By Ben McGrath, 23 November 2016
Another mass protest in Seoul on Saturday involving hundreds of thousands of people has continued to put pressure on Park to resign.
By Ben McGrath, 15 November 2016
The pressure on President Park to step down is growing after the South Korean capital’s largest protest in 30 years.
By Ben McGrath, 7 November 2016
Park’s approval rating has fallen to 5 percent, the lowest of any South Korean president, as a result of the corruption scandal involving her personal confidante, Choi Soon-sil.
By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2016
Intense conflicts in ruling circles are behind accusations that President Park Gen-hye and her confidantes were involved in illegal activity.
By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2016
The South Korean working class is fighting against government-led attempts to cut wages in public and private businesses.
By our reporter, 14 September 2016
The fly-past at South Korea’s Osan Air Base was also designed to send a message to Beijing to ramp up pressure on North Korea.
By Ben McGrath, 9 September 2016
The company’s financial problems are a further indication of the economic instability facing the world economy.
By Peter Symonds, 23 August 2016
While nominally aimed against North Korea, the exercises consolidate Washington’s military alliance with Seoul as it makes preparations for conflict with China.
By Ben McGrath, 22 August 2016
Workers are bearing the brunt of the industry’s financial instability, while the trade unions work to prevent a unified struggle.
By Ben McGrath, 15 August 2016
South Korea is lining up more explicitly with Washington and its war drive in the region, using North Korea’s nuclear tests as a pretext.
By Ben McGrath, 8 August 2016
The MPK’s criticisms of the THAAD system are driven by concerns over possible Chinese economic retaliation and also seek to block the development of anti-war opposition.
By Ben McGrath, 12 July 2016
The investigation into the People’s Party is a politically-motivated attack by President Park Geun-hye’s administration.
By Ben McGrath, 11 July 2016
The installation will likely inflame tensions while continuing to stoke an arms race in East Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 31 May 2016
Victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki fear they will continue to be ignored following the US president’s trip.
By Ben McGrath, 15 April 2016
The Minjoo Party of Korea’s victory is not an endorsement of their policies but a sign of frustration with deteriorating economic conditions.
By Ben McGrath, 15 March 2016
The South Korean sanctions go further than the recent UN resolution in strangling the North Korean economy and exacerbating Pyongyang’s political crisis.
By Peter Symonds, 8 March 2016
This year’s joint war games are based on a new operational plan that includes pre-emptive attacks on North Korean missile and nuclear sites and “decapitation” raids to kill its leaders.
By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2016
Seoul’s denunciations of Pyongyang come before massive war games with the US, designed to simulate a takeover of the entire Korean Peninsula.
By Peter Symonds, 16 February 2016
Far from being a defensive move, the restructuring of US forces in South Korea is bound up with more aggressive war plans, agreed last year between Washington and Seoul.
By Ben McGrath, 6 February 2016
The proposed launch has further raised tensions following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test and will undoubtedly be exploited by the US to justify its military buildup in Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 1 February 2016
Seoul’s decision will further integrate South Korea into Washington’s plans for an anti-ballistic missile system aimed against China.
By Peter Symonds, 25 January 2016
The study is a master plan for an accelerating arms race in Asia in preparation for a conflict that would draw in the entire region and the world.
By Ben McGrath, 14 January 2016
The departure of Kim Han-gil and the creation of new opposition parties constitute attempts to head off discontent among South Korean workers.
By Peter Symonds, 11 January 2016
Washington has seized on the latest North Korean nuclear test to accelerate its military build-up in the region against China as part of the US “pivot to Asia.”
By Ben McGrath, 9 January 2016
Not used since 1986, the charge of sedition represents a deepening of the Park government’s suppression of political dissent.
By Ben McGrath, 8 January 2016
The stationing of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula would be a major escalation of the US military build-up in Asia, directed primarily against China, not North Korea.
By Ben McGrath, 30 December 2015
The deal will be welcomed in Washington which has been pressing its two allies to mend their rift and collaborate more closely in the US “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Ben McGrath, 21 December 2015
Ahn Cheol-soo’s departure from the NPAD indicates the party is in disarray amid falling approval ratings after years of anti-working class policies while in power.
By Ben McGrath, 8 December 2015
Saturday’s protestors criticized laws that will increase the casualization of the workforce and demanded President Park’s resignation.
By Ben McGrath, 26 November 2015
Exploiting the Paris attacks, Park Geun-hye’s administration is seeking anti-terror legislation that will be used more broadly against the working class.
By Ben McGrath, 17 November 2015
The demonstration indicated the anger among workers and youth over new labor laws and the rewriting of school history texts.
By Ben McGrath, 5 November 2015
The government is seeking to glorify past regimes while whipping up anti-North Korean propaganda among the country’s youth.
