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[Editorial] Film fest at risk

It appears Busan Mayor Suh Byung-soo and Busan International Film Festival commissioner Lee Yong-kwan have mended fences over Suh’s demand that Lee step down from his position, but concerns still remain over the independence of Asia’s premier film festival.The rift surfaced during last y...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:23

[Editorial] Hero in peril

The news that Korea’s swimming hero Park Tae-hwan twice failed doping tests has shocked the country that takes great pride in the swimmer lovingly nicknamed “Marine Boy.”Park gave the country its first Olympic gold medal in swimming in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His gold in the 400-mete...

Updated : 2015.01.29 21:23

[Editorial] Isolated youths

The 18-year-old Korean boy believed to have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria began suffering from school violence when he was in elementary school. He confined himself to his home, seldom talking to his parents, after dropping out of middle school.According to figures from the Ed...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:35

[Editorial] Fighting prejudice

The welcome Korean medical staff received on returning home Monday after a month of treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone apparently was less than what they deserved. There was not even a placard welcoming the nine health care workers at Incheon International Airport. A mid-level governm...

Updated : 2015.01.28 21:34

[Editorial] Ethics matter

There is no doubt that Chung Myung-whun is a source of pride for Koreans. Many welcomed the news that the internationally renowned pianist-conductor decided to take the post of artistic director of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in 2005. Chung did not betray expectations. The orchestra has g...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:53

[Editorial] Plug loopholes

What the prosecution has found in its probe into the loan scam involving Moneual, a bankrupt home appliance maker, shows how vulnerable the nation’s export financing and bank loans are to mismanagement and corruption. Prosecutors said last week that they had indicted the CEO and three oth...

Updated : 2015.01.27 20:53

[Editorial] Time for change

The recent Blue House reshuffle fell far short of people’s expectations, with a poll showing more than 48.2 percent of the respondents unsatisfied with the scope of the changes.At the heart of the problem are three secretaries ― implicated in the recent Blue House leak scandal that rocke...

Updated : 2015.01.26 21:15

[Editorial] Child care debate

The government’s plan to revise the payment system for early childhood care has stay-at-home moms crying foul at the suggestion that working moms be given priority in getting slots in child care facilities.The problem of over-demand created by the Park Geun-hye administration, which promi...

Updated : 2015.01.26 21:15

[Editorial] Slumping growth

Data released by the central bank Friday showed Korea’s economy expanded by 3.3 percent last year, a slight improvement on the 3 percent growth in 2013.Economic policymakers here are in no position to be complacent about this performance just because it matched the global growth rate in 2...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:50

[Editorial] Preconditions for dialogue

North Korea last week made it clear that the South would have to lift blanket sanctions it imposed on the North in 2010 before the two sides could resume dialogue.In a statement Friday, the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea called on Seoul to lift the sanctions...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:50

[Editorial] Park’s quandary

It appears likely that the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will attend the May ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Victory Day, a day celebrating the former Soviet Union’s victory over the Nazis, in Moscow.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that Moscow had received...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:57

[Editorial] Lee Seok-ki trial

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year sentence for a former lawmaker convicted of inciting rebellion in the event of a war with North Korea.Lee Seok-ki, a key member of the now-disbanded United Progressive Party, was found guilty of inciting an armed rebellion to overthrow the g...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:57

[Editorial] Ill-designed tax scheme

Mounting public anger over tax revisions, which caused many workers to pay more in their annual tax settlements, prompted the ruling party and the government to amend them again and apply changes retroactively.In a hurriedly arranged meeting Wednesday, senior officials from the ruling Sae...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:20

[Editorial] PyeongChang preparations

An official from the International Olympic Committee said during a visit here last week the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang would not be shared with another city. Gunilla Lindberg, head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, was quoted by the PyeongChang organizing committee as declaring ...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:20

[Editorial] As obstinate as ever

The ruling and opposition parties have agreed to form a special parliamentary committee on political reform, which will be tasked with, among other things, rezoning the electoral districts across the country. The reform was necessitated by the Constitutional Court’s rulings in October tha...

Updated : 2015.01.21 21:20