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[Voice] How far should antidiscrimination law go?

Liberty and equality are two of the values most paid lip service to by governments worldwide. But as self-evidently right as these principles may seem, they also exist in tension: Greater freedom all...

Updated : 2013.04.29 20:12

[Voice] Can Seoul better convey N.K.’s threat?

“North Korea’s war plan”; “Warning to South Korea: You’ll get 45 seconds’ notice of artillery strike”; “Pondering unthinkable: Korean war.” These were just some of the headlines foreign medi...

Updated : 2013.04.22 20:05

[Voice] How can government be more transparent?

The authority of the state emanates from the people ― so proclaims the Korean Constitution. A corollary, then, is that citizens have the right to know what their government does on their behalf. But...

Updated : 2013.04.15 20:16

[Voice] How should small business be supported?

“Economic democratization” has summed up the political zeitgeist like no other single phrase. President Park Geun-hye latched on to the concept not long into her presidential campaign and subsequen...

Updated : 2013.04.08 20:11

[Voice] How can government reduce waste?

Some 343 trillion won ($307 billion) of taxpayers’ money has been allocated for the government to spend this year. Reflecting President Park Geun-hye’s vision of an expanded welfare state, the figu...

Updated : 2013.04.01 19:57

[Voice] Is immigration at sustainable levels?

Immigration implies change. The question for policymakers and citizens alike is what and how fast this change should be. The arrival of immigrants in large numbers to Korea since the 1990s has brough...

Updated : 2013.03.25 19:45

[Voice] Should SOFA be revised?

Crimes by U.S. soldiers stationed here have long been a sore spot in U.S.-Korea relations. The question of who maintains criminal jurisdiction over personnel accused of crimes in particular has often...

Updated : 2013.03.18 20:03

[Voice] Is defamation law too strict?

Where does one person’s right to free expression interfere with another’s right to their good name? In any legal system, defamation law has to answer this question. Korea attempts to reconcile the...

Updated : 2013.03.11 20:11

[Voice] What is the future of religion in Korea?

Korea’s experience of religious belief is as varied as it is long. Shamanism, with a history of some 5,000 years, is the belief system with the longest presence on the peninsula. Buddhism, introduce...

Updated : 2013.03.04 20:00

[Voice] How can food prices be lowered?

Shoppers pick up groceries at a supermarket in Seoul. (Yonhap News) It is a common, recurring complaint within Korea’s middle class: The cost of the most essential goods, especially food, is too hi...

Updated : 2013.02.18 20:05

[Voice] How can Korea provide better child care?

Before her election and since, President-elect Park Geun-hye has pledged to make child care a priority of her government. On the campaign trail last summer, Park lamented that women, whom she called...

Updated : 2013.02.11 20:36

[Voice] Does Korea have too many lawmakers?

The National Assembly is pictured in Yeouido, Seoul, on Jan. 27. The parliamentary session for the day was canceled due to confrontation between lawmakers over the confirmation of the Constitutional ...

Updated : 2013.02.04 19:13

[Voice] How much tax can Park squeeze out of the underground economy?

President-elect Park Geun-hye has made no secret of her wish to oversee big increases in public spending, mostly to fund her vision of a more expansive welfare system. Considering South Korea’s comp...

Updated : 2013.01.28 20:05

[Voice] How can Korea reduce suicide?

A national epidemic, suicide claims almost three times as many lives as road accidents each year. More than 15,500 people here took their own lives in 2010, making suicide the leading cause of death ...

Updated : 2013.01.21 19:14

[Voice] Who should welfare prioritize?

As the nation’s head for the next five years, President-elect Park Geun-hye has promised to usher in a new era of hope and happiness. A major expansion of the social welfare system is to be the mea...

Updated : 2013.01.14 20:37