Christine Ahn

Christine Ahn is a founding board member of the Korea Policy Institute and the National Campaign to End the Korean War.

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Former comfort women and their supporters dedicate a memorial to victims of the Japanese military’s sex trafficking of women and girls during the Second World War. (Photo: Melissa Wall / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 8:45am
Seeking Justice—Or at Least the Truth—for 'Comfort Women'
On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing , a communal home established for former “comfort women” in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace. Bae was kidnapped at the age of 19 and taken to Manchuria, where she was forced...
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
Breathless in North Korea
“Please don’t take her,” my sister pleaded with me. “You’ll end up in a prison camp.” She, along with the rest of my family, lobbied forcefully against my bringing my two-year old daughter on a recent peace-building mission to North Korea. Granted, it wasn’t a great time to go to Pyongyang. It was...
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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 12:19pm
After 60 Years of Suffering, Time to Replace Korean Armistice with Peace Treaty
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Friday, October 7, 2011 - 8:26am
Of Bases and Budgets
At 4 am on September 24, an intoxicated U.S. soldier based at Camp Casey in South Korea broke into the dorm of a high school student, threatened her with a weapon and repeatedly sexually assaulted her. Due to the extraterritoriality of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the South Korean and U.S. governments, Seoul must issue an arrest warrant to the U.S. Forces in Korea (USFK) to transfer the soldier to face Korea’s criminal system.
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Friday, August 19, 2011 - 11:47am
Naval Base Tears Apart Korean Village
“The land and sea isn’t something you bought,” explained Kang Ae-Shim. “Why are you selling something that was there long before you were born?”
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Friday, July 8, 2011 - 3:47pm
Agent Orange in Korea
In May, three former U.S. soldiers admitted to dumping hundreds of barrels of chemical substances, including Agent Orange, at Camp Carroll in South Korea in 1978. This explosive news was a harsh reminder to South Koreans of the high costs and lethal trail left behind by the ongoing U.S. military presence.
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Friday, May 20, 2011 - 8:51am
The IMF: Violating Women Since 1945
As Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the world’s most powerful financial institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), spends a few nights in Rikers Island prison awaiting a hearing, the world is learning a lot about his history of treating women as expendable sex objects. Strauss-Kahn has been charged with rape and forced imprisonment of a 32-year-old Guinean hotel worker at a $3,000-a-night luxury hotel in New York.
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Friday, April 1, 2011 - 8:29am
Bring War Dollars Home by Closing Down Bases
On the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, U.S. fighter planes took off to start yet another military action -- this time, in Libya. A recent Gallup poll found that only 47 percent of Americans approved of military action in Libya, the lowest level of support for military intervention in 40 years. At the same time, U.S.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 4:15pm
Free Trade Kills Korean Farmers
The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (Korea FTA), which the Obama administration is promising to send to Congress for ratification in the next weeks, would be the largest international trade deal since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Korea is the seventh largest U.S. trading partner and the United States is Korea’s third largest trading partner. Commerce between the two countries is estimated at $86 billion annually. The Korea FTA was originally signed in April 2007 by President Bush and later amended by the Obama administration in December 2010. But neither the U.S.
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Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:13am
Forget the FTA Fix, Just Say No
The free trade push has begun again. Both U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak are calling for ratification of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by the two countries’ trade representatives in April 2007 but has yet to be approved by either the U.S. Congress or the South Korean parliament. Aware of how unpopular the agreement remains, President Obama wants the U.S. Congress to delay the approval vote until after the mid-term elections in early November but before the mid-November G-20 meeting in Seoul.
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