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Not So Lazy // Larry

Louis had promised Harry a day in bed, and that’s what he was going to get. Before he could make it to the room, Louis stripped into nothing except his boxers and laid under the covers. He pretended to be napping when he heard Harry walk in. 

A Korean American Housewife Confronts South Korea’s National Security Law

An Interview with Shin Eun-mi

On January 10, after detaining her for questioning on charges of violating the National Security Law (NSL), South Korea deported U.S. citizen Shin Eun-mi and barred her from returning to the country for the next five years.

For the past two months, the Korean American housewife had made daily headlines in South Korea after her speaking tour on her travels to North Korea sparked controversy and became the target of right-wing attacks. At one of the events, the detonation of a homemade bomb forced the evacuation of 200 people.

South Korean authorities interrogated Shin for more than 50 hours before deporting her. They also arrested activist Hwang Sun, who emceed the speaking tour.

“The gap caused by national division runs very deep in South Korean society,” says Shin. Indeed, the deportation of Shin and the arrest of Hwang follow on the heels of South Korea’s dissolution of the opposition Unified Progressive Party and growing concerns about an intensifying government crackdown on free speech. The South Korean Ministry of Justice recently announced that it will push to strengthen the controversial NSL to allow the Supreme Court to disband organizations it deems “anti-government.”

For now, Shin, the author of A Korean American Housewife Goes to North Korea, a Korean-language travel journal, is back home in California. The entire ordeal, she says, has taken a toll on her physical and emotional health. In the following interview, she reflects on her recent speaking tour, the South Korean government’s deportation decision, and the kind of response her saga has received in the United States. […]

Talk about your what happened when the South Korean police and the Ministry of Justice took you in for questioning.

The police summoned me three times and the Ministry of Justice once. In total, they interrogated me for over 50 hours. I was scheduled to return to the United States on December 12, but they barred me from leaving the country.

The investigation started based on an allegation that my lectures were in violation of the NSL. But it only took them a few hours to realize that there is nothing to substantiate this allegation. So then they focused their investigation on the content of my book and lectures I had given in the United States — which is absurd. I wrote the book and gave those lectures in the United States, so why is it the business of the South Korean government?

They asked about every line in my book, from the preface to the very last page and demanded to know what my intentions were behind each sentence. For example, I had written in my book, “Christ tells us to love our neighbors, and I realized the North Koreans are our true neighbors,” and they wanted to know, “What is the true meaning behind this sentence?” I wrote about cell phone use in North Korea and printed photographs of my trips in the book, and they wanted to know, “Do you really believe these are real?”

They showed me a copy of an email exchange between me and another person in the United States. The Internet server for our emails is based in the United States, so I have no idea how that was in their possession. […]

Read More: http://kpolicy.org/in-south-korea-preaching-peace-is-now-a-deportable-offense/

S. Korea Arrests Government Critic Suspected of Breaking National Security Law

Hwang Seon Charged With Speaking “Favorably” About North Korea

By Alastair Gale

Updated Jan. 13, 2015 10:43 p.m. ET

SEOUL—South Korean police arrested a former member of a now-defunct far left political party on Wednesday on suspicion of breaking the National Security Law by praising North Korea.

Hwang Seon was taken into custody early on Wednesday, a police spokesman said, on charges of speaking favorably about North Korea during a recent lecture tour with a Korean-American.

Ms. Hwang couldn’t be reached for comment and it wasn’t immediately clear if she had legal representation. Local media reports said she has denied the charges.

Ms. Hwang, a critic of South Korea’s conservative government, helped organize the recent series of lectures across South Korea for the Korean-American, Shin Eun-mi, and appeared on stage with Ms. Shin.

Ms. Shin was deported on Saturday following an investigation after conservative activist groups late last year reported her for allegedly praising North Korea during the speaking events. In the lectures, Ms. Shin talked about her visits to North Korea, including her experiences meeting people and enjoying local beer.

The National Security Law prohibits support for North Korea, which remains in an armed standoff with South Korea after the Korean War of the 1950s finished with an armistice rather than a peace treaty.

Read More: http://www.wsj.com/articles/south-korea-arrests-government-critic-suspected-of-breaking-national-security-law-1421206407

In 1980, as General Chun, Park’s designated successor, took power in a coup, massive protest erupted across the country. In 1980, in the City of Kwangju, hundreds, if not thousands of citizens were raped, bludgeoned, bayoneted, burned, and shot to death for protesting the Chun Regime and demanding democratic reforms. They were tarred as a “colossal rebellion instigated by the North Korean Government”. The presidential candidate, Kim Dae Jung, later to win the Nobel Peace Prize, would be charged as the mastermind of “impure elements and fixed spies” that had instigated the uprising. Concurrently, some 37,000 citizens would also be rounded up and kidnapped off the streets all over the country, placed in “re-education” camps, where they were routinely starved, tortured, beaten, and worked to death. At least 5000 were known to have died in these camps.

Even such small fry as book clubs were targeted: a year later, a group of 22 students and workers in a social science reading club were arrested for reading, among other books, E.H. Carr’s “What is History?”, a collection of lectures on historiography by a middle-of-the-road Cambridge Don.  All of them were tortured for months—beaten, waterboarded, hung from poles, electrocuted; they confessed to being members of an anti-state organization. Drunken meetings in bars, New Year’s Eve parties, a business launching, all of these were classified as subversive gatherings plotting to overthrow the government.

