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- Korean Web Sites for Kids (Yahoo)
Provides information in Korean. Requires the Korean font, which is available through this Web page. 6-02
- Korean Resources (iLoveLanguages - Chambers)
Provides four sources of information. 1-02
- Awesome Library in Korean (Requires Korean font.)
- Korean Search Engine (Gumsak.com)
Provides searches in Korean. Requires the Korean font. 6-02
- Automatic Korean Web Translation (Gist-in-Time Plugin)
Provides a free plugin for your browser that allows you to see the Web in Korean. 6-02
- -See and Hear Web Pages in English, Korean, or Other Languages (Awesome Library)
Awesome Talkster allows you to hear Web pages. You can, for example, set the voice to Korean and start with www.awesomelibrary.org/Korean.html to see and hear the Web in Korean. By adding a voice to Web pages, children and teens can learn to pronounce words as they read them. Awesome Talkster includes an animated character, providing synchronized highlighting so that children can follow along even more easily. This multi-sensory approach is a powerful method for improving reading skills. Online books for children and teens to practice their reading skills are available in the Awesome Library. 1-03
- Korean Flash Cards (StudyStack.com)
Provides flash cards to help the language. 10-04
- Korean Encyclopedia (Wikipedia.org)
Provides over 1,000 articles in the language. 12-04
- -01-25-06 Korean Court Rules Against U.S. Firms on Agent Orange (MSNBC News)
"A South Korean court on Thursday ordered two U.S. manufacturers of the defoliant Agent Orange to pay $62 million in medical compensation to South Korean veterans of the Vietnam War and their families." 01-06
- -07-05-06 North Korean Missles Tests Call for Attention (MSNBC News)
"North Korea’s test-firing of a stream of missiles harmlessly into the sea appeared to be a military failure, but it achieved one important objective for Pyongyang: It got worldwide attention." 07-06
- -04-14-07 Evidence Revealed of Possible U.S. War Crimes During Korean Conflict (CBS News)
"Six years after declaring the U.S. killing of Korean War refugees at No Gun Ri was 'not deliberate,' the Army has acknowledged it found but did not divulge that a high-level document said the U.S. military had a policy of shooting approaching civilians in South Korea."
"When asked last year, the Pentagon didn't address the central question of whether U.S. investigators had seen the document before issuing their No Gun Ri report. Ex-Army Secretary Louis Caldera suggested to The Associated Press that Army researchers may have missed it."
The document said: " 'If refugees do appear from north of U.S. lines they will receive warning shots, and if they then persist in advancing they will be shot,' the ambassador told Rusk, cautioning that these shootings might cause 'repercussions in the United States.' Deliberately attacking noncombatants is a war crime." 04-07
- -07-08-08 Declassified Record: U.S. Allowed Korean Mass Executions (Time.com)
"The American colonel, troubled by what he was hearing, tried to stall at first. But the declassified record shows he finally told his South Korean counterpart it "would be permitted" to machine-gun 3,500 political prisoners, to keep them from joining approaching enemy forces." 07-08
- -04-05-09 North Koreans Launch Rocket (New York Times)
"North Korea defied the United States, China and a series of United Nations resolutions by launching a rocket on Sunday that the country said was designed to propel a satellite into space, but that much of the world viewed as an effort to prove it is edging toward the capability to shoot a nuclear warhead on a longer-range missile." 04-09
- -06-02-09 North Korean Successor Announced (USA Today)
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has picked his youngest son — the NBA-loving product of a Swiss boarding school — to succeed him as ruler of the reclusive, nuclear-armed state, South Korean media and legislators reported Tuesday."
