Tag Archives: Korea

Infidel Links, Rainy Days and Mondays Edition

18 Feb

SF Kossacks4,000 Show Up Sunday for Keystone XL Pipeline Protest in San Francisco (via Daily Kos)
People Skills (via Lawyers, Guns, and Money)

Now we learn of Yale’s plans to train soldiers in “people skills” on our campus only two months before the center is scheduled to open. There was no conversation with the city about how this might impact its immigrant community. There was no conversation with students and faculty about how it might impact campus culture. And there was no conversation at all about the ethics of a project like this. It’s hard to understand where this project came from; the university’s motivations are wholly opaque.

It seems the interrogators have schooled Yale already.

A Few Personal Notes on Pope Benedict’s Resignation (via The Volokh Conspiracy)

The Vatican would make an amazing museum as long as all those dead bodies in red robes are removed. But, all Lutheran humor aside, give the man some credit.

Benedict also seemed like an eminently holy and gentle man. But he is a Pope that I experienced through his words and intellect. And for that I’ll personally miss him and what he meant to the Church. As I understand it, he will continue to write. But I can say with certainty that had he never been Pope I would never have come across his writings. And that has made all the difference.

And, Brendan Michael Dougherty has some provocative, old school words I can appreciate – I prefer my foes to be honest.

If Korea Were to Unite… (via The Diplomat)

The primary threat to this policy remains nationalism, which will constantly push Korea to adopt a more assertive foreign policy. Maintenance of neutrality will require all the tact, restraint, and subtlety that Seoul can muster.

We’re all screwed.


Tony Namkung

5 Feb

Tony Namkung is a throwback to a northeastern Asian region in the late 19th/early 20th century where Westphalian notions of sovereignty bowed to ideological opportunism, expansionism, and pure hatred. Koreans served both the Chinese Communists and the Nationalists, as well as forming guerrilla bands against the Japanese in Manchuria. A minority made a bargain with the Soviet Union. When the Soviets crushed the Kwantung army in Manchuria and drove down the Korean peninsula, these opportunists, inculcated with the briefest of an education in Marxism-Leninism, became the puppet rulers of a Korean state situated in the only part of Korea the Soviets or imperial Japan thought useful, the industrialized, mineral-rich North.

Kim Il-sung and his fellow opportunists developed a real talent for depicting themselves as the new emperors in the sinocentric world while recognizing the need to take any kind of economic aid from the Soviets, and later the Chinese Communists. Marxist rhetoric became the lingua franca of gratitude in this unhappy family of states each one of which believed itself to be the center of the region, the Marxist movement, and the world. The Cold War simplified this bizarre diplomatic fuzziness, by creating the good guys vs. the bad guys split, which rhetorically was a matter of where one sat, in Pyongyang or in Washington (or, Beijing, Seoul, or Tokyo). The end of the Cold War has prompted a reversion to the norm.

Enter Tony Namkung (via Choson Exchange).

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Infidel Links, 10-29-12

29 Oct

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US detention of Imran Khan part of trend to harass anti-drone advocates (Glenn Greenwald)

On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was "interrogated on [his] views on drones" and then added: "My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop." He then defiantly noted: "Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance."

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