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Via PR Watch (whose other current endeavor is “The Best War Ever,” a book exposing disinformation and deception around the Iraq War), this lovely bit on Seoul’s efforts to promote the Bush administration’s latest free-trade idea, a pact with Korea:

The “Korea-U.S. FTA Love Corner” established in the lobby of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in downtown Seoul symbolizes the government’s belief that aggressive publicity would result in a successful FTA pact.

Response so far, reports the Korea Herald, has been “lukewarm.”

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