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[Editorial] Elderly taxi drivers

Many citizens in Seoul have felt uneasy while riding in a taxi with an elderly driver. Passengers who have had this experience often find themselves shunning older cabbies, as many have difficulty following the traffic flow smoothly.Their concern is unlikely to be eased soon with the numbe...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:24

[Editorial] Hereditary employment

Public institutions here have often come under criticism for employing relatives of their employees. This practice is not to be necessarily blamed as long as the process and standards of recruitment are fair, objective and transparent.But recent data released by a lawmaker suggested that f...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:24

[Lee Jae-min] Enforcing etiquette with law?

What else can be more disturbing than a phone call or an email from the boss over the weekend? How many times do we hesitate to answer the cellphone Saturday afternoon when the boss’s name pops up on...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:24

Zombie ideas that keep on losing

We are in the business of making mistakes. The only difference between the winners and the losers is that the winners make small mistakes, while the losers make big mistakes. ― Ned DavisI began my career in finance on a trading desk. You learn some things very early on in that sort of sit...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:23

[Kim Seong-kon] ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ after retirement

Some time ago, a newspaper report revealed the shocking news that some Japanese housewives were demanding a divorce from their husbands on their retirement day. According to the article, most Japanese...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:23

Ebola in America

NEW YORK ― Until Thomas Eric Duncan brought Ebola into the United States, the disease was largely dismissed as an exotic pestilence of concern mainly to impoverished West Africa, and those who dared to volunteer there. And its transmission to two nurses responsible for Duncan’s care ― l...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:22

China is again slowly turning in on itself

Deng Xiaoping is back ... but only on television.This year ― the 110th anniversary of his birth ― Beijing is sparing no expense to commemorate the former leader who launched China’s modern reform era in the late 1970s, bringing decades of blazing economic growth and steady resurgence as...

Updated : 2014.10.21 20:22

[Editorial] An overhaul will do

One of the decisions President Park Geun-hye made after the Sewol ferry disaster in April was to disband the Korea Coast Guard. When a resolute Park solemnly made the announcement on May 19, about one month after the calamity that claimed more than 300 lives, it surprised not only the Coas...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:48

[Editorial] Averting crisis

The harsher-than-expected downsizing of executive posts at Hyundai Heavy Industries Group reflects the sense of crisis building up in Korea’s manufacturing industry.Hyundai Heavy, which forms the world’s largest shipbuilding group along with its two affiliates ― Hyundai Mipo Dockyard an...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:48

[Mohamed A. El-Erian] The inequality trifecta

There were quite a few disconnects at the recently concluded annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Among the most striking was the disparity between participants’ interes...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:47

No workable nuclear compromise? No deal

The latest round of negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program took place last week, pitting the United States and its European partners against the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. But only five weeks before an upcoming deadline, there are serious outstanding questi...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:47

[Clive Crook] The economics of mood control

Last week’s financial-market gyrations sent me back to one of my favorite books about the crash. Its wisdom seems freshly relevant.“Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why I...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:46

Political buffoonery: America’s greatest security threat

There are at least two things that the public expects the government to get right, even when it fails at nearly everything else: public safety and national security. The Obama administration has a responsibility to protect its citizens. There is no excuse for the failures we’re witnessing...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:46

Ebola czar should be a general, not a politician

I’ve know Ron Klain for years, respecting him as a smart operative who understands the nexus of politics and policy. His selection last Friday by President Barack Obama as the “Ebola czar” is a bad choice that will not stop the Democrats’ political problems on this issue.It is what it ...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:45

Republicans pave way to all-white future

Even Senator John McCain has surrendered. A steadfast supporter of immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, McCain essentially acknowledged yesterday in Georgia that his party’s anti-immigration forces have demolished any hope of soon legalizing the roughly 11 million undocumente...

Updated : 2014.10.20 20:45