Tuesday, July 15, 2008

You Win Some, You Lose Some

(Cartoon from Hankyoreh. Click here for the English translation.)

I don't know if the candlelight vigils are still going on Korea; they've been eclipsed in the news by the shooting of a South Korean tourist by a North Korean border guard on July 11, and by the resurgence of an old controversy between Korea and Japan over the islets of Dokdo, which both countries claim as their territory. It must be a slight relief for President Lee Myung-bak to have other matters in the headlines. He still has his problems, though, like resistance to the appointment of his aide Gu Bon-hong as the new head of YTN, a 24-hour Korean news channel, but Lee's allies in the National Assembly are working to stifle dissent on the Internet.