By Yves Engler - May 11th, 2013
The official story is that the Korean War began when the Soviet-backed North invaded the South on June 25, 1950. The US then came to the South’s aid. As is the case with most official US history the story is incomplete, if not downright false...“The best explanation of what happened on June 25 is that [South Korean dictator] Syngman Rhee deliberately initiated the fighting and then successfully blamed the North. The North...took advantage of the southern attack and...launched its own strike with the objective of capturing Seoul. Then a massive U.S. intervention followed.”
By Peter Symonds - 9 April 2013
Amid sharply rising tensions, Washington is not simply responding to North Korean threats, but is engaged in reckless provocations of its own that risk the outbreak of war...The Obama administration’s confrontational stance toward North Korea is part of a far broader strategic shift — the “pivot to Asia” — that is aimed at containing China militarily and undermining its economic and political influence throughout the region.
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers - Thursday, 28 February 2013
US political leaders and media pundits trumpet North Korea's recent testing of missiles and nuclear weapons as a great threat. But the US mass media do not tell the whole story. Without the context of history and current events, the actions of North Korea look insane, but when put in context we find that the United States is pushing North Korea on this path. North Korea is really not a significant threat compared to what the United States is doing with nuclear weapons, the Asia Pivot and war games off the Korean coast.
By Conn Hallinan - Znet
North Korea is hardly going to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons while its two major enemies are designing war games to “stabilize” Pyongyang in the advent of major unrest. The recent NATO bombing of Libya certainly caught the attention of the North Koreans, who essentially said that it would never have happened if the Gaddafi regime had not abandoned its efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Libya is “teaching the international community a grave lesson...The truth that one should have power to defend peace.”
By Tim Beal - Z Magazine
The Yeonpyeong clash happened at the time South Korea, with American support, was carrying out yet another huge military exercise practicing war against the North...These military exercises...have been growing in strength and scope and are part of conservative South Korea President Lee Myung-bak's strategy of precipitating a crisis that will bring about the collapse of North Korea and its takeover by the South. To counter this, the North has a "zero-tolerance" strategy, whereby any attack...would be met with fierce retaliation.
Washington provoking another war in Korea can't be ruled out.
Media headlines obscure the facts.
By Christine Ahn - July 27, 2009
President Obama is refusing to learn from the lessons that Clinton and Bush learned the hard way—that not engaging North Korea produces bad consequences, such as a nuclear North Korea. Add to this scenario an ailing [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Il coupled with bad intelligence from pro-war forces in South Korea, Japan and the United States—and you have a very dangerous situation on the peninsula.
By Stefan Christoff and Christine Ahn - February 15, 2009
South Korea, a major Asian economic power and the fourth largest in the region, has recently signed a major bilateral accord with the US and is currently negotiating a similar deal with Canada...Social movements in Korea have vigorously opposed the country's succession into the WTO since the mid-1990s and have actively mobilized in opposition to the more recent bilateral trade initiatives.
By Charles J. Hanley and Jae-Soon Chang - August 08, 2008
This is the first of a multi-part article on the South Korean massacres of 1950, the US direct and indirect involvement in those massacres, and the subsequent cover up of the events in South Korea and the United States...Grave by mass grave, South Korea is unearthing the skeletons and buried truths of a cold-blooded slaughter from early in the Korean War, when this nation's U.S.-backed regime killed untold thousands of leftists and hapless peasants in a summer of terror in 1950.
So you want to do something for the suffering of Burma? Like I said, the most powerful tool we have is the all mighty dollar. This is only a small list but as you soon will see, it has many strange bedfellows. List provided by Burma: On line News and Analysis. Comentaries by moi.
Having migrant workers be part of the union will not only lead to improvements in the poor working conditions they face, but will also play a big role in building up the union's negotiating power.
On July 1st South Korea's new Law on Non-Regular Work came into effect. The principle of the law was to protect non-regular workers, but in practice the way in which it has been put together and implemented has led to protection only for a few and increased precariousness for many.
No Gun Ri survivors said U.S. soldiers first forced them from nearby villages on July 25, 1950, and then stopped them in front of U.S. lines the next day, when they were attacked without warning by aircraft as hundreds sat atop a railroad embankment near No Gun Ri, a village in central South Korea. Troops of the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment followed with ground fire as survivors took shelter in twin underpasses of a concrete railroad bridge.
On Wednesday, November 15, 2006, trade unions, labor rights groups, and other civil society organizations in over thirty countries...will be coordinating a series of actions to support the workers in South Korea. These solidarity actions were called by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) as part of their "International Day of Action to Support South Korean Workers" Campaign.