South Korea may best be known for slick electronics and saccharine pop tunes, but less of that stereotypical effervescence was present in Seoul in December. Instead, the streets were filled with throngs of angry union workers, facing down riot police in a show of defiance against a government plan that they say would lead to layoffs and privatization.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday January 5, 2014 1:00 pm|
|By: DSWright Tuesday April 9, 2013 9:25 am|
With weeks of threats the North Koreans seem to be finally hitting the “put or shut up” level as the international community mostly shrugs the rogue state off. North Korea has now told foreigners in South Korea to take safety measures, claiming to not want to be held responsible for any non-South Koreans and Americans it would hurt in any possible attack.
|By: DSWright Tuesday February 19, 2013 2:15 pm|
Winston Churchill once said “Diplomacy is the art of telling people to go to hell in such a way that they ask for directions.”
North Korea, it seems, only took part of the lesson.
During a debate at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament North Korea threatened to annihilate South Korea – something it now has the means to do
|By: David Dayen Thursday October 13, 2011 6:59 am|
As Public Citizen’s Lori Wallach explained yesterday, the three trade agreements passed Congress in a whirlwind of activity last night, because a present for the President of South Korea’s visit to Washington today is more important than a considered debate about the role of neoliberal trade agreements and what they have traditionally done to US exports. In addition, the House did pass Trade Adjustment Assistance, with every Democrat supporting and about half of Republicans. This had already passed the Senate, so the entire package goes to the President for his signature, and he is pleased about this:
|By: David Dayen Friday September 23, 2011 9:50 am|
Speaking of Congress, they may be getting themselves in a position to actually pass those three long-stalled trade agreements The Senate passed a bill providing assistance for workers displaced by trade agreements, but its prospects in the House are uncertain.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 4, 2011 3:05 pm|
The South Korea deal could cost 159,000 jobs in the first eight years, and the Colombia deal 60,000 jobs.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 15, 2011 1:15 pm|
The Administration should take the opportunity to dissolve the Department and move its parts into other federal bureaus, and blame Republicans for forcing his hand to boot.
|By: David Dayen Thursday February 3, 2011 5:20 pm|
Virtually every time that Republicans or the Obama Administration talk about working together, they specifically cite the South Korea free trade agreement as a point of covergence. The agreement, modified by Obama’s negotiators last year but substantially similar to the corporate-written agreement originally negotiated under George W. Bush, looks like it’s on a glide path to passage, given that unanimity. In fact, the only person standing in the way is noted grassroots labor organizer Max Baucus.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 20, 2010 7:00 am|
Bill Richardson, the utility diplomat on the Democratic bench, has secured a deal with North Korea to allow nuclear inspectors back in their Yongbon nuclear facility. They also agreed to allow fuel rods to ship to an outside country, probably South Korea, for enrichment. And, the US will receive some remains from Korean War-era soldiers.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday December 8, 2010 3:10 pm|
Let’s move out of the tax-cut frying pan and into the South Korea free trade agreement fire. The Wall Street Journal says that KORUS, which is the nickname the White House has been using for the deal, is picking up support. But the first piece of their article concerns how Max Baucus, the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, is very frustrated by it.