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[Editorial] Blue House blues

For many, this is a time to look back at the past year and prepare for the coming one. But President Park Geun-hye may well be denied this year-end serenity, as she is struggling with a raging scandal surrounding the leak of Blue House documents and allegations of influence-peddling by her...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:36

[Robert Reich] The coin of the realm

A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Inc. stock based on insider information provided by a Dell employee. When charged with insider trading, Level Global In...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:36

[Editorial] Demise of radicals

The Constitutional Court’s ruling to disband the leftist United Progressive Party was a long-awaited, legitimate move to drive out dangerous radicals disguised as “liberals” from this society. The court, announcing the result of its yearlong adjudication on a petition filed by the gover...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:36

Obama’s winning streak with Cuba

Never before has a president experienced as severe an election drubbing as Barack Obama did in November and followed it with such a politically triumphant six weeks.Obama scored his latest coup Wednesday by announcing that the U.S. and Cuba would restore full diplomatic relations and excha...

Updated : 2014.12.19 21:35

The horror of Peshawar massacre

The world seems full of crises and disasters: from political stasis and racial standoffs in Europe and the U.S., to the classic conflicts of capitalism in “emerging” economies (inequality, weakening states, authoritarianism), to tribal conflicts and sectarian uprisings in the Middle East...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:41

[Kim Kyung-ho] Our regressive future generation

A 13-year-old boy murdered his aunt, who was in her 50s, at their home in a provincial city early this month, angered by her admonishment that he spent too much time playing online games. She had take...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:40

[Editorial] Dealing with nuclear waste

The much awaited nuclear waste facility in Gyeongju will begin operations next year following final approval by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission last week.The Wolseong Low and Intermediate-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Center, consisting of six silos some 80 meters underground...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:38

[Editorial] Reviving local markets

The Seoul High Court has ruled that the restrictions on large retailers’ operations were unlawful, renewing the debate about the coexistence of large businesses and neighborhood mom-and-pop stores. The court found the Dongdaemun-gu and Seongdong-gu ordinances that ban large discount retai...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:38

Financing infrastructure

The Indonesian government’s recent decision to join the China-led Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank will increase the sources of financing for the $100 billion investment needed for its ambitious infrastructure programs within the next five years.The AIIB, with an initial equity capital...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

Corrupted system

In the end, the initially shocking jacuzzi, wide-screen TV sets, split-type air-conditioning units, music studio with sophisticated equipment, luxury watches and footwear, even the life-size sex doll, found in the quarters of drug convicts in the national penitentiary boil down to this: Th...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

[Frank Ching] In race for top, odds favor Tsai

The rout of the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang, in Taiwan by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party in local elections on Nov. 29 changed Taiwan’s political landscape overnight, making the DPP...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

What makes Bangladesh proud in December?

On Nov. 11, 1970, the coastal region of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) was devastated by one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in recorded history with the loss of over 500,000 human lives.A BBC reporter visited a remote island in the affected region seven days after the devastation. He ...

Updated : 2014.12.18 20:37

[David Ignatius] A ‘reset’ of U.S.-China ties?

BEIJING ― This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a domin...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:41

[Editorial] More immigrants

Controversy recently erupted over a bill aimed at guaranteeing undocumented immigrant children the right to receive education and medical treatment. Some Koreans raised objections to using taxpayers’ money to care for the children of those who are here illegally. In a further worrisome ph...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:40

[Editorial] Kim Jong-un’s choice

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be seen as having been successful in consolidating his control over the isolated regime since he took power in December 2011 following the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il.Pyongyang’s state media this week described last year’s execution of Jang ...

Updated : 2014.12.17 20:39