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[David Ignatius] Trump is not so Machiavellian after all

Many people do crazy things in middle age. I decided to write the libretto for an opera about Niccolo Machiavelli. It’s called “The New Prince,” premiering here this weekend at the Dutch National O...

Updated : 2017.03.26 17:46

[Gina Barreca] Do we fear listening to the other side?

In our conversations, whether political, public or private, we seem to be increasingly belligerent, uncivil and unrelenting, determined to crush the opposition rather than listen to the other side. Could it be that what we fear most is that our positions might change? We wrap ourselves i...

Updated : 2017.03.26 17:44

It’s time for techies to apply talents to real world

At a turbulent moment in the online media business, the fate of Yahoo and buzzed-about CEO Marissa Mayer offers cautionary tales for policymakers and the public. Mayer, who has been the boss since 2012, is to step down when Yahoo closes its sale to Verizon, it was announced last week. Lik...

Updated : 2017.03.26 17:43

[Robert Reich] Trump’s orgy of unnecessary cruelty

The theme that unites Donald Trump’s major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor -- imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural co...

Updated : 2017.03.24 17:44

[Lee Jae-min] Korea’s intoxication problem -- part II

In my last article entitled “The $1 Happiness that Soju Gives (Mar. 22, 2017),” I was being sarcastic about South Korea’s chronic problem of alcohol consumption. I cited some anecdotal examples to ...

Updated : 2017.03.23 18:05

[David Ignatius] Reality is creeping into the Trump show

The House Intelligence Committee hearing Monday marked the end of the opening installment of “The President,” the must-watch reality/horror show that has transfixed the nation and the world. Now the plot gets more serious, perhaps darker, with some new characters likely to emerge in key ...

Updated : 2017.03.23 17:18

[Andrew Sheng] The agony and ecstasy of unstoppable globalization

Depending who you talk to, globalization happened either in 1492, when Christopher Columbus discovered America in search of the Orient, or sometime in the middle of 19th century, when America decided ...

Updated : 2017.03.23 17:18

[Tobin Harshaw] Too bad you can’t afford to fire nice superweapon

Talk about taking a bazooka to kill a fly: a US general reported last week that an unnamed ally used a $3.4 million Patriot missile to shoot down a hostile $200 commercial drone. General David Perkins’s point wasn’t that this was a technically remarkable feat -- although it certainly was...

Updated : 2017.03.23 17:17

The lasting damage of Trump’s campaign rhetoric

The great question of Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency was whether he could pull off the slick political move known as “the pivot.” Specifically, could he as a candidate win followers with hyperpartisan language, but once in office downshift to an inclusive, effective style of gove...

Updated : 2017.03.23 17:15

[Rachel Marsen] Why does terrorism spare Switzerland?

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Belgium’s deadly terror attacks: bombings that struck Brussels Airport and a subway station near the European Parliament building. Last weekend, flights a...

Updated : 2017.03.22 17:33

[Adam Minter] Chinese learn the value of privacy

China’s Communist government has never shown much concern for the privacy of Chinese citizens. If you have something to hide, the thinking goes, we probably need to know it. In one form or another, surveillance and monitoring have evolved into a well-honed form of social control. And as a...

Updated : 2017.03.22 17:32

[Robert Park] THAAD backlash engendering intolerable harm

With Sino-South Korea ties plummeting over a push to host an anti-missile system, there has been a sharp increase in crackdowns targeting the activities of South Korean missionaries in the region.Many...

Updated : 2017.03.22 17:31

[Fabiola Santiago] Appetite for travel tempered by Cuba repression

At the height of the Cuba travel frenzy, unleashed by the restoration of diplomatic relations and relaxed US travel rules, not a day went by without an onslaught of photos on social media of Americanos cruising Havana in antique convertibles and puffing on cigars. The island was pronounced...

Updated : 2017.03.22 17:30

[Francis Wilkinson] Steve Bannon’s preposterous ‘Rosebud’ moment

White House strategist Steve Bannon understands how narrative works. In Hollywood films, at least the assembly-line models, plot points are inserted to send the hero off on a quest and, later, to send the action veering in an unexpected (well, sort of) new direction. They explain the hero ...

Updated : 2017.03.22 17:28

[Lee Jae-min] The $1 happiness that soju gives

Like the First Time, Genuine Dewdrop, Good Day, Dripping Leaves and Halla Mountain. The names sound so refreshing and lovely. The original Korean versions are even more tantalizing. If they conjure up...

Updated : 2017.03.21 18:18