James Paek

July 13, 2017

Why Can’t Charlotte Fix This?

Charlotte has always tried to be a progressive city, but last summer of 2016 all that came crashing down as the world watched their city streets erupt in violence. Protesters were reacting to a final tipping point event: a police officer fatally shooting Keith Lamont Scott. Protests, riots, and street clashes between police and angry citizens are becoming a familiar scene. We’ve seen it happen in Milwaukee and Baltimore, and now Charlotte. Charlotte isn’t Milwaukee or Baltimore, though. It’s #14 on the Forbes List of Best Places for Business and Careers. It’s also a major hub of finance, second only to New York City. The city has a lot going on, so the problems they’re facing right now can’t be dismissed as the results of a bad city erupting in the deep heat […]
July 13, 2017

Is Global Freedom of Expression Dangerous?

The Internet helped bring to light all the nasty, disagreeable, twisted, and downright insane ways of thinking humans are capable of. Every nation’s legal system has its own toleration levels, of course, and the debate may never end on just how much should be allowed. The conversation changes when you bring in the matter of national security, though. Offending people is one thing. Helping to bring down your country is another. The way we think about freedom of speech and expression in the age of globalization is indeed a matter of national security because terrorists, just like everyone else, have long been leveraging the Internet for their purposes. Regions all across the globe are grappling with the dilemma of adhering to the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human […]
May 10, 2017

Time to Rethink North Korean Sanctions

Last year, TV stations all over South Korea were ablaze with scenes of Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. It’s now clear that North Korea remains firmly resolute on pursuing a dangerous mission, even after nearly ten years of suffering the world’s disapproval on tests like this and on its human rights record. Yet, sanctions continue. The Trump administration will be issuing newer, tougher sanctions, that will further press on North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. Supporters of sanctions hold onto the conviction that there’s a “tipping point” for the North Korean government. When that tipping point is reached, they’ll be forced to negotiate with the U.N. Nonetheless, there is no evidence which even hints North Korea will ever fold along these lines. The U.N. sanctions are a response to an entire decade […]