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[Editorial] Real reform

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy has put its self-reform efforts into full gear by officially appointing a liberal former education superintendent to head an “innovation committee.” The panel, headed by Kim Sang-gon, former education chief of Gyeonggi Province, is ...

Updated : 2015.05.28 19:47

[Editorial] Disease control

As we have seen in the recent Ebola epidemic, a deadly, contagious disease ― unless completely contained in time ― can endanger national security as much as other threats. It seems the Korean health authorities have not learned any lessons from the outbreaks of the Ebola virus and other ...

Updated : 2015.05.28 19:47

[Kim Kyung-ho] Boosting trilateral cooperation

Many Koreans might have been taken aback by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s heartfelt gestures of friendship to a visiting Japanese delegation in Beijing last week.Xi began his address to about 3,000 ...

Updated : 2015.05.28 19:47

[Tan Hui Yee] Rough winds ahead for Thai brass

With his disheveled mop grazing stern eyebrows, the young activist detained in a Bangkok police station looked straight into the camera and broadcast his message to the world: “We didn’t do anything...

Updated : 2015.05.28 19:45

[Editorial] Boosting exports

Korea depends heavily on exports for its economic growth. Its portion of exports to gross domestic product hovers above 40 percent, much higher than the 10 percent level of most major advanced economies.This implies sluggish outbound shipments will have a larger impact on the Korean econom...

Updated : 2015.05.27 20:54

[Editorial] Fresh momentum

Senior diplomats from South Korea, the U.S., China and Japan are holding a string of talks this week to coordinate their efforts to draw North Korea into negotiations on dismantling its nuclear arsenal.South Korea’s chief nuclear envoy Hwang Joon-kook and Sung Kim, the U.S. special repres...

Updated : 2015.05.27 20:54

[Kim Ji-hyun] Traits of a modern-day shepherd

A few weeks ago, I was caught up in a pretty fierce debate with one of my colleagues, fueled by a few bottles of soju, over what exactly  is a good leader, and the scope of good leadership. She felt...

Updated : 2015.05.27 20:54

[Kim Myong-sik] ‘Advanced’ Republic of Korea, our still elusive goal

A businessman friend of mine who serves as the honorary consul general in Seoul for a Latin American country said during a recent dinner, “Korea needs to have a more tolerant politics befitting a ‘s...

Updated : 2015.05.27 20:53

Representation at the PCI dinner

As the newly appointed Korea representative of the Pacific Century Institute, I read Chon Shi-yong’s May 21 column, “Forgiving Donald Gregg” with great interest. Mr. Chon did a very good job of describing the PCI and the theme of its 25th anniversary dinner in Seoul ― that our country’...

Updated : 2015.05.26 21:28

[Editorial] Inappropriate time

The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy has recently rekindled the debate over whether to raise the country’s corporate tax rate. NPAD floor leader Lee Jong-kul said last week taxation reforms, including corporate tax increases, would be the shortest cut to reviving people...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:35

[Robert J. Fouser] Diversifying ‘hot’ areas in Seoul

In Seoul, “cool” areas are described as “hot.” The process of change follows a well-known script: low rents in older areas attract young entrepreneurs who open cafes and bars. Soon the media begi...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:35

[Editorial] Back on track

It is positive that South Korea and Japan are moving toward putting their strained ties back on track by holding a series of ministerial-level talks.Finance and trade ministers of the two countries met on separate occasions Saturday to discuss matters of mutual concern for the first time i...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:35

[Kim Seong-kon] The stain there before its mark

In his thought-provoking novel, “The Human Stain,” Philip Roth explores the hostile atmosphere in American academia in the 1990s stifled by the overwhelming weight of political correctness. As is we...

Updated : 2015.05.26 20:34

[Editorial] Middle-power group

Last week, foreign ministers from five countries ― Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia ― gathered in Seoul for a meeting of their group, called MIKTA, named after the initials of the nations. The meeting drew little attention from the Korean public and media, but that should n...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:24

[Editorial] Carrots and sticks

Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of the so-called May 24 sanctions against North Korea, which the Seoul government imposed in response to the torpedoing of the Cheonan corvette in March 2010. The sanctions banned trade and civilian exchanges between the two Koreas, new South Korean inve...

Updated : 2015.05.25 19:23