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[Editorial] Regulatory capture

The primary responsibility for the sinking of the ill-fated Sewol ferry undoubtedly lies with its irresponsible captain and crew members. They abandoned the ship without attempting to rescue the passengers trapped in the cabins.Equally irresponsible was Chonghaejin Marine Co., which operat...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:40

[Editorial] Condolences from N.K.

North Korea is sending mixed signals to the South. On Wednesday, Pyongyang conveyed to Seoul its condolences over the tragic sinking of a South Korean ferry through its Red Cross Society.The North’s Red Cross chief sent a telephone message of sympathy to his counterpart in the South, expr...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:39

[Robert Reich] Antitrust laws in Gilded Age

We’re in a new Gilded Age of wealth and power similar to the first Gilded Age, when the nation’s antitrust laws were enacted. Those laws should prevent or bust up concentrations of economic power th...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:38

Hedge fund guy amplifies Hong Kong crisis

In a decidedly odd twist of fate, Hong Kong’s version of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement has just been thrown a lifeline by a bunch of bankers, whose wealth the movement is meant to abhor. That strange fact alone should give leaders in Beijing pause. This week, in an open letter to Ch...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:38

Abe’s Yasukuni offering strains regional ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe put already frosty ties with China and South Korea under further strain yesterday by sending a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine.Though Abe refrained from visiting the shrine personally, his gesture looked set to complicate a visit ...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:37

[Ravi Velloor] India elections: The times are a-changing

Last week, I spent two evenings with Naseeruddin Shah, India’s most refined actor.With Singapore businessman George Abraham on guitar, and joined by our wives, we drank, sang Bob Dylan songs and talk...

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:36

Toward an official anthem for our planet

The celebration of Earth Hour on March 29 this year by over 7,000 cities across the world as well as the celebration of Equinox Earth Day on March 20 and Earth Day on April 22 by Earth Day Network are some of the landmark events that make us aware of our responsibilities toward our planet....

Updated : 2014.04.24 20:36

[Editorial] SNU election

Korea’s most recent democratization movement peaked in 1987, when popular protests forced the then-dictatorial regime to revive the direct vote to elect the president. The wave of electing leaders and representatives by direct vote spread to many institutions, including universities and n...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:50

[Margaret Carlson] Hillary as grandma, candidate

There are few happier events than becoming a grandmother, and almost none that says quite so loudly “over the hill.”Even before the announcement that Chelsea Clinton was pregnant, Republicans were i...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:50

[Editorial] Evils in society

No human society is free from villains. Yet seeing all the rumors, misinformation, aggravations and scams that flourish around the Sewol ferry disaster, one cannot help but wonder how airheaded, pitiless and barbaric human beings can become. Since the Sewol sank more than a week ago, the I...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:50

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] Putin’s perilous course and future of Russia

NEW YORK ― The dangers of the crisis in Ukraine cannot be exaggerated. Russian President Vladimir Putin is overtly and covertly inciting separatism in eastern Ukraine, and has declared Russia’s unil...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:48

Don’t buy the hype on Alibaba’s IPO

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s coming initial public offering is being heralded as a victory for Wall Street, which appears to have lured the Chinese e-commerce giant away from a Hong Kong listing. In fact, the real winner may be Silicon Valley.If you buy the conventional wisdom, this is Ch...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:48

Threat of Trans-Pacific Partnership

Many supporters of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, trade agreement are arguing that its fate rests on President Obama’s bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Japan this week. If Japan and the United States can sort out market access issues for agricult...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:47

Angry Republican foreign policy mess

Republican politicians are at war over the world.Representative Peter King of New York says that Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky encourages “paranoia.” Paul says his critics are distorting his views. Walter Jones, a North Carolina representative seeking his 11th term, is being challenged in a...

Updated : 2014.04.23 19:47

[Editorial] Reducing work hours

It was an expected conclusion that a parliamentary subcommittee ended three months of discussion on whether and how to reduce working hours with no concrete conclusion. Members of the subpanel under the National Assembly’s Environmental and Labor Committee failed to settle differences at ...

Updated : 2014.04.22 20:40