Lawyers group seeking interview with North Korean restaurant defectors – The Hankyoreh

Lawyers group seeking interview with North Korean restaurant defectors – The Hankyoreh

Strange story, turning even stranger. Announced just days before the South Korean general elections, this sensational news story had suspicious (auspicious?) timing to begin with. National security and NK issues tend to help drive votes towards the conservative ruling party, so the news that a group of 13 North Koreans — all employees at the Ryukyung Restaurant in Ningbo, China — had defected en masse to South Korea seemed a little… convenient. I’ve been hearing more about this so-called defection over the last few weeks, including…

In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change – NPR

In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change – NPR

Pretty superficial story, though with focus on a particular neighbourhood. It’s not just about low birthrates (which makes things sound “natural”) but also capitalism’s pursuit of low-wage (migrant) labour. Read the full transcript or listen. Source: In Homogeneous South Korea, A Multicultural Village Hints At Change – NPR (May 15, 2016…

Korean-German denied entry for Gwangju massacre anniversary conference – The Hankyoreh

Korean-German denied entry for Gwangju massacre anniversary conference – The Hankyoreh

Lee had been officially invited to attend the Asia Forum, which will open in Gwangju on May 17, organized by the May 18 Memorial Foundation. He had been planning to stay in South Korea until May 19, during which time he would have attended the May 18 memorial ceremony and given a presentation about the democratization movement in Germany since the 1980s. Lee has visited South Korea in 1990, 1994, 2004 and 2010, and this is the first time he has been refused entry. After being sent to Germany as…

A life sentence from birth – story of a South Korean conscientious objector – Amnesty International

A life sentence from birth – story of a South Korean conscientious objector – Amnesty International

Published a year ago, but still relevant. “In South Korea, a majority of conscientious objectors are Jehovah’s Witnesses. The country imprisons more people for their conscientious objection to military service than the rest of the world put together – with at least 600 men mostly aged between 20 and 24 currently in jail.” Song In-ho, 25, is waiting for a court ruling on his decision to refuse military service in South Korea, and will be jailed once his claim is rejected. To mark the International Day of…

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) against homophobia

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) against homophobia

The photo and message below was posted on Facebook (May 17, 2016) and states that the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) stands in solidarity with LGBTQ/sexual minorities in fighting against homophobia. The post also states: “KCTU is a labour union that welcomes sexual minority workers. We will play our role as a democratic union that pursues the rights of sexual minorities.” This is big deal. It really is remarkable, I think, given the long history of masculinist militancy, misogyny, and sexual violence within the labour movement…

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Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) against homophobia

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) against homophobia

The photo and message below was posted on Facebook (May 17, 2016) and states that the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) stands in solidarity with LGBTQ/sexual minorities in fighting against homophobia. The post also states: “KCTU is a labour union that welcomes sexual minority workers. We will play our role as a democratic union that pursues the rights of sexual minorities.” This is big deal. It really is remarkable, I think, given the long history of masculinist militancy, misogyny, and sexual violence within the labour movement…

Open Letter in Support of Students and Faculty in University of Hyderabad by Concerned Academics in Canada – Stand with HCU | Justice for Rohith

“We, academics from Canada strongly condemn the police brutality unleashed on students and faculty at University of Hyderabad (UoH). This attack is a part of the recent spate of attacks on students and faculty across Indian universities. In the recent years we have seen the derecognition of Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) in IIT-Madras, the clamping down of student protestors in FTII Pune, the suspension of five Dalit research scholars in University of Hyderabad including Rohith Vemula, and the arrests of students in JNU on charges of sedition…

Statement of solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India

Statement of solidarity with Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India

The following is a letter from Toronto-area faculty in solidarity with the student struggle at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. To read and sign please follow the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_zt-bhH6IGCKhx9AwwncFBwUriU5MeGaWohHnEwjB5E/viewform?c=0&w=1 Statement of Solidarity with JNU We, the undersigned, faculty and students at universities across Canada, wish to express our solidarity with the ongoing student struggle at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. In doing so, we wholeheartedly condemn the extra-constitutional detention of the JNU…

‘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…

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 family that did not rely on blood, caste, geography or language. It’s queerness that showed me love whose poetry doesn’t work on hallmark greeting cards. It’s queerness finally that let me love fiercely my community, many individuals and most wantonly – myself. Perhaps it’s my gratitude for…

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