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[Shin Yong-bae] Rebuilding opposition party

Korea’s largest opposition party ― the New Politics Alliance for Democracy ― is struggling to contain the fallout from the July 30 electoral debacle. The NPAD was quick to set up a crisis-managemen...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:06

The Great War’s forgotten soldiers

NEW DELHI ― One hundred years after the start of World War I, the world has been commemorating that seminal event. Described as “a war to end all wars,” the Great War, as it was called at the time, failed to live up to its billing. Those who fought and died in it would not have expected...

Updated : 2014.08.20 21:06

[Kim Myong-sik] A Protestant look at the pope’s visit to Korea

Many scenes during the 100 hours of Pope Francis’ visit to Korea were pleasant to behold. His constant cherubic smile was something we hadn’t seen for a long time on public occasions. So heartwarmin...

Updated : 2014.08.20 20:58

Why people are angry over Ferguson shooting

Why did the Ferguson Police Department leave the body of Michael Brown uncovered in the hot street after a police officer killed him?If you want to know why African-American men and women in Ferguson, Mo., are so upset, put yourself in their place for a moment.All you need to do is look at...

Updated : 2014.08.20 20:57

Go to Ferguson, Mr. President

Once upon a time, there was a man who gave moving and important speeches about race. He was careful to respect history, to call out injustice, to acknowledge competing anxieties ― and, crucially, to elucidate a path forward. His speeches touched Americans of every color and background and...

Updated : 2014.08.20 20:56

[Lee Jae-min] Pulling rug out at last minute

It was hailed as a turning point. It was a long-awaited morale booster. At long last after 13 years the 159 countries were able to deliver. Amid much fanfare and festivities in Bali last December came...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:34

India is not ‘open for business’ yet

That loud hissing noise you hear coming from India is the air escaping from the Narendra Modi bubble.In retrospect, expectations that India’s prime minister would revolutionize a troubled economy overnight were wildly overblown. But three months on, even some Modi skeptics may be wonderin...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:34

Too fast a journey to becoming empty-nesters

They don’t talk about the quiet in the house.Instead friends tell you all the fun you’ll have together, all the freedom you’ll finally achieve, once your kids are gone away to college.The problem is that they tell you in a chatty, excited voice, extolling the benefits of “reconnecting ...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:31

[Kim Seong-kon] What we learned from Pope Francis’ visit here

South Korea is a paradise for religions. Indeed, Koreans are so religious that all kinds of religions thrive here. Most Koreans are either Christians or Buddhists, but you can also find Muslims in Kor...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:31

The trap of unaffordable subsidies

Few policies place good economics so directly at odds with good politics as subsidies for food and energy. The issue of unaffordable subsidies is now front and center for three of the world’s most important new leaders: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Indonesian President-elect ...

Updated : 2014.08.19 20:29

[David Ignatius] Islamic State’s staying power

WASHINGTON ― The Obama administration’s Iraq policy seems premised on the idea that the terrorist Islamic State is so toxic that it will be self-limiting and ultimately self-defeating. But that’s n...

Updated : 2014.08.18 20:31

Elected demagogues threaten democracy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, brutally cracked down on protesters in Istanbul’s Gezi Park last year, banned Facebook and YouTube, faced serious allegations of corruption, and, more recently, was caught on camera slapping a demonstrator. None of this mattered last week as...

Updated : 2014.08.18 20:30

[Mohamed A. El-Erian] Bretton Woods system faces need for reform

LAGUNA BEACH, California ― The world has changed considerably since political leaders from the 44 Allied countries met in 1944 in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, to create the institutional framework f...

Updated : 2014.08.18 20:29

China, India, Indonesia: Asia’s reform trinity?

SINGAPORE ― Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries ― China, India, and Indonesia ― led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded leaders. In fact, China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi, and Indonesia’s Joko “Jokowi” Widodo could e...

Updated : 2014.08.18 20:29

K-pop is no longer a cult phenomenon in the U.S.

Here I am a week after leaving Korea for the great American adventure, in a sports arena filled with 15,000 fans screaming “Gee Gee Gee Gee” at the top of their lungs. The rather large male Caucasia...

Updated : 2014.08.18 20:28