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Wed, October 4, 2023 | 22:41
Autocratic leaders use politics of fear to silence rivals, critics
The tragic plane crash that killed Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, who staged an abortive mutiny against Russia's military in July, is a chilling reminder of how autocratic leaders silence their opponents.
Gifted criminal law scholar lived life as dissident-in-exile in US
Choi Chong-ko, a professor emeritus of law at Seoul National University, has found life after college inseparable from his mentor and advisor, the late Ryu Ki-chyon (1915-1998), better known by his English name, Paul K. Ryu, to people living outside of Korea.
Old weapons, new tricks: North Korea seeks to turn old Soviet fighter jets into kamikaze drones
North Korea has kicked off a military modernization program recycling hundreds of outdated fighter jets into suicide drones, according to a veteran intelligence analyst. “The North is trying to transform Soviet fighter aircraft into kamikaze drones armed with precision-guided munitions,” Choe Su-ryong, a former agent of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), told The Korea ...
Pyongyang's armed drones pose new threat to Seoul
Ukraine silenced naysayers who believed that the country would be no match for Russian armed forces and allow Russia to seize Kyiv and major facilities, paving the way for a Moscow-backed regime to assume control within days, if not months.
[ANALYSIS] Will court orders requiring mental illness treatments help prevent mass attacks?
Prosecutors indicted Cho Seon, a 33-year-old perpetrator of the July 21 stabbing rampage near Sillim Station, Seoul, on four counts - murder, attempted murder, burglary and defamation. A 22-year-old male died from the attack, while three other victims in their 30s were severely wounded.
[INTERVIEW] China expert expects Xi to emulate Putin on Taiwan
There are two schools of thought in the United States about how to interpret China's motives behind its massive military buildup. Some senior military officials, such as Adm. Michael Gilday and Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, claim that China's invasion of Taiwan is imminent and it could occur as early as this year.
South Korea tries to fill Vietnam's security void after Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Vietnam's diplomatic reputation has taken a hit, while the Southeast Asian country's weapons procurement channel was also disrupted due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Global arms race underway as nations scramble to modernize militaries
North Korea, China and Russia are the dangerous trio that has sent countries worldwide scrambling to equip themselves with both conventional and state-of-the-art weapons to counter the risks they pose. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the global military budget hit an all-time high of $2.24 trillion in total in 2022, up 3.7 percent fr...
[INTERVIEW] Whistleblower recalls price paid for revealing Hwang Woo-suk's scientific misconduct
Chuncheon, Gangwon Province-There is not a single telephone inside the office of Ryu Young-joon, a pathologist and professor at Kangwon National University Hospital located in the eastern city of Chuncheon.
Defectors fear impact of mounting skepticism of accounts told by celebrated N. Korean escapee
Some North Korean defectors are growing concerned about the possible impact on their community from media reports focusing on Park Yeon-mi, another escapee from the North who became a celebrity in the U.S. for her outspoken criticism of the repressive regime.
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