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[Kailash Satyarthi] The human right that keeps giving

In Ivory Coast, I once met a boy working on a cocoa farm whose only dream was someday to taste the rich brown chocolate he helped produce. And in Pakistan, I once rescued a boy who sewed footballs and wished only to play with the product of his work.In the course of more than three decades...

Updated : 2016.09.23 16:24

[David Ignatius] Obama offers right ideas for restoration

What a moment for President Obama to deliver his valedictory address to the UN on Tuesday -- defending the liberal international order at a time when it’s under severe stress around the world. Obama’...

Updated : 2016.09.23 16:22

It’s past time to get serious about Zika

When 21 more people were found infected with the Zika virus in downtown Bangkok recently, state and medical authorities were quick to downplay the news. They should not be so dismissive. This is far too serious an issue. The confirmation raised concern among the public nevertheless that t...

Updated : 2016.09.22 16:19

Respect for diversity getting chipped

Minorities are treated like second-class citizens in many corners of the globe. Sexual minorities are among those heavily persecuted in oppressive societies. We would not include Indonesia among them, but it is rapidly getting there. Countries that tend to suffocate their citizens are thos...

Updated : 2016.09.22 16:18

[Pook Ah Lek] The dilemma of a bloated foreign workforce

This is the 12th article in a series of columns on global affairs written by top editors from members of the Asia News Network and published in newspapers across the region. -- Ed.No one can tell for ...

Updated : 2016.09.22 16:17

Give Libor Some Competition

In 2012, the London interbank offered rate -- Libor -- gained worldwide notoriety when it emerged that traders had conspired to manipulate this vital financial benchmark. Clearly, the system was broken and would have to be mended. Four years later, the repairs aren‘t finished. Given the ...

Updated : 2016.09.22 16:15

[Park Sang-seek] Culture clashes in and between states 

After the cold war was over, most people thought the age of conflict had finally ended. But humanity is faced with more conflicts than ever before: Violent conflicts between states have greatly decrea...

Updated : 2016.09.22 16:14

Everyone needs the oceans to be protected

Most people will never glimpse the vast underwater mountains and canyons off Cape Cod that President Barack Obama designated as a national monument Thursday. The same goes for the hundreds of thousands of submerged square kilometers that the UK, Ecuador, Costa Rica and other countries have...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:24

[Joseph E. Stiglitz] A better economic plan for Japan

It has been a quarter-century since Japan’s asset bubble burst -- and a quarter-century of malaise as one “Lost Decade” has followed another. Some of the criticism of its economic policies is unwar...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:22

[Kim Myong-sik] NK’s useless arms for ‘survival’ 

Hundreds of men and women were sweating in railroad repair work in a flooded area of North Korea’s northeastern Hamgyong Province. They were moving big rocks and wooden poles manually to repair a rai...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:20

Cleaning up image of dictator Marcos

On Sept. 11, the Official Gazette of the Philippines decided to mark the 99th birth anniversary of the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, by releasing a graphic. What could possibly go wrong? As it turns out: Almost everything.The graphic produced by the Gazette carried a photo, a quote, a...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:12

[Sheikh Hasina] Getting migration governance right

At last year’s United Nations General Assembly summit, world leaders promised to cooperate on ensuring safe, orderly, regular, and responsible migration. This year, they need to do more to realize th...

Updated : 2016.09.21 16:10

‘Anti-China forces’ emerge in Hong Kong

The heavy-handed posture of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s administration appears to have led to the rise of “anti-China” forces in Hong Kong.Continuing progress in democratization and political reforms is essential to maintaining Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity, rather than reinf...

Updated : 2016.09.20 16:25

[Kim Seong-Kon] Importance of good advice

While I was having my hair cut 20 years ago, my barber advised me to wash my hair with soap, not with shampoo. He told me, “You are losing your hair here and there. You’d better stop using shampoo because it’s full of chemicals. Try soap instead.” From that day on, I began washing my h...

Updated : 2016.09.20 16:23

[Lee Jae-min] Our ocean, our future

While not well known in South Korea, the Our Ocean conference was held on Thursday and Friday in Washington where representatives from almost 90 counties presented a vivid account of the current status of the global marine environment. This was the largest meeting aimed at discussing conse...

Updated : 2016.09.20 16:21