Category: South

How BJP’s ascendancy stumbled in India’s south 0

How BJP’s ascendancy stumbled in India’s south

Never has British Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s quip about a week being a long time in politics appeared more apt. A week ago, leaders of India’s ruling party, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), fed sweets to one another on live television to celebrate “victory” in India’s southern state of Karnataka. Seven days later,…

On Trump, Gaza and white supremacy in South Africa 0

On Trump, Gaza and white supremacy in South Africa

On May 2, representatives of Afriforum, a controversial South African organisation, travelled to the US on a mission to lobby the US government to take a stance against what they called a “racist theft” of land in South Africa. Afriforum had launched an international campaign to stop the South African government from making constitutional changes that would allow…

The depths of despair in South Sudan 0

The depths of despair in South Sudan

The mood of despair was evident in his words as the UN under-secretary for humanitarian affairs wrapped up a two-day visit to South Sudan. “Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so far produced nothing. The cessation of hostilities is a fiction. The economy has collapsed,” Mark Lowcock said in…

North Korea syncs clocks with South in display of reconciliation 0

North Korea syncs clocks with South in display of reconciliation

North Korea says clocks in the country will be set forward by 30 minutes to realign with time in South Korea, a move described as “the first practical step” for national reconciliation and unity on the peninsula. The decision to adjust the time zone was approved by the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly, the state-controlled KCNA…

North Korea hails ‘unique milestone’ in ties with South Korea 0

North Korea hails ‘unique milestone’ in ties with South Korea

North Korean state media has hailed as a “new milestone” the historic meeting between its leader and South Korea’s president, and their joint declaration to formally end the Korean War, and make the peninsula nuclear-free. North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Saturday that both Pyongyang and Seoul “affirm the common goal of realising…

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How one North Korean defector sends ‘factual news’ from the South

Seoul, South Korea – Around 31,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Almost 71 percent of those defectors are female, most in their 20s and 30s. Only a few take the most dangerous route through the Korean Demilitarized Zone that a North Korean soldier took late last year. Most of North Koreans…

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Pyeongchang Paralympics bringing optimism to South Koreans

Pyeongchang, South Korea – Interest in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, which start on Friday, is gaining momentum on the ground. Organisers have managed to sell more than 285,000 tickets, which is nearly 130 percent of their target of 220,000. These Games will be the largest in history, with 570 athletes from 49 countries taking part.…

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The stigma of being a single mother in South Korea

Seoul, South Korea – On the first day of the lunar new year, the Year of the Dog, Jeong Soo-jin and her daughter ride the cable car up Namsan mountain in the city’s central Yongsan district. Seven-year-old Ah-jeong twirls, her flowered hanbok – a traditional Korean dress – encircling her in a cloud of pink tulle and…