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[Kim Seong-kon] What to choose among the Deathly Hallows?

A few days ago, I watched “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” on TV again. Once again, I was impressed by the compelling theme that poignantly mirrored contemporary human society.As the story unf...

Updated : 2017.03.28 17:45

[Other View] Trump's top generals ask congress to join the war on terror

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford found something constructive to tell senators on an appropriations subcommittee this week, even if it had nothing to do with the Pentagon budget. The two men challenged lawmakers to finally provide a legal ...

Updated : 2017.03.28 17:45

[In My View] How to reduce youth job unemployment

Give the Labor Ministry credit. They are trying to reduce the stubbornly high unemployment rate among young Koreans, but the latest round of policies to boost South Korea’s youth labor market is simply baffling in certain respects. The fact that the Labor Ministry says it will create a 11...

Updated : 2017.03.28 17:44

[Adam Cohen] Can eugenics be a force for good this time?

We entered a new phase as a species when Chinese scientists altered a human embryo to remove a potentially fatal blood disorder -- not only from the baby, but all of its descendants. Researchers call this process “germline modification.” The media likes the phrase “designer babies.” Bu...

Updated : 2017.03.28 17:42

[Adam Minter] The Great Firewall is a trade barrier

The San Francisco-based photo-sharing site Pinterest would seem to rank low on the list of potential threats to China. Beloved by fashion designers, photographers, cooks and hobbyists, the 7-year-old website is a global hub for the sharing of images, trends and ideas on topics ranging from...

Updated : 2017.03.28 17:42

[Robert J. Fouser] Dealing with Korea's horrible air

The day after I arrived in Korea for my annual spring visit, I woke up to headlines saying that the air in Seoul was the worst in the world. After a few days improvement, it was back near the top.Seou...

Updated : 2017.03.28 17:24

[Therese Raphael] Flushing out terror from Birmingham

In the aftermath of the Belgian terrorist attack a year ago, the world learned of the Brussels district of Molenbeek. After Wednesday‘s attack in the heart of London, we may hear more about Birmingha...

Updated : 2017.03.27 16:51

[Other view] We can’t walk away from a world in crisis

Americans watched in alarm but not shock as Parliament was locked down after a “terrorist incident” in London on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the deadly attack in Brussels. A refugee camp in Nigeria was also bombed Wednesday -- again -- by five Boko Haram suicide bombers who’d sl...

Updated : 2017.03.27 16:44

[Reg Henry] Americans fleeing US to NZ still small flock

Before the election of President Donald Grump, some Americans pledged to leave the county if, by some crazy chance, he were to win the White House.  This departure of the disappointed always struck me as a bad idea. My view is that when the going gets tough, the tough should not get goin...

Updated : 2017.03.27 16:43

[Leonid Bershidsky] Putin faces lonelier world in preparing for his election  

Russian rulers have long been content to accept fear and awe in lieu of respect and admiration, and by that standard, Putin shone in 2016. This year that is proving a tougher gig to keep up, as he pre...

Updated : 2017.03.27 16:42

[Justin Fendos] THAAD is Trump’s chance to learn from Chinese diplomacy

Most media pundits largely agree that Trump has a lot to learn. When he says, “no one knew how complicated health care could be,” we somehow forgive him and understand he meant, “I didn’t know.” When he starts talking about the dangers of uranium in a press conference, as if it’s the...

Updated : 2017.03.27 16:38

[Doyle McManus] Trump should cooperate in Russia investigation 

At the end of the House Intelligence Committee’s long hearing on the FBI investigation of Russian meddling in the presidential election this week, the Republican chairman, Devin Nunes of California, made a last, vain attempt to clear the White House of suspicion.  Do you have any eviden...

Updated : 2017.03.27 16:35

[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