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The country with the world’s worst drink problem – Al Jazeera English

The country with the world’s worst drink problem – Al Jazeera English

The country with the world’s worst drink problem – Al Jazeera English

“On average, South Koreans consume 14 shots of hard liquor a week, while Americans drink about three and Russians about six, according to Euromonitor statistics.” Source: The country…

Students protecting comfort women statue hope to create national movement – The Hankyoreh

Students protecting comfort women statue hope to create national movement – The Hankyoreh

Students protecting comfort women statue hope to create national movement – The Hankyoreh

“Young South Koreans have been braving the fierce winter winds, protected by just a thin sheet of plastic, in order to guard a statue symbolizing the comfort women that…

Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria – The Independent

Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria – The Independent

Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria – The Independent

“Revealing in detail the consequences of the country’s five-year civil war, the drone footage shows the piles of rubble ruined buildings that Homs — previously Syria…

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

A raucous group of 30, 40 members of a “conservative group” disrupted a petition campaign at the Seoul Station, organized by labour unions, Sewol families, and other civic…

Savage restructure to hit Melbourne Uni staff and students – REDFLAG

Savage restructure to hit Melbourne Uni staff and students – REDFLAG

Savage restructure to hit Melbourne Uni staff and students – REDFLAG

“Melbourne University is planning a fundamental restructuring of tertiary education delivery… The university wants to cut core elements of higher education. In-person lectures will be abolished, lectures…

Palestinians Say Israel Are Preparing To Commit Genocide In Gaza – YourNewsWire

Palestinians Say Israel Are Preparing To Commit Genocide In Gaza – YourNewsWire

Palestinians Say Israel Are Preparing To Commit Genocide In Gaza – YourNewsWire

“Palestinians have expressed their concern that Israel may be on the verge of a new war, which will lead to further genocide for residents living in the Gaza Strip…

The Annex Welcomes Canada’s First LGBTQ2S Youth Shelter – Torontoist

The Annex Welcomes Canada’s First LGBTQ2S Youth Shelter – Torontoist

The Annex Welcomes Canada’s First LGBTQ2S Youth Shelter – Torontoist

Youth shelter in Toronto. “The first of its kind in Canada, the 25-bed LGBTQ2S home will provide housing, training, and the YMCA has already begun to receive applications…

LGBT activists dump jewelry outside Danish embassy to protest seizing of refugees’ valuables – RT UK

LGBT activists dump jewelry outside Danish embassy to protest seizing of refugees’ valuables – RT UK

LGBT activists dump jewelry outside Danish embassy to protest seizing of refugees’ valuables – RT UK

“Activists from Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) threw jewelry on the ground in front of the Danish embassy on Thursday morning to protest controversial new laws which…

10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol – The Guardian

10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol – The Guardian

10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol – The Guardian

“At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the…

Small group of Chicago police cost city millions in settlements – Chicago Tribune

Small group of Chicago police cost city millions in settlements – Chicago Tribune

Small group of Chicago police cost city millions in settlements – Chicago Tribune

A small group of police officers — 124 out of roughly 12,000 in Chicago’s police force — were “identified in nearly a third of the misconduct…

 

The country with the world’s worst drink problem – Al Jazeera English

The country with the world’s worst drink problem – Al Jazeera English

“On average, South Koreans consume 14 shots of hard liquor a week, while Americans drink about three and Russians about six, according to Euromonitor statistics.” Source: The country with the world’s worst drink problem – Al Jazeera English (February 7, 2016…

Students protecting comfort women statue hope to create national movement – The Hankyoreh

Students protecting comfort women statue hope to create national movement – The Hankyoreh

