninsula” which designates outward processing zones on the peninsula under some conditions.
Rice: will be excluded
Beef: Tariffs will be gradually phased out over 15 years. US imports are set to resume imminently.
Agriculture: Korea will maintain current tariffs on oranges, beans, powdered milk and other imported agricultural products.
Services: Korea will not open the education and medical sectors but will gradually move to open accounting, broadcasting services and law.
Pharmaceuticals: Korea will not guarantee the minimum price of new US drugs.
Investor protection: Criteria for indirect expropriation in investor to state dispute cases will be clarified. Both sides agreed to introduce a temporary safeguard measure which controls sudden and massive capital outflows in case of financial crisis.
Disputes: Both sides agree to establish a trade dispute settlement body

Conservatives sees

Looking down at opposition Grand National Party members who hail the conclusion of free trade talks with the U.S. and chanting his name, President Roh Moo-hyun thinks, “Now might be a good time to push for a grand coalition with the GNP again.”  (English Chosun, Apr 3rd, 2007)

Progressives take as

The political newcomer Roh Moo-hyun achieved celebrity status for questioning that held nothing back when it was his turn with former president Chun Doo-hwan, at the time of the “Fifth Republic Hearing” at the National Assembly in the late ’80s.  He might end up having to testify at a similar hearing if one is held about the FTA with the United States, and he might have to give the same kind of answer Chun did to many of the questions he would face: “I have no recollection of that matter.”   (Hankyoreh Geurimpan, 3 April 2007)

And…now Roh Moo-hyun discovers…

Roh Moo-hyun discovers the New World, having arrived on a ship christened “New Progressivism.” The conservative main opposition Grand National Party, and the conservative media are waiting for him with a welcome sign. A serpent named “neoliberalism” waits for him as well. (Hankyoreh Geurimpan, 5 April 2007)