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China’s real property problem: slowing supply

As China slows down, leaders in Beijing are understandably turning to one of their favored growth stabilizers: housing. A record decline in new-home prices in January has, as my Bloomberg News colleagues reported this week, prompted Chinese officials to contemplate additional stimulus meas...

Updated : 2015.02.27 20:28

[Editorial] Revolving door

President Park Geun-hye appointed Lee Byung-kee, head of the National Intelligence Service, as the new Blue House chief of staff, inviting criticism for yet another revolving door appointment. Known as a close associate of Park who was part of her 2007 presidential campaign team, Lee was c...

Updated : 2015.02.27 20:28

[Editorial] Commitment to reform

The allegation that the National Intelligence Service manipulated the press during the 2009 investigation of former President Roh Moo-hyun on suspicion of receiving bribes is yet another reminder of the NIS’ predilection for meddling in politics.Earlier this week, Lee In-kyu, a former dir...

Updated : 2015.02.27 20:27

[Robert B. Reich] We’re all independent contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion and has more than 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits.Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion and has 850 ful...

Updated : 2015.02.27 20:27

[Editorial] Dereliction of duty

The main opposition party’s boycott of a parliamentary confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court justice nominee can hardly be justified. It may only deepen public concern about whether the New Politics Alliance for Democracy is really committed to abiding by the principles of procedural d...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:55

[Editorial] Political reform

The National Election Commission this week submitted draft revisions to laws on elections and political activities to the National Assembly. Its proposals are meant to reflect changing conditions in efforts to reform politics. Serious consideration needs to be given to some proposed measur...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:55

[David Ignatius] Iran talks coming to a head

Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: “If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing.” President Barack Obama might make a similar r...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:55

[Rafia Zakaria] Unspoken scourge in Pakistan: Terror of rape

In the Lahore Children’s Hospital, a seven-year-old girl from Sargodha who was raped lies in critical condition. According to the doctors, the injuries sustained by the child on the lower part of her...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:52

[Shin Yong-bae] ‘Lee Hak-soo bill’ worries

The National Assembly is hitting Samsung’s nerve with the so-called “Lee Hak-soo bill” tailored to target chairman Lee Kun-hee’s three scions and his two former key aides.A total of 104 lawmakers ...

Updated : 2015.02.25 19:02

[Editorial] Yellow dust worsens

Yellow dust swept into Korea on Sunday carrying with it fine dust particles that contain various pollutants, including carcinogens. Although the yellow dust phenomenon occurs primarily in the spring, the country was hit on Monday by what the Korea Meteorological Administration said was the...

Updated : 2015.02.25 19:00

[Editorial]Playing it safe

Three out of 10 middle and high school students in a survey last year said that they had no job goals in mind. The hopes, expectations and dreams ― the typical characterization of youth ― seem to have been snuffed out in today’s youngsters. In the survey of 180,000 elementary, middle an...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:59

What Greece can learn from Israel on tax cheats

Among the most closely watched commitments made by Greece to obtain a four-month extension of aid from its official creditors is a promise to overhaul its notoriously inefficient system of tax collection and administration.Skeptics, particularly among the law-abiding citizens of other Euro...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:59

The not-ready-for-prime-time Republicans

Shortly after America’s Republican Party trounced the Democrats and gained control of the Senate in last November’s midterm congressional elections, Mitch McConnell, the new Senate majority leader, appealed to his colleagues not to be “scary,” but to be “positive” and effective. This...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:57

Antipoaching efforts must focus on reducing demand

Last month, a southern white rhino named Thandi gave birth to a healthy calf in South Africa. It was a remarkable moment, the kind that gives conservationists a brief reprieve from big-picture gloom.That’s because in 2012, much of Thandi’s face had been hacked off by poachers who sought ...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:57

[Kim Myong-sik] Persistent appearance of self-aggrandizers, liars

Brian Williams, the star anchor of U.S. broadcaster NBC, was suspended for six months without pay, for admittedly lying about “coming under fire” in Iraq. The scandal evoked a faint memory of mine d...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:56