“Young South Koreans have been braving the fierce winter winds, protected by just a thin sheet of plastic, in order to guard a statue symbolizing the comfort women that stands opposite the Japanese embassy in Seoul. Now they are gearing up for “season two” of their efforts to protect the symbol. New efforts for the campaign are to include rallying local citizens to guard similar statues around the country, while sending the message to politicians and the administration that the Dec. 28 agreement reached by the South Korean and Japanese foreign ministers on the comfort women issue is “null and void.” “We are planning to go beyond protecting the statue and work toward kickstarting a national and popular commitment and actions to nullify the…

Yongsan’s ongoing disaster – The Korea Times

“There sits a big empty field in Yongsan, central Seoul, overgrown with weeds and littered with trash. One end of the lot has been taken over by temporary structures boasting model homes found in nicer neighborhoods. A sole excavator sits in the middle, moving dirt around with no clear plans for construction. On this spot seven years ago, six people were killed in the name of urban redevelopment. On Jan. 20, 2009, Korean police initiated a daring operation to break up a rooftop siege in a neighborhood here slated for demolition, lifting a cargo crate full of anti-terrorist cops by crane so they could apprehend the evictee protesters. Things didn’t go as either side planned, with a fire resulting in six…

Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria – The Independent

Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria – The Independent

“Revealing in detail the consequences of the country’s five-year civil war, the drone footage shows the piles of rubble ruined buildings that Homs — previously Syria’s third largest city — has been reduced to. While the video reflects the utter desolation in a city that was once home to more than 650,000 people, peace talks aimed at ending hostilities remain frustratingly unproductive.” It’s eery to know that photography like this was made possible by drones, the same technology that’s responsible for so much destruction in the world. Source: Drone footage reveals devastation of Homs in Syria as Europe’s stance towards refugees toughens — The Independent (February 4, 2016…

Why US military bases in other countries make us (and everyone else) less safe – This Is Hell!

Why US military bases in other countries make us (and everyone else) less safe – This Is Hell!

Podcast Episode 885 of This is Hell! Manufacturing Dissent Since 1996.  “President Obama’s expansion of the footprint of small bases in particular — in Africa, central Europe, and parts of central America — has made it easier for US forces to be engaged in small-scale conflicts and wars, often without much oversight from Congress or the US public. Anthropologist David Vine explains how the 800 US military bases in foreign nations support America’s state of perpetual warfare, by escalating the likelihood of force instead of diplomacy to solve problems, and expanding America’s use of drones and military interventions across the globe, and explains why working for less weapons around the world means fighting war profiteers at home…

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice

Mass Incarceration Since 1492: Native American Encounters With Criminal Injustice

By James Kilgore, author of Understanding Mass Incarceration: A People’s Guide to the Key Civil Rights Struggle of Our Time (The New Press, 2015). “The recent right-wing militia occupation of federal land in Oregon once again reminds us that we actually live in what historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz refers to as the US ‘settler colonial state.’ Amazingly, Ammon Bundy and his clan took over this land with the claim that they were the rightful owners. With typical settler arrogance, they neglected the historical truth — that the Indigenous people of the Northern Paiute nation were there long before a single imperialist ship set sail from Europe. As journalist Simon Moya-Smith has pointed out ‘for Native America being…

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

A raucous group of 30, 40 members of a “conservative group” disrupted a petition campaign at the Seoul Station, organized by labour unions, Sewol families, and other civic groups. The mostly-old-men from the right-wing Ŏbŏi Yŏnhap (Korea Parent Federation) verbally assaulted (epithets accusing the activists of being ‘pro-North Korea’ and contributing to South Korea’s ruination) and damaged signage and picket signs. Thankfully, there were only minor injuries in the altercation. Several of these intruders have been arrested and taken into police custody, but it’s unclear if they’ll face any charges. The police have been woefully inadequate when it comes to these violent right-wing agitators. They’re typically…

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‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

‘세월호 진상규명 서명운동’에 보수단체 폭력 휘두르며 난동 – 민중의소리

A raucous group of 30, 40 members of a “conservative group” disrupted a petition campaign at the Seoul Station, organized by labour unions, Sewol families, and other civic groups. The mostly-old-men from the right-wing Ŏb…

