East Asia




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Fukushima cost US$ 84bn - the Guardian:

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  • "so far, the plant has accumulated about 500,000 tonnes of contaminated water - which is being stored in more than 1,000 tanks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Tepco has yet to begin removing melted fuel from reactors 1, 2 and 3, where radiation levels are too high for humans to enter"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "decommissioning the entire plant is expected to take at least 40 years"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the operation, including compensation for tens of thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "will cost 10 tn yen - US$ 84 bn !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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South Korea: the left-leaning liberal Moon Jae-in wins the Elections - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Moon Jae-in has won presidential election comfortably ! - after conservative predecessor ousted in corruption scandal"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by promising to tackle rising inequality, and youth unemployment !!! - and make a clean break from his scandal-hit predecessor  !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Moon Jae-in has won South Korea’s presidential election: the former human rights lawyer won 41.4% of the vote"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "placing him comfortably ahead of the centrist Ahn Cheol-soo - and the conservative hardliner Hong Joon-pyo"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "South Koreans who backed Moon, 64, are hoping, the election result will mark a clean break"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "from the corruption scandal surrounding his disgraced predecessor Park Geun-hye"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the national election commission forecasts that turnout will exceed 80%"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Moon - the Democratic Party candidate - captured the public mood, with vows to reform South Korea’s "chaebols"   !!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ( family-owned conglomerates )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and tackle rising inequality and youth unemployment !!!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Moon said: "my party and I invested all our efforts with a sense of desperation - but we felt a great desire by the people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to build a country we can be proud of again !!!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his term will begin immediately, rather than after the customary two-month transition period - an arrangement forced by Park’s abrupt departure"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Park Geun-hye: South Korean Court removes President over Scandal - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the conservative Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her, over a corruption and cronyism scandal"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the dramatic judgement brings an abrupt and ignominious end to Park’s four years in office - the most dramatic development yet in a scandal that has gripped and horrified South Koreans in equal measure"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Park will immediately forfeit the executive immunity she enjoyed as president, meaning prosecutors can summon, question and possibly arrest her"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "South Korea has 60 days to elect a new leader - after the court’s eight justices unanimously supported the impeachment motion"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which accused Park of extortion, bribery, abuse of power, and leaking government secrets"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "South Koreans reacted to the scandal last summer by protesting in their millions every weekend - that culminated in her removal"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "opinion polls show that that Moon Jae-in, a former MP from the "Democratic party of Korea" is the favourite to succeed her"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • the chief justice, Lee Jung-Mi: "the president’s actions had seriously impaired the spirit of democracy, and the rule of law !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "President Park Geun-Hye has been dismissed - her actions betrayed the people’s confidence !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they were a grave violation of law ! - which cannot be tolerated !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Lim Na-kyung, a student, said: "the impeachment of the president is a day that will go down in history. My heart is full of emotion"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is a victory of democracy !"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Park was the most unpopular South Korean leader, since the country became a democracy in the late 1980s"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "public anger also focuses on the political influence - by the the most powerful figures in South Korea’s family-run conglomerates"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "known as "chaebol""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Election Meddling of South Korean Spy Chief - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "South Korea's former spy chief has been indicted on charges of meddling in last year's presidential elections"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Won Sei-hoon ordered his agents to post comments slandering liberal candidates"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and praising the conservative Park Geun-hye"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "NIS [national intelligence service] agents tried to portray the opposition candidate Moon Jae-in"

 

 

 

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  • "as being too soft on North Korea and unqualified to protect South Korea against North Korean threats"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Park won the election in December by a million votes and took office in February"

 

 

 

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  • "Won resigned as head of the national intelligence service after serving four years under the conservative president, Lee Myung-bak"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOUTH KOREA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ SOUTH KOREA


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Capital: Seoul | Population: 51.5 million



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Foreign Minister Ban - US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06SEOUL2399

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  • ""harmonizer," "consensus-seeker," and "Mr. Teflon""

 

 

 

 

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  • "are the most common descriptions of Ban Ki-moon"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a consummate diplomat"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ban now finds himself at the top of his career largely because of his ability to get along with others"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Ban is a very skilled diplomat, excellent at forging compromise solutions"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all in the service of his political masters"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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der neue Präsident Moon Jae-in wird Südkoreas System reformieren - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Ansturm bei Wahl des Nachfolgers von Park Geun-hye, die wegen Korruption gehen musste  !"

