While we bask in the glory of bands like BTS and Twice and watch smash K-dramas such as the Squid Game, an aspect of Korean culture that takes a back seat to China and Japan is its organized crime. We all know the Triads and Yakuza through their various outings in cinema, but what's the deal with the Korean mafia? Before an inevitably great and Oscar-winning Korean mafia film makes its debut in the States, let's learn about the nuances of Korean street crime. In the video linked above, the YouTube channel Forgotten Streets gives a brief look at the Korean mafia.
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The New York Times pored over the Pandora Papers and found the the UK's financial center, The City of London, "is hiding the world's stolen money." For shady businesspeople and long-serving political leaders, the offshore ecosystem provides impunity, cloaking capital and shielding wealth. Unaccountable and often untraceable, the system ensures that prosperity remains the preserve… READ THE REST
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Everyone's been seduced by the idea of camping at one point or another, right? Spotting the stars at night, falling asleep to the sounds of the woods, waking up to a sunrise … There's just something magical about sleeping in the great outdoors. But, of course, reality is often disappointing. Tents, in particular, can be tiny… READ THE REST
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