The Ku Klux Klan And The Democratic Party Having lived in the south,David Knight describes his experiences with the Ku Klux Klan and their obvious involvement and history with the KKK. Jon Bowne inve… By: Project: Liberty Defined
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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of bi-racial activists. Originally called the National Negro Committee, it is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. One often-overlooked aspect of the NAACP’s history is that the Jewish community contributed hugely to the NAACP’s founding and continued financing. United in its opposition to the preaching of Booker T. Washington, who urged blacks to accept segregation, the NAACP first sought to make whites aware of the need for racial equality. The organization launched a program of speechmaking, lobbying, and publicizing the issue of racial discrimination and inequality in housing, education, employment, voting, and transportation. It also launched the Crisis, a magazine edited for 25 years by the black intellectual and leader, W.E.B. DuBois. It appealed to the Supreme Court to rule as unconstitutional several laws passed by Southern states, and, beginning in 1915, won several important judgments regarding housing and voting rights. In 1916, the NAACP began to expand its membership in the South, under the leadership of field secretary James Weldon Johnson, where the organization faced its most fierce opposition. By 1920, by which time Johnson became the first black executive secretary, membership had grown to 90,000, of which nearly half was in the South. The NAACP began to publicize the evils of the Jim Crow laws that sanctioned racial discrimination, and fought for a federal anti-lynching law. In the 1920s and 1930s, the NAACP devoted much of its energy to publicizing the lynching of blacks throughout the United States. To show to the world that the members of the organization would not be intimidated, it held its 1920 annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, considered at the time to be located in one of the most active Ku Klux Klan areas in the nation. In 1948, the NAACP pressured President Harry Truman into signing an Executive Order to ban discrimination by the federal government. In 1950, the NAACP began its campaign against the legal doctrine* that separate but equal schools for black and white children were constitutional. The Supreme Court had ruled that separate schools were acceptable as long as they were “separate but equal.” The NAACP set out to prove that separate facilities provided to black students were not equal to those for whites. One study in 1937 revealed that school spending on pupils in the South was $37.87 per white pupil, compared to $13.08 per black pupil. Five desegregation lawsuits were launched in different states. The 1954 Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (Kansas) declared segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. Most states accepted the ruling and began to desegregate, but others, notably in the deep South, refused to accept the court’s decision. Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, used the state’s National Guard to stop black children from attending the local high school in Little Rock. After 18 days of attempting to persuade the governor to obey the Supreme Court ruling, President Eisenhower sent in federal troops to ensure that black children could attend the school. Nine black students entered the building, then had to endure severe and constant physical and verbal abuse from their white classmates.
Harry, repesenting the Queen, joined senior politicians including Mr Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband and religious leaders at the service in Westminster Abbey celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela, who died on December 5 aged 95 years old. Loading article content The service heard South African singing and drumming and an address by Kgalema Motlanthe, South African deputy president, and Peter Hain MP, the anti-apartheid campaigner. Others present included former British Prime Minister Sir John Major and members of the Cabinet including Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow. Church leaders attending included the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby and the leader of Catholics in England and Wales Cardinal Vincent Nichols. In an address to the congregation, the Most Rev Tutu, the former Archbishop of Cape Town thanked “splendid” anti-apartheid campaigners for their efforts in changing the “moral climate” over apartheid. “What would have happened had Mandela died in prison as was the intention and hope of the upholders of apartheid,” he said. “I suppose most would have regarded him as no better than a terrorist.” Singling out the anti-apartheid movement for praise, he thanked those who had picketed South Africa House, the South African High Commission in London during the apartheid years and those who had supported a “long haired” Mr Hain in his battle to boycott South African sport in the 1970s.
