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It Was Always #MeToo: Korea’s Fight Against Sexual Violence

On Oct. 2017, in the U.S., the hashtag #MeToo went viral as women shared online incidents of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace. The hashtag soon made news headlines with accusations of sexual misconduct by film producer Harvey Weinstein. On Jan. 28, 2018, Prosecutor Seo Ji-hyun’s historic televised revelation of sexual harassment in 2010 by a senior prosecutor stirred the rapidly spreading #MeToo movement in Korea’s judicial and cultural arts sectors. While Seo’s accusations were being investigated, revelations of sexual assault spread into the culture and entertainment sectors. This soon prompted the supporting hashtag #WithYou.

Why North Korea developed nuclear bombs: US-North Korean relations (1990 to...

Few people are aware that before taking out its nuclear card, North Korea had approached the United States in earnest. As Communism crumbled and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations with North Korea’s southern counterpart, the country’s leaders couldn’t but feel insecure. In an attempt to gain recognition as an independent state, North Korea signed a basic North-South agreement and a denuclearization agreement preventing the development of nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula, and even joined the United Nations, all by 1991.

Candlelight Revolution Part 2: South Korea’s Constitutional Reform

A democracy is founded upon the consent and power of the people. Its fundamental compact is the constitution which establishes the rules and government that shape and determine the lives of its people. Yet, rarely is a constitution drawn up by them or with their consultation. Rather, it is done by a political regime mediating the interests of the ruling class. The world’s first completely written constitution was established in 1789. To “protect the minority of the opulent against the majority,” it created the United States Senate.

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What Iceland’s Crowdsourcing Constitutional Reform Teaches Us

2009 National Assembly (Source: Foreignpolicy) by Won Jong-il (Korean news, writer) In Korea, dictators and corrupt presidents such as Rhee Synghman, Chun Doo-hwan and Park Geun-hye...

A world without nukes: The UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons

On July 11, 2017, 122 (63 percent) of United Nations member countries ratified the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Thus, the majority of the world’s people called for denuclearization of the world to finally achieve peace and justice. At its adoption, all in the conference hall gave a standing ovation. National delegates and civil society representatives hugged and congratulated each other for the 72-year anti-nuclear campaign begun by the Hibakusha - survivors of the atomic bombs - had born fruit.

President Moon gives up on nuclear phase-out and a renewal of the nuclear free...

After the election, the political winds changed on the Shin Kori 5 and 6 nuclear reactors’ issue. President Moon shifted from “abandon the project” to “let’s have a public discussion.” With the setback in President Moon’s campaign promise, some argued that civil society should not participate in the process. However, we took part in the discussion because it held significance as the first energy policy decided by the people, and since persuading fellow citizens could be the shortcut to a nuclear-free Korea.


Finding the Seeds of a Better World: Worker Self-Management

This report does not pretend to provide workers with a blueprint for change. Rather, we hope that it can catalyze a conversation amongst ordinary workers and citizens about the desirability and feasibility of a more democratic, sustainable, and just form of production and workplace organization. We’ve also not suggested that worker’s self-management is a panacea to the ills of global capitalism or the key to upending the established economic system. Nevertheless, the hours and months spent researching and writing about workers’ self-management have convinced me of one simple truth I hope our report impresses upon you also: a better world is possible.

Singori Nuclear Reactors 5 and 6’s Public Consultation and the Tasks...

On Dec. 16, the International Strategy Center invited our Advisor Director of Energy Justice Actions Lee Heon-seok to present on “Singori Nuclear Reactors 5 and 6's Public Consultation and the Tasks Ahead.” Lee’s participation in the public consultation as part of the Citizens’ Action to Cancel Construction of the Singori 5,6, allowed him to share an insider’s perspective not available in the media.

Understanding Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution: A View into the National Constituent Assembly

The following analyzes the current situation in Venezuela within the global struggle, effort and creation of a world beyond capitalism. It is based on research and informed by an interview with Jehyson Guzman, one of 545 members in the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) — Venezuela’s highest power superseding even the president. The NCA is made up of representatives elected from communities and social sectors. Jehyson was elected by 82% of the vote to represent the community of Libertador municipality in Merida state. Before the NCA, he was part of the student movement in high school and then college and served in various ministerial posts in government for education.

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