"Choi and others suspect that, at best, Kim Jong Woon would emerge as the front man for someone wielding backstage power. 'If he is indeed the choice — a huge if — it might reflect the desire of some people to have a convenient but powerless figurehead,' Lankov says. 'So somebody is going to run the show, keeping the boy in front.' "
"The real power broker after Kim Jong Il dies might be his brother in law, Jang Song Taek, 63, Choi and other analysts say." 06-09
- -South Korean Woman First to Climb World's 14 Tallest Mountains (USA Today)
"A South Korean has become the first woman to scale the world's 14 highest peaks. Korean television captured the feat as Oh Eun-sun reached the summit of Mount Annapurna Tuesday." 04-10
- -12-18-11 Kim Jong-il, North Korean Leader, Dies (New York Times)
"Kim Jong-il, the reclusive North Korean leader who has been battling ill health following a reported stroke in 2008, has died, the North’s official news media reported on Monday." 12-11
- Korean Language
- 1-7-03 Timeline on USA - North Korean Tensions (BBC News)
Provides a timeline, starting with early October of 2002 regarding the tensions between the USA and North Korea. 1-03
- Translator (Alta Vista)
Provides word translations between English and eight other languages, without the use of language fonts. Included are French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. educacion 4-01
- -Online Translator (WorldLingo.com)
Provides online translations between English, Greek, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Japanese for up to 150 words. 04-08
- Korea (North and South)
- Multilingual Text-to-Speech Engines (Microsoft)
Provides free programs that convert online text to speech in Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, and British English. The free voice engines vary in their quality. Some are not very good. For instance, the Korean voice does not seem to recognize the Korean fonts. The Spanish voice, however, reads text written in Spanish in an understandable way. Requires software to connect the voice programs with a browser. Such a program is available for free here. 9-02
- Lovett, Robert - Former Secretary of Defense (DefenseLink.mil)
"Robert Lovett has been recognized as one of the most capable administrators to hold the office of secretary of defense and as a perceptive critic of defense organization. His work in completing the Korean War mobilization and in planning and implementing the long-range rearmament program, as well as his proposals to restructure the Department of Defense, were among his major contributions." 1-04
- Human Cloning Advanced for Treating Disease (BBC News)
"South Korean scientists have cloned 30 human embryos to obtain cells they hope could one day be used to treat disease."
"The resulting embryos were then grown up to produce so-called stem cells that can divide into any tissue in the body."
"The aim is to use the cells to replace ones that have failed in patients with problems such as Alzheimer's disease." 2-4.
- -06-26-08 North Korea to Be Removed from Terrorist List (Time.com)
"Back in early 2002, George Bush called North Korea a charter member of the axis of evil. This morning, the President gave Kim Jong Il one of the diplomatic plums the North Korean dictator has most sought: removal from both the State Sponsors of Terrorism list and the Trading with the Enemy Act. In short, Pyongyang is now off what one State Department official called "the ultimate bad guy list." Dropping North Korea from the terrorism roster will take effect 45 days after the Administration formally informs Congress of its decision." 06-08
- -04-05-09 Obama Outlines Goal of Nuclear-Free World (Time.com)
"Declaring the future of mankind at stake, President Barack Obama said Sunday all nations must strive to rid the world of nuclear arms and that the U.S. had a "moral responsibility" to lead as the only country ever to use one."
"Even as a North Korean rocket launch upstaged his ambitious, if not realistic, call to action in the heart of Eastern Europe, Obama dismissed those who say the spread of nuclear weapons cannot be checked." 04-09
- Scientists Clone Glowing Dogs (CBS News)
"South Korean scientists say they have engineered four beagles that glow red using cloning techniques that could help develop cures for human diseases." 04-09
- -06-09-09 What Should the U.S. Do About Korea Sentencing Two U.S. Journalists to Hard Labor? (PBS.org)
"North Korea's highest court convicted two U.S. television journalists today of entering the country illegally. The announcement added to rising tensions with the communist regime."
"And I think North Korea is very hierarchically inclined. I think they would react positively to a figure of real stature being sent to them."
"And my choice for that would be former Vice President Al Gore for three reasons. One, he is highly prominent, known to the North Koreans, a world figure on global warming. Secondly, he is the founder of the firm for which the two journalists work. And, third, as vice president, he hosted what was the absolute high moment of North Korean-U.S. relations, which was a dinner on the top floor of the State Department for North Korean field marshal Jo Myong-Rok, when he visited the United States in the autumn of 2000." 06-09
- -06-09-09 North Korea's Grim Prisons (Time.com)
"Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the American journalists who were each handed 12 years in prison yesterday by a North Korean court for committing "hostile acts" by allegedly overstepping the border in March, have received a harsh sentence by Western standards of justice. The news is grim, to be sure. But former prisoners in Pyongyang's horrific penal system speculate that the pair may not have to endure the grimmest conditions, which very few have emerged to talk about."
"Kyohwaso life is extremely harsh: scholars estimate only 50% of prisoners survive their first year. One of the first accounts of the North Korean prison system, a 2000 memoir called The Aquariums of Pyongyang, tells of routine torture and deprivations on par with those of Nazi concentration camps." 06-09
- -08-04-09 Behind the Scenes on North Korea Deal (ABC News)
"All the diplomacy of the Obama administration failed to move North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to release two American journalists. In the end, it was the reclusive tyrant's desire to be seen with former president Bill Clinton that created a deal to let them go free."
