[Editorial] Transportation setback

The joint strike by railroad and subway workers across the nation is raising concerns about disruptions to logistics and transport. In protest against the government-led performance-based pay system, unionized workers of the railw...

[Ramesh Ponnuru] Trump‘s strengths didn’t help him this time

Donald Trump had plenty of moments Monday night that would have disqualified any other candidate in a presidential debate: bragging about getting through a discrimination investigation “with no admission of guilt”; saying he had...

[Elizabeth Drew] Why is US presidential election nip and tuck?

Many people around the world are probably wondering why Hillary Clinton -- who is obviously more prepared and better suited for the American presidency than her opponent, Donald Trump -- isn’t waltzing to victory. Many Americans ...

[Kim Myong-sik] Internal enemies threaten Korea’s future

Kim Ji-ha is known more for his satirical poems “Five Bandits” and “Rumors” from the 1970s than for the works he produced after he changed his course to something beyond resistance against oppression.  He surprised readers an...

[Lee Joo-hee] Do women make better leaders?

Last month, the election of Rep. Choo Mi-ae to steer the main opposition party on Aug. 27 brought on a handful of news articles that highlighted on her gender. Some even anticipated what her “chemistry” would be like with the na...

EU’s free-trade advocates need to speak up

It’s entirely unsurprising -- expected, really -- for the anti-global European left to oppose a trade deal with America. But with Canada?The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, painstakingly negotiated over seven years, w...

[Jonathan Bernstein] Trump takes bait, hooks self on TV

The entire 90-minute debate Monday night was a demonstration that Donald Trump doesn‘t have the temperament to be president.  Hillary Clinton was prepared -- she always is -- and she baited Trump early and often. And Trump got c...

[Editorial] Politics in disarray

The parliament’s passage last week of no-confidence vote against the agriculture minister leaves several things to ponder. First, the opposition-led vote against Kim Jae-soo was the first event at the 20th National Assembly in Ju...

[Ira Helfand & Robert Dodge] The nuclear question

A growing chorus of politicians and national security experts have questioned whether it would be safe to have Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button. But are they asking the right question? In an open letter, 50 leading Re...

[Kim Seong-kon] Possible side effects of the anticorruption law

As the anti-graft law, which is commonly referred as the Kim Young-ran law, is enforced as of today, millions of Koreans are worried and even scared of the newly implemented law that will affect their lives in one way or another. ...

[Stephen L. Carter] Good schools, bad ones and ugly ways we rank them

There is a certain tragic irony in the fact that a crackdown on US colleges with low graduation rates was announced during the very week that the Times Higher Education Supplement published its annual list of the world’s best uni...

[Robert J. Fouser] The problem with third parties

The US presidential election campaign has entered the final sprint toward Election Day in November.The two major party candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are the most disliked candidates in recent me...

[Christopher Ryan Maboloc] Social media wars

The introduction of web 2.0 has provided a platform for the instant interface of millions of people. But it has also created a new kind of culture -- the culture of hate. Most cybercitizens are prejudiced against each other. We ha...

Immigration’s reality vs. Trump’s rhetoric

Sometimes the best response to overheated political rhetoric is one of those dull if worthy white papers issued with alarming regularity by Washington think tanks and research organizations. So it is with two recent reports on imm...

[Robert J. Fouser] The problem with third parties

The US presidential election campaign has entered the final sprint toward Election Day in November.The two major party candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are the most disliked candidates in recent me...