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[Editorial] A rudderless party

Since its humiliating defeat in the April 13 general election, the ruling Saenuri Party has been drifting rudderless. Torn apart by factional strife, the party has not even been able to fill its leadership vacuum, much less make concerted efforts toward reform. Yet it appears to have creat...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:25

[Editorial] Unwholesome tradition

Allegations of misconduct are mounting against Hong Man-pyo, a prosecutor-turned-lawyer suspected of having peddled his influence for a CEO of a cosmetics company convicted of illegal gambling.As a prosecutor, Hong was highly competent. He made a name for himself with investigations into h...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:25

[Editorial] New groupings

It is not unusual that talks of -- or actual moves to achieve -- political realignment flourish ahead of a presidential election. Yet, this time they come much earlier than in the past. Now speculations are rife about regroupings of political parties and major politicians for the next pres...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:22

[Editorial] Park in Africa

President Park Geun-hye’s current tour of three African countries -- Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya -- should be successful in several respects. Most of all, South Korea and Africa had never had greater mutual need to develop close economic relationship than now. The African continent is emer...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:22

[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 in the fee hikes include KB Kookmin, KEB Hana and Shinhan, ...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:48

[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 peace talks is the North’s denuclearization.As the two Koreas...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:48

[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 hearings on any matter under its jurisdiction if a majority ...

Updated : 2016.05.23 17:36

[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 known to the public. Since the early 1990s, it has hosted m...

Updated : 2016.05.23 17:36

[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 European Union, Russia and Switzerland. They provide a timely boo...

Updated : 2016.05.22 17:49

[Editorial] Greedy pigs

It is not rare for Korean tycoons -- especially those from family-run chaebol –- to be punished for their wrongdoings, ranging widely from embezzlement, operation of slush funds and tax evasion to bribery, offering illegal political funds and insider trading. Of these, the last one -- ill...

Updated : 2016.05.22 17:48

[Editorial] U.S. interest rate

Korea’s financial market is facing another challenge from an unfavorable external factor. Reversing earlier skepticism about a base rate hike in the U.S., an increasing number of market participants are sharing the view that the Federal Reserve has become hawkish. More people are betting...

Updated : 2016.05.20 17:24

[Editorial] USFK relocation

The Yongsan-based U.S. Eighth Army Command has started its move down to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. Most of the U.S. troops will be moved by 2017, according to the Defense Ministry of South Korea. While the U.S. troops have been located in Yongsan since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in ...

Updated : 2016.05.20 17:23

[Editorial] Whither Saenuri?

The escalating factional rift is plunging the ruling Saenuri Party into a deeper quagmire, prompting speculation that the warring factions may not stay together under one roof.   The latest development surrounds the cancellation Tuesday of the national committee -- believed to have been ...

Updated : 2016.05.19 17:38

[Editorial] Literary excellence

Whether a literary work -- or any other art or cultural product -- receives an award should not be the only yardstick for assessing its value. However, the significance of the Man Booker International Prize given to writer Han Kang for “The Vegetarian” is worth noting.  Han is the first...

Updated : 2016.05.19 17:37

[Editorial] Paris vs. IS

The head of the European Union police agency has raised the possibility that the jihadist Islamic State group could conduct attacks on the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in France this summer. He said the tournament was an “attractive target” for terrorists.The Europol warning reminds Europ...

Updated : 2016.05.18 17:20