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By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) – Does forgiveness lead to a better society? Or are some crimes so atrocious that the perpetrators should not be forgiven?South Africa faced these difficult questions after apartheid ended two decades ago, and confronts them again as the government considers parole this year for a notorious death squad leader who worked for the white racist government. Eugene de Kock, head of a covert police unit that tortured and killed dozens of anti-apartheid militants, was arrested in 1994, confessed to crimes and was sentenced in 1996 to two life terms plus another 212 years. After 20 years in jail, he says he is the only member of the former police force serving time for crimes committed on behalf of South Africa’s old order and maintains he acted on instructions from leaders who were never punished. “Not one of the previous generals, or ministers who were in Cabinet up to 1990, have been prosecuted at all,” he said in an affidavit signed in January as part of his parole application. Julian Knight, de Kock’s lawyer, said he is pushing for a parole decision next month. He speculated that the government might delay the decision, timing it to celebrations later this year of South Africa’s 20th anniversary of democracy, or until after May elections to minimize “any negative fallout.” De Kock’s case revives debate about South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which recommended amnesty to some who recounted wrongdoing during apartheid and showed remorse. The goal was to promote reconciliation by allowing the cruelties of the past to be examined, for victims to face repentant human rights violators and seek closure. But some South Africans, including the family of slain activist Steve Biko, believe that more apartheid-era enforcers should have been punished. Lobbying for prosecutions continues. A group that represents 85,000 victims of apartheid says a state plan to pay reparations is inadequate and far behind schedule. De Kock contacted the group Khulumani – the word means “Speaking out” in Zulu – over the years to offer to meet people who suffered at the hands of apartheid’s agents, said Marjorie Jobson, the group’s director. “It was the most relief that I ever saw anybody get,” Jobson said of bereaved relatives who visited de Kock in prison in hopes he would shed light on the deaths of family members.
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Johannesburg South Africa believes that no persons should be subjected to discrimination or violence on any ground, including on the basis of sexual orientation, said the South African Department of International Relations and Co-operation in response to Ugandas controversial new law banning homosexuality in the country. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu also condemned the bill, 
Israel Apartheid Week 2014 is based on a lie. The true reason behind it is hatred for Jews Kennith Meshoe, a member of the South African Parliament and a man who suffered through the true apartheid of South Africa speaks about the false claim of Is… By: GroundZeroMosque .
NAACP paid tribute to Nelson Mandela in California The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the United States, has paid tribute to the late South African president and anti-apartheid … By: sabcdigitalnews
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ABC News World – Nelson Mandela Dead: South African Peace Leader Remembered as Fighter ABC News World – The voice of his people, Mandela struggled over South Africas legacy of racial apartheid. – Best News – Nelson Mandela – Jacob Zuma: Nelson … By: TheABCNewsWorld
IAW – Stan Goodenough, South African National, explains why Israeli Apartheid is a Sham! Stan Goodenough, a Christian Journalist, was born and raised in South Africa. He has lived in Israel for 25 years. Stan explains what Apartheid in South Afri… By: HereIsIsrael
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It will come as a surprise to many that the four members of U2 — Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion), who are nominated for the best original song Oscar for “Ordinary Love” in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — have been writing and performing music about South Africa since the late 1970s, when they were still in their teens. I learned as much last week during a fascinating and candid conversation with the Irish rockers in New York, video of which The Hollywood Reporter is pleased to exclusively premiere in this post. “At a very early stage, we realized that there was more to music than just rocking out and that we could actually — maybe — make a small difference,” Mullen said. Therefore, when the quartet — which The Edge describes as “the essential high school band that just kept going” — learned about Nelson Mandela and Apartheid, they decided to take action, playing a gig to protest the institutional segregation and discrimination taking place half a world away. PHOTOS: 38 Years of U2 Why did they care? “We really related to what was going on in South Africa,” Bono said. “Irish people are very aware of how the currents of politics — indeed, global politics — can affect their own life. For example, it’s well known that our interest in developing economies around the world is because not long ago we were one. And we’re interested in the fight against extreme poverty because we were on the other side of that. And we also understand famine — it cost our country half its population.” After studying and traveling to Africa throughout the 1980s — on fact-finding missions, to raise funds and awareness through music (see “The Sun City” album) and, in some cases (like Bono’s), even to go on personal honeymoons — the members of the band rejoiced when Mandela was freed from prison in 1990 and were delighted that he wished to meet and work with them in