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Reporter : Kang Hyun-kyung
Mon, December 11, 2023 | 12:43
Ruling party's odd man out
Around this time last year, Lee Jun-seok, who was then the newly elected leader of the People Power Party (PPP), had been at the peak of his career since he had entered politics in 2011. What he did and said made the nation's news headlines. The media frenzy about him is owed partly to the unprecedented record he set in Korean politics: Lee, who was then 36, is the first Kore...
'Thanks America': Korean honors fallen US soldiers
While visiting many different U.S. cities over the past five decades since he arrived in the country in 1967 as a Korean immigrant, Sung-yull Koo, 79, was surprised to learn that Korean War Monuments are almost everywhere. Even small cities and counties, with which Koreans are not familiar, have war memorials in remembrance of the bloodiest war since World War II
Ruling party's ethics committee to review chairman's sex scandal allegations
The ruling People Power Party's (PPP) ethics committee will convene on Wednesday to review allegations that party Chairman Lee Jun-seok received sexual services as a bribe in return for a favor and tried to destroy the evidence.
Family of late fisheries official to sue ex-National Security Office director
The family members of Lee Dae-joon, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries official who was shot dead by the North Korean military in the West Sea on Sep. 22, 2020, a day after he went missing, plan to sue former National Security Office (NSO) Director Suh Hoon for obstruction of justice.
First lady meets deceased-dictator Chun Doo-hwan's widow
First lady Kim Keon-hee walks out of the front gate of the late Chun Doo-hwan's residence in Yeonhui-dong, western Seoul, Thursday. She had a meeting with Chun's widow, Lee Soon-ja, for one and a half hours, days after her visit to late President Roh Moo-hyun's widow Kwon Yang-sook in Bongha Village, South Gyeongsang Province. Yonhap
Korea's foreign minister is enthusiastic about Middle East: experts
Korea's relations with the Middle East may undergo a change, in a positive way, in the next few years, according to people who are familiar with the matter. Their optimism about Korea-Middle East ties is based on their personal experiences of the man in ch arge of the nation's foreign policy, and their testimony about him is consistent. Foreign Minister Park Jin, also a lawma...
'Watermelon' insult banned from use in Korean political party
“Subak,” or watermelon, has become a prohibited word for the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK). On Sunday, Rep. Woo Sang-ho, the interim leader of the DPK, said that he won't sit back if there are any DPK lawmakers or members who use the slang word to attack others personally. “How can you attack fellow party members like that? If you call our party leader a 'wa...
Korea pushes for trade pacts with Middle East amid geopolitical shift
What is happening in the Middle East has reminded the rest of the world of the foreign policy dictum, “yesterday's enemy can be your friend today.” Israel and the Arab countries, which had long deemed each other respective enemies due to their oppositional stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have begun to recognize each other as partners. Israel normalized diplomatic...
Cult-like supporters emerge as headache for political parties
Cult-like supporters have emerged as a fresh headache to politicians as a potentially dysfunctional side effect of politics. For politicians, their hardcore bases can be a double-edged sword. They can make or break a politician's career. Politicians and political parties need stalwart supporters to survive and win elections. In this regard, having these type of fans helps the...
Right-wing YouTuber blamed for botching up battleground election
Plenty of second-guessing, remorse and belated what ifs have erupted inside the ruling People Power Party (PPP) after the elections. Its candidate Kim Eun-hye's defeat in the highly-contested Gyeonggi gubernatorial election by a razor-thin margin has triggered soul-searching among some sympathetic ruling party members to figure out if her defeat was inevitable.