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[Lee Jae-min] The unspeakable tragedy

While the details are still being confirmed, the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is going to be the deadliest disaster in aviation history. Blame games are going on over the origin of t...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:43

[Editorial] Act quickly

The downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine deserves the strongest condemnation because the calamity, as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko put it, is not an incident but a “terrorist act” which targeted innocent civilians. The tragic incident, which killed all 298 people...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:42

[Editorial] Who vets lawmakers?

The campaign for the July 30 parliamentary by-elections is in full swing, with major parties mobilizing all of their resources to win what are called the “mini general elections,” partly because there are 15 seats up for grabs, the most in the history of parliamentary by-elections. With ...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:42

Europe must stand up to Putin

Vladimir Putin has become a global menace.There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons i...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

Disasters in the centenary of WWI

NEW YORK ― Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy. Here we are, at the centenary of the outbreak of Worl...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

[Kim Seong-kon] Strange parts of Korean society

Foreigners often find it very convenient to live in Korea. For example, they can easily find numerous coffee shops, convenience stores and ethnic restaurants in major cities. They can also take advant...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

The inflation truther crank index

There is a group of folks who believe that inflation is much higher than the numbers in the official reports. Paul Krugman calls them “inflation truthers.”In the 2000s, I might have been considered part of that crowd. I recognized that inflation data weren’t being reported accurately, a...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:40

[David Ignatius] The risk of sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON ― Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter. The dilemma ...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:05

Malaysia can’t botch another air tragedy

There’s nothing funny about Malaysia Airlines losing two Boeing 777s and more than 500 lives in the space of four months. That hasn’t kept the humor mills from churning out dark humor and lighting up cyberspace.Actor Jason Biggs, for example, got in trouble for tweeting: “Anyone wanna b...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:03

[Editorial] Worn-out strategy

North Korea boycotted the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, which consolidated the prevalence of the South’s affluent capitalist system over the North’s impoverished communist regime. Since then, Pyongyang has changed its mind and sent its delegations to three international sporting events held in...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:03

[Editorial] Depressed Koreans

A recent study based on a survey of about 27,600 Korean 40-year-olds showed a high correlation between their living habits and depression. Heavy smoking and drinking more than doubles the risk of developing depression, while periodic exercise reduces the possibility considerably, according...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:02

[Jeffrey Frankel] U.S. court rulings to undermine debt restructuring

Argentina and its bankers have been barred from making payments to fulfill debt-restructuring agreements reached with the country’s creditors, unless the 7 percent of creditors who rejected the agree...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:02

China is driving the BRICS train

Rarely has an acronym led such a charmed life as BRICS. Casually invented by former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economist and Bloomberg View columnist Jim O’Neill to label emerging markets of promise, it actually brought together leaders from the disparate countries of Brazil, Russia, India,...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:01

Intelligence agencies should prove value of technology

A newly leaked document stolen by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year reveals that one of the NSA’s partner agencies within the “Five Eyes” Anglo-intelligence network ― Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, responsible for signals intelligen...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:00

[Editorial] Bribery scandal

The prosecution, which is investigating an alleged contract killing, is putting the final touches on its preparations for prosecution, as the court-sanctioned detention of the suspects comes to an end. Yet, the prosecution cannot afford to wind down its inquiry, as the case is now developi...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:10