The Failed Radical Possibilities of Queerness in India – Raiot

The Failed Radical Possibilities of Queerness in India – Raiot

“Queerness saved my life. I say this not as a romantic burst of affection for my community, but as a piece of fact about my life. It’s queerness that taught me what it means to scratch together a…

The Unending Korean War – positions: asia critique 23:4

The Unending Korean War – positions: asia critique 23:4

The Korea Policy Institute has shared a special issue of positions: asia critique (volume 23, issue 4) titled, “The Unending Korean War,” edited by Christine Hong and Henry Em. Contributors include Christine Hong, Leonard Rifas, Youngju Ryu, Daniel Kim, Monica…

Montreal revolutionaries, Canadian security and race: An interview with author David Austin – rabble.ca

Montreal revolutionaries, Canadian security and race: An interview with author David Austin – rabble.ca

“… Montreal writer David Austin published Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal, a groundbreaking work that details the significant breadth and scope of Black Power activism in Montreal in the 1960s and 1970s…

자료실 – 서울대학교 인권센터

자료실 – 서울대학교 인권센터

Program booklet distributed at a forum on hate crimes. All-star cast of activist scholars and legal experts discussing hate expressions, speeches, and violences committed against racialized immigrants, disabled people, sexual minorities, and others. Also addressed are proposed policy responses…

Spaces of protest and ‘comfort woman’ statues

Spaces of protest and ‘comfort woman’ statues

What fascinating spatial politics and powerful images. Protesters recreated the iconic “comfort woman” statue as part of a demonstration outside the Japanese Embassy in London on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. This is the first time I’ve…

‘OK, Dad. Why did you kill Spanish in our family?’ – Public Radio International

“My father killed Spanish years before I was born. Three years, in fact. 1978. The year my sister came into the world. To the best of our knowledge that’s when Spanish in our family stopped. But I…

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei poses as a drowned Syrian refugee toddler – The Washington Post

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei poses as a drowned Syrian refugee toddler – The Washington Post

“The heartbreaking image of a dead 3-year old Syrian refugee who was drowned in the Mediterranean sea last year just got a huge artistic tribute. Last week, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei closed his eyes and lay face down…

형이랑 처음 만난 날 – 허핑턴포스트

형이랑 처음 만난 날 – 허핑턴포스트

Cute story. “잠깐 보는 사이에 형이 내가 참 좋아하는 인상이라는 걸 알 수 있었다. 보통 사진만 본 후의 첫만남에서 진짜 괜찮은 사람이 나오는 건 (일반들의 소개팅에서도 비슷하겠지만) 열에 하나 정도 되려나. 그런데 그 사람이 날 마음에 들어 할 확률도 열에 하나일 테니, 둘의 쿵짝이 잘 맞으려면 100번은 사람을 만나봐야 한다는 게 그때나 지금이나 내 생각이다. 아마 형을 만난 그때가 내 100번째 차례였나 보다.” Source: 형이랑 처음 만난 날 – The Huffington Post Korea (January 29, 2016…

The Decolonial Atlas – Re-imagining the world

The Decolonial Atlas – Re-imagining the world

“The Decolonial Atlas, started in 2014, is an attempt to bring together maps which, in some way, challenge our relationships with the land, people, and state. It is based on the premise that there is no such thing as…

Train Versus Pedestrian on Valley Boulevard – KCET

Train Versus Pedestrian on Valley Boulevard – KCET

By Alex Espinoza. “That whistle, so mournful, so aching. I heard it at night as I slept with the windows open on summer evenings in our house in La Puente. I used to imagine those trains travelling through mountains…

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

East of East: Mapping Community Narratives

“East of East” is a series of original essays about people, things, and places in South El Monte and El Monte. The material traces the arrival and departures of ethnic groups, the rise and decline of political movements, the creation…

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