post-Apartheid South Africa. The band, which was honored to know Mandela, soon became good friends with the South African leader, who saw how they could help him spread his call for peace and understanding. “He was a very sensitive fellow and, clearly, that sensitivity was what he used to dismantle Apartheid. It wasn’t just the strength; it was the sensitivity,” says Bono. The Edge adds: “We actually went with Mr. Mandela to see Robben Island when we were there, and just to see the cell that he lived in for so many years was really sobering, to realize that when he went in there he thought that he would never come out.” PHOTOS: Exclusive Portraits of U2 Last summer, Harvey Weinstein, another entertainment industry acquaintance of Mandela’s and a friend of U2′s since his days as a concert promoter in the early 1980s, approached the band and asked, on behalf of producer Anant Singh and director Justin Chadwick, if they would write an original song for inclusion in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a big screen version of Mandela’s own autobiography. They had not released original music in years — from 2009 to 2011 they had been traveling the world for U2 360, the highest-grossing tour in history, and were finally making headway when Weinstein called with his offer, which they couldn’t refuse. As The Edge puts it, “We had to take a deep breath because we realized it was actually gonna cause havoc in other areas of our work,” but, he says, “It was one of those things [we] just had to do, you know, because of our connection there.” Singh sent Bono copies of love letters that Mandela had written to his wife Winnie when he was imprisoned. “To read his love letters is a real treat,” the singer says. “You realize that this was a kind of extraordinary love, but actually, though extraordinary love is the subject of movies and books and novels and songs, perhaps the more important is ordinary love — the simple things that people do… and that’s what they couldn’t do. They had this passion the size of their country, the size of their continent, but actually, when he left prison, they couldn’t figure it out on just the ordinary, domestic front.” Consequently, the song that Bono wrote, which “was always to be at the end [of the film], after the scene where [Mandela] stands up and he walks out and the people who had been his enemy are saluting him” — which the singer describes as “one of the greatest moments in the last century” — was not the uplifting number that had originally been solicited, but rather an honest imagination of what Mandela might have been thinking in that moment, entitled “Ordinary Love.” Bono explains, “He said he’d won most of his struggles — [even] if it cost him 27 years of his life — but he lost in love, he lost his wife, and it was of profound sadness to him. That’s what we wanted in that moment, that, as he was walking out, there was still that ache of love lost.”
Israeli Ethiopian Jewish students talk about their visit to South Africa during'Israel ap A group of Israeli post-graduate students (from Ethiopian Jewish families) who had earlier travelled to South Africa during'Israel Apartheid Week' – in orde… By: Bill George
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Johannesburg, Feb 19 (IANS) South Africa and Palestine Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen bilateral governance cooperation. The MoU was signed by South Africa's Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lechesa Tsenoli and his Palestinian counterpart Saed Al Koni in Pretoria, where the Palestinian official is on a visit from Feb 16, Xinhua reported …
Nelson Mandela, Anti-Apartheid Hero, Dead at 95 Former South African president turned global icon changed the world with his beliefs. Former South African president turned global icon changed the world wit… By: NewsiTimesC
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Virginia’s gay marriage ban will stay in place while the ruling is appealed. Virginia isthe first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned. A federal judge ruled Thursday that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the first state in the South to have its voter-approved prohibition overturned. Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition US District Judge Arenda Wright Allen issued a stay of her order while it is appealed, meaning that gay couples in Virginia will still not be able to marry until the case is ultimately resolved. Both sides believe the case won’t be settled until the Supreme Court decides to hear it or one like it. Allen’s ruling makes Virginia the second state in the South to issue a ruling recognizing the legality of gay marriages. A judge in Kentucky ruled Wednesday that the state must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. It did not rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages inside the state, however. The Virginia judge’s ruling also follows similar decisions in Utah and Oklahoma federal courts. The Virginia Attorney General’s Office took the unusual step of not defending the law because it believes the ban violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. However, it asked for the judge to stay her order to avoid a situation like what happened in Utah after a federal judge declared that state’s ban on gay marriages unconstitutional. More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples were married in the days after the ruling before the U.S. Supreme Court granted the state an emergency stay, halting the weddings and creating a cloud of uncertainty for the status of the married couples. Soon after, a federal judge also declared Oklahoma’s ban unconstitutional. That ruling is also on hold while it is appealed. In a movement that began with Massachusetts in 2004, 17 states and the District of Columbia now allow gay marriage, most of them clustered in the Northeast. None of them is in the old Confederacy.
