South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak waves as he arrives for a working dinner at the G20 summit in Cannes, southern France, Nov. 3. At home, Lee faces mounting criticism over the free trade deal with the U.S. as well as North Korea policy and the economy.
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South Korean protesters shout slogans during a rally against a free trade agreement between South Korea and the United States near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 11.
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Presidents Obama and Lee embrace after touring and speaking at the General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Mich., Oct. 14.
A free trade agreement with the U.S. more than four years in the making is causing a big political headache for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
On Tuesday, he was scheduled to visit lawmakers in Parliament to try to persuade them to ratify the deal, a step he has never taken before over a single specific issue. Lee is also under pressure in the polls, and facing criticism over his North Korea policy.
These days it can feel like the country is unsteady — politically, economically. In a search for the way forward, scholars and politicians often turn to their fundamental beliefs. NPR is taking a look at some of the most influential philosophers whose ideas molded the present and could shape the future. You might not know all their names, but you're certainly familiar with their ideas. They are woven into the fabric of our society.
Our friends over at Food & Think, a Smithsonian blog, had a nice little post not long ago about one of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's best loved paintings of a Paris café. "Luncheon of the Boating Party" is a jolly scene of men and women flirting and chatting over lunch. But if you look closely, it's hard to tell just what they're eating.
Phillips Collection Chief Curator Eliza Rathbone tells Food & Think: