[Editorial] ATM charges

The issue of bank service charges has come to the fore again as major commercial banks are set to raise the fees on a variety of transactions. The banking sector had slashed them amid public criticism over the charges.Participants...

[Editorial] Talks are premature

North Korea has proposed an inter-Korean dialogue again as a hackneyed rhetorical tactic, and the South’s Defense Ministry has responded in a resolute manner that it would firmly keep the position that the prerequisite for any pe...

[Kim Seong-kon] The world needs translators and humanities

The news that Han Kang and Debora Smith won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize stirred the whole nation. Hearing the news, Koreans were elated. After all, this was the first time a Korean writer was honored with such a...

[David Ignatius] Fighting for a nation called Syria

The raw Sunni recruits in crisp camouflage uniforms, popping off rounds at the firing range at a U.S. training camp here, illustrate the dilemma for the U.S. as it seeks to form a strong military force to drive the Islamic State f...

[John Kass] Hillary needs a long hard look in the mirror

Hillary Clinton’s political advocates -- I prefer “meat puppets” -- are wringing their hands over the Republican vulgarian Donald Trump.They’re upset over the boorish things he says about women, but, even worse, they’re angui...

[Anders Fogh Rasmussen] Make America trade again with courage

No matter how much some U.S. presidential candidates may deride free trade, it remains the backbone of the American economy. Without it, the country would become significantly poorer and its global influence would diminish signifi...

Why Vietnam and U.S. have reason to coordinate

All these decades after the Vietnam War, mentions of Hanoi or Saigon summon ghosts. That trauma will never be erased, but slowly, appropriately, it is being eased aside by the realities of a changing world.So it is that President ...

[Editorial] Parliamentary hearings

Relations are cooling rapidly between the presidential office and opposition parties following the passage last week of a bill enabling parliamentary committees to open hearings more frequently.The bill allows a committee to hold ...

[Editorial] Jeju peace forum

Jejudo Island is best known as a resort island with many sites of scenic beauty and cultural importance. It attracts more than 10 million tourists from home and abroad every year.Yet the island has another aspect that is less well...

[David Ignatius]Taking the fight to the Islamic State

BAGHDAD -- Amid hedgerows of computer screens in the joint operations center that runs the war against the Islamic State, Marine Brig. Gen. Bill Mullen explains the complex assault that drove the extremist fighters last week from ...

[Aryeh Neier] Hiroshima With or Without Remorse?

The announcement that U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Japan later this month will include a stop in Hiroshima is welcome news. Of course, Obama will not apologize for America’s 1945 nuclear attack, which annihilated the c...

[Robert Park] Trump and the myth of U.S. magnanimity in Korea

U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s highly publicized charges that South Korea has not been paying its fair share within the U.S.-R.O.K. military alliance has caused a political firestorm in the South, with Korean...

[Eric Frazier] Wake me when this election is over

If I were still predigital enough to own a paper calendar, I’d circle Wednesday, Nov. 9, on it. Why? That’s the day after Election Day. The day when all the grown people of America who are losing their minds over politics can f...

[Park Sang-seek] Korean Democracy at the Crossroads

In democratic countries the contest in politics mainly takes place between conservative and liberal forces. When the ideological spectrum in a democracy is divided into the conservative, moderate and liberal camps and power shifts...

[Editorial] Timely boost

One country after another is taking action to add pressure on North Korea which is under the toughest-yet international sanctions over its latest nuclear and missile provocations. Last week alone saw new actions taken by the Europ...