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Welcome to Korea, Sparkling!…Not

November 5, 2010

It was really disgusted to get this kind of news from Korea.  Is Korea still in 60’s and 70’s era?  The paper saying that drawing on public signboards is an offense in Korea in which the offender receives a fine.  I would believe it would be same for many countries that many offenders charged with vandalism by paying do not face jail time.  Although an arrest-warrant request was rejected by a local court, Seoul Metropolitan Police requested a warrant for the college lecturer’s arrest, arguing that it was a conspiracy to obstruct the G-20 summit.

By Jang Bong-kun

In the upper panel, a college lecturer paints a mouse on the signboard promoting the G-20 Summit in Seoul in front of Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong, Seoul.

A policeman spots him and calls to report the scene, saying, “Someone is drawing on the sacred promotional material for the G-20!”

In the lower panel, an agent part of the illegal surveillance of civilians gives an order on his daepo phone, unregistered phone, saying, “Request a warrant for arrest!”

The lecturer reportedly said that he drew a mouse to satirize the Lee Myung-bak government’s fixation on the G-20 summit. The letter ‘G’ sounds similar to the Korean word gwi, mouse, and President Lee has been called “Gwi Myung-bak” by the opponents.

It just ridiculous response by the police!  See how citizen’s response to this incident, that’s your lesson 2MB “Gwi” admin.

So long DJ!

August 23, 2009

Tens of thousands of mourners gathered Sunday for the funeral of the late former President Kim Dae-jung (1924-2009) to pay a final tribute to the iconic statesman…The former president pioneered the South’s “Sunshine Policy” of engagement with the North and he spent his life pursuing democracy and reunification. (Read rest of article here)

His life was a series of improbable escapes from assassination attempts, a death sentence, and long periods in prison and in exile, before he was recognised as one of Asia’s all-time champions of democracy.

For sure, Kim Dae-Jung was a great statesmen and a leader for Korean.  My sincere respect for not giving up his conviction for freedom and contribute on progress of inter-Korean cooperation.  However, his Sunshine policy did not help any human right issues in N. Korea at all.  And despite billions of dollars of aid and goodwill gestures, N. Korean leader Kim Jong-Il never gave up his nuclear ambition.

My condolences to all of DJ’s family and his followers.  Farewell and RIP, DJ!

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

Canada ranked at 11th peaceful country

May 22, 2008

According to THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Canada has slipped out of a rating of the world’s top 10 most peaceful countries.  Canada ranked 8th last year’s index but ranked at 11th place this year mainly because of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

The Global Peace Index, which ranks a number of internal and external factors, found Scandinavian countries among the most peaceful, taking the top three spots.   The index, now in its second year, ranks countries according to their relative states of peace, based on factors such as military expenditure and respect for human rights, the homicide rate and other things.

This year, Iceland was selected the most peaceful place, beating last year’s winner Norway, which came in third. Denmark was No. 2.   The released index ranked Japan at 5th one up from last year and Korea at 32nd two spot higher than last year and China at 67th.   The world police, the United States, ranked at 97th one place lower than last year, a ranking that had it behind countries such as Kuwait, Nicaragua and Libya and way below countries such as Costa Rica, Madagascar and Chile.   The articel says well about the US rank that

“The U.S. has done some NASTY things geopolitically, and it ranks poorly because of its high military spending, but that’s a little unfair as they are the ones that keep the world’s waterways free, and play a role in protecting global assets.”

Israel, Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia and Iraq were at the bottom of the list. 

Here’s some countries on Global Peace Index Rankings.
Rank         Country
  1              Iceland
  2              Denmark
  3              Norway
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  5              Japan
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11              CANADA
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32              Korea, Republic of
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36              France
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67              China
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 97             U.S.A.
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133            North Korea
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139            Somalia
140            IRAQ

Immigrant cultures under fire

September 26, 2007

Canada has often been described as the mosaic society reflecting a vast diversity of cultural heritages and racial groups; a global village of varied traditions and faiths; a nation created by immigration from all around the world.

In reality, according to 24Hr newspaper,

… the debate raging through Quebec over how far society should go to accommodate immigrants’ religious and cultural practices could soon spill over to the rest of Canada.  

A majority surveyed Canadian believe that the country should draw a limit on allowances for religious and cultural activities (including prayer space) in public schools, hospitals, workplaces and during sports activities. 

Across the country, 53 per cent of Canadians said they felt immigrants must fully adapt to the country’s culture, compared to only 18 per cent who felt the notion of reasonable accommodation reflected their views.  Full article 

So, are they against, Multiculturalism in Canada?

Here in Vancouver, one of famous radio commentator/a top music promoter, Bruce Allen is under fire for his remarks aired Sep. 13th on his minute long show “Reality Check” on CKNW radio against Sikh- and Muslim Canadians.  His view might reflects those 53 per cent of Canadian.

In his minutes-long daily editorial,  Bruce Allen cited Sikh uproar with Passport Canada when children wearing kerchiefs in their photos were denied documentation, and controversy surrounding berka-clad women’s right to vote without revealing their faces.
Sep 13th. Reality Check

“If you choose to come to a place like Canada, then shut up and fit in … these are the rules,” he said in his broadcast rant. “There’s the door. If you don’t like the rules, hit it. We don’t need you here.”

Richmond MP Raymond Chan filed papers yesterday requesting the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission  investigate Bruce Allen’s remark and added he would urge the 2010 organizing committee to strip Bruce Allen of his high-profile position if he does not retract his remarks and make a public apology.

Canada, as far as I know, promotes multiculturalism.   And we Canadian celebrate and respect multiculturalism.   As an immigrant and a minority to the society,  Bruce Allen’s remarks crossed a step over the line of fire and believe he may have offended Sikh- and Muslim Canadians as there is no law stating voters have to be identified by their faces and no law forcing Sikhs to change their last names, as he inferred.  But, I also agree the part of Bruce Allen’s view regarding the rules, as the fundamental value of society, that immigrants also have to adopt local customs, laws and values.  Isn’t it the principle 101 to any society or country? 

<update> Bruce Allen’s words about it on Sep 26, 2007