North Korea remains a dangerously irrational and belligerent country, willing to gamble that it can disrupt peace on the Korean peninsula at no cost. Problem is, there's nothing South Koreans can do about it—even they've faced the facts—because China is standing in the way.
Jeju, South Korea's southern-most island, has long been a favorite winter destination for Asian tourists seeking warm weather and beautiful beaches. It is also renowned for delicious—and relatively cheap—seafood; Japanese tourists often fly to the island to enjoy sashimi at a fraction of the price they'd pay back home.
Asia has long yearned to create its own Ivy League for the great mass of students who can't afford to make it to Harvard. Now it has found a shortcut. Two years ago Yonsei, South Korea's oldest and most prestigious private university, set up the Underwood International College (UIC), which offers a four-year program of all-English-language classes to compete with the best institutions in America and Europe.
Intensely nationalistic South Korea has long been ambivalent about foreign investment. In the late 1990s, the country was forced to open its doors to private-equity funds and other international investors because, in the wake of the 1997-98 crash, the government badly needed help bailing out failing companies.
It may seem like just an election. But for Kim Ki Shik, it is a crusade. On behalf of some 400 civic, environmental and feminist groups, Kim and fellow activists have drawn up a blacklist of 86 candidates they claim shouldn't be elected in this week's parliamentary balloting because of corruption, incompetence or past connections to dictatorship.