Korean Olympics: North to South

Korean Olympics: North to South

By: Max Mittleman.

As the 2018 Olympics get underway, the relationship between North and South Korea is as much in the spotlight as are the athletes preparing for competition. What has changed in the thirty years since the last Olympics held on the Korean penninsula? 

Image credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ed/Korea_olympic_march_2010.jpg

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How North Korea's Use of Nuclear Weapons Violates the Most Fundamental International Rule

How North Korea's Use of Nuclear Weapons Violates the Most Fundamental International Rule

.By: Marlene Zieah.

North Korea, and other nuclear weapon states may be in violation of international law if a prohibition on such use is given jus cogens status - i.e., is deemed a preemptory norm. A ban on nuclear weapons satisfies the jus cogens test because their use is immoral, it disrupts international order, and no nation has used them in combat for seventy-two years. 

Image attribution: by Kok Leng Yeo from Singapore , available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pyongyang_Arch_of_Triumph.jpg

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China's Forced Repatriation of North Korean Defectors

China's Forced Repatriation of North Korean Defectors

By: Abbie Carver.

The human rights concerns surrounding the DPRK are abundant. Tens of thousands of North Korean civilians have been abducted by the North Korean government; family members of “dissidents” have disappeared; North Koreans sent to prison camps experience torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment (many fall ill or die soon after entering custody); citizens must obtain permission to travel within the country as well as abroad; women are trafficked and forced into marriages; and millions of North Koreans face extreme hunger or starvation.

 

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Beyond the Wall: A German Solution to the Property Issue in Cyprus Reunification

Beyond the Wall: A German Solution to the Property Issue in Cyprus Reunification

By Calla Ketchens.

The idea of "building a wall" has become very common in the past year. But it is not a new problem. Other countries such as North Korea, South Korea, and Israel-Palestine have faced border issues. Today;s post provides a brief history of Cyprus and discusses the possible reunification of Cyprus.

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