Over Half of Young People Ignorant About Korean War

More than half of South Korea’s young people know little or nothing about the defining moment in their country’s history, a fresh survey confirms. In a Gallup poll of 1,703 people nationwide over 13 for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, only 60.9 percent of respondents correctly answered that it broke out in 1950, but 39.1 percent did not know when it broke out or gave a wrong answer.

Among teenagers, 62.9 percent did not know when the war started, and among those in their 20s the figure was 58.2 percent.

Full Chosun Ilbo article:
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/03/25/2010032500349.html

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Google Closes Censored Search Engine in China

Google has made good on its threat to close google.cn, the search site it

was running in China. The site’s search results were censored, with searches
for terms like ‘human rights’ and ‘Tienanmen Square Massacre’ coming up empty.
The site had also been attacked multiple times by hackers, with human rights
activists’ private Gmail accounts broken into by hackers within China. The Chinese
government has denied responsibility for the attacks. Google’s chief legal officer says
“it seems that things are getting tighter for open expression and freedom.”
Read the New York Times article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/23/technology/23google.html?pagewanted=1&hp

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March Monthly Meeting on Saturday 27, 5pm

We meet monthly to share information on important human rights situations around the world and to write letters to important officials. (It works, trust us). We also discuss other ways of getting involved, working with local groups to improve human rights situations wherever we can. The topics are serious but the atmosphere is casual.

Our members will be leading this month’s presentation about the interconnected relationships among vegetarianism, animals, environment, world hunger and worker’s rights. Of course, we’ll have a time writing letters for conscientious prisoners in the world.

If you are interested in alternative ideas, or human rights, don’t hesitate to join us. We always welcome new comers. Feel free and bring a friend!
We hope you can have a happy and meaningful time.

Meeting place: 5 pm, Saturday 27th, Tenz at Norazo design Academy building at Seomyeon (Please, get out of Exit 2 of the subway station)

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WWF Earth Hour

The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) is hosting Earth hour, which asks people to turn off all of their electrical lights at the same time around the world.

The time for this is at March, Saturday 27 @ 8:30pm.

For more information: http://www.earthhourkorea.org/

Would this conflict with our meeting/dinner schedule?

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February Monthly Meeting – 5 pm, Saturday 27th

We meet monthly to share information on important human rights situations around the world and to write letters to important officials. (It works, trust us). We also discuss other ways of getting involved, working with local groups to improve human rights situations wherever we can. The topics are serious but the atmosphere is casual.
This time we will watch a classic film which could explains conflicts between leftists and rightists after independence from Japan. The history still has a legacy in present conflict structures of Korean politics. Of course, we’ll have a time writing letters for conscientious prisoners in the world.