Historic US-North Korea summit, Japan to fund gender affirming surgery (12/06/18)

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U.S. and North Korea agree on ‘complete denuclearization’ in Singapore talk

In a historic summit, U.S. leader Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement on Tuesday to completely denuclearize the Korean peninsula, signaling a shift after decades of hostility between the two countries.

In return for North Korea’s commitment to give up its nuclear arsenal, the U.S. agreed to “provide security guarantees,” in a joint statement, according to the New York Times. The signed document lacked the details on how to make the denuclearization process ‘verifiable’ and ‘irreversible.’

The two countries will work further to complete the deal, Trump said in a press conference held later in the afternoon.

While signing the document, Kim said “the world will see a major change.”

A night before the summit Kim Jong Un made a surprising outing in downtown of Singapore, and him taking a selfie with local leaders trended on Twitter.


Besides the headlines and photo-ops of the historic handshake, human rights activists called for Trump to put pressure on Kim Jong Un to end human rights violation in North Korea. A North Korea defector Yeonmi Park, with an activist group Human Rights Foundation, released a video op-ed in The New York Times highlighting the oppression and economic struggles that North Koreans faced.

Japan to fund sex reassignment surgery for transgendered individuals

The Japanese Health Ministry’s proposal was passed, allowing sex reassignment surgery to be partially covered by public health insurance, Japan Times first reported.

Although it’s a step forward for transgender communities, they still face obstacles as the applicants have to go through a psychiatric evaluation and be diagnosed with a “gender identity disorder” in order to qualify for insurance coverage, according to a report by PinkNews.

Jameela Jamil slams Tarantino for casting actor who strangled her friend

Actor Jameela Jamil of U.S. TV show “Good Place” called out Quentin Tarantino for casting actor Emile Hirsch, who strangled her friend.

In 2015, Hirsch pleaded guilty to choking and body-slamming Paramount Pictures executive Daniele Bernfeld, according to a report by the Women In the World Media.

In her tweet, she criticized the move as an “INTENSE case of rich white male privilege,” with double middle fingers:

 

Yewon Kang

Yewon Kang

Yewon is a Seoul-based editor of April Magazine. She believes that “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.”