Lessons from documentary: ‘The Birth of Korea’

By Lee Sun-ho A documentary film directed by Kim Deog-young called “The Birth of Korea,” seems to have received a very warm reception from theatergoers. I went to Apgujeong CGV in Seoul on Feb. 4 to appreciate the dramatic lifelong fact-based story of Syngman Rhee (1875-1965), who was also known as Unam. Unam, no doubt, … Read more

Russia claims ‘full control’ of Ukraine’s Avdiivka

Local residents walk past a house destroyed by recent shelling in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict in the settlement of Panteleimonivka in the Donetsk region, Russian-controlled Ukraine, Feb. 17, Reuters-Yonhap Russia said Saturday it had taken “full control” of the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka, hours after Kyiv said it had pulled out of the … Read more

Dr. Ella Campbell Scarlett: Tiger hunter and royal physician in Korea in 1900

Not all tigers were killed by men. Dr. Ella Campbell Scarlett was said to have killed at least a couple of tigers in Korea. Courtesy of Diane Nars Collection By Robert Neff In the fall of 1900, Seoul was temporarily graced by an intrepid English doctor named Ella Campbell Scarlett. Like many of these temporary … Read more

Will US allies help Biden’s reelection?

By Lee Jong-eun The United States will hold a presidential election in November, . likely to be a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. As such, there are already multiple predictions on how U.S. foreign policy could change after the election. Some U.S. allies, in particular, are apprehensive that a Trump … Read more

Seoul sees Kishida’s possible Pyongyang visit won’t bring fundamental changes

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida looks on prior to a meeting with the president of Kenya (not pictured) at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, Feb. 8. EPA-Yonhap NK’s invitation is attempt to sway Seoul, Washington, Tokyo 3-way security ties: experts By Nam Hyun-woo South Korea’s presidential office expressed a negative outlook on remarks by … Read more

Korean court convicts 3 ex-police officers in cover-up of deadly Halloween crowd crush

The bereaved family members of the Oct. 29, 2022, crowd crush in the district of Itaewon mourn at an altar for the victims at Seoul Plaza, Feb. 10. Yonhap A Korean court on Wednesday convicted three former police officers of destroying internal files and other evidence in an attempted cover-up after a Halloween crowd crush … Read more

NSC ‘fundamentally engaged’ in S. Korea-US nuclear deterrence body: Sullivan

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, Feb. 14. EPA-Yonhap The U.S. National Security Council (NSC) remains “fundamentally engaged” in a key South Korea-U.S. nuclear deterrence dialogue platform, its top security official said Wednesday, as the two countries’ defense authorities are now … Read more

Europe must rearm now – The Korea Times

By Philippe Legrain   LONDON – Donald Trump’s potential return to the White House in 2025 poses a grave threat to Europe’s security. With war in Ukraine still raging, European countries must shore up their defenses against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s revanchist aggressions before it is too late. The prospect of an unrestrained and unhinged … Read more

PSG midfielder Lee Kang-in apologizes over Asian Cup row with Son Heung-min

Caught in the center of controversy over a national team row during a recent tournament, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Lee Kang-in apologized for his behavior Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Korea Football Association (KFA) had confirmed British media reports that South Korea captain Son Heung-min suffered a finger injury in a dust-up with Lee … Read more

Suspicious transactions of virtual assets spike nearly 49% in 2023

An electronic cryptocurrency trading board at Bithumb displays price changes of Bitcoin, in Seocho District, Seoul, Feb. 13. Yonhap Suspicious transaction reports (STR) involving virtual assets, such as cryptocurrency, rose sharply from a year earlier in 2023 while the number of cases referred to the prosecution nearly doubled, the financial regulator said Wednesday. The number … Read more