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[Editorial] Earthquake in Nepal

More than 3,600 people have died in a massive earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, Saturday and officials warn that the figure could reach up to 5,000.The 7.8 magnitude earthquake is the worst such disaster to hit the Himalayan nation in more than 80 years ― some 8,500...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:06

[Editorial] Complete bed rest

Upon returning from a 12-day four-nation South American tour Monday, President Park Geun-hye accepted Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo’s resignation, offered on April 20 amid a growing bribery scandal in which he is implicated.Earlier in the day, the Blue House announced that the doctors had di...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:06

[Sharif Abdel Kouddous] A participant in repression

Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison without parole on charges related to the killing of 10 protesters. The verdict came five months after a court dr...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:06

[David Hemenway] The scientific consensus on guns

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, reporters often called me to ask for information on firearms. They wanted to know whether strong gun laws reduced homicide rates (I said they did); and, conversely, wheth...

Updated : 2015.04.27 20:05

[Editorial] Practical alternative

Last week’s conviction of Seoul’s chief educator Cho Hee-yeon for running a smear campaign during the 2014 election has intensified calls for abolishing the popular direct election of regional education heads.The Seoul Central District Court fined Cho, superintendent of the Seoul Metropo...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:13

[Editorial] Ill-conceived proposal

The most urgent task President Park Geun-hye will address upon returning home Monday from her 12-day trip to South America is choosing the replacement for Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo, who offered to resign a week ago amid a deepening graft scandal. She may well be more cautious and consider...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:12

[Jeffrey Frankel] Asian games not zero-sum

Two society hostesses are rivals. Both guard their social standing jealously ― and may even punish a guest who attends the other’s party by withholding future invitations.China and the United States...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:12

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] The case for peace with Iran

The nuclear framework agreement between Iran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia) plus Germany is an important achiev...

Updated : 2015.04.26 18:11

[Editorial] Abe disappoints

Things are as usual with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government: Uttering vague words and phrases about Japan’s wartime past while their actions show clearly that they intend to pursue their goal of regaining the country’s honor.Abe’s speech at the Asian-African Summit in...

Updated : 2015.04.24 20:38

[Editorial] Growing political chaos

It feels as though the country has been sucked into a black hole ― one created by the late businessman Sung Woan-jong’s memo implicating eight politicians in a growing bribery scandal.What began as a probe into the failed energy diplomacy during the Lee Myung-bak administration has now b...

Updated : 2015.04.24 20:37

[Robert B. Reich] Workers hurt in flexible economy

These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid fro...

Updated : 2015.04.24 20:37

[Editorial] Corporate profitability

The earnings of Samsung Group and Hyundai Motor Group, Korea’s two biggest conglomerates, accounted for 81 percent of the total profits of the country’s top 30 business groups last year, up from 47.5 percent in 2010.The increased proportion may be viewed as showing Samsung and Hyundai ha...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:06

[Editorial] New nuclear accord

A new nuclear accord concluded between South Korea and the U.S. on Wednesday was described by the two sides as striking a balance between Seoul’s need for nuclear autonomy and Washington’s will to keep its global nonproliferation campaign uncompromised.A South Korean Foreign Ministry off...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:06

[Kim hoo-ran] Market principle, culture don’t mix

In college I was able to study Chinese and Japanese literature, without mastery of those languages, through translations in English. Purists may scoff, but the time-transcending wisdom of Tang Dynasty...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:06

[Juwono Sudarsono] Japan-China relations and Indonesia’s foreign policy

When Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Jakarta and Bandung this week, the shadow of the China-Japan rivalry will be marked by historical as well as contempora...

Updated : 2015.04.23 20:04