"Ground rules were agreed upon at the White House and with North Korea: Clinton's trip would be described as a private mission and there would not be any negotiations about North Korea's nuclear weapons." 08-09
- Kim Yu-Na Wins Gold in Women's Figure Skating (CBS News)
"The South Korean won the Olympic gold medal Thursday night, soaring to a world-record 228.56 points and shattering her previous mark by more than 18 points. It may go down as one of the greatest performances in figure skating history, and it's sure to set off wild celebrations from Seoul to Pyongchang. It's South Korea's first medal at the Winter Olympics in a sport other than speedskating." 02-10
- -11-24-10 U.S. Sends Carrier Group to Korea (MSNBC.com)
"A U.S. aircraft carrier group set off for Korean waters on Wednesday, a day after North Korea rained artillery shells on a South Korean island, in a move likely to enrage Pyongyang and unsettle its ally, China."
"The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that the United States believes the North's attack was an isolated action and not part of a wider campaign by Pyongyang."
"State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley also said the United States expects China to use its influence to get North Korea to cease its provocative behavior, saying Beijing could play a 'pivotal' role in helping to calm the situation."
"Tuesday's attack was the heaviest in the region since the Korean War ended in 1953, and marked the first civilian deaths in an assault since the bombing of a South Korean airliner in 1987."
"A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement it had responded in 'self-defense' and accused the South of firing shells into its waters near the disputed maritime border." 11-10
- -05-09-11 Study: One in 38 Children May Have Autism Spectrum Disorder (Time.com)
"In the first large-scale study of its kind, U.S. and South Korean researchers report that the rate of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) may be significantly higher than previously thought, affecting as many as 1 in 38 children. The findings suggest that many youngsters may be going undiagnosed and untreated for the developmental disorder."
"In a study that involved students in both special needs and regular elementary schools in the Ilsan district of Goyang, South Korea, scientists led by Dr. Young Shin Kim at Yale University School of Medicine found that among 55,266 children aged 7 to 12, the rate of ASDs was 2.64% (or one case of ASD for every 38 youngsters). That percentage outstrips the current U.S estimate of 1 in 110 eight-year-olds — around 1% — a rate that has itself risen in recent years." 05-11
- -03-21-12 Editorial: China's Managed Economy Needs Adjustment (Time.com)
"A big part of the bad math is created by China’s state capitalism. China has adopted a form of the Asian development model, invented by Japan and followed, to varying degrees, by many rapid-growth countries around East Asia. The model, very generally speaking, functions like this: 1) capitalize on low wages to spark growth through exports and industrialize quickly with hefty amounts of investment, 2) guide the whole process with the hand of the state, 3) employ industrial policies and state-directed finance to progress into more and more advanced sectors. This system generates fantastic levels of economic growth for a while, but then eventually, it crashes. Japan had its meltdown beginning in 1990 (and it hasn’t escaped two decades later); South Korea, the country that copied Japan’s model most closely, experienced its crisis in 1997-98."
"What happens? The model is based on what Alice Amsden, in her study of the Korean economy, called “getting prices wrong.” To spur on the high levels of investment necessary to generate rapid growth, the model depends on state-directed subsidization to make investing in certain industries or sectors more attractive and less risky than it otherwise would be. Cheap credit is made available for industry, or the state outright orders money to be invested in certain preferred projects. The exchange rate is controlled to encourage exporters. All sorts of subsidies, for energy, exports and so on, are dished out. Banks are not commercially oriented but act to a great degree as tools of government-development policy. All of these methods funnel money, private and public, into industrialization, creating the astronomical growth rates we see again and again in Asia."
"The problem here is that prices can’t stay wrong indefinitely. There is a good reason why classical economists are always so focused on allowing markets to find the correct price level." 03-12
- -12-12-12 North Korea Launches a Long-Range Rocket (CBS News)
"South Korean and Japanese officials confirmed that liftoff took place Wednesday morning. Each nation had been urging North Korea to refrain from a launch widely seen as a cover for a test of banned ballistic missile technology."
"The White House condemned the launch calling it 'a highly provocative act,' that was both a threat to regional security and a violation of U.N. resolutions." 12-12
- 1-4-03 South Korea Proposes End to USA - North Korea Conflict (USA Today)
"The United States refuses to talk until the North scraps its nuclear programs. And North Korea insists Washington must take the first step by signing a nonaggression pact promising not to attack the isolated country."
"One South Korean compromise being considered calls for the United States to resume oil shipments to North Korea, in return for it abandoning its uranium nuclear development, media reported Saturday, citing an unnamed government source." 1-03
- Most Reliable Cars (Gizmag.com)
"As a privately owned insurance intermediary, the firm collects lots of data about warranty issues – something you'll never find out from the only other people who have access to the information (the manufacturers). In a very clever move, it has taken this secondary data and produced a reliability index – an independent comparison of frequency of failure across the 55,000 vehicles it insures. Read on for a list of the 100 most reliable used cars over the past decade. And before you take a peek, have a guess at where the best Japanese, German, Swedish, British, Korean and French-built cars will rank. You won't even come close!" 06-11
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