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Photo: Melany Bendix/IPS Thembela, a 26-year-old lesbian from Gugulethu, Cape Town, seldom leaves her home at night for fear of being the victim of corrective rape. Cape Town “Every day I live in fear that I will be raped,” said Thembela*, one of thousands of lesbians across South Africa being terrorised by the scourge of “corrective rape”. By living openly as a lesbian in Gugulethu township in the Western Cape, Dick says she is at high risk of being assaulted by men intent on “correcting” her sexual orientation through rape. “They do it because they hate what we are, because they feel threatened by us,” said the 26-year-old filmmaker for the local documentary television series “Street Talk”. “I live with my partner and we live alone. Many guys in my neighbourhood know this and at any time they can come and kick down our door and rape us. They usually come in gangs and we would be powerless to stop them,” she told IPS. “Lots of my friends have been raped for being lesbian. It’s not an unusual thing.” Horrific reports of corrective rape are rife in South Africa, but just how many women and men have been raped and even murdered due to their sexual orientation is still unknown. It is this dearth of data on hate crime that the country’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development hopes to address with the “Policy Framework on Combating Hate Crimes, Hate Speech and Unfair Discrimination”. The policy is the foundation for what will later become law and aims to “send a clear message that hate crimes will not be tolerated in South Africa,” according to Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister John Jeffery. He said the new law would create a separate criminal category for hate crimes.
MONTREAL – The Parti Qubcois government is slashing the radiotherapy budget of the Jewish General Hospital by 40 per cent this year a move that some fear will destroy its radio-oncology department, The Gazette has learned. Whats more, the radiotherapy budgets of the Centre hospitalier de luniversit de Montral (CHUM) will be chopped by 30 per cent, by 23 per cent at the McGill University Health Centre and by four per cent at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. The new budget directives to take effect on April 1 are part of a policy by the PQ to force Montreals university hospitals to stop treating cancer patients from Laval and the South Shore. The new policy arises from the fact that the radiotherapy centres at Charles LeMoyne Hospital on the South Shore and Cit de la sant in Laval are under-utilized. Although several thousand cancer patients a year from Laval and the South Shore do use them, many more continue to seek radiotherapy, chemotherapy and cancer surgery at Quebecs leading cancer centres in Montreal. Initially, the government urged Montreal hospitals to require that off-island patients be repatriated for care in their home communities. When Montreal doctors were reluctant to turn patients away as this would be against their code of ethics the government decided to cut their budgets. Jean Latreille, head of the Direction qubcoise du cancer and an oncologist at Charles LeMoyne, met with Montreal hospital officials Wednesday night, and he accused them of trying to scare patients after stories appeared in The Gazette about the cuts. Latreille at first denied in an interview with The Gazette that radiotherapy budgets are being cut. Im not saying budgets are being cut, he said. Im saying were financing according to the number of patients. And that means budget cuts? a reporter asked. Of course. But Im sure you wouldnt be happy to know we would be giving the CHUM $2 million for patients theyre not treating.
