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History repeats itself

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By Park Moo-jong

A news item out of Seoul became an interesting topic in a foreign media outlet.

The Economist based in London introduced Jeju as "an island off South Korea's southern coast, known for its hiking trails, temperate climate and the tough old women who dive off its cliffs for abalone, a delicacy popular with the glitterati in Seoul, the faraway capital

The English weekly's introduction of the nation's most popular tourist destination, however, is absolutely insufficient to show what Jeju Island is all about.

Yet, the news story from London was not to introduce the island, but to offer a "quip" on the latest unprecedented reshuffle of senior prosecutors conducted by new Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae apparently in consultation with the presidential office.

The Economist reported that Jeju is "also popular with political leaders in search of a spot to sideline troublemakers. The rulers of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), for instance, used to send insubordinate aristocrats there to stop them from meddling in politics."

Then the weekly said, "This week Park Chan-ho found........

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