Mainstream media in the US are complicit in drumming up support for US aggression against North Korea. They fail to place North Korea’s actions in the context of the long history of US hostility and interference in North and South Korea. As both the US and North Korea prepare for war, and a successful sociopolitical movement in South Korea has ousted President Park Geun-hye, there is a critical need for clarity about North and South Korea. We speak with Tim Shorrock, an independent journalist who grew up in and has written extensively about Korea, and Hyun Lee, managing editor of Zoom in Korea.
Relevant articles and websites:
North Korea and the United States: Will the Real Aggressor Please Stand Down? by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
America is not an Innocent Bystander in Korea by Tim Shorrock
Seongju Residents Prepare to block THAAD Deployment by Zoom in Korea
Tim Shorrock is a journalist who grew up in Japan and South Korea. He’s been writing about the region and the US military and economic ties to Japan and Korea for over 30 years. In 2015 he was named an honorary citizen of the city of Gwangju, South Korea, in recognition of his ground-breaking articles that uncovered the previously hidden role of the US government in the 1980 military coup that precipitated the Gwangju Citizens Uprising of May 1980. He will be in Korea this April and May.
Hyun Lee is a New York City-based writer and activist. She is a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea. She is also a Korea Policy Institute fellow and a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development.