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Get CBS4 News Updates In Your Inbox Sign up for News, Sports, Broncos and Health Emails. DENVER (CBS4) Students at Denvers South High School got a living history lesson on Wednesday when three World War II veterans visited and told stories to a Social Studies class. Carl Hammergren, Harold Haberman and Earl Lammers came from nearby Clermont Park Retirement Center to tell of a time when the world was at war and hundreds of thousands of American troops were killed in the early 1940s. Hammergren joined the Naval Reserves after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and eventually sailed across the Pacific Ocean to fight in the South Pacific. One of the grim facts he recalled was when Japanese pilots killed themselves by flying their planes into American ships in kamikaze missions. Haberman, a Denver native, also fought the Japanese but as a Marine with the 2nd Marine Division. He served in South Pacific for a little over two years in a special weapons batallion and his unit saw heavy casualties. I lost most of my men. Out of 1000, there were about 200 of us left, he said. South High School students look at their guests photos from World War II. (credit: CBS) Lammers served in Italy for about three years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the war. His job was loading bombs on A-20s and A-26s, both medium bomber planes, and preparing machine guns on fighter planes. When the planes came back we checked them out for bullet holes make sure hydraulic lines werent severed, he said.
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From 1868 through the early 1870s the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) functioned as a loosely organized group of political and social terrorists. The Klan’s goals included political defeat of the Republican Party and the maintenance of absolute white supremacy in response to newly gained civil and political rights by southern blacks after the Civil War (1861-65). They were more successful in achieving their political goals than they were with their social goals during the Reconstruction era. Origin The KKK was formed as a social group in Tennessee in 1866. The name probably came from the Greek word kuklos, meaning “circle.” Klan was an alliterative version of “clan,” thus Ku Klux Klan suggested a circle, or band, of brothers. With the passage of the Military Reconstruction Acts in March 1867, and the prospect of freedmen voting in the South, the Klan became a political organization. Former Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest probably served as the Grand Wizard, or overall leader, of the Klan and certainly played a significant role in its organized spread in early 1868. In Georgia conservative whites, frustrated with their political failures during 1867, began to look for new ways to defeat their Republican enemies and control the recently enfranchised freedpeople. For many, the KKK and its public political wing, the Young Men’s Democratic Clubs, offered a chance to take action. In February and March 1868, General Forrest visited Atlanta from Tennessee several times and met with prominent Georgia conservatives. Forrest probably helped organize a statewide Klan structure during these visits. By the summer of 1868, the Klan was widespread across Georgia. Organization The KKK was a very loosely organized group, and hierarchical structures beyond the county level probably were more symbolic than operational. The Klan in Georgia had a titular head, the Grand Dragon, who at one point was probably General John B. Gordon. Each congressional district had a Grand Titan and under him were Grand Giants for each county. Former Klansman John C. Reed recalled that Robert Toombs’s law partner and son-in-law, Dudley M. DuBose, served as Grand Titan for the Fifth Congressional District while Reed himself served as Grand Giant of Oglethorpe County. In each militia district of his county Reed organized dens of ten or so men, most Confederate veterans with a good horse and a gun. Thus, Reed as a county leader had at his disposal more than one hundred armed and mounted men. The Ku Klux Klan in Action The Klan’s organized terrorism began most notably on March 31, 1868, when Republican organizer George Ashburn was murdered in Columbus, Georgia. Over the following months Klan-inspired violence spread throughout Georgia’s Black Belt and into the northwestern corner of the state. Most Klan action was designed to intimidate black voters and white supporters of the Republican Party. Klansmen might parade on horseback at night dressed in outlandish costumes, or they might threaten specific Republican leaders with violence. Increasingly during 1868 these actions became violent, ranging from whippings of black women perceived as insolent to the assassination of Republican leaders. It is impossible to untangle local vigilante violence from political terrorism by the