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Is MH17 catastrophe Putin’s tipping point?

NEW YORK ― When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union’s attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean ...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:42

Repatriation of POWs remains unresolved

This year marks the 61st anniversary of the Armistice Agreement that suspended the Korean War. Yet, full repatriation of ROK POWs remains unresolved. Considering these veterans detained in North Korea are now over 80 years old, their return is an urgent matter. The hostilities cannot be sa...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:40

Europe’s options

STANFORD ― Many Europeans have come to believe that they have weathered the economic and financial storm. In the last two years, deficits and debt have stabilized. Yields on the sovereign debt of the eurozone periphery’s weak economies have fallen sharply. Portugal and Ireland have exite...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:39

[Kim Myong-sik] Nation reluctant to bid farewell to rice

If someone asked me to identify three things that most profoundly changed our lifestyle in the past decades, I would readily choose the computer, smartphones and free trade. Not much explanation would...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:39

[Lee Jae-min] The unspeakable tragedy

While the details are still being confirmed, the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is going to be the deadliest disaster in aviation history. Blame games are going on over the origin of t...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:43

Europe must stand up to Putin

Vladimir Putin has become a global menace.There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons i...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

Disasters in the centenary of WWI

NEW YORK ― Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy. Here we are, at the centenary of the outbreak of Worl...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

[Kim Seong-kon] Strange parts of Korean society

Foreigners often find it very convenient to live in Korea. For example, they can easily find numerous coffee shops, convenience stores and ethnic restaurants in major cities. They can also take advant...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

The inflation truther crank index

There is a group of folks who believe that inflation is much higher than the numbers in the official reports. Paul Krugman calls them “inflation truthers.”In the 2000s, I might have been considered part of that crowd. I recognized that inflation data weren’t being reported accurately, a...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:40

[David Ignatius] The risk of sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON ― Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter. The dilemma ...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:05

Malaysia can’t botch another air tragedy

There’s nothing funny about Malaysia Airlines losing two Boeing 777s and more than 500 lives in the space of four months. That hasn’t kept the humor mills from churning out dark humor and lighting up cyberspace.Actor Jason Biggs, for example, got in trouble for tweeting: “Anyone wanna b...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:03

[Jeffrey Frankel] U.S. court rulings to undermine debt restructuring

Argentina and its bankers have been barred from making payments to fulfill debt-restructuring agreements reached with the country’s creditors, unless the 7 percent of creditors who rejected the agree...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:02

China is driving the BRICS train

Rarely has an acronym led such a charmed life as BRICS. Casually invented by former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economist and Bloomberg View columnist Jim O’Neill to label emerging markets of promise, it actually brought together leaders from the disparate countries of Brazil, Russia, India,...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:01

Intelligence agencies should prove value of technology

A newly leaked document stolen by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year reveals that one of the NSA’s partner agencies within the “Five Eyes” Anglo-intelligence network ― Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, responsible for signals intelligen...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:00

[Robert J. Shiller] Booming until it hurts?

NEW HAVEN ― In recent months, concern has intensified among the world’s financial experts and news media that overheated asset markets ― real estate, equities, and long-term bonds ― could lead to ...

Updated : 2014.07.20 21:09