[Kim Myong-sik] Historic juncture to upgrade Korea’s presidency

Have you ever imagined that someday big data will replace the whole election procedure? On Election Day, you don’t have to go to the polls. Instead, the Central Election Commission will just announce the winner among registered c...

[Dick Meyer] Trump defames way to fortune

President Donald Trump’s craven lies that President Barack Obama had his “wires tapped” are viscerally repugnant and maddening for anyone but the most rabid, delusional Obama-haters. First, it is destabilizing to realize that ...

[The Sacramento Bee] Trumpcare collapses under the weight of its own lies

Determined to destroy Barack Obama’s signature health care achievement, Republicans in the US Congress and President Donald Trump have insisted the Affordable Care Act is a failure. If it were a car, it would be “missing two tir...

[Dan K. Thomasson] Remember when presidents lived at the White House?

Way back when the United States was just a baby nation, its citizens built a house for their president. Not a palace for a king like the one they had shed, but a democratically suitable residence on a regular street. It was a litt...

[Desk column] Distrust is the real problem in South Korea

After months of a scandal that laid bare corruption, influence-peddling and an unbelievable lack of discipline in the nation’s highest office, it may be only natural that people lose faith in the government. But a recent survey, ...

[Editorial] Challenges facing Moon

The lineup of primary winners is being finalized.The field for the presidential race is expected to narrow down to four major candidates: Moon Jae-in, Ahn Cheol-soo, Hong Joon-pyo and Yoo Seong-min.Moon, the former leader of the D...

[Other View] Trump's tough talk meets bloody reality in Mosul

It’s easy to call for destroying the Islamic State group, as President Donald Trump does to thunderous applause from his supporters. But our new commander in chief is learning how difficult and bloody war can be -- and he’s sta...

[Editorial] No more conflicts

The recovered Sewol ferry is set to leave for a port in Mokpo on Thursday, exactly 1080 days after it left Incheon with 476 people aboard. Though rusted and corroded, the main hull of the 6,800-ton cruiser remains intact and seein...

[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 unfolds, Dumbledore is dead and V...

[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. ...

[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 respect...

[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 modifi...

[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 th...

[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.Seoul gets its fair share of yello...

[Editorial] Arrest of Park

The prosecution requested an arrest warrant for former President Park Geun-hye on Monday. Park is being investigated as a suspect in the corruption scandal which led to her impeachment. She faces 13 charges, including bribery. T...