The late Baek Nam-ki was the first to be killed ‘in remote’ by state violence

In a recent HuffPost blog post after Mr. Baek’s death, I argued that ROK police’s riot control tactics has been evolving regardless of coming and going of administrations and the late Baek was the latest victim of police brutality derived from its tactics. Still, police and military power are way out of reach from civilian control in the ROK: 故 …

Transparency International Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2015 (regional results only)

Transparency International’s regional results for Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2015 has been released. To which I contributed as a country assessor for South Korea. The full country result is yet to be released but soon. Here’s the result in English. 국제투명성기구의 2015년 국방 분야 반부패 지수의 아태지역 보고서(영문판/한국어판)가 나왔습니다. 저는 한국 국방 분야에 대한 평가자로 참여했습니다. 한국에 대한 보고서 전문은 …

How corporate-friendly newspaper abused Nobel Prize winner’s work

When Thomas Piketty visited South Korea, in which he had rock star status like he did in the rest of the world, and gave a public lecture last year, one of the audience asked what he thinks of Angus Deaton’s argument that “inequality is the source of growth.” Puzzled, according to an economist who was there, Piketty emphasized that what …

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How North Korean state media sounds different in Korean and English

The house that is North Korea doesn’t have many windows. Its representative state media Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) is one of the few windows it has. Beginning North Korea watchers often find themselves astonished by KCNA’s reporting tone. A banquet of grandiose, emotionally charged words—a friend of mine once told me that its choice of words reminds him of …

Tradition, already, was dead dead.

“Do many people still believe in the idea of reincarnation in Asia?” After explaining what the enormous picture on the ceiling, in a great hall of Goetheanum, mean and Steiner’s idea of reincarnation, she asked me, who happened to be the only Asian in the group. “No, they are now out of fashion,” I answered. Although Julius Evola and P. D. …