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11/18 US Moves to Check S. Korea's Initiatives on NK Nuke (Korea Times) --Setting off a subtle but significant discord between the allies, Washington has begun to move to tackle Seoul's initiative on the North Korean nuclear issue, saying there are some ``elements to discuss'' in President Roh Moo-hyun's recent speech in Los Angeles.

11/17 Two Koreas Ensnared in U.S. Nuclear Trap (OhmyNews) -- Controversy has been sparked by news that the U.S. administration of George W. Bush has decided on plans to submit the issue of South Korea's nuclear materials experiments to the United Nations Security Council. According to reports in the JoongAng Ilbo, SBS and others, U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton, attending a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) meeting late October, told Japanese officials the U.S. planned to submit the South Korean nuclear experiment issue to the U.N. Security Council. It is also known that this position was conveyed to National Security Deputy Advisor Lee Jong Seok, who is visiting the United States. 

11/17 Block on North Korean Web Site LeavesInternet Users in South Exasperated (OhmyNews) -- Thirty-one North Korea-related Web sites were blocked this time around, including Minjok Tongshin, Chosun Sinbo, Chosun Music, North Korea Info Bank, DPRK Stamp and Uriminzokkiri. The MIC has also placed a block on the Web site of Kim Il Sung Open University, which just opened on Nov. 9.     List of Pro-North Webs 

11/13 'U.S. Unilateralism Is Failing the World' (OhmyNews) -- In a keynote address at the opening ceremony of the World Summit of the Nobel Peace Laureates held in Rome on Wednesday, Korea's former President Kim Dae Jung reprimanded the United States for maintaining "a unilateral attitude" and "failing to lead the world to a united system of cooperation." 

11/13 Former U.S. Ambassador, “Changes to North Korean Regime Should Come from Within” (Donga) -- On November 12, the former United States Ambassador to Korea Donald Gregg made a metaphoric comparison of the relations between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. to “an old wooden warship with grimy planks.” The metaphor was made to illustrate that “it is time the two countries recognize the changes that have taken place and make necessary repairs.”  He also argued, “Any changes in the North Korean regime should be made from within, and its neighbors outside should not be putting on pressure.”

11/13 Gov't to Investigate Ex-President for Extortion (Korea Times) -- Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan said Friday the government will set up an independent commission to investigate the allegation that Jeongsu Scholarship Foundation, founded by late President Park Chung-hee, had extorted money from businessmen during the 1960s.

11/08  The World Reacts to Bush's Re-Election (OhmyNews) -- As re-election victory loomed for US president George W. Bush, Norway's politicians made their first statements about the American election and the prospect of four more years of Bush's Republican administration. Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik said Wednesday he hoped Bush would now rebuild confidence in international cooperation. 

11/08 U.S. Embassy Opens 'Cafe USA' Online Community (Chosun Ilbo) -- "Let's have honest and frank discussions with Korean Internet users." On Monday, the U.S. Embassy opened "Cafe USA," an online community with Daum Cafe, in order to hold frank discussions with the Internet users of Korea, the nation with the world's highest Internet user ratio. One can access the site either through the U.S. Embassy homepage (http://seoul.usembassy.gov). 

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Book Review: Love in a Season of Ideology by Chang Song-nak -- This unusual love story by Chang Song-nak, a North Korean refugee, is loosely based on real people caught in the turmoil of the Cold War.  Even amidst of the barbaric war atrocities, true love persists against all odds.  The story begins with the main character of the novel Seil, a young son of a medical doctor in North Korea, rescuing a destitute little girl Suni whose mother is tortured to death by savage Japanese police for harboring her brother, a Kim Il Sung guerrilla fighter. 

Film Review: The Unsung Heroes (이름 없는  영웅들) -- This movie from North Korea is about a North Korean spy ring's exploits in South Korea during the Korean War.  It is based loosely on non-fictional real people and real events. It includes a cast of real people as well as fictional figures highly dramatized.

Video: Silence Broken - The Korean Comfort Women -- The National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA) presents SILENCE BROKEN: KOREAN COMFORT WOMEN, a candid and emotional documentary by filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson about Korean women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. 

Willow Tree Shade -- Impressive life story of Susan Ahn Cuddy a pioneer Korean American woman. She lived an immigrant life in the early 1900's in California and became the first Asian woman officer in the United States forces during WWII. She was the Navy's first female gunnery officer and later went on to work for US Navy Intelligence and NSA. She is the American born daughter of one of Korea's greatest patriots and follower of American democracy Dosan Ahn Chang Ho. 

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