By Ben McGrath, 2 November 2015
The lack of any reference by China to maritime disputes or Japan’s whitewashing of the crimes of its military in the 1930s and 1940s was a significant concession to Tokyo.
By Ben McGrath, 21 October 2015
The US is seeking to apply pressure to South Korea to pursue an agenda more in line with Washington’s “pivot to Asia” against China.
By Ben McGrath, 1 October 2015
With the aid of the trade unions, the government is proposing laws to allow companies to more easily fire workers, while slashing wages.
By Ben McGrath, 29 September 2015
Auto manufacturers like Hyundai and GM Korea are demanding wage cuts and speedups as well as the casualization of the workforce.
By Andre Damon, 2 September 2015
Renewed assurances from the Federal Reserve of continued infusions of cash into the financial markets have been insufficient to calm fears of a sharp deterioration in world economic activity.
By Ben McGrath, 1 September 2015
The conclusion of war games saw the largest-ever joint live-fire drill between the US and South Korea.
By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2015
With the US applying immense pressure to the North Korean regime, recent events demonstrate how a relatively minor episode can escalate rapidly into armed conflict.
By Ben McGrath, 24 August 2015
Despite talks between North and South Korea, both sides continue to issue threats and counter-threats.
By Ben McGrath, 22 August 2015
The underlying conflict between the US and China dramatically amplifies the dangers of any military clash on the Korean Peninsula.
By Ben McGrath, 21 August 2015
The hostilities follow weeks of accusations and counter-accusations since two South Korean soldiers were maimed by landmines.
By Ben McGrath, 25 July 2015
Suspicions that the NIS spied on political opponents continue to grow as more information comes to light.
By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2015
The latest revelation further underscores the anti-democratic character of the South Korean state and its spy agencies.
By Ben McGrath, 23 June 2015
The spread of the virus has been compounded by a lack of preparation and measures for dealing with the sick.
By Ben McGrath, 4 June 2015
The anti-democratic court ruling is designed to prevent teachers and other public employees from voicing their political opinions.
By Ben McGrath, 20 May 2015
Kerry used his trip to South Korea to deepen military ties, supposedly in order to counter the threat posed by North Korea.
By Ben McGrath, 30 April 2015
Confronted by broad working class opposition to government austerity measures, the unions are confining workers to limited protests.
By Ben McGrath, 25 April 2015
The treaty is designed to ensure that South Korea does not acquire nuclear weapons and remains militarily dependent on the United States.
By Ben McGrath, 14 April 2015
Carter made clear that Washington is intent on increasing its overall military presence in the country.
By Ben McGrath, 31 March 2015
Seoul’s decision was welcomed by China and came in defiance of US pressure.
By Ben McGrath, 20 March 2015
Tensions between South Korea and China could rise if the US established an anti-ballistic missile battery on the Korean Peninsula.
By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2015
Compared to past speeches Park Geun-hye appeared to pull her punches on the crimes of Japanese imperialism in the 1930s and 1940s.
By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2015
The South Korean media is seizing upon the attack, carried out by a nationalist with ties to the ruling conservative party, to denounce “left-wing extremism.”
By Ben McGrath, 2 March 2015
In the past few years, the US has used the war games to escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
By Ben McGrath, 11 February 2015
While the NIS head has been convicted of electoral interference, the agency retains all of its police-state powers that will be used against the working class.
By Ben McGrath, 20 January 2015
North Korea has offered direct negotiations with the US, but Washington continues to whip up tensions on the Korean peninsula.
By Ben McGrath, 13 January 2015
President Park Geun-hye’s government has whipped up a series of “red scares.”
By Ben McGrath, 31 December 2014
While the memorandum of understanding is nominally directed against North Korea, the US clearly wants an agreement that targets China as well.
By Ben McGrath, 24 December 2014
The ruling is an attack on basic democratic rights, aimed at silencing political criticism and opposition.
By Ben McGrath, 5 December 2014
The ship’s sinking has highlighted the deplorable conditions facing migrant fishermen in South Korea.
By Ben McGrath, 4 November 2014
The ferry tragedy is being exploited to revive the death penalty, which has not been carried out in South Korea since 1997.
By Ben McGrath, 6 October 2014
A series of Korean soldiers have died since April in cases that have shocked the public.
By Ben McGrath, 25 September 2014
The government in Seoul has not ruled out providing military assistance to the US in the Middle East.
By Ben McGrath, 26 August 2014
Employees of South Korea’s two largest auto manufacturers walked off the job last Friday for four hours.
By Ben McGrath, 19 July 2014
Renault Samsung workers held a partial strike Monday demanding increased wages and other benefits.
By Ben McGrath, 12 July 2014
While the militarization of Japan is currently targeted at China, it is alarming Seoul, a key ally of the United States.
