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[Editorial] Act quickly

The downing of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine deserves the strongest condemnation because the calamity, as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko put it, is not an incident but a “terrorist act” which targeted innocent civilians. The tragic incident, which killed all 298 people...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:42

[Editorial] Who vets lawmakers?

The campaign for the July 30 parliamentary by-elections is in full swing, with major parties mobilizing all of their resources to win what are called the “mini general elections,” partly because there are 15 seats up for grabs, the most in the history of parliamentary by-elections. With ...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:42

[Editorial] Worn-out strategy

North Korea boycotted the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, which consolidated the prevalence of the South’s affluent capitalist system over the North’s impoverished communist regime. Since then, Pyongyang has changed its mind and sent its delegations to three international sporting events held in...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:03

[Editorial] Depressed Koreans

A recent study based on a survey of about 27,600 Korean 40-year-olds showed a high correlation between their living habits and depression. Heavy smoking and drinking more than doubles the risk of developing depression, while periodic exercise reduces the possibility considerably, according...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:02

[Editorial] Bribery scandal

The prosecution, which is investigating an alleged contract killing, is putting the final touches on its preparations for prosecution, as the court-sanctioned detention of the suspects comes to an end. Yet, the prosecution cannot afford to wind down its inquiry, as the case is now developi...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:10

[Editorial] Opening rice market

Korea has decided to open its rice market next year, inviting strong opposition from special interests representing farmers. Now the question is how high a tariff it can impose on rice imports to protect the embattled domestic rice growers.In the past, Korea has tried to protect the domest...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:10

[Editorial] Ill-advised policy

Domestic demand is weak. It is so weak that the administration is attempting to resuscitate it by any means possible. Some of the efforts, however, are more laughable than laudable.One such example is a ban on government employees taking overseas holiday trips. Schoolteachers and other gov...

Updated : 2014.07.18 20:46

[Editorial] Stress on safety

Intercity express buses had had to pick up passengers at each bus stop, whether their seats were fully occupied or not, until the new rule permitting no straphangers went into effect earlier this week. The change in policy on public transportation was designed to enhance passenger safety, ...

Updated : 2014.07.18 20:46

[Editorial] No more fiascos

The exit of two minister nominees this week is yet more evidence of President Park Geun-hye’s personnel mismanagement. The problem is that the end of the latest nomination scandals does not resolve public misgivings about the way she picks candidates for senior government posts. Chung Sun...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:35

[Editorial] Threat from within

The defense industry is certainly vulnerable to corruption. Yet, the recent case in which seven people, including retired and serving military officers, were indicted for trading military secrets is truly upsetting. State and military prosecutors said earlier this week that after a joint i...

Updated : 2014.07.17 20:35

[Editorial] Unification committee

South Korea launched a presidential blue-ribbon committee devoted to making preparations for inter-Korean unification Tuesday. The 50-member panel, aided by 31 experts and 68 advisers, will be tasked with laying the groundwork for the reunification of the two Koreas, which have been divide...

Updated : 2014.07.16 20:55

[Editorial] Increasing labor disputes

Concerns are growing that the sluggish Korean economy, struggling with slumping consumer spending and the steep appreciation of the won, may be further held back by increasing labor disputes in the months to come.Thousands of unionized truckers across the country staged a one-day strike Mo...

Updated : 2014.07.16 20:54

[Editorial] Angry calls

Families of the victims of the Sewol ferry sinking, who are still battling the agony of losing their loved ones, are stepping up their protest against politicians over the slow progress of the work to legislate a special act. A group of the families began a hunger strike near the National ...

Updated : 2014.07.15 20:13

[Editorial] After the victory

It had been expected to be a close race, but Rep. Kim Moo-sung easily defeated his archrival, Rep. Suh Chung-won, in Monday’s vote for leadership of the ruling Saenuri Party. Kim, a five-term lawmaker who once had been alienated from President Park Geun-hye, won about 52,000 votes, compar...

Updated : 2014.07.15 20:12

[Editorial] Alliance of cities

In an event that should have drawn wider attention, urban research institutes representing five Asian megacities held an inaugural forum in Seoul last Friday. Participants in the first meeting of the Megacity Think Tanks Alliance discussed risks facing megacities in Asia and cooperative me...

Updated : 2014.07.14 20:51