Monday, January 10, 2011

Daily Kor for January 10, 2011

Ah, another day, another crisis on the Korean Peninsula. We have the US and South Korea conducting a new set of "war games" (as the Lost Angeles Times puts it), a natural thing to do when you've got a neighbor claiming your territory and shelling your towns, and you have North Korea setting up surface-to-surface missiles on their launchpads. Could they be readying for an attack on the next moonless nights? (That would be February 2nd through 4th, by the way, a North Korean Tet Offensive.)
  1. US and South Korea begin new round of military exercises in Yellow Sea (LAT)
  2. Restrictions to be added to new law allowing multiple citizenship in order to block those whose parents deliberately went abroad to gain citizenship elsewhere (Yonhap, Joongang Daily
    • Children to be denied dual citizenship if their parents remain in country of other citizenship for less than six months (Korea Times)
    • Multi-generational ethnic Chinese residents to be exempted from written exam for citizenship
  3. Suspect in major graft scandal names more names (Yonhap)
  4. Unification Ministry to launch Internet broadcasts this year (Yonhap)
  5. ROK Ambassador to US predicts Obama will submit KORUS FTA for ratification by June (Yonhap)
  6. North Korean trade dropped 10.6 percent in 2009 (Yonhap, Joongang Daily, LAT)
  7. Record number of principals and educators dismissed for corrupt practices last year (Korea Times)
  8. $3 million study finds that not all bears sh¡t in the woods (Nature)

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