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[Editorial] Pit of corruption

The ongoing investigation into defense acquisition programs is revealing yet more cases of dirty connections between the military and the industry.The joint investigation team arrested former Navy Chief of Staff Jung Ok-geun on Thursday on suspicion of taking kickbacks from two affiliates ...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:54

[Editorial] A league of their own

We cheered on National Assembly Speaker Chung Eui-hwa last November when he singled out 42 lawmakers and asked them to resign from posts they held outside the parliament. Chung’s action was in line with the parliament’s self-reform proposals aimed at cutting lawmakers’ powers and privil...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:54

[David Ignatius] The lesson from Yemen

WASHINGTON ― What went wrong for the U.S.-backed government in Yemen and what are the consequences for counterterrorism operations there against al-Qaida’s most dangerous affiliate? Both questions h...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:53

Defeating Islamic State means a deal with Assad

The Kurdish flags now fluttering over Kobani after four months of fighting demonstrate that the Islamic State can be beaten on the battlefield in Syria. Plentiful U.S. air power ― some 750 airstrikes ― combined with determined allies on the ground can get the job done.That’s less encour...

Updated : 2015.01.30 21:48

[Kim Kyung-ho] Korea’s social mobility waning

Expanding welfare programs is supposed to help reduce poverty in a society. What has happened in Korea in recent years, however, is that the proportion of poor households continues to increase despite...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:24

[Editorial] Film fest at risk

It appears Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo and Busan International Film Festival commissioner Lee Yong-kwan have mended fences over Suh’s demand that Lee step down from his position, but concerns still remain over the independence of Asia’s premier film festival.The rift surfaced during last y...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:23

[Editorial] Hero in peril

The news that Korea’s swimming hero Park Tae-hwan twice failed doping tests has shocked the country that takes great pride in the swimmer lovingly nicknamed “Marine Boy.”Park gave the country its first Olympic gold medal in swimming in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His gold in the 400-mete...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:23

The root of U.S. political paralysis is intolerance

For the next two years, the chances are good that the U.S. government will be almost completely paralyzed. After the midterm elections, power is more perfectly divided between a president and Congress that detest each other. Each sees its main job as blocking the other’s ambitions. The Re...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:21

[Warren Fernandez] Five key points to emerge from Davos

China’s premier Li Keqiang went hiking in the Swiss Alps around Davos just before addressing delegates at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held here last week.“Peaceful and tranquil” was how he descr...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:20

Dispatch from death row

Indonesia, a country of 250 million, is notorious for its severe drug policy. Most often drug traffickers are executed or imprisoned for life.On January 18, Indonesia executed five people convicted on drug trafficking charges; four of them were foreign nationals from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeri...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:16

Mutual economic benefit

Officials and executives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agree that there is enormous potential to boost trade and investment with regional economic powerhouse China but that political and security issues may be a drag to realizing it.This consensus emerged in a packed worksh...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:16

[Editorial] Isolated youths

The 18-year-old Korean boy believed to have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began suffering from school violence when he was in elementary school. He confined himself to his home, seldom talking to his parents, after dropping out of middle school.According to figures from the Ed...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:35

[Editorial] Fighting prejudice

The welcome Korean medical staff received on returning home Monday after a month of treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone apparently was less than what they deserved. There was not even a placard welcoming the nine health care workers at Incheon International Airport. A mid-level governm...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:34

[Kim Ji-hyun] Courtesy can be excessive

Walk into just about any shop in Tokyo, and you will be met with a resounding chorus of “irrasshaimase,” which means welcome in Japanese. Approach the clerks and they immediately assemble their faci...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:33

India’s swelling stash of U.S. dollars

Raghuram Rajan’s recent surprise rate cut was what central bankers call an “insurance move.” In a highly uncertain and deflationary world, the Reserve Bank of India governor decided he’d rather risk higher inflation in hopes of boosting growth. More quietly, Rajan is taking out another...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:31