A Korean Tragedy, Part 3

A Korean Tragedy, Part 3

Moon Jae-in has not promoted peace when he could have. On the contrary, his interventions have reinforced American intransigence. It is uncertain how long Moon’s levitation of popularity can defy gravity. Leaders that go back on their promises can suffer a precipitate decline in popularity.

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A Korean Tragedy, Part 2

It is traditional for an incoming South Korean president to make the first overseas visit to Washington to pledge fealty. However Moon’s visit displayed more than the usual degree of obsequiousness.

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A Korean Tragedy, Part 1

Moon Jae-in’s failure to challenge South Korea’s servile relationship to the United States has condemned his presidency to impotence. As the crisis in Korea unfolds, the South Korean president has little influence over the situation. He is spurned by Pyongyang, has no traction in Beijing or Tokyo, and is taken for granted in Washington.

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Women Workers and the Fight to Eradicate Precarious Labor in South Korea

On June 29, ahead of a nationwide strike called by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) for an increase in the national minimum wage, tens of thousands of contract workers at public schools walked off their jobs. They are mostly women who work as caregivers, cleaners, and cafeteria staff, and they demand regular employment as well as an increase in wages.

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