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Signs of populism

The presidential race is showing signs of populism. Some pledges by presidential hopefuls from the opposition camp seem to be unrealistic and costly or simply designed to appease the populace by tackling elites or chaebol.Among populist promises are forfeiture of private assets from chaebo...

Updated : 2017.01.16 17:34

[Other View] Trump’s dangerous ideas about vaccines

Donald Trump’s views on vaccines have long been out of sync with science. Childhood vaccines cause autism, he asserted at a debate in 2015, echoing statements he had made in 2014 and 2012. But now the president-elect is poised to do more than just pass along misinformation: He has asked a...

Updated : 2017.01.16 17:34

[Editorial] Mutual accountability

The independent counsel team investigating the Choi Soon-sil scandal is aggressively taking on every major suspicion tied to President Park Geun-hye and Choi. The team headed by Park Young-soo has already taken into custody three former senior officials, including an ex-culture minister, o...

Updated : 2017.01.13 15:18

[Editorial] Park’s slack explanation

President Park Geun-hye’s lawyers submitted a statement to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday explaining her actions during the Sewol ferry disaster, but the court asked them to present a detailed report, saying the explanation fell short of what it had demanded. She was impeached by la...

Updated : 2017.01.12 15:52

[Other View] How to deal with Trump’s cabinet

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees “need a thorough vetting.” He’s right, but exactly what he and his colleagues mean by that won’t be clear until the Senate’s confirmation process begins this week. So here‘s a suggestion: Its h...

Updated : 2017.01.12 15:42

[Editorial] At the starting line

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Seoul on Thursday. Returning home as a major presidential contender, he will likely be given a hero’s welcome by his supporters and be met with disdain from his critics. Ban’s homecoming after 10 years as chief of the world body signals ...

Updated : 2017.01.11 16:27

[Editorial] ‘Comfort women’ issue

Japan on Monday recalled Ambassador Yasumasa Nagamine and Consul General in Busan Yasuhiro Morimoto from South Korea, sparking a diplomatic row over the statue of a girl representing “comfort women,” who were forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. On Fri...

Updated : 2017.01.10 16:57

[Editorial] Long overdue

The National Assembly has launched an ad hoc panel entrusted to amend the Constitution, a job the legislature should have done much earlier. The Special Committee for Revising the Constitution, which elected Lee Ju-young of the ruling Saenuri Party as its chairman Thursday, plans to hold t...

Updated : 2017.01.09 16:41

[Editorial] Growth in joblessness

The ability of the Korean economy to create jobs has about halved over the past five years. Despite economic growth, job gains are going into a tailspin, according to data released by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance and Statistics Korea on Tuesday. In 2012, the economy grew 2.3 percen...

Updated : 2017.01.08 16:30

[Editorial] Extradition of Chung

The Ministry of Justice on Thursday sent a formal request to Denmark for the extradition of Chung Yoo-ra. Chung is a high-profile suspect in the scandal involving her mother, Choi Soon-sil, and President Park Geun-hye. The only daughter of Choi went on the run in Europe after her mother p...

Updated : 2017.01.06 16:39

[Other view] What’s the rush to kill Obamacare?

For seven years, Republicans have yearned to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Now that they have the chance, they seem wholly unprepared to do it right. Much work is still needed to figure out how to avoid destabilizing the health-insurance system. Yet, in their hurry, leaders in Congres...

Updated : 2017.01.06 16:37

[Editorial] Crucial moment

US President-elect Donald Trump is giving some clues to what his North Korea policy will be like. One positive thing coming through is that unlike his predecessor, he is expected to be make resolving the North Korean nuclear issue a priority. The problem is that the clues are not yet clear...

Updated : 2017.01.05 16:35

[Other view] The new Syria reality

The fall of Aleppo and the adjusted alignment of international parties involved in the Syrian conflict have important implications for the future of that country as well as for the United States’ overall role in the Middle East. What should be -- but is not necessarily -- the primary con...

Updated : 2017.01.05 16:32

[Editorial] Retaliation over THAAD

Seven lawmakers from the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea flew to China on Wednesday for talks with Chinese government officials and scholars over the planned deployment of an advanced American missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula.  Their visit comes amid apparent Chine...

Updated : 2017.01.04 18:22

[Other view] Sanctioning Russia is just a start

President Barack Obama’s imposition of sweeping new sanctions against Russian spies is long overdue, risky and tarnished by political calculation. It is also the right thing to do. The White House said Thursday it planned to toss 35 suspected spies and their families out of the country; ...

Updated : 2017.01.04 18:20