Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Monday, August 06, 2007

The Jerusalem of Asia

I should spend some time reading Korean history instead of relying on Le Monde. This is from an article by Philippe Pons.

"Protestant sects and later Catholics (specifically thanks to the Foreign Missions of Paris) were particulary active in the north of Korea: Pyongyang was considered the 'Jerusalem of Asia' in the 1920's, with huge Presbyterian and Methodist congregations."

With respect to the Korean hostages in Afghanistan:

Pastor Bae, who is a member of the Presbyterian community of Saemmul in Bundang, a suburb of Seoul, quit a large corporation to study theology. He departed to Afghanistan with a group of young Koreans aged 20 to 35 to undertake humanitarian operations in in Kandahar [the hotbed of the Taliban--Nur]. He and his community are militant proselytizers.


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