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[Editorial] Revenue shortfall

Government data this week showed Korea’s tax collection continuing to fall below target this year amid a prolonged economic slump.In the first eight months of this year, the government collected 136.6 trillion won ($129.3 billion) in national taxes, down 300 billion won from a year earlie...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:06

[Sin-ming Shaw] China’s Hong Kong follies

HONG KONG ― The massive public demonstrations by students and young members of the middle-class that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for democracy. But they actually refl...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:06

[Editorial] Talk gone too far?

South Korean officials appear somewhat taken aback by the remark by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. is prepared to reduce its military presence in Asia if North Korea rejoins nuclear talks and follows through on its denuclearization commitment.Kerry made the comment in Ber...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:06

Modi’s little bang reforms may be smarter

For Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Diwali came early this year when his Bharatiya Janata Party won crucial elections in the states of Maharashtra and Haryana. He’s celebrated with a bang ― a little one.On Oct. 18, a day before election results were announced, Modi’s government der...

Updated : 2014.10.24 17:05

[Editorial] More than a gesture

North Korea has released one of three American citizens it had in confinement. Although Pyongyang did not give any indication of the fate of the other two American detainees, the release of Jeffrey Edward Fowle is seen as a gesture of goodwill toward the U.S. and the international communit...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:44

[Editorial] Our ill-armed military

Defense acquisition is vulnerable to corruption around the world, largely due to collusive links between the military and contractors. Korea is no exception, and we are accustomed to news reports about corruption involving procurement of arms and military equipment. Nevertheless, the seemi...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:44

Beer isn’t Malaysia’s problem

If Malaysian leader Najib Razak thought he already had problems at home, now he also needs to worry about a “Jokowi effect” spreading from neighboring Indonesia. On Monday, fresh-faced Joko “Jokowi” Widodo took the helm of the world’s fourth-most-populous nation. Throughout Southeast ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:44

[Kim Hoo-ran] Arts censorship a bad idea

The brouhaha over the screening of “Diving Bell,” a documentary on the Sewol tragedy that is critical of the government’s failure to rescue the more than 300 passengers trapped inside the ferry, at...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:44

Integrity key for Jokowi

We apparently must wait another day before learning who will form the working team that will assist President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in implementing his vision and the mission of his government during the next five years as he needs to ensure that the core members of the team have impeccab...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:42

Pruning to keep growth on right track

It sounds like a contradiction: China’s development needs a cut in the 2015 GDP growth rate.At least this way the economy would be easier to manage: When the government is less concerned about maintaining high growth, an inevitable result from continuous expansion in capital investment, i...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:41

Japan cabinet’s standing must be restored

Only 1 1/2 months after the reshuffled cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began work, two female cabinet members resigned from their posts over politics-and-money scandals. It is a serious blow to the Abe administration.The prime minister must lose no time in getting the cabinet back on ...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:40

[Fiona Chan] Transcending gender stereotypes

My husband and I met as classmates at Hwa Chong Junior College, the former incarnation of today’s Hwa Chong Institution.He was from an all-boys school and firmly believed that girls, being somehow wo...

Updated : 2014.10.23 20:40

[Editorial] History repeats itself

At a casual glance, the recent string of events on the Korean Peninsula is puzzling. However, if we heed the notion that there is a method to North Korea’s madness, the events of the last few weeks pertaining to Pyongyang and Seoul are no longer an enigma.It began with the unexpected visi...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:35

[Editorial] Crematoriums needed

Nearly 4 out of 5 people who died last year were cremated, reflecting a trend that has caught on as people seek simpler and more convenient funeral procedures.The cremation rate surpassed the burial rate in 2005, and has steadily increased since, reaching 77 percent last year, according to...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:35

[David Ignatius] Social media against terrorism

ABU DHABI ― “Hedayah” certainly doesn’t look like a global counterterrorism center. It sits in a quiet villa on Fatima bint Mubarak Street here. It has a staff of 14. Its annual budget wouldn’t b...

Updated : 2014.10.22 19:35