Advance Peace on Korea Peninsula
WCC - News, 19. Juni 2014
Church leaders meet and agree to advance peace on Korean Peninsula
In a first meeting since 2009 and since the 2013 appointment of a new leader for the Korea Christian Federation (KCF) of North Korea, an international group of church leaders from 34 countries, including North and South Korea, met near Geneva, Switzerland, to seek ways to advance reconciliation and peace on the peninsula.
The group agreed in a communiqué released at the end of their meeting on Thursday to seek new initiatives to advance peace, such as increasing visits between churches in North and South Korea, inviting younger people around the world to become involved in working for peace on the peninsula and calling for an annual day of prayer for peace on the peninsula.
The group also recommends promoting annual ecumenical meetings and consultations involving Christians from both countries in conjunction with the day of prayer.
Prozess gegen ABE's Besuch im Yasukuni-Schrein
Eine Bitte aus Japan
TO ALL who are concerned about the Abe administration's nationalistic policy
Let's together join in a lawsuit against the Abe Shinzo's officially visiting the Yasukuni War Shrine in violation of the Constitution.
The Group Supporting Lawsuit Claiming against Offi cial Visits by Prime Minister Abe; Tokyo
On 26th in December 2013, the Prime Minister ABE Shinzo visited the Yasukuni Shrine as a Japanese Prime Minister and prayed to the war gods who had been the war dead and honored collectively.
The Prime Minister Abe rode on his official car with the formal suite and signed on the visiting book as "The Japanese Prime Minister ABE Shinzo" when he arrived at the Yasukuni Shrine. After that, he walked into the heart of the shrine and prayed to the war gods. This act is clearly identified as officially visiting and breached the rule of secular politics which is stipulated in Article 20 of the Japanese Constitution. We need to raise our voices to criticize against his visiting by way of our specific actions: the lawsuit against Abe's visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. Lesen Sie bitte hier weiter
2013 Now in Korea: Distorting Democracy
Am 19.12.2013 ist seit der Präsidentschaftswahl gerade ein Jahr verstrichen, ein Jahr voller Enttäuschungen und Rückkehr zu politischen Methoden der 70er Jahre. "Now in Korea" befasst sich mit der derzeitigen Situation in Korea.
The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 8, No. 1, February 24, 2014.
Update February 24, 2014.
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Japan Focus. (Dieser Essay ist notwendig zum Verständnis der derzeitigen Situation in Südkorea.)
Distorting Democracy: Politics by Public Security in Contemporary South Korea1
Jamie Doucette and Se-Woong Koo
Since our article appeared, there have been several developments that demand the reader’s attention. The scale of electoral interference was found to have been more extensive than we originally reported. Last December, prosecutors investigating the case disclosed that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) had produced over a period of two years leading up to the election some 1900 online posts and approximately 22 million Tweets with political or election-related content—roughly 30% of all election-related content that was generated on Twitter. This was circulated by agents of the NIS’s psychological warfare team and hired contractors.
The trial of former NIS chief Won Sei-hoon, who stands accused of overseeing the spread of messages favorable to the ruling Saenuri Party, is due to begin in the near future. On the other hand, on February 6 Kim Yong-pan, the former Seoul Metropolitan Police chief, was acquitted on the charge of ordering a cover-up of the NIS’s criminal activities after the court deemed the evidence insufficient to establish his guilt, ignoring the testimony of a key whistleblower in its entirety. The conduct of the trial and its verdict were condemned by members of the legal group MINBYUN (Lawyers for a Democratic Society) which criticized the police for limiting the scope of their initial analysis into NIS tweets and failing to fully investigate the online activity of NIS agent Kim Ha-young, the woman discovered on the eve of the presidential election to be spreading pro-Saenuri tweets and social media posts from her studio apartment.
