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SEOUL: South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s decision to use the country’s gender wars as a campaign platform for his successful election earlier this month may have backfired.
Yoon, who won an unprecedented close election on March 9, had pledged to abolish the government’s gender ministry, a pledge that helped engage young male voters sparking a backlash against feminism in South Korea.
Honoring the pledge, however, requires the approval of parliament, which is controlled by Democrats, who currently oppose the idea. Opinion within his own People’s Power Party (PPP), meanwhile, is divided over concerns over the further alienation of women ahead of key local elections in June.
Cho Eun-hee, a newly elected PPP legislator, is among those calling for the mandate of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to be strengthened, via the creation of a new agency if necessary.
“Despite its many positive functions, the ministry has been criticized for fueling gender conflict…but it’s not all or nothing, we must muster the wisdom to find a forward-looking alternative,” said Cho.
The ministry has become the lightning rod for an increasingly acrimonious debate on gender in the country of 52 million people where several inequalities persist – the rate of participation of women in the labor market is below the average of the OECD and it has the worst gender pay gap in the same group.
However, in a tough post-pandemic job market, some young men feel attempts to redress the balance have gone too far. Compulsory military service for young men – not women – is in the spotlight, while measures such as financial subsidies for women living alone have been called “reverse discrimination”.
Yoon, who also pledged to raise salaries for military draftees and scrap gender quotas for public sector jobs after taking office in May, was backed by about 60% of male voters in their 20s.
On the other hand, just 34% of women in their twenties voted for Yoon, defying pre-election polls projecting much higher support among that demographic.
The Democratic Party, seeing the gender issue as a driving force to regroup after the election defeat, named as its new interim leader a 26-year-old feminist who has been a vocal critic of Yoon’s policies.
The ministry’s origins date back to 1988, when an office was established under the Prime Minister to promote the status of women in a male-dominated Confucian society, before being expanded in 2010 to incorporate broader issues gender and family.
While some blame her ‘feminist’ rhetoric for stoking anti-men sentiment, she has also come under fire across the political spectrum in recent years for defending ruling party politicians accused of sexual abuse. . He has also been criticized for helping the incumbent Democratic Party craft policy during the election campaign, instead of remaining neutral.
A Realmeter poll released in January showed about 52% of Koreans favor closing or renovating the ministry.
“The ministry has failed to respond to calls for reform, which has eroded public trust and raised concerns about the deepening gender divide,” said Koo Jeong-woo, a sociology professor at Sungkyunkwan University.
“Some fear losing their benefits and much-needed help, and that’s where the president-elect should play his part, to allay their concerns.”
The ministry also works to prevent sexual crimes and domestic violence, protect victims, and support children, single parents, and other families in need.
Many women fear the removal of the ministry would be regressive at a time when more work was needed on gender equality.
“The ministry should disappear one day, but we are not there yet,” said Kim Ji-yun, 22, who voted against Yoon.

Last war in Ukraine: Zelensky pleads with Biden for a no-fly zone or fighter jets Wed, 16 Mar 2022 15:14:22 +0000

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, began a day-long visit to the energy powers of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, exploring “other potential measures to increase oil production”.

He said he was trying to build an international coalition to deal with the consequences of Vladimir Putin’s “brutal” invasion of Ukraine.

“The world must wean itself off Russian hydrocarbons and starve Putin’s addiction to oil and gas,” he said in a statement. Riyadh and Abu Dhabi were “key international partners in this effort”, he added.

Both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have spare crude capacity that would allow them to ramp up production over several months, but they have committed to joining the OPEC+ Producer Group’s production mechanism, which includes Russia.

Johnson meets with the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, before traveling to Riyadh to meet the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

They should discuss reducing energy and food prices. The Prime Minister will also focus on diversifying the UK’s energy supply and working with international partners to boost renewable energy.

“We will work with them to ensure regional security, support the humanitarian relief effort and stabilize global energy markets over the longer term,” he said.

Both the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have become frustrated with the perceived lack of US attention to Gulf security under President Joe Biden.

Abu Dhabi has sought greater defensive protection from its Western partners following drone and missile attacks by Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Johnson has been criticized for seeking help from governments criticized for their poor human rights record and involvement in the war in Yemen.

The statement said the prime minister will discuss “shared strategic priorities” on the situation in Iran and Yemen and “support for human rights and civil society”.

Japan loan: IRFC to raise $1.10 billion via yen-denominated offshore loan ahead of Japanese Prime Minister’s visit Sun, 13 Mar 2022 14:42:00 +0000 Indian Railways Finance Corp (IRFC) is set to raise $1.1 billion (about 130 billion yen, or Rs 8,440 crore) through a syndicated yen-denominated offshore loan, three people close to ET have told folder.