By Ben McGrath, 9 July 2014
The developing relationship between China and South Korea has led to questions about Seoul’s relations with Washington.
By Ben McGrath, 21 June 2014
As well as seeking to deflect anger over the ferry disaster, Park is seeking to consolidate her power and push forward with an austerity agenda.
By Ben McGrath, 17 June 2014
The captain of the capsized South Korean ferry is being made a scapegoat to deflect attention from the government’s responsibility for the lack of safety.
By Ben McGrath, 6 June 2014
Despite falling support for President Park following the Sewol ferry disaster, opposition party failed to make significant advances.
By Ben McGrath, 2 June 2014
The incorporation of South Korea into the existing US “missile defence” with Japan would further inflame regional tensions.
By Ben McGrath, 29 May 2014
The nursing home lacked basic fire safety measures and was badly understaffed.
By Ben McGrath, 28 May 2014
The Democrat Party is using a merger with Ahn Cheol-soo’s political group to cover up its right-wing, pro-business agenda and avoid another humiliating election defeat.
By Ben McGrath, 26 May 2014
The opposition NPAD is just as responsible as the Park administration for the undermining of safety standards that led to the sinking.
By Ben McGrath, 5 May 2014
Less than three weeks after the sinking of the Sewol ferry, two subway trains collided in northern Seoul following a mechanical failure.
By Ben McGrath, 28 April 2014
Chung’s resignation is designed to deflect popular anger away from President Park Geun-hye’s administration.
By Ben McGrath, 23 April 2014
In an attempt to divert attention from the government, President Park condemned the actions of the crew as “akin to murder.”
By Ben McGrath, 21 April 2014
While the official death toll continues to climb, families of the victims are increasingly angry at the government and the ferry company.
By Tom Eley, 19 April 2014
Hope has dimmed for finding survivors among the 268 passengers missing from Wednesday’s sinking of the South Korean ferry The Sewol.
By John Watanabe, 17 April 2014
A ferry that sank on Wednesday carrying some 470 people could turn out to be South Korea’s worst shipping accident in decades.
By Ben McGrath, 2 April 2014
Obama was forced to personally intervene to bring Park and Abe together after previous efforts to pressure them to meet had failed.
By Peter Symonds, 1 April 2014
The incident highlights the fragile state of relations on the Korean Peninsula, one of a string of dangerous flashpoints in Asia.
By Ben McGrath, 20 March 2014
Medical residents and doctors struck for 24 hours over regulations introduced that allow hospitals to run profit-seeking subsidiaries.
By Ben McGrath, 6 March 2014
The unions called the protest to contain mounting anger among workers and block an independent movement against the Park government.
By Ben McGrath, 25 February 2014
In conditions of growing distrust and anger among workers, All Together is playing a filthy role as apologist and defender of the KCTU, KMWU and other trade unions.
By Ben McGrath, 20 February 2014
GM Korea plans to slash 1,100 jobs from its Gunsan factory, part of an overall assault on auto workers in Korea and internationally.
By Peter Symonds, 18 January 2014
South Korea warned of “merciless retaliation” in the event of a North Korean “military provocation.”
By Ben McGrath, 15 January 2014
The stoppage was the longest rail strike in country’s history, but the unions channeled the hostility of workers into negotiations with KORAIL and the government.
By Ben McGrath, 23 December 2013
The police operation is a clear attempt by the Park administration to crush working class opposition to the attacks on jobs and living standards.
By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2013
“America is a Pacific power, a resident Pacific power, and we are going nowhere—nowhere,” Biden declared.
By John Chan, 29 November 2013
Miscalculations in the current situation could quickly lead to a clash involving Chinese warplanes with those from Japan, the US or South Korea.
By Ben McGrath, 12 November 2013
If imposed, a ban on the UPP would be the first since 1958 when US-backed dictator Rhee Syng-man outlawed the Progressive Party of his presidential challenger.
By Alex Lantier, 2 October 2013
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wraps up a visit to South Korea today, as part of a US diplomatic offensive to boost military alliances across the Asia-Pacific.
By Ben McGrath, 1 October 2013
President Park’s administration has accused teachers of being involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the government.
By Ben McGrath, 9 September 2013
UPP lawmaker Lee Seok-ki has been detained as part of an anti-communist witch-hunt designed to justify police state measures against the working class.
By Ben McGrath, 5 September 2013
Hyundai and Kia are demanding lower wages and costs, threatening to move production overseas.
By Ben McGrath, 30 August 2013
The raids occurred just as the agency is mired in a scandal over its interference in South Korea’s presidential election last December.
By Ben McGrath, 1 August 2013
The US is sending a message that American troops and bases will not be leaving the Korean peninsula in the foreseeable future.
By Ben McGrath, 3 July 2013
The South Korean and Chinese presidents discussed North Korea’s nuclear programs as well as boosting economic relations.