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May 18, 2014
South Korean President Park Geun-hye says that the country’s coast guard has been so ineffective in the wake of the recent ferry disaster that she’s pushing to disband it altogether. ”The coast guard’s rescue operations were virtually a failure,” she said. Her goal would be to put the responsibility of the coast guard in the hands of other organizations, including the National Police Agency. Park has publicly apologized for what happened on three separate occasions.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye says that the country’s coast guard has been so ineffective in the wake of the recent ferry disaster that she’s pushing to disband it altogether. ”The coast guard’s rescue operations were virtually a failure,” she said. Her goal would be to put the responsibility of the coast guard in the hands of other organizations, including the National Police Agency. Park has publicly apologized for what happened on three separate occasions.

22:59 // 2 months ago
April 27, 2014
On behalf of the government, I want to apologize for a series of problems from preventive steps to the government’s initial response and follow-up measures. Witnessing the sorrows of those who lost their loved ones and sadness and anger of the people, I felt the right thing for me to do was to take all responsibility as the prime minister.
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won • In a statement announcing his resignation over the South Korean ferry incident, which led to the deaths of hundreds of people—though nearly the entire crew survived. Chung emphasized in his statement that there are “corruption and malpractices” in Korean society which contributed to the accident that must be addressed. President Park Geun-hye said she would not accept Chung’s resignation until the recovery efforts were fully resolved.
11:59 // 3 months ago
April 19, 2014
You can’t take responsibility, or say you do, for nearly 500 souls, and then be the first in the lifeboat.
Navy Capt. William H. Doherty • Offering harsh criticism for the captain of the ferry that sank in South Korea this week, Lee Jun-seok. Lee, who is currently in jail over the incident, was one of the first people off the ferry. While a captain abandoning ship is generally frowned upon in most countries, giving captains some leeway to assist from a distance, South Korea’s law essentially makes it illegal. The ship took roughly two and a half hours to sink, but crew members reportedly told many on the ship to stay in place according to survivors, a situation which likely doomed many of people on board.
14:18 // 3 months ago
November 5, 2013
11:52 // 8 months ago
May 18, 2013

North Korean missile tests draw attention from the South

  • 3North Korean short-range guided missiles launched into the waters to the east, according to South Korea. Such tests are not uncommon, to be clear, but these few missile launches come during a period fraught with tension, aiming to tamp down the North’s aggression through diplomatic means after a particularly belligerent couple of months. source
15:47 // 1 year ago
April 29, 2013
14:52 // 1 year ago
April 24, 2013

hypervocal:

“We are trying to be provocative in the best use of that term.” –Jon Rubin, Conflict Kitchen co-director

GREAT story we just posted about Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh restaurant that only serves food from countries in conflict with the USA. Check this out, a great concept, and some great quotes.

“Reaction’s been great,” Rubin says when asked the obvious. “There’s never been this kind of food in Pittsburgh, and we didn’t know whether people would be into that. But people are starving for food and diversity.”

Such an amazing idea.

12:52 // 1 year ago
April 18, 2013
16:24 // 1 year ago
April 11, 2013

knivesandcoffee says: But isn't that graphic useless without some context? I mean what is the size of North Korea's military compared to the South or to the US?

» SFB says: I think that’s a fair point (and it’s one a lot of people in the comments on that link have raised), but I think it also shows that the country has enough firepower that it could do something. As the article itself puts it: “While North Korean arms are mostly antiquated, much of it dating back half a century, what they lack in modernity they make up for in both volume and location.” Now, whether or not the graphic was particularly useful because it was designed to be never-ending is another question entirely (it could use some compare/contrast), but just because the size of the military may perhaps be smaller than the United States or South Korea, if they’re the first to launch an attack, does it really matter? — Ernie @ SFB

11:11 // 1 year ago
April 9, 2013
North Korea’s statement advising foreigners to make plans to evacuate Seoul is more unhelpful rhetoric that serves only to escalate tensions. This kind of rhetoric will only further isolate North Korea from the international community, and we continue to urge the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama’s call to choose the path of peace and to come into compliance with its international obligations.
White House spokesman Jay Carney • Responding to North Korea’s rather surprising anti-tourism warning on Tuesday, mere hours after North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency warned foreigners in South Korea that the country’s military couldn’t be blamed if they were hurt should war break out on the Korean peninsula. The latest threats from North Korea come on the eve of previously announced ballistic missile testing which has already put a number of countries in the region on edge. source
16:21 // 1 year ago