When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

North Korea

North Korean Dirty Money, American Silence - A View From China

Why has Washington stayed so quiet about South Korean allegations of secret North Korean bank accounts?

He's in the money
He's in the money

BEIJING - On March 12, the Chosun Ilbo, one of South Korea's leading newspapers, published an exclusive report claiming that "both South Korea and the U.S." have confirmed that North Korea possesses hundreds of overseas bank accounts in dozens of countries including China and Singapore. The sum amounts to $4 to 5 billion. This allegation includes amounts far larger than when in 2005 the United States, through the Macau authorities, froze the $25 million of funds that North Korea had deposited in the Banco Delta Asia (BDA), and this with the cooperation of China.

Despite UN Security Council resolutions and opposition from nearly the entire international community, North Korea has gone ahead with three nuclear tests and a series of rocket launches. The UN Security Council has now passed four resolutions -- in 2006, 2009, and two in 2013 -- and has also imposed increasingly stringent financial sanctions against Pyongyang. Meanwhile, beyond the UN resolutions, the United States and Japan have also imposed separate sanctions focused on North Korea's financial sector.

Keep reading...Show less
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
Society

End Of Roe v. Wade, The World Is Watching

As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

Alain Pitton/NurPhoto via ZUMA
Hannah Steinkopf-Frank and Sophia Constantino

PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

Keep reading...Show less

When the world gets closer, we help you see farther

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter!
You've reached your monthly limit of free articles.
To read the full article, please subscribe.
Get unlimited access. Support Worldcrunch's unique mission:
  • Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.
  • Stories from the best international journalists.
  • Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries
Already a subscriber? Log in
THE LATEST
FOCUS
TRENDING TOPICS

Central to the tragic absurdity of this war is the question of language. Vladimir Putin has repeated that protecting ethnic Russians and the Russian-speaking populations of Ukraine was a driving motivation for his invasion.

Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

Watch VideoShow less
MOST READ