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Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists’ Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island


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Pave Paradise, Put Up a Naval Base: South Korean Activists’ Extraordinary Struggle to Save Jeju Island

Medea Benjamin

South Korea’s Jeju Island is a popular tourist destination full of spas, resorts, golf courses, sandy beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails. But if you really want to get rejuvenated, skip the tourist hotspots and go directly to the village of Gangjeong to support the extraordinary community that has been opposing the building of a naval base since 2007. You’ll get your morning exercise at 7am bowing 100 times facing the base, praying for an end to its construction. You’ll get spiritual nourishment from the noon mass outside the base (no religion necessary).


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A couple of years ago, there was a two-day summit taking on Obama's "pivot toward Asia."
The mayor of Jeju Island was there (in Berkeley), describing what is taking place there, and he had to stop several times to collect himself. We need three-dimensional politicians like that here in the U.S.


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Beautiful story. Thank you for "taking readers there," Medea. I will make a contribution.


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Maybe because they are interested in Peace. That's something you most likely can't understand.


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There interested in making Peace with North Korea. My common sense tells me. It's not good idea to bring up human rights violations at this time. However this should be the long term goal of this group. Right now the focus and priority should be peace.