 

 

 

 

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  • "am Ende wurde es der erwartete Erdrutschsieg für den linken Präsidentschaftskandidaten Moon Jae-in"

 

 

 

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  • "über 41 Prozent der Stimmen konnte der 64-Jährige für sich gewinnen"

 

 

 

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  • "weit abgeschlagen folgt der konservative Hardliner Hong Joon-pyo"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Moon hat seinen Wählern versprochen, gründlich am Status quo zu rütteln - vor allem eine grundlegende Reform des Chaebol-Systems"

 

 

 

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  • "die familiengeführten Konglomerate hindern die Volkswirtschaft daran, ein nachhaltiges Wachstumsmodell hervorzubringen"

 

 

 

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  • "diese wähnten sich über dem Gesetz - und verhindern das Gedeihen eines gesunden Mittelstands"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Moon Jae-in wird sein Land volksnäher und transparenter führen, als seine öffentlichkeitsscheue Vorgängerin Park Geun-hye"

 

 

 

 

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  • "der Wahltag in Südkorea ist ein beeindruckendes Signal der Demokratie: 80 Prozent aller Wahlberechtigten machten von ihrem Stimmrecht Gebrauch"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Südkoreas Präsidentin Park Geun-hye wurde ihres Amtes enthoben - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Südkoreas konservative Präsidentin Park Geun-hye wurde am Freitag endgültig ihres Amtes enthoben"

 

 

 

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  • "drei Monate nach Beginn des Verfahrens durch das Parlament urteilte am Freitag auch das Verfassungsgericht gegen Park"

 

 

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  • "die wegen einer Korruptionsaffäre schwer unter Druck geraten war"

 

 

 

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  • "nun muss binnen 60 Tagen ein neuer Staatschef gewählt werden"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Verleumdungskampagne gegen Präsidentschaftskandidaten - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "in einem Skandal um Manipulation des südkoreanischen Präsidentenwahlkampfs von 2012"

 

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  • "ist der frühere Geheimdienstchef Won Sei-hoon zu drei Jahren Haft verurteilt worden"

 

 

 

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  • "die Staatsanwaltschaft warf dem Ex-Direktor des Aufklärungsdienstes NIS vor, mit Hilfe von Untergebenen"

 

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  • "eine Verleumdungskampagne im Internet gegen den aussichtsreichsten Kandidaten der Opposition organisiert zu haben"

 

 

 

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  • "die Wahl hatte die Kandidatin der konservativen Regierungspartei, Park Geun-hye, gewonnen"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Coal Mines
- US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06BEIJING24176

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  • "3,726 coal mine workers died in mine accidents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coal Mines - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06BEIJING23804

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  • "Chinese experts (ministry labor social security - MOLSS, and state administration work safety - SAWS)"

 

 

 

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  • "were extremely candid about the seriousness of China's mine safety problem"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a failing mine safety regime based on an incomplete legal framework with poor enforcement"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on collusion between mine owners and local government officials responsible for enforcing mine safety laws"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many mine accidents, including accidents with large numbers of fatalities"

 

 

 

 

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  • "go unreported, the actual number of mine fatalities and injuries is unknown"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coal Mines - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06BEIJING24258

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  • "coal provides 65 to 70 percent of China's energy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Coal Mines - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06BEIJING24641

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  • "23,000 coal mines are classified as "small", they produce less than 30,000 tons per year"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these small mines are responsible for most of the accidents"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "all small coal mines are privately-owned"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and many of them are illegal"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Autonomy
- US cable - 2008:
LINK ¤ 08OTTAWA803

