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[David Ignatius] The Middle East needs a new order

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement that formed Iraq, Syria and the other fragile nations of the modern Middle East. The past few weeks have provided dramatic new evidence, if more were needed, that the old colonial framework created by Britain and France is...

Updated : 2016.05.04 17:14

[Choi He-suk] Mosquitoes and their role