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Uber chaos exposes folly of French protectionism

PARIS ― French police arrested the chief executive of Uber France and the general manager of Uber Europe this week for “inciting illegal employment.” Translation: Uber is disrupting a system in whi...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:26

Stop paying for stupid science

The National Science Foundation too often shortchanges American taxpayers by funding low-value, low-priority social science projects.Here are some doozies: the veiling fashion industry in Turkey, Viking textiles in Iceland, the “social impacts” of tourism in the northern tip of Norway, l...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:25

China is a communist success story. Kinda.

Here’s a fairly common discussion you see on Twitter or hear at cocktail parties:Libertarian: “Communism doesn’t work!”Acquaintance: “Oh, yeah? What about China?”Libertarian: “China, communist? Ha! They started to succeed when they opened up to free enterprise, and then they kept it...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:24

SpaceX won’t give in to rocket explosion

From the ground, it didn’t really look like an explosion. Standing at a press site about four miles from the launchpad, amid the rippling, crackling sound waves generated by the rocket’s chemical propulsion ― a disturbance so great it sent fish leaping from the river in front of us ― a...

Updated : 2015.07.01 19:23

[Kim Seong-kon] Have you forgotten the Korean War already?

I wonder how many Koreans remembered that last Thursday, June 25, was the anniversary of the start of the Korean War. Perhaps, except for a few government officials, not many Koreans would have rememb...

Updated : 2015.06.30 19:09

[Lee Jae-min] Keeping foreign friends informed

Before the recent MERS scare made a dent, Seoul had become a popular destination for foreign students wishing to spend a semester or two on a university exchange. On top of that, more and more studen...

Updated : 2015.06.30 19:05

Europe’s attack on Greek democracy

The rising crescendo of bickering and acrimony within Europe might seem to outsiders to be the inevitable result of the bitter endgame playing out between Greece and its creditors. In fact, European leaders are finally beginning to reveal the true nature of the ongoing debt dispute, and th...

Updated : 2015.06.30 18:43

Climate change and air-conditioned lives

Pope Francis has proclaimed climate change a fact, stressing our moral duty to correct it. The pontiff titled his encyclical “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised,” a phrase taken from “Canticle of the Sun,” composed by the wandering naturalist and pioneering ecologist, St. Francis of Assisi....

Updated : 2015.06.30 18:39

French worries over Islamic State point to Syria

Six months after the Jan. 7 attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Paris remains a city on guard. Black-uniformed military police of the Republican Security Companies patrol tourist sites with submachine guns. Museums, concert halls and even bookstores funnel visitors through securi...

Updated : 2015.06.30 18:38

Forgiveness won't end racism in America

When Dylann Roof was arraigned in Charleston, South Carolina, on murder charges, members of his victims’ families stated that they forgave him. Their words clearly gratified many white Americans, like Republican Party presidential candidate Rick Santorum, because they offered an escape fr...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:31

A good week ends surprisingly in song, and grace, for Obama

It was a good week for President Barack Obama.His Trans-Pacific Partnership trade effort hurdled past a congressional road block put up by his own party. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to pull the rug out from under his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, then served up a mome...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:27

Refugee total reaches a record high

WASHINGTON -- We learned in school about modern history‘s cruelest man-made refugee crises -- the Russian pogroms of the 1880s, World War I and World War II, which displaced 40 million people in Europe alone.The history curriculum should be revised before fall classes. In sheer numbers, t...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:26

[William Pesek] The Kabuki art of public apology

Public contrition has long been an art in Japan, and this past month has offered a great opportunity to study the form. June has seen a sudden rash of apologies from top CEOs (including the bosses of ...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:24

[Gareth Evans] Serenity in the South China Sea

Diplomats and alcoholics don’t always have as much in common as is sometimes assumed. But there is useful guidance for policymakers in the Reinhold Niebuhr prayer that Alcoholics Anonymous has made i...

Updated : 2015.06.29 19:19

[Bill Emmott] Shinzo Abe’s diplomatic pivot to Asia

Over the past year, relations among East Asia’s three most successful economies ― Japan, South Korea, and China ― have been slowly but steadily improving. This is notable, because their ties with one another have never been easy or smooth. The history of the twentieth century and their ...

Updated : 2015.06.28 20:47