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A Sea Change, Requiring New
Our propping North Korea up with aid and appeasement
is only drawing out the pain. And military action will only galvanize their
people, by Tom Coyner, Korea JoongAng Daily , December 7, 2010;
Offering North Korea
an Exit Strategy
North Korea should be pushed toward adopting a single-party state capitalist
system with a socialist facade, by Tom Coyner,
Korea JoongAng Daily,
October 23, 2010;
* How to Select an
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Legal costs can by managed in
Korea when the client consumer monitors and controls legal services, by
Journal of the
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Published Articles on Doing Business in Korea
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weekly, by Tom Coyner
Outcasts Still Wait for Acceptance
The election of Pres. Obama causes Japanese to reflect on discrimination of
buraku-min, The New York Times, January 15, 2009;
In Japan, it's the men who want to be skinny
and cute - Could this be Japan's latest shaggy miniature dog story?
International Herald Tribune , November 19, 2007;
The Sumo Champion, the Sickie and the Story that Shook Japan
- The sight of Mongolian-born Asashoryu playing football when he was on sick leave, and rumors that he wants to retire, have caused uproar,
The Independent, Published: 07 August 2007;
- How to survive in Japan's virtual 24X7 cocktail
party of a society,
International Herald Tribune ,
July 10, 2007
Welcome to This
Brave New World
Tom Coyner attempts to
puts recent events into their historical context, suggesting just now have
we entered the 21st century, Korea Times, November 27,
Anti-Americanism doesn't deal with reality, but many admirers of the United
States aren't dealing with reality, either, JoongAng Daily, May 18,
A Forensic Psychologist's View of the VA Tech Massacre
of Dr. Michael Welner, Hugh Hewitt Show, April 2007;
Who Are the Quakers? -
Tom's frequently updated illustrated, hypertext essay on the Quakers' role
& Photo Essays
Seoul's Secret Garden,
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Mongolian Clan Adventure
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Tokyo and Takayama, Japan - by Tom Coyner, May~June 2008;
Anti-Mad Cow Seoul Street Demonstrations - by Tom Coyner, Seoul, June 2008;
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1919 Political Poster
A graphic example of why abolitionism failed;
December 20, 2006;
Busted in Crack Whinge, News.com.au,
Flatulence Causes Emergency Landing -
How to get banned from flying on an airline for a very long time, Agence
France-Presse, December 7, 2006;
Man cuts off penis in drunken bet -
A man who cut off his own penis in a drunken bet had it stitched back on by
Latvian doctors, The Australian, July 21, 2006 .
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Made by Cops;
The World's 20 Weirdest Law Cases ;
* The 86 Rules of Boozing ;
* Nine Grouchoisms.