Category Archives: Kwangju Declassified

Documents obtained about US policy in South Korea (1979-1980) under the Freedom of Information Act.

Gwangju: Preserving the vicious nature of martial law, 1980

I spent most of the last three weeks in South Korea, primarily in  Gwangju, Jeju and Seoul. I was invited to Gwangju by the city, along with three American journalists who witnessed the uprising and the final military takeover on … Continue reading

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Guest Post: South Korea Bans Korean-German from Kwangju

In an extraordinary and undemocratic act, the South Korean government has prevented Lee Jong-Hyeon, a 79 year-old Korean living in Germany to enter the country to attend commemoration ceremonies remembering the May 18, 1980, uprising in Kwangju. He arrived on … Continue reading

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My Gwangju FOIA Documents Get a Home – In Gwangju

This week I agreed to donate my entire collection of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents on U.S. policy in South Korea from 1979 to 1980 to the city of Kwangju. Mayor Yoon and I worked out the agreement on May 18 … Continue reading

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The Hidden History of the (Current) Korean War

Just posted at Radio War Nerd. Deep-dive interview with investigative reporter Tim Shorrock on the roots of the recurring North Korea crises . . . we spend time recovering the gruesome lost history of North Korea, South Korea & the … Continue reading

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Time to End the Cold War in Korea

On July 26, I spoke in Seoul at the “International Peace Symposium to Establish a Peace Treaty on the Korean Peninsula.” It was organized by the Progressive Policy Institute of the Unified Progressive Party, a coalition of peace, labor and … Continue reading

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