Violence in Seoul as workers hired by leftist mayor destroy conservatives’ tents

Violence in Seoul as workers hired by leftist mayor destroy conservatives’ tents

by WorldTribune Staff, June 25, 2019 Tents erected by conservative activists calling for the release from prison of former President Park Geun-Hye were demolished by government workers deployed by the Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-Soon, according to video and news reports. The government and judiciary under President Moon Jae-In has jailed journalists, controlled social media and […]

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Massive digital messaging may have swept current president to power in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — The ongoing scandal, in which the governor of South Gyeongsang Province, Kim Kyung-Soo — a top ally of President Moon Jae-In, was involved in a computer program that automatically generated millions of “likes” or “dislikes” for polls and postings on individuals and vital topics, may have been […]

Mixed responses in South Korea to sentencing of conservative former president

Mixed responses in South Korea to sentencing of conservative former president

by WorldTribune Staff, April 8, 2018 A panel of three judges at the Seoul Central District Court sentenced former President Park Geun-Hye to 24 years in prison and levied a $16-million fine. The judges on April 6 found Park, 66, guilty of a dozen charges ranging from bribery to coercion, abuse of power and the […]

Lawyers appeal to UN on behalf of conservative South Korean leader

Lawyers appeal to UN on behalf of conservative South Korean leader

by WorldTribune Staff, February 28, 2018 Lawyers representing impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye are asking the UN to help secure her release after prosecutors called for a 30-year sentence and a court in Seoul extended her detention by six months. “The UN is looking at our application urgently and the South Korean authorities need […]

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

Pax Koreana? In their dreams

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Donald Trump doesn’t get it. He warns South Korea about “appeasement,” but who’s appeasing whom? Yes, President Moon Jae-In, hero of the candlelight protests that lofted him as the liberal darling into the presidency after the ouster of the conservative Park Geun-Hye, would love to go down in history […]

Tense Korea: Leftward tilt in Seoul meets with growing public protests

Tense Korea: Leftward tilt in Seoul meets with growing public protests

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2017 North Korea’s nuclear missile threats have dominated world headlines this year, but growing unrest in the South is exacerbating tensions on a peninsula bordering China and Russia and with U.S. forces stationed in the South. Protests against the liberal Moon Jae-In administration are becoming more frequent and show a […]

Leftist in the Blue House in Seoul, but North Korea is still not happy

Leftist in the Blue House in Seoul, but North Korea is still not happy

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2017 North Korea expressed outrage that the new leftist government in South Korea is considering continuing a unification panel set up by former President Park Geun-Hye, based in part on plans adopted for the reuniting of East and West Germany. On May 22, an official with the newly launched government […]

Angered by media bias, older Koreans emerge as new, pro-U.S. political force

Angered by media bias, older Koreans emerge as new, pro-U.S. political force

by WorldTribune Staff, March 23, 2017 Impeached President Park Geun-Hye was a victim of “mob justice” fueled by an antagonistic liberal media in South Korea, Park’s supporters say. “Socrates was put to death, and Jesus crucified, in mob trials,” one of Park’s lawyer, Seo Seok-Gu, told the Constitutional Court, denouncing the National Assembly’s vote to […]

Korea is back in the eye of a perfect storm

Korea is back in the eye of a perfect storm

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thunder clouds are swirling over the Korean peninsula as a perfect storm of political instability and regional geopolitical challenges rumble through South Korea. North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, as well as Chinese bullying, have thrust the region into a dangerous cycle which could affect […]

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dispensing pledges like a jolly Santa Claus pulling Christmas presents from his sled, arrives today (Friday) in Seoul from Tokyo and flies the following day to Beijing. After vowing undying U.S. support to Korea and Japan, he’ll assure China that THAAD presents no […]

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