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Financial Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Can Twitter convince South Korea that North Korea sank its ship?

South Korea is taking 70 students, bloggers and tweeters to tour the warship hull of the ship that was sunk in March by North Korea, killing 46 people, to help end public scepticism that the North was to blame.

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Crikey wrap: Korea on the brink after ship sinking

The Korean peninsular is on war footing after an attack on a South Korean warship blamed on its rogue northern neighbour. Crikey intern Matt de Neef wraps the global condemnation.

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Telegraph (UK) | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Is it time to start freaking out about North Korea?

South Korea has cut off trade ties with North Korea, and Hillary Clinton reckons things are pretty serious. Is it time push the panic button?

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Global Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

North Korea: this time, it’s serious

North Korea threatens to attack; must be Tuesday? Not so fast, says Bradley K. Martin: North Korea has a new plan of attack for Seoul, and this time, it’s not bluffing.

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Foreign Policy | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Is the world ready for life after Dear Leader?

While most will be happy to see the end of North Korean despot Kim Jong-il, his inevitable death will carry some serious global consequences — including the serious possibility of regime collapse and the outbreak of war. And the world is not prepared.

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Crikey wrap: remembering the fall of the Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall, 20 years ago today, reunited Germany and marked the official end of the 40-year Cold War. Crikey intern Michelle Loh does a wrap of what the pundits are saying.

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Foreign Policy | ASIA-PACIFIC|

The trapped world of Kim Jong-il

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il may cop a lot of flack, but he’s not an idiot. He is, however, in a difficult position, where further opening of borders will risk his (increasingly limited) political power.

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Question Time: is a long-winded answer better than a punch in the face?

Let’s turn to other democracies for inspiring tips on how to keep Question Time proceedings moving in a civilised way. Best to avoid South Korea though, writes Crikey intern Nina Nicoll.

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Death of a hallowed South Korean democrat

Kim Dae-jung’s passing parallels the remarkable journey that South Korea has travelled since the Second World War.

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Wall Street Journal | ASIA-PACIFIC|

How Kim Dae-Young delivered a democractic destiny

Former South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung has died, age 83. His commitment to democracy, even when others believed it incompatible with Asian values, was a great legacy not only to his country, but the entire continent, says The Wall Street Journal.

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The Times (UK) | ASIA-PACIFIC|

N. Korea offers South an olive branch and the finger

North Korea announced yesterday it will open up its borders with South Korea, allowing more tourism and reunions for families separated by the war… then followed up the conciliatory gesture by threatening a nuclear attack against the country over a military exercise.

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Asia Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

No hero for North Korea’s other foreign prisoners

It was a fairy tale ending for the two American journalists detained in North Korea, when former President Bill Clinton swooped in to save them. But for the 1000 South Koreans and 20 Japanese being held by the secretive state, there is no such knight in shining armour.

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Why QLD politics got the feminine touch

Why Peter Beattie handing the Premier’s reins in Queensland to Anna Bligh should have been a tip-off to just how crook things there have become, South Korean dog meat, and more meaty chunks of news from the mind of Richard Farmer.

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Washington Post | ASIA-PACIFIC|

South Korea goes on a spending spree

South Koreans are the new world leaders in conspicuous consumption, churning through their household savings for new cars, overseas travel and designer clothes. But the culture of “competitive spending” is taking its toll on the country’s economy, with debt rising and growth slowing.

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Wall Street Journal | ECONOMY|

Europe one-ups America. Again.

Most of Europe will soon have lower income tax rates than most of America, says an unhappy WSJ. And now the EU is finalising a free trade deal with South Korea, while the US loses ground.

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Economist | ASIA-PACIFIC|

North Korea’s capitalist heartbeat

North Korea may boast itself as a “socialist republic”, but a capitalist heart beats strongly within its borders at the Kaesong industrial complex, a manufacturing plant providing dirt cheap production for over 100 South Korean companies.

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Asia Times | ASIA-PACIFIC|

Confucianist corruption in South Korea

Government corruption in South Korea is a problem spanning back thousands of years, rooted in Confucianism.

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New York Times | ART & DESIGN|

A new spin on ‘mobile art’, care of Prada

The Prada Transformer, fashion’s latest starchitect-designed metamorphic space, opens in Seoul, South Korea, this month.

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The Burchett debate: Korean War POWs

For the record: Wilfred Burchett did not report the Korean War but the Armistice Talks to end the war, writes his son George Burchett.

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South Korea versus Australia – our pathetic savings record

Peter Costello has had plenty of ups and downs as Treasurer since March 1996, but when asked about his toughest single day in the job, he cites Christmas Day 1997 – the day South Korea ran out of foreign reserves.

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Australia punching well above its weight in international research

Data released this week by Thomson Scientific, show that on a per capita basis, Australia and Canada are neck and neck in leading the world in research publication output. Crikey has the figures.

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