Korea on the Brink

Protesters gather and occupy major streets in the city center for a rally against South Korean President Park Geun-hye on December 3

The speed of now-former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s spectacular fall from power took many foreign observers by surprise. After all, the initial reports last autumn that were to snowball into a generational political crisis seemed pretty bland. The daughter of the president’s family friend and “spiritual adviser” Choi Soon-sil had apparently been accepted into a prestigious women’s university as a result of political pressure. An “equestrian scholarship” had been invented as a pretext for getting her in despite comparatively weak grades. Students at the school—not fans of the conservative president, unsurprisingly—were protesting.

North Korea Potentially Planning Election Day Missile Launch

North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may fire an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Tuesday to warn President Obama’s successor that Pyongyang will continue its nuclear and missile development programs regardless of international sanctions, South Korean military officials said Monday.