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[Mahfuz Anam] The new power play in South Asiac

Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India from April 7-10 is turning out to be perhaps her most important bilateral visit to a country that surrounds Bangladesh from three sides, making it the only nei...

Updated : 2017.03.26 17:44

[Christopher Balding] China’s worst trade abuses are hidden

China is nothing if not creative in protecting its local industries. Although it has liberalized its economy in recent years, it has also erected a sophisticated set of barriers to safeguard companies it views as national champions. Increasingly, this is a counterproductive approach. The ...

Updated : 2017.03.26 17:42

[Leonid Bershidsky] Why nationalists need overseas bond

There’s something disturbing about recent stories about the ideological kinship between Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, and Marine Le Pen, the nationalist candidate runni...

Updated : 2017.03.24 17:42

[Other View] A new attack on women’s right to choose

So far the new Republican Congress has proved better at identifying things it doesn’t like -- Obamacare, for example, or an independent ethics office -- than actually getting rid of them. On one issue, however, Congress may yet get its way: abortion. Last week a House panel issued a repo...

Updated : 2017.01.10 16:53

[Other view] What the US lost in Syria

The duration of the latest Syrian cease-fire may matter less than its genesis. Russia, Turkey and Iran brokered the agreement without US involvement -- a worrying sign of the waning regional influence of the world’s only superpower.Whether this decline is temporary or permanent remains to...

Updated : 2017.01.08 16:25

Remembering Godang Cho Man-sik (1883-1950)

Robert Park is a founding member of the nonpartisan Worldwide Coalition to Stop Genocide in North Korea, minister, musician and former prisoner of conscience. --Ed.In a 1991 interview with the JoongAn...

Updated : 2016.10.19 13:40

Preventing crimes and suffering through justice

Inside the courtrooms of the International Criminal Court and in local communities, we are hearing the voices of those who have survived some of the world’s most heinous crimes. Stories of tremendous...

Updated : 2016.07.17 11:34

Flowers, trees and crops

My wife and I are a pair of city slickers who have returned to our roots. We have one foot in an urban life and the other in a rural one — although as we get older, we tend to stay more at our farmhouse in our hometown, Dangjin. People say that we are a typical example of trend reversal b...

Updated : 2015.10.26 09:47

Russian response to Ukraine exhibit article

The Russian Embassy in Seoul was upset by the publication of the article “Ukrainian Exhibition Marks ‘Revolution of Dignity’” (The Korea Herald, Dec. 29, 2014), which incriminates Russia with violating Ukrainian sovereignty. I would like to set forth our position on this issue.First of...

Updated : 2015.01.05 20:54

[Voice] Is HIV testing of foreign teachers here to stay?

It is an experience familiar to many foreign English teachers: Soon after arrival in Korea, their blood is taken and screened, with the results submitted to the immigration authorities. The reason? A ...

Updated : 2013.11.25 20:10

[Voice] Is the asylum process working?

Namir says that returning to his home country of Sudan would mean a certain death sentence. His only crimes, he claims, were converting to Christianity from Islam and criticizing his government in wri...

Updated : 2013.11.11 19:42

[Voice] Should agriculture be subsidized?

Like the country itself, Korea’s farming sector transformed completely in a matter of decades. But unlike so many other industries, agriculture’s trajectory in the face of industrialization has been...

Updated : 2013.10.28 19:45

[Voice] Is private life relevant to public life?

Public figures never have truly private lives. When that figure is a politician or other public servant, intense public scrutiny is typically defended as being in service of the public’s right to kno...

Updated : 2013.10.14 19:38

[Voice] How safe is Korea’s rail?

The firmly grounded train is rarely associated with the fear felt by nervous air travelers. But a string of minor accidents in recent years, including last month’s most recent three-way train collisi...

Updated : 2013.09.30 20:10

[Voice] How should Korea address single parenthood?

In a country that emphasizes strongly conservative sexual mores, births outside of marriage are both frowned upon and rare. Such is the mix of social conditions, culture and taboo that the nation has ...

Updated : 2013.09.16 21:04