Bareun Party

Jieun Choi
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Breaking the Contract with the Republic of Korea

“Politicians are all the same. They make a bunch of promises before the election, but once elected they forget all about them.” This was a fairly recurrent comment I heard on the day of the presidential election this year while interviewing people on the street. Last year, some South

Haeryun Kang
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S Korea’s Politics of Betrayal and the Mirage of Conservative Unity

Busan — Ten days before South Korea’s presidential election, candidates Yoo Seong-min and Hong Joon-pyo were both campaigning in Busan, scrounging for any available votes in the traditional conservative bastion. They did the typical rounds in marketplaces and bustling downtown areas, trying to appeal to the voters that South

Ben Jackson
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Saenuri Party Is Back. No, Not That Saenuri.

As if South Korea’s conservative faction isn’t fractured enough as is, it now has a third conservative presidential candidate. This reduces the right’s already-minimal chances of getting a sniff at power when the country goes to the polls on May 9. Meet pro-Park Geun-hye