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[Karen Brooks] Jokowi needs world’s backing

Democracy prevailed in Indonesia last week. Now leaders there and around the world must quickly get behind the country’s president-elect.After a tense two-week ballot recount in Indonesia’s closest-...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:46

[Editorial] Humane China

There are palpable changes in China’s relations with South and North Korea. In short, China is closer than ever with South Korea and on worse terms than ever with the North. There is one thing, however, that has not changed in spite of the latest development in the dynamics of relations i...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:45

[Editorial] Fine-tune carbon scheme

The government’s plans to launch a carbon emissions trading scheme next year have become a hot subject of national debate because of the strong call from industries to delay it until 2020. New Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan’s pro-business stance is adding to the intensity of the d...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:45

Best thing for Malaysian Air may be to go bust

What a difference four months can make. In March, Malaysian leader Najib Razak was widely criticized for mishandling the search for a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared with 239 people on board. His government’s unsteady initial response to the Flight 370 tragedy deeply tarnished the ...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:45

Gaza’s victims: civilians and peace

After more than two weeks of fighting between Hamas and Israel, there is no question which side has the upper hand. Thursday’s strike on a U.N.-run school for Palestinian children increased the Palestinian death toll to more than 760. By that point, the death toll on the Israeli side stoo...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:45

MH 17 crash a turning point in Ukraine?

It’s neither pleasant nor polite to say it, but the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may have been the best thing to happen to President Barack Obama’s policy on Ukraine in weeks.Until the plane went down with 298 passengers and crew last week, the nasty little war in eastern Ukraine...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:44

[Park Sang-seek] Pope Francis as peacemaker

Since he became the pontiff, Pope Francis has become actively involved in world affairs and has made efforts to help solve international conflicts. He volunteered to play the role of a mediator betwee...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:44

Keep Cold War buried

International outrage over the downing of a Malaysian passenger plane over Ukraine on July 17 does not appear to have affected either the actions of pro-Russia forces in that country or the material support Russia is offering the rebels. On Wednesday, the separatists apparently shot down t...

Updated : 2014.07.28 20:44

[Editorial] Pulling Park’s leg?

Last week, the U.N. Committee on Human Rights called on Japan to ensure that effective, independent and impartial investigations be launched into wartime sex slavery and to offer an apology to “comfort women,” who were forced to work in its military brothels. The Japanese government unde...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:27

[Editorial] Coding in schools

Well into an era of information and communications technology, Britain, the United States and other developed countries are moving to teach computer science to students in primary and secondary schools. They find it necessary for everyone to understand and learn computer programming at an ...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:27

[David Ignatius] In chaotic world, some optimism

WASHINGTON ― The world has been so chaotic lately that it was easy to overlook two U.S. diplomatic maneuvers ― involving the turbulent nations of Afghanistan and Iran ― that avoided what could have...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:27

Kerry makes dangerous rush to judgment again

Here we go again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leveraging a tragedy to make another “strong case” based on limited evidence. We have already seen this in the case of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chemical weapons. Now it’s Russian President Vladimir Putin’s turn for th...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:26

Liars, cheats and communists

Repressive political systems turn people into compulsive liars and crooks, and that legacy remains even after those systems are long gone, a recent study done in Berlin suggests. People growing up in market-based democracies are not necessarily naive, but when they come into contact with t...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:25

[John Kass] Illness threatens the best of barbecuers

This could be a terrifying tale right out of the Book of Meat Science Fiction, only this one isn’t fiction.It involves the elemental bond between humans and the critters we like to cook on a grill, o...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:25

Where are the ambassadors?

Next month the United States will host dozens of African leaders in Washington. But unless something changes before then, we will still be without confirmed ambassadors in 14 countries on the African continent, including in such strategically important nations as Niger, Cameroon and Sierra...

Updated : 2014.07.27 19:25