Decades later, lives and livelihoods destroyed, various official investigatory committees and courts determined that the defendants were innocent of all charges in the above incidents. Evidentiary review shows that these cases were fabricated out of whole cloth by the South Korean intelligence agencies.   In particular, in 2007 a court found the 1974 People’s Revolutionary Party defendants innocent, and ordered $63 million of reparations to the aggrieved parties.

Here is the pattern, as predictable as it is brutal: when dissent rises, “discover” an anti-state North Korean conspiracy. Apply torture, character assassination, and trial by state media until punishment ensues. Rinse off blood, and Repeat. These and countless other incidents, contrived by the Intelligence Services, using the draconian National Security Laws, were a dramatic, politically expedient theater of terror that was effective in tamping down rising tides of dissent. The proverb, “Kill a few chickens to scare the monkeys”, is applicable here; to this end, the country was turned into a noisy, busy, steaming slaughterhouse.

This is the ultimate utility of torture: it is the imprinting, broadcasting and branding of state terror into the sinew and marrow of human bodies and human relationships.  Torture tears apart, severs, dissolves the ligaments, tendons, fascia of human solidarity; what remains is a wispy soup of paranoid self-protection. In the nightfall of torture, as whispers seep out of the closed chambers, the miasma of fear suffuses the streets: voices grow hushed, eyes avert or grow dull, dissent vanishes. Fascists prowl, parade, preen, bombast, consume with aplomb. Only the ghosts of the dead continue to raise their voices.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Korean-American woman accused of praising rival North Korea in a recent lecture said she is being deported Saturday from South Korea, in the latest in a series of cases that critics say infringe on the country’s freedom of speech.

The Korea Immigration Service decided to deport Shin Eun-mi, a California resident, after prosecutors determined that her comments violated South Korea’s National Security Law, agency official Kim Du-yeol said.

Shin said she will be taking a flight out of South Korea on Saturday evening, but hopes to be able to return to both Koreas. […]

ALL PEOPLE TAKING AP NSL/ US GOVERNMENT TOMORROW:

Here’s two practice tests (2009 and 1999 I believe):

Practice test 1

Practice test 2

And some great quiz questions: 

Quiz questions (they only explain answers if you get them right so go back and do the ones you missed)

here’s a cheat sheet for cramming

And more online resources here

GOOD LUCK! Remember to know your court cases and amendments!

ALSO: they can’t take off points for you writing wrong answers they can only give you points for getting stuff right SO IF YOU THINK YOU MIGHT KNOW SOMETHING but youre not 100% sure or it might be wrong, WRITE IT DOWN. it can only help!

MAY THE ODDS BE EVER IN YOUR FAVOR

Scholars from foreign universities speak out against violations of democracy in South Korea

By Kim Kyung-wook, staff reporter

Korean studies scholars teaching at foreign universities criticized the National Intelligence Service (NIS) for its political involvement and attempts to manipulate public opinion around the time of last December’s presidential election. They also expressed serious concern over the regression of democracy in South Korea.

On the morning of Oct. 22, 206 scholars from South Korea and overseas, including Park No-ja, professor of Korea Studies at the University of Oslo, held a press conference at the Korea Democracy Foundation in central Seoul.

“The National Intelligence Service’s interference in the presidential election and in politics represents a major threat to the democracy that South Korea has worked so hard to achieve,” the scholars said during the press conference.

“Currently, the NIS is employing cheap tricks to avoid an investigation into its illegal activities and to maintain its power. It is attempting to eliminate its political opposition and to distract people’s attention,” the group said in a statement.

“As scholars with a profound concern for Korea, we want to show our concern for South Korean democracy, which is in danger, while also expressing our solidarity with Koreans. We must ensure that South Korea will never return to the past days of dictators.”

“South Korea is known around the world as a strong example of ‘bottom-up democracy’ and particularly in Southeast Asia as an advanced economy that achieved economic development along with democratic development,” said Jiyoung Song, professor of political science at Singapore Management University. “Because of the National Intelligence Service’s interference in the election, however, it has become impossible to describe South Korea as a democratic country. Democracy in South Korea has devolved to an embarrassing level.”

Allegations were also raised that the scholars had been pressured by the government during the process of preparing for the press conference.

“While we were getting ready to hold the press conference criticizing the National Intelligence Service, there was a scholar who got a message from the South Korean consul saying that we shouldn’t hold the press conference,” said Koo Se-Woong, visiting professor at Yale University. “To be honest, this was a little scary, but we thought that made it all the more necessary to hold the press conference.”

Six academics attended the press conference to represent the 206 scholars, including Park, Song, and Koo.

The other scholars present were Yoonkyung Lee, a professor of comparative politics in East Asia at the State University of New York at Binghamton; Ju Hui Judy Han, professor of human geography at the University of Toronto; and Laam Hae, professor of geography at York University in Canada.

The scholars are planning to carry out a campaign calling for the reform of the NIS.

via http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/608208.html