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Sun, February 25, 2024 | 13:53
[Roundtable] Moon rises as the stars align over Koreas
As he approaches the second year of his term in office _ normally the moment in Korea's “imperial presidency” system when the traditional resentment against leadership is unleashed and approval ratings begin the inexorable lurch south _ the stars are strangely aligning for President Moon Jae-in.
1950s: era of US aid and destitution after war
In the late 1940s, when South Korea was established as a separate country, it was described by one foreign official as a “bullock-cart economy” going nowhere. Not only was it poor ― per capita income was $86 ― but it was going to remain so. The potential workforce, it seemed, sat on its haunches by the roadside watching the bullocks trundle by.
[century] Korea came of age with 1988 Seoul Olympics
"North or South?" the London cab driver asked me after I told him I had flown in that day from Korea. "You know North Korea is communist?" he added when I said I had come from South Korea.
[century]Abduction of opposition leader Kim Dae-jung in 1973
Before he became the president of South Korea and launched the effort to reconcile with North Korea, earning him the Nobel Peace Prize, Kim Daejung was best known as the country’s most prominent democratic dissident.
[century] Sudden death of N. Korean leader Kim Il-sung in 1994
The unexpected death of Kim Il-sung on July 8, 1994, was a milestone in the modern history of North Korea but one that, in retrospect, brought no significant change to the lives of the people on either side of the border.
[century] Inter-Korean summit and years of Sunshine policy
In June 2000, when the leaders of the two Koreas, Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il, embraced at Sunan Airport, expectations that this first-ever summit would lead to reconciliation ran high in South Korea and around the world.
[Century] General Chun Doo-hwan took power in a coup
After the murder of Korean president, Park Chung-hee, in late 1979 by his own intelligence chief, the reins of government were taken up by then prime minister Choi Kyuh-hah.
[Century] Gen. Park Chung-hee’s May 16 coup and rise of military regime
At 5 a.m. on the morning of May 16, 1961, a guard who was supposed to be on duty fell asleep in his hut on the northern end of the Han River Bridge and did not notice a convey of tanks crossing from the south.
[century] Second Republic: could democracy have succeeded in 1960?
The now forgotten months between the collapse of the government of President Rhee Syngman in April 1960 and the military coup of Park Chung-hee in May 1961 present one of the intriguing what-ifs of modern Korean history. The Second Republic, as this period is known, was a democracy. What if there had been no coup? Would that democracy have been sustained?
Forestation: clothing the mountains
When foreign war veterans visit the battlefields in Korea where they fought North Korean and Chinese forces 60 years ago, they notice one enormous change in the terrain: trees. They're everywhere. The once bare hills of wartime Korea are now clothed in foliage.