President Park’s Pardon Problem

Insights Asia, Economy, Korean Peninsula

The inclusion of Chey Tae-Won has been criticised as a violation of President Park’s promise to root out corruption, a reference to previous administrations believed to have delivered pardons to senior imprisoned figures of corporations as a reward for support during the then-president’s campaign. However to perceive President Park’s pardon of the SK Corporation chief as on par with these previous pardons is unfair.

The Soul of Asia in the Heart of London

Ariz Baig Asia, Culture and Arts, Korean Peninsula

It is often said that London, as a city, embraces cultures like fishes embrace water. On a bright and sunny Sunday, August 9th 2015, no other metaphor can better describe the London Korean Festival. Taking place in the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square, London welcomed Korea’s biggest ever culture day festival. Presented by the Korean Culture Centre UK, Korea Tourism …

Opinion: Sony runs from N. Korea

Nora Hamdi Asia, Korean Peninsula

From a satellite in Space, North Korea is merely a black spot, an anomaly compared to its bright technophile neighbours China and South Korea. Often called the most dangerous place on Earth, the Stalin-like state isolates itself and its 24 million inhabitants every day, making only feeble attempts to hide its dire economic situation and extreme human rights violations. North …

North Korea: The Inside Story

Nora Hamdi Asia, Korean Peninsula, World Politics

When Jihyun Park, a North Korean defector, agreed to conduct an interview with me, I could not believe my luck. It was an opportunity to speak with someone born and raised in one of the most mysterious and top secret countries in the world, and I was both curious and excited as to what she might share. Yet, I do …