Japanese lenders Mizuho Bank, MUFG and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC) are expected to sign an agreement for the loan around Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to India this week.

The proceeds would be used to fund Indian Railways’ green initiatives, such as electrifying its tracks and adding electric locomotives.

IRFC Director General Amitabh Banerjee confirmed the plan.

“The samples would take place at the appropriate time. Slices would be decided later,” he said in a text response to questions from ET. “The syndication is expected to be completed in the first quarter of FY23.”

MUFG and SMBC did not respond to ET’s questions. Mizuho could not be contacted immediately.

The loan can be raised in two tranches: a $400 million loan over seven years and $700 million over 10 years, people in the know said.

“Many Indian companies have delayed their offshore fundraising due to escalating geopolitical tensions. It is now picking up again,” one said.

IRFC’s Banerjee, however, refused such a delay.

The loans will be priced after adding a spread, or mark-up, over the Tokyo Overnight Average Rate (TONA), a Japanese benchmark rate indicator, which gives a yield close to zero. Spreads should be between 98 and 110 basis points on two maturities.

In January, the Indian Railways financier mopped up $500 million via offshore bonds, marked as green. These have been listed at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City.

Indian Railways would work to become the largest green railway in the world. It aims to achieve the “net zero carbon emitter” label before 2030, in line with the government’s growing attention to the subject. The steps range from electrification, to conserving water and paper, and preventing animal injury on railway tracks.

Indian Railways has also drawn up a Rs 34,000 crore safety upgrade to its network which involves the deployment of an automatic train protection system called Kavach.

IRFC, as the official funder of the national carrier, should play a crucial role in funding these projects.

Meanwhile, India’s association with Japan is on the rise.

Since 2016, India’s exports to Japan have almost doubled, reaching $6.07 billion in 2021, according to data compiled by Bank of Baroda. Over the same period, imports increased by 46% to $14.4 billion.

Kishida will be the first world leader to visit India since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, ET reported on March 7. The annual summit would encourage new investments and provide an opportunity to give impetus to the bilateral partnership. The annual India-Japan summit is expected to stimulate new investment, giving new impetus to the bilateral partnership.

Indian entities are increasingly diversifying their funding sources. The country’s biggest lender, the State Bank of India, became the first local lender to sell “Formosa” bonds in Taiwan about six weeks ago.

Imran Khan should not have reacted publicly against the EU, says Pakistani Finance Minister Tarin Thu, 10 Mar 2022 14:37:00 +0000

March 10, 2022 8:07 p.m. STI

Islamabad [Pakistan]Mar 10 (ANI): Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said on Wednesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan should not have reacted “publicly” against the European Union in his recent speech where he lambasted the bloc’s ambassadors for asking in Pakistan to condemn Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, the Dawn newspaper reported.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan lambasted the European Union for asking Pakistan to vote against Russia in the special session of the United Nations General Assembly, asking if they considered Islamabad their “slave”.
He made the remarks during a public rally in Vehari district, Punjab province.

Defending Khan’s comments, Tarin said “the European Union should not be telling Pakistan what to do,” the Dawn newspaper reported.
Khan “just reacted publicly, which maybe shouldn’t have been done,” Tarin added.
The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday that “demands” that Russia withdraw “immediately” from Ukraine. But Pakistan was among the few countries that abstained from participating in the vote against the resolution.
On February 24, Russia began the invasion of Ukraine. Since then, dozens of countries, including Japan, South Korea and Australia, have imposed financial sanctions and travel bans on Russia. (ANI)

US Treasury official details Russia sanctions Wed, 23 Feb 2022 13:16:00 +0000

Western leaders are warning that Russia has set in motion its plan to launch a full invasion of Ukraine, while announcing the first round of sanctions against Moscow.

President Joe Biden described the unfolding events in Ukraine as “the start of a Russian invasion”, as he unveiled tough new measures on Tuesday to punish Moscow.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Russia was “committed” to a “full-scale invasion” of Ukraine, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said “Putin has built up enough troops along Ukraine’s borders to be able to really completely invade the country”.

Here’s what you need to know.

What did Russia do? On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops in Donetsk and Luhansk – two separatist-held pro-Moscow regions in eastern Ukraine – as part of what the Kremlin has called a “peacekeeping” mission. This decision came just hours after the signing of the decrees recognizing the regions’ independence.

Several US and Western officials have warned that it could serve as the opening salvo of a larger military operation targeting Ukraine. Over 150,000 Russian troops now encircle Ukraine on three sides, according to US and Ukrainian intelligence estimates.

How did Ukraine react? Ukraine’s response to a potential attack “will be instantaneous,” Oleksiy Danilov, secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said on Wednesday.

A state of emergency is expected to be introduced in all regions of Ukraine under government control, which will last at least 30 days.

But the government has not closed the door to a possible solution. On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was pursuing diplomacy as a way out of the crisis; reservists will be called up for military training, he said, but there will be no general mobilization of the armed forces.

“We desire peace and quiet but if we are silent today, tomorrow we will be gone,” he said in an address to the nation.

How did the world react? Russia’s actions have been strongly condemned by many countries, with Western leaders imposing new sanctions on Tuesday and cutting off a key pipeline with Russia.

Biden announced that the United States would sanction Russian financial institutions and oligarchs. The European Union also sanctioned 351 Russian lawmakers who voted to recognize breakaway regions, and the United Kingdom announced sanctions against five Russian banks and three Russian oligarchs.

Also on Tuesday, Germany said it had halted certification of an $11 billion, 750-mile pipeline that directly connects Russia to Germany. The Nord Stream 2 project was completed in September but has not yet received the final green light from German regulators. Without this, natural gas cannot flow through the Baltic Sea pipeline from Russia to Germany.

On Wednesday, Japan and Australia joined the list of countries to impose sanctions on Russia, Donetsk and Luhansk.

But China, which has enjoyed a strong friendship with Russia for years, has criticized Western sanctions. A Foreign Office spokesman said on Wednesday that they are “never a fundamental and effective means of solving problems”.

World Summit ends with a million rallies of hope and renewed calls for unity on the Korean Peninsula Tue, 22 Feb 2022 22:14:00 +0000

The Summit attracted participants from some 160 nations


World Summit ends with a million rallies of hope and renewed calls for unity on the Korean Peninsula

The 2022 World Summit (Korean Peninsula Peace Summit) ended with global encouragement, practical advice and prayers for renewed efforts to unite the Korean Peninsula and end the last Cold War divide.

“Despite your difficult circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, I am confident that you, our world leaders, will achieve peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula through your commitment and dedication. Thank you,” said the dr. Hak Ja Han Moonco-founder of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) and host of the World Summit 2022.

The February 11-13 summit was sponsored by UPF and the Royal Government of Cambodia. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen and he Ban Ki Moonformer Secretary-General of the United Nations, co-chaired the Summit.

The summit drew participants from some 160 countries, including 157 countries that have diplomatic relations with one or both Koreas. Nigeria, for example, has “maintained cordial relations with the two Koreas in the areas of trade, education, cultural exchanges and transfer of technology”, the Nigerian president said. Muhammadu Buhari. “And so, when it comes to what needs to be done to ensure lasting peace on the peninsula, we are happy to be part of it,” he said.

In his address, Dr. Moon explained that building a family under God is the way to create a world filled with freedom, equality and peace.

As tears welled up in her eyes, she asked “the citizens of North and South Korea” to join her and “unite as brothers and sisters.” “Only then can we achieve true unification of the Korean Peninsula,” she said, adding that when the peoples of the world become sons and daughters of God, we can “achieve peace and unity.” ‘global unification in our lifetime’.

In his opening speech, Ban lamented that “despite our ardent aspirations and various efforts…we have not been able to make a lasting breakthrough” on the peninsula. Noting the recent series of missile tests by North Korea, he urged the UN to implement the sanctions enacted while taking steps to help North Korean leaders “return to the dialogue table”.

Mr Ban hailed the UPF and its Think Tank 2022 project as “very significant” – they provide a “robust platform” to build on and lead to meaningful breakthrough, he said. He also thanked Dr Moon, saying she “spared no effort” to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Finally, speaking of his own experiences living in a divided nation, Mr. Ban said he hoped that “one day in the near future” people in the South will be able to “engage directly with our brothers and sisters in the North”. “If we work together with wisdom, sincerity and determination, I believe we can light the way to peace, both on the Korean Peninsula and beyond,” he said.

“I have great faith in the word ‘hope,'” former Japanese prime minister says Shinzo Abeciting “trust and honesty” as crucial elements in talks to advance peace in Korea.

In his address, US President Donald J. Trump (2017-2021) said that when he took office, experts around him saw the Korean situation as “absolutely hopeless”. He said he rejected that prospect and instead worked with allies Mr Abe of Japan and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to craft “a bold new strategy” that led him to meet three once North Korean President Kim Jong-un. and become the first American president to stand on North Korean soil.

