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U.S foreign policy still a muddle

If anyone still needed proof of President Barack Obama’s reluctance to let foreign policy distract from his domestic agenda, he provided an excess in his State of the Union address.In the brief foreign policy portion of the speech, Obama revisited his constant themes: He trumpeted the end...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:51

[David Ignatius] Fretting over world economy

DAVOS, Switzerland ― A sign of the concern among business and political leaders here about sluggish economic growth is that one of the World Economic Forum sessions last week was titled “Avoiding a ...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:50

[Park Sang-seek] Why are Koreans so unhappy with their lot?

According to a survey conducted by Gallup Poll and Health Ways in 2013, South Korea ranked 80th among 135 states in terms of people’s feelings of their well-being. Well-being was measured through pur...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:47

Patriots’ antics a disgrace

My favorite Martin Scorsese film happens to be one of the few that doesn’t revolve around Italians from New York: “The Departed.” Instead of paisanos we have Paddys, and instead of the Big Apple we have the Big Baked Bean. Boston and the Irish mob got Scorsese his long-deserved Oscar fo...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:46

Running the Saudi family business

The family business has proved to be a remarkably durable institution. Far from being pushed aside by more modern forms such as the shareholder-owned corporation, family enterprises actually account for a bigger share of the Fortune Global 500 (19 percent) than they did a decade ago, accor...

Updated : 2015.01.25 20:46

[Edward Wasserman] Much unsaid post-Paris killings

It’s not hard to imagine the scorn that the artists and writers of Charlie Hebdo might heap on the dour protests their deaths provoked. I can see a cartoon lampooning the political luminaries and cul...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:59

Democracy is good for business

As China and Russia have surged in power during the past 15 years, more and more people have started to wonder if democracy is really the best economic system. For example, consider Hungarian President Viktor Orban’s comments in a Bloomberg News article last July:The global financial cris...

Updated : 2015.01.23 21:57

Obama goes on offense in State of the Union

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday didn’t contain any surprises, but it did unveil the clearest picture yet of the strategy Obama has adopted for the final two years of his presidency.He’s going to keep talking about bipartisanship ― but in practice, he plans t...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:21

[Chon Shi-yong] Heroes of Heungnam 1950

The box-office hit “Ode to My Father” chronicles the life of a man who flees North Korea during the Korean War and sacrifices his life to support his family in South Korea during the tumultuous time...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:21

[Kavi Chongkittavorn] ASEAN identity needed

The ASEAN Charter came into effect at the end of 2008, and now ASEAN leaders are talking about how to build a people-centered community to benefit all its 630 million residents. Their promise is being...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:18

Extremism danger

The focus on the fight against terrorism by the military and other security forces tends to overshadow another crucial aspect of the war: the need to clamp down on those individuals, institutions and groups that promote extremist religious thought in the first place.So while the stepped-up...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:18

Pope’s silent heart

Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the Philippines will be remembered for many highlights, especially the unexpected kind, but perhaps the true center of the visit was his powerful, deeply moving and, yes, unexpected homily in Tacloban City on Saturday.The daylong trip to Tacloban and neigh...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:16

Food scandals should help improve Taiwan’s industry

It would be safe to say that Taiwan experienced more food scandals than any other country in 2014. From contaminated oils to vinegars, local media outlets were kept busy with the responsibility of updating the nation with new cases of food contamination, almost like clockwork.The biggest s...

Updated : 2015.01.22 21:16

[David Ignatius] Post-Obama foreign policy

WASHINGTON ― President Obama has been chafing for months at the notion that he’s a lame-duck president. That’s one reason he took the offensive in the run-up to the State of the Union address. His ...

Updated : 2015.01.21 21:20

Simplistic ‘Je suis Charlie’ widens divisions

The public response to the massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo has been articulated as a gesture of solidarity: “Je suis Charlie.” It has been chanted by marchers in the Place de la Republique, and repeated on Hollywood stages. It has the appeal of hashtag simplicity and bumper stic...

Updated : 2015.01.21 21:17