On February 17 the United Progressive Party (UPP)’s left-nationalist lawmaker Lee Seok-ki was found guilty of sedition, plotting an armed rebellion, and National Security Law (NSL) violation based on a transcript from meetings held by Lee and his associates. He and his lawyers have vowed to appeal the verdict. The evidence against Lee, especially the transcript originally circulated by the NIS, was called into question in the course of the legal proceeding, as several original recordings on which the transcript was based proved missing and the transcript itself appeared to substitute extremist language in place of more neutral words. The court, however, largely accepted the case as presented by the NIS and prosecutors. Lee’s conviction on the charge of NSL violation was deemed especially troubling by progressive commentators as it relied heavily on the fact that Lee and his associates had sung “revolutionary” songs from North Korea.
Fukushima 2014 - Drei Jahre danach
von Shoko HARA und Paul Brenner
Kinder in Fukushima können auf Grund der radioaktiven Strahlung nicht mehr in der Natur spielen.
Denn die Natur ist nicht dekontaminierbar.
Dies ist nur eine Geschichte von 360.000 Kindern, die zu Hause bleiben und von ihrer Freiheit in der Natur träumen und die Wirklichkeit erleben.
Das Video ist die Examensarbeit von S. Hara und P. Brenner
DHBW Ravensburg, Media Design
Best Animated Film, International Uranium Filmfestival, Rio de Janeiro, 2013
Special Mention, Back-up Filmfestival, Weimar, 2013
Tokyo-Wahl 2014: Political Comeback?
Security in Northeast Asia
The Asia-Pacific Journal, January 26, 2014.
Mit freundlicher Erlaubnis von Japan Foccus.
Could Hosokawa Morihiro’s political comeback restore sanity to Japanese politics?
In the upcoming Tokyo gubernatorial elections, Hosokawa Morihiro could make an astonishing comeback more than a quarter of a century after retiring as Prime Minister. Mainstream and independent media have generally stressed his opposition to nuclear power and his support for green energy alternatives, in contrast to the national government of Abe Shinzō. However, Abe and Hosokawa also represent different poles in another controversial field of politics – the politics of memory including the fraught question of apologies for war and the regional and global implications of their respective stances.
India-Japan Nuclear Agreement
Indien-Japan - ein Vertrag zum Bau von AKWs
Texte aus Indien s. am Ende des Beitrags!
Ministerpräsident ABE Shinzo in Indien
Mr. Shinzo Abe,
You're welcome to India, nukes are NOT!
Please spread the word. Oppose the absurdity of India-Japan nuclear agreement after Fukushima, when Mr. Shinzo Abe is not able to fix Fukushima and all reactors in Japan have been closed down.
Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan is going to be India's chief guest for this year's Republic Day ceremony on 26th January.
During visit from 24-26 January, the India-Japan nuclear agreement will also be finalised, which the two governments have been pushing for a long time.
We support better relationship between India and Japan but find a nuclear agreement absurd and unacceptable after Fukushima.
- It is ironical that Japan is selling nuclear technology to other countries while the crisis in Fukushima is further deepening. People evacuated have no hope of returning back and the dangerous leaks of radioactive water are continuing unabated.
- The agreement will give a push to the Indian government's insane and anachronistic nuclear expansion drive which it is implementing through brutal repression of its rural poor. A recent global nuclear safety report has ranked India 23rd last among the 25 countries. The nuclear regular in India is completely toothless and non-independent, as highlighted by the CAG report last year.
The Spirit of Gangjeong
Video-Message von Gangjeong auf Jeju-do in Südkorea
The Spirit of Gangjeong - Episode Nr.3
In Gangjeong auf Jeju-do in Südkorea wird mitten im Naturschutzgebiet ein moderne Kriegshafen gebaut. Die südkoreanische Regierung läßt ihn durch di Fa. Samsung und in Anbsprache mnit der US-Regierung bauen. Die Proteste dauern nun schon 7 Jahre, die Firma und die Polizei greifen immer wieder zu gewaltsamen Methoden, um den friedlichen Protest zu unterdrücken.
Es geht bei dem Protest gegen Krieg, Militarismus, Verweigerung der Menschenrechte und Zerstörung der Umwelt um eine inzwsichen viele Menschen im ganzen Land ergriffene Bewegung. Das Video zeigt die jüngste Entwicklung: