마흔을 맞이하며

누군가 그랬다. 마흔을 맞으며 기쁘고 설렜지만, 마흔넷이 되며 불안해졌다고. 통계적으로 인생의 절반이상을 산 셈인데, 이대로 사는 것이 잘 산다고 한것인지가 불안하다고 했다. 내나이, 이틀후면 만으로 마흔이 된다. 그누구의 말처럼 나도 기쁘고 설렌다. 인생을 한가운데 왔다고 할까. 지난 15-6년간 일하고, 분수에 맞지않는 공부하고, 앞으로 더길게 -2-30년은 일을 하겠지. 난 연구하고 글쓰는게 좋으니까, 아마 죽을때까지 가르치거나 글쓰는…

Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders

One of the most prominent mass migration issues that dominated the mainstream media in 2015 was the boat people in Australia. Most of them come from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Iran or Myanmar/Burma where they face violence or persecution. In 2012 -3, more than 18,000 people arrived in Australia through illegal channels by sea, compared…

ISIS recruits from the Asia-Pacific

The biggest threat to national security, involving migrants, is the ISIS’ reach to vulnerable migrant groups to recruit them. ISIS is known to be actively recruiting fighters and families from wider Asia, including Rohingya fleeing Myanmar and seeking asylum in Indonesia and Malaysia, Uighurs in Xinjiang, Tajik migrants in Russia and even migrant Indonesian domestic…

North Korean Kidnapping in Southeast Asia

Among many issues that the United Nations Commission of Inquiry (UN COI) on the human rights situations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) covered in their 2014 report was the kidnapping of foreign nationals by North Korean spies under the direct order by Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader Kim…

What is life like for North Koreans in Britain?

Some 700 North Koreans now live in the United Kingdom. So why do they leave South Korea, and what role could they have when the peninsula is unified? By Jiyoung Song   More and more North Koreans are living in Britain, with the number seeing a steep hike between 2006 and 2009, although many North…

Karen Refugees and Education at the Thai-Burma Borderlands

Given the diversion of the international funds into Burma, community-based education across the Thai-Burma border is the solution for relieving human insecurity of this vulnerable migrant group at the borderlands.   Mobility, only a halfway through human right  Mobility gives freedom for human beings. However, it is not a human right. Article 13 of the…

In the Making of North Korean Defector-Activists

Introduction In March 2013, the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council established the Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate human rights in North Korea and appointed Michael Kirby, a retired Australian judge as the chairperson of the COI and two other commissioners. The COI report in February 2014 accused the North Korean leader, Kim Jong…