Monthly Archives: February 2014

A society that doesn’t appreciate the value of conscience, but conscience is sturdier than fate

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <CBS NocutNews, "Reporter Note" by Sang-Wook Byeon> under the Korean title ‘양심의 가치를 모르는 사회, 양심은 운명보다 견고해‘ on Feb. 11, 2014, commenting on the innocence sentence to former Seoul Regional Police Agency chief Yong-Pan Kim against the charge of the […]

Bodies and feathers of fabricated spy cases

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <CBS NocutNews, "Reporter Note" by Sang-Wook Byeon> under the title ‘간첩조작 사건의 몸통과 깃털’ on Feb. 18, 2014, retracing history of fabricated spy cases in Korean modern history. One story that rattles the whole Korean political sphere is the so-called ‘Seoul […]

Not-guilty after 22 years … when will the judiciary apologize?

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of a web-posting appeared in <SBS> on Feb. 16, 2014, expressing reporters personal recollections and mixed feelings about innocence verdict on Ki-Hoon Kang suicide note ghostwriting case in 1992, whopping 22 years ago. At that time, Korean people’s desire to achieve political democracy against succession of […]

“Please, Holy Father, would you come and visit our Gangjeong village?”

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <Hankyoreh > on Feb. 14, 2014, reporting a campaign by Gangjeong villagers and peace activists to ask people to write letters to Pope Francis to drop by Gangjeong village where peaceful and tenacious anti-naval base movement has been going on for […]

Crying former Ssangyong Motors workers … Court ruled in favor of 153 laid-off workers

Disclaimer: The following is a totally personal translation of an article appeared in The Kyunghyang Shinmun on Feb. 7, 2014, reporting a court ruling invalidating the 2009 mass layoff by Ssangyong Motors which claimed 24 lives and caused ever-reverberating social conundrums in Korea since. If upheld in Supreme Court, it will pave the way that […]