Friday, November 27, 2009

Daily Kor for November 27, 2009

Normally you would find some snarky analysis here, but I'm off with some friends to Wailana Coffee House for some Thanksgiving grub, thank you very much.
From all of us at Monster Island (actually a peninsula, though currently headquartered on an island), here's wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving. May you be so blessed with things to be thankful for, that your food gets cold just listing them all.
  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission officially finds that at least 4900 civilians were killed by South Korean military and police in opening months of Korean War (links here)
  2. Promising marriage in order to obtain sex no longer illegal thanks to Constitutional Court decision (links here)
  3. South Korea's two major umbrella labor groups threaten joint strike over efforts to weaken unions (AFP)
  4. Railway workers strike disrupts freight service (Yonhap, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily)
  5. Conservative group says it will release list of pro-North Korean activists early next year (Yonhap)
  6. South and North Korea to send joint survey teams to China and Vietnam to find international model for Kaesŏng industrial park (Yonhap, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  7. Seoul considering non-cash payments for tour programs in effort to raise transactional transparency (Yonhap)
  8. Defense Ministry says Afghanistan troop deployment to be under 400 (Yonhap)
  9. Baby girl in Kimhae tests positive for H1N1 flu twice (Yonhap, Korea Times)
  10. Bank of Korea sets inflation targets of between 2.0 and 4.0 percent for 2010 to 2012 period (Reuters, Korea Herald)
  11. South Korea's current account surplus stands at $4.94 billion in October, the ninth month of surplus in a row (WSJ, Yonhap)
  12. Hyundai-Kia aims to sell 1 million units in China next year (Reuters via CNBC, CNBC Asia)
  13. South Korea launches dispute at WTO over US measures to raise prices on imported steel (Reuters via NYT
  14. Morgan Stanley says Korean profits beat forecasts (Bloomberg)
  15. New official biography of Kim Ilsung credits Dear Leader with inventing whack-a-mole (Reuters)

[above: After American industrial spies stole the idea, the k at the end of whack was removed to distance the game from its North Korean paradise roots.]

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