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[J. Bradford DeLong] A cautionary history of U.S. monetary tightening

The U.S. Federal Reserve has embarked on an effort to tighten monetary policy four times in the past four decades. On every one of these occasions, the effort triggered processes that reduced employme...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:49

[John Kass] The populist appeal of Trump

Why are so many journalists -- particularly liberal journalists -- mocking the true believers of Donald Trump? Because it’s just so darn easy, that’s why. It’s much safer to ridicule Trump supporters than dare question Planned Parenthood’s gruesome and tax-subsidized baby organ harve...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:46

[Editorial] Chung’s contributions

In an interview with a local newspaper, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director Chung Myung-whun said that he would not renew his contract, which expires at the end of the year. His frustration with the continuing controversy surrounding his pay and alleged misuse of travel exp...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:42

[Editorial] Heavier punishment

Phone scammers got their just deserts when the Daegu District Court sentenced two men to six years in jail for setting up call centers in China and Korea that were used to defraud unsuspecting Koreans.  The court also handed down five-year and 4 1/2-year sentences to two others for their ...

Updated : 2015.08.30 17:41

[Editorial] Labor reform talks

It is welcome that the tripartite committee has resumed its negotiations for labor market reform, which had been in hiatus since April. The Federation of Korean Trade Union’s decision to return to the table paved the way for the resumption of the talks.  Heads of the three parties — Lab...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:49

[Editorial] Renewal of opposition?

The word “south-south conflict” describes the different — often opposite — positions South Koreans take on North Korea, be of its leader, its security threat or how to achieve reunification.  The conflict escalates when there is a major crisis — like the North’s torpedo attack on th...

Updated : 2015.08.28 18:47

[Robert B. Reich] The upsurge in uncertain work

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. This varied group includes independent contractors, temporary workers, the self-emplo...

Updated : 2015.08.28 17:44

[Chon Shi-yong] Universities on the Silk Road

“Silk Road” and “Eurasia” are now the hot buzzwords in China and South Korea, with their leaders pushing national projects to restore the ancient trade and cultural route that linked Europe to Eas...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:47

[Kavi Chongkittavorn] Thailand must not give up bid for UNSC seat

Despite all the odds and dysfunction — including the latest bomb carnage to hit Bangkok — Thailand must not give up its bid for a nonpermanent seat at the U.N. Security Council (2017-2018). In fact,...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

[Editorial] Sex education in schools

The Education Ministry’s newly issued national standard on sex education should be thoroughly reviewed by experts and revised before it is used in schools. It took the Education Ministry some two years and 600 million won to prepare the manual on sex education that is being heavily criti...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

[Editorial] Yet another Hangang plan

The central government and the Seoul Metropolitan Government jointly announced a master plan for the development of the Hangang River and its riverbank earlier this week, signaling the start of yet another large-scale attempt to exploit one of the capital’s major assets. The plan, which ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

Avoid brute force in Myanmar politics

In a democracy, fallout between two powerful and ambitious leaders over the country’s political direction would be considered normal. Typically, such a dispute would be settled by the ouster of one of them, with the defeated leader biding his time, in party wings or the wider national la...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:44

Abe shows he has no desire to mend fences

It is finally confirmed: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not attending the commemoration activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing on Sept. 3. Nor will he visit China around that sensitive date. This does not sound good to those who regard Abe’s ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:42

Through rash actions, Russia turns its back on territorial talks with Japan

It is an action that will greatly set back the momentum toward improving bilateral ties between Japan and Russia and settling territorial disputes. By no means can Japan tolerate this. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Etorofu Island in the northern territories Saturday. Aft...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:40

[Editorial] Unified stance

Speaking at a workshop for ruling party lawmakers Tuesday, Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said the “biggest strength” that led to the inter-Korean breakthrough reached earlier in the day was that “the (South Korean) people stayed together.” Hong, who attended days of intensive hig...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:44