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  • "Canadian Parliamentarians' letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao calling for "earnest" negotiations with the Dalai Lama:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we offer our cooperation in finding a solution to the longstanding Tibetan dispute"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it seems to us an honourable resolution is attainable"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "your government is seeking assurances that Tibet will be an integral part of a sovereign China"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "His Holiness the Dalai Lama has accepted this as a condition"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for declaring the Tibetan Plateau a genuinely autonomous region"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "where Tibetans can speak their language"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "practise their religion"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and cherish their culture"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dalai Lama calls for Focus on Climate
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "exiled Buddhist leader said"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the political agenda should be sidelined"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in favour of climate issues"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the political agenda should be sidelined for five to 10 years"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the international community should shift its focus to climate change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "melting glaciers, deforestation and increasingly polluted water from mining projects"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "are problems that cannot wait"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama empfängt den Dalai Lama - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "US-Präsident Barack Obama hat trotz chinesischer Kritik den Dalai Lama im Weißen Haus empfangen"

 

 

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  • "der Präsident betonte seine starke Unterstützung für die Bewahrung"

 

 

 

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  • "der einzigartigen religiösen, kulturellen und sprachlichen Traditionen der Tibeter"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dach der Welt unter chinesischer Verwaltung
- der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Verwaltung und Wirtschaft werden von Chinesen beherrscht"

 

 

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  • "viele Tibeter sind dagegen arm geblieben und fühlen sich als Menschen zweiter Klasse diskriminiert"

 

 

 

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  • "über 100.000 Tibeter leben im Exil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UN Panel accuses North Korea of Human Rights Abuses - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "North Korea's leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses"

 

 

 

 

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  • "against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is overwhelming evidence"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that crimes against humanity have been, and are still being, committed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the report notes that the North Korean state has used food as a means of control over the population"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it has prioritised those whom the authorities believe to be crucial in maintaining the regime over those deemed expendable"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "perhaps the most chilling section describes the vast network of secret prison camps, known as kwanliso"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "between 80,000 and 120,000 political prisoners are still held, in many cases secretly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the abuses clearly meet the threshold needed for proof of crimes against humanity in international law"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Rights - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09TOKYO203

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  • "the situation in North Korea is dire"

 

 

 

 

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  • "eight million people face starvation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there have been reports of increased crackdowns on markets"

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a continuing outflow of people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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better Ties with South Korea - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Kim Jong-un, has called for better ties with South Korea in a rare new year broadcast"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UNO wirft Nordkorea Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit vor - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Nordkorea begeht "systematische und weitreichende" Menschenrechtsverletzungen, von denen viele Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit sind"

 

 

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  • "die UNO wirft der Führung in Pjöngjang auch vor, derzeit in vier großen Lagern zwischen 80.000 und 120.000 politische Gefangene zu internieren"

 

 

 

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  • "Vertreter der Führung in Pjöngjang müssen deshalb vor den Internationalen Strafgerichtshof in Den Haag gebracht werden"

 

 

 

 

 

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Annäherung an Süden - der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "Kim Jong-un hat sich für einen "radikalen" Wechsel in der Politik seines seit Jahrzehnten abgeschotteten Landes ausgesprochen"

 

 

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  • "er sprach sich für ein Ende der Konfrontation zwischen Nord und Südkorea aus"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MONGOLIA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ MONGOLIA


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Capital: Ulaanbaatar | Population: 3.0 million



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Mining - US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08ULAANBAATAR68

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  • "copper-rich Oyu Tolgoi and the world-class coal deposit Tavan Tolgoi"

 

 

 

 

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  • "are located in the south Gobi Desert"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Mongolia and Rio Tinto / Ivanhoe broke through a negotiating logjam to reach a deal"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Parliament has balked at approving this agreement"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which is overloaded with tax exemptions that deny Mongolia badly needed revenue"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "US department of commerce advocacy support to both Peabody and Rio Tinto"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "offers substantial, long-term export potential for US manufacturers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EAST ASIA - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ EAST ASIA

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  • "East Asia is the eastern subregion of the Asian continent"

 

 

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  • "more than 1.5 billion people, about 38% of the population of Asia and 22% or over one fifth of all the people in the world, live in East Asia"

 

 

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East Asia - Map: LINK ¤ WIKIMEDIA

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