Together, “we have planted seeds of peace and cooperation, and now we must let them blossom and grow, just like a giant tree. To squander this chance would be a profound tragedy,” Mr. Trump said. He added that countless people of goodwill around the world are “working, striving and praying for a Korea that is safe, prosperous, flourishing, united and finally at peace.”

“Personal relationships” are so important in building trust, said the Hon. Mike PompeoUS Secretary of State (2018-2021), who recalled some of the ups and downs of his diplomatic encounters with the North Koreans in his remarks.

HE Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission (2004-2014), said he had followed several “peace processes”, including that of war-torn Angola. Although Angolan leaders have been tempted to divide the nation, they have found ways to overcome their differences as a nation. Quoting Nelson Mandela, he added: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

US Vice President Mike Pence (2017-2021) listed religious freedom; dignity and respect for all life, born and unborn; equal treatment before the law; education and strong families as essential elements of a stable and prosperous nation.

“Independence and self-determination” are also vital ingredients for a strong nation, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said. “Cambodia was also a victim of the Cold War and great power politics, but positive engagement helped it find unity.” The Korean people share a common language, culture and history, the prime minister added. “You can’t cut the Korean lineage. People are like water, you can’t cut the water.

Many world leaders have invoked faith in God to resolve humanity’s crises.

“What is impossible for us is possible for God,” said HE Federico Franco, President of Paraguay (2012-2013). “Prayer continues to be the best weapon we have for the return of peace to the Korean Peninsula…and all of you in Seoul are not alone; in all the countries of the planet, we pray for peace between the two Koreas.

“God calls every human heart and we must hear his call,” Mr. Pompeo said. the World Summit 2022 And His Efforts Surely Create ‘Divine Opportunity’ For God To Work On Korean Peninsula, Pastor Says Paula White-Cain, Chief of Ministries Paula White and Spiritual Advisor to Mr. Trump.

Others have linked unification in Korea to peacebuilding elsewhere in the world. “If we can achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula, there will be hope that peace can be established around the world, because the steps taken for peace on the Korean Peninsula can be emulated by other nations. “, said HE Jimmy MorauxPresident of Guatemala (2016-2020).

“Korea can eventually become a shining example to the world of how peace can be born out of conflict,” HE said. Gloria Arroyo, President of the Philippines (2001-2010). “A unified celestial Korea is a prerequisite for a unified celestial world,” said Dr. Yun Young-hoCo-Chair of the 2022 World Summit Executive Committee. Chairman of Beeland Enterprises and a world-renowned investment expert jim rogers charted an exciting future for the Asia-Pacific region, especially once Korea’s 38th parallel no longer blocks travel and trade.

Some 85 world leaders from 70 countries addressed the Summit in person or via video, and 11 Korean political and civic leaders from across South Korea offered their congratulations. Some 3,500 networks around the world broadcast all or part of the Summit, organizers said.

Other speakers on February 13 included the Hon. Richard Cheney, US Vice President (2001-2009); Hon. Dan Quayle, US Vice President (1989-1993); Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (2006-2015); HE Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka; HE Deve Gowda, Prime Minister of India (1996-1997); HE Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lankan President (2015-2019); HE Michel Temer, President of Brazil (2016-2018); HE Anthony Carmona, President of Trinidad and Tobago (2013-2019); HE Leni Robredo, Vice President of the Philippines; Mrs Adi Koila Nailatikau, First Lady of Fiji (2009-2015); HE KP Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal (2015-2016 and 2018-2021); HE Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, Prime Minister of Pakistan (2008-2012); HE Xanana Gusmao, President of East Timor (2002-2007); HE Macky Hall, President of Senegal and Chairman of the African Union; HE Carlos Vila Nova, President of Sao Tome and Principe; HE George Weah, President of Liberia; HE good luck jonathan, President of Nigeria (2010-2015); HE Adolphe Tiao, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso (2011-2014); HE Paul MBA, Prime Minister of Gabon (2009-2012); HE Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo; HE Ilir Meta, President of Albania; HE Romano Prodi, Italian Prime Minister (2006-2008) and President of the European Commission (1999-2004); HE Dominique de Villepin, French Prime Minister (2005-2007); and he Jose Maria AznarPrime Minister of Spain (1996-2004). Folkloric ballet for children Les Petits Anges were among the artists of the day.

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Vietnamese Foreign Minister meets with Speaker of South Korean Parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Mon, 14 Feb 2022 02:56:06 +0000