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[Chon Shi-yong] Fundamentals of the basic law

Since its inception in 1948, the Korean Constitution has been revised nine times, most recently in 1987, when the wave of democratization was at its height. The basic law does not necessarily need to ...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:12

Jerusalem’s new holy war should be stopped

There are terror attacks, and there are pogroms. The attack at a Jerusalem synagogue this week that killed four rabbis was a pogrom. It was an attack motivated not by politics but by religious hatred; it was directed not at Israelis but at Jews.The killers were armed with hatchets and guns...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:10

Crimes of ‘honor’

When a category of crime draws sustenance from age-old cultural attitudes, particularly those pertaining to the concept of honor and a woman’s place in society, legislation alone is an inadequate deterrent.Nevertheless, a beginning must be made, and so it was with the Criminal Law (Amendm...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:10

[June H.L. Wong] Bye housewife, hello single lady

Some of you might recall that in July last year, as a mother of two marriageable daughters, I lamented, where have all the young men gone?I got flak for that from singletons for being an interfering m...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:10

Why should private lives of celebrities be public fodder?

As a consequence of their status as public figures, the daily lives, whether public or private, of politicians, businessmen and celebrities are constantly put under a microscope.Public figures are held accountable for their actions and decisions due to the fact that they affect not only th...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:09

Conditions hellish in Manila shelter for kids

Horror stories keep piling up about the Manila shelter for street kids that’s been described as run like a “concentration camp.” That’s a loaded, incendiary phrase that should not be bandied about lightly, conjuring as it does the particular horror of the Holocaust in World War II. But...

Updated : 2014.11.20 21:08

Beginning of the end in Hong Kong

Tuesday morning saw the beginning of the end of the pro-democracy protests that have wracked Hong Kong for nearly two months. Armed with a court order to clear part of the main protest site in the city’s Admiralty district, bailiffs dismantled and removed barricades with little opposition...

Updated : 2014.11.19 21:00

[Yang Sung-jin] Perception of gaming in Korea

In an episode illustrating the efficient use of symbols, Victor Hugo once sent a telegram to his publisher that simply read “?” What he received was an equally simple “!” Hugo wanted to know how h...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:59

Creativity, corporatism and power of crowds

NEW HAVEN ― Economic growth, as we learned long ago from the works of economists like MIT’s Robert M. Solow, is largely driven by learning and innovation, not just saving and the accumulation of capital. Ultimately, economic progress depends on creativity. That is why fear of “secular s...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:57

[Park Sang-seek] The Eurasian initiatives and South Korea

Recently, “Eurasian Initiative” and “New Silk Road” have become catchphrases in Central Asia, China and South Korea. The U.S. announced a “New Silk Road” initiative back in June 2011, Chinese leader Xi Jinping proposed a new overland Silk Road initiative and a maritime Silk Road proj...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:57

Empowering women for sustainable development

Change is in the air: Today women have better access to education, health services and jobs, as well as a greater voice in politics. Progress, however, in women’s empowerment has been slow and uneven. Growth and development gains have not been shared equally, both across the globe and wit...

Updated : 2014.11.19 20:55

[Lee Jae-min] Issues in FTA with China

The year 2014 has been quite productive for Korea in terms of free trade agreements. Australia, then Canada and China, and now New Zealand have agreed to free trade deals with Korea. While all these F...

Updated : 2014.11.18 21:08

Better economic policy won’t save Japan

When I was a wee thing, just a slip of a girl launching herself into the mad and exciting world of economic policy reporting, you used to hear a lot of talk about Japan’s Lost Decade. From World War II to about 1990, Japan posted the most miraculous economic transformation of the 20th cen...

Updated : 2014.11.18 21:06

Putin-bashing at G20 meeting was juvenile

At the Group of 20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, over the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin was slighted in numerous ways, big and small. “I guess I’ll shake your hand,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said to his face. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, in a public sta...

Updated : 2014.11.18 21:04

Obama’s troop boost in Iraq is hard to fathom

President Barack Obama said he intends to double the number of American troops in Iraq from 1,500 to 3,000.It is difficult to say why he made that decision. As a presidential candidate in 2008 Obama promised to end the war in Iraq, reversing President George W. Bush’s 2003 decision to inv...

Updated : 2014.11.18 21:04