organized Klan, but it is clear that attacks on blacks became common during 1868. Freedmen’s Bureau agents reported 336 cases of murder or assault with intent to kill on freedmen across the state from January 1 through November 15 of 1868. The political terrorism was effective. While Republican gubernatorial candidate Rufus B. Bullock carried the state in April 1868 elections, by November Democratic presidential candidate Horatio Seymour was in the lead. In some counties the contrast was incredible. In John Reed’s Oglethorpe County, 1,144 people had voted Republican in April, while only 116 dared to vote Republican in November when Reed’s armed Klansmen surrounded the polls. In Columbia County armed Klansmen not only intimidated voters but even cowed federal soldiers sent to guard the polling place. Not surprisingly, while 1,222 votes had been cast in Columbia County for Republican governor Rufus Bullock in April, only one vote was cast for Republican presidential candidate Ulysses Grant in November 1868. Similar political terrorism and control of the polling places help account for Georgia’s quick “redemption” and return to conservative white Democratic control by late 1871. Klanlike violence was also used to control freedpeople’s social behavior, but with less success. Black churches and schools were burned, teachers were attacked, and freedpeople who refused to show proper deference were beaten and killed. But, black Georgians fought their attackers, rebuilt their churches and schools, and shot back during attacks on their communities. While these attacks surely terrorized some freedpeople, they failed to destroy the cultural and social independence blacks had gained with emancipation. End of the First Ku Klux Klan There is no clear date for the demise of the first KKK’s activities in Georgia. While John B. Gordon may have left the Klan by late 1868, Klan activity clearly continued throughout 1869 and 1870. After Democratic triumph in the state elections of 1870 and aggressive federal intervention in 1871 and 1872, the formal Klan organization began to fade away. Local Klanlike groups continued to engage in racial and political terrorism, often calling themselves minutemen or rifle clubs, but they lacked larger organizational ties or even commonality of purpose. A romanticized memory of the first KKK legitimated their activities and, combined with the growing power of a Lost Cause mythology, contributed greatly to Georgians’ acceptance of vigilante violence and lynching well into the twentieth century. By the 1890s many men proudly claimed to have ridden with the Klan and thereby saved Georgia and the South from “Negro domination.” This romanticized vision of the Klan was celebrated in popular novels and laid the foundation for the more openly organized Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the second Ku Klux Klan, founded in Atlanta in 1915.
TOECHON, South Korea A single picture captures the regret, shame and rage that Kim Gun-ja has harbored through most of her 89 years. Dressed in a long white wedding gown, she carries a bouquet of red flowers and stares at the camera, her deep wrinkles obscured by makeup and a diaphanous veil. A local company arranged wedding-style photo shoots as gifts for Kim and other elderly women at the House of Sharing, a museum and nursing home for South Koreans forced into brothels by Japan during World War II. Kim and many of the other women never married, giving the pictures a measure of bitterness. “That could have been my life: Meet a man, get married, have children, have grandchildren,” Kim said in her small, tidy room at the nursing home south of Seoul. “But it never happened. It could never be.” Japanese soldiers stole her youth, she says, and now, “The Japanese are waiting for us to die.” There are only 55 women left who registered with the South Korean government as former sex slaves from the war, down from a peak of more than 230. Their average age is 88. As their numbers dwindle and a rising Japanese nationalism provokes anger from war victims in South Korea and China, the 10 women who live at the House of Sharing know they’re running out of time to pressure Tokyo to make amends. “Once the victims are gone,” Kim said, “who will step in and fight for us?” At first glance, the women might seem an obstacle to soothing the decades-old war tensions between Seoul and Tokyo. “I want the Japanese (emperor) to come here, kneel before us, state everything that they did wrong to each one of us and apologize,” said Yi Ok-seon, 88, showing what she said were sword wounds from Japanese soldiers on her arms and feet. But the women may also be the last chance for America’s two most important Asian allies to settle a dispute that has boiled over in recent years, as more of the so-called “comfort women” die and Tokyo and Seoul trade increasingly bitter comments about their bloody history.
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