Young Voices Advocate Joseph Diedrich was published in FEE about globalism in everyday life.
I live in a studio apartment, so my kitchen is my living room is my bedroom. The other day, I was staring out my sole window when something startled me. (And it wasn’t the subwoofer two floors up.)
It was my coffee. While sipping from my mug, I glanced at the bag of beans. It read, “Origin: Ethiopia.” Next, I read the text on the bottom of my laptop: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” I looked down at my necktie: “Bruno Piatelli. Roma.”
Firsthand accounts of repression and hardship in North Korea generally don’t resonate much among the South Korean public, but a tearful speech by a North Korean refugee and activist is gaining traction on South Korea’s news and social media sites after it was uploaded on YouTube.
In the eight-minute speech given at a recent youth leadership event in Dublin, Park Yeon-mi speaks about witnessing the rape of her mother and public execution of a friend’s mother convicted of watching a Hollywood film.
With college students back in classes and student debt continuing to top out US$1 trillion nationwide, the market for college appears to be at its peak. It’s easier than ever to get a student loan, and colleges frequently run commercials on television and radio stations informing listeners of the importance of getting a college degree
Director Fred Roeder was featured in the German newspaper The Local on the power of unions in Germany.
“The train drivers held 82 million people hostage,” he told The Local.
“Unions in general have an important function in society when it comes to representing the best interest of workers, but when that interest is against the best interest of business, it’s wasted,” he added.
A new type of business is earning a lot attention, though critics say they are perverting the market, abusing intellectual property laws, and hindering competition and innovation at cost to the consumer. Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) — or, as they are commonly referred to, “patent trolls” — are companies that exist for the sole purpose of acquiring patents and then asserting them through litigation. Independent PAEs tend to acquire obscure patents with the aims of enforcing the patents infringement. More and more, however, PAEs are being empowered by large corporations, being given or sold valuable patents for the express purpose of attacking competition, and bogging it down with litigation.
The young North Korean defector has spoken out against the brutal regime she escaped and has urged the world to take action to help people in her home country. Addressing 1,300 delegates from 190 countries at the One Young World summit in Dublin last night, Yeonmi Park condemned the state’s “holocaust” of its own people and called on the world to “help free the people of North Korea”.
Yeonmi Park was 13, when she escaped North Korea with her family after her father, a member of the ruling Workers’ Party, was sent to prison by the regime over charges of illegal business with the Chinese across the border.
Her world changed overnight as her family’s quick plummet down the North Korean social ranks didn’t just mean a life of shame and abandonment but also a life where getting a meal a day became a luxury.