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[Editorial] Inter-Korean talks

Prospects of a second round of high-level inter-Korean talks seem to have dimmed as Seoul’s date for the talks, Oct. 30, has come and gone.Unable to agree on issues that touch on the very core of the two sides’ reason for being, high-level talks seem elusive at the moment. The North cont...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:25

[Editorial] Stop trying to fool the world

The international community’s concerted efforts to pressure North Korea on its human rights record is eliciting a response from the isolated state, demonstrating that continued and focused pressure may lead to a change in the human rights conditions there, even if only to a slight degree....

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:25

[David Ignatius] Wishful thinking in Iraq

WASHINGTON ― A glimpse of the anxiety sweeping the Arab world surfaced last week when an Arab woman complained during a talk in Amman at the Columbia Global Center for the Middle East. She said my sp...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:25

Canadian attack prompts absurd reactions

PARIS ― Some warped minds believe that when a nation suffers a terrorist attack, it somehow deserved it and should set about doing some soul-searching. Implicit in this argument is the notion that the attacker was somehow justified in his heinous actions ― there was no other option but t...

Updated : 2014.10.31 21:22

[Chon Shi-yong] Ban and presidential politics

In general, Koreans follow politics closely. You can easily overhear people discussing politics on mountain trails, at family gatherings for Chuseok and in bars and restaurants.I am still awed wheneve...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:47

[Editorial] Employment policy

Government figures showed this week the number of self-employed individuals and irregular workers has been rising continuously. This trend raises the need for government officials to review their existing employment policy and work out measures to enhance job stability.The number of self-e...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:46

[Editorial] Debt management

In her address to the National Assembly on Wednesday, President Park Geun-hye called for legislative support for her efforts to revitalize the country’s sluggish economy. She said her administration would risk further piling up fiscal deficits to spend money needed to pull the economy out...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:45

The failure of democracy in decolonized states

After de-colonization, most newly-independent Asian and African countries were unable to stabilise democratic institutions and traditions. The system in these countries further weakened and became vulnerable when armed forces intervened and overthrew democratic government to establish mili...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:42

[John McBeth] Jokowi’s cabinet: Hard to form, facing hard work

After being promised a free hand to choose his cabinet, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo discovered ― perhaps not to his complete surprise ― that it was anything but free in a behind-the-scenes tuss...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:42

New Fukushima governor must accelerate recovery from crisis, evacuees’ return

The governor-elect of Fukushima prefecture must display strong leadership to accelerate efforts for reconstruction from the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and expedite the return of evacuees to their homes. Former Deputy Gov. Masao Uchibori easily trium...

Updated : 2014.10.30 20:41

[Editorial] Pork-barrel squandering

The four-river development project pushed during the Lee Myung-bak administration is a typical pork-barrel project motivated more by politics than by economic and policy considerations. The project consumed a huge amount of taxpayers’ money ― 22 trillion won ― mainly because it was a pe...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:58

[Dominique Moisi] The return of Sarkozy

PARIS ― Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said that a week is a very long time in politics. If that is true, France’s 2017 presidential election is an eternity away, and any speculati...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:58

[Editorial] Nuke threat looms larger

A report that North Korea is believed to have the capability to deliver a small nuclear warhead on a missile should be a wake-up call to President Park Geun-hye. This is all the more so because these days Park seems more concerned with improving ties with North Korea than with dealing with...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:58

Vaccine ignorance ― deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral. We’ve seen this happen around the world with a wide range of illnesses, from swine flu to SARS to Ebola.And even after threats are addressed, a new form of conspiratorial thinking often emerges, ...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:57

[Jim Yong Kim] Shared prosperity: A goal to reduce inequality

We have made tremendous progress over the last quarter century in the fight against poverty. In 1990, 36 percent of the world’s population, or 1.9 billion people, earned less than $1.25 a day. By nex...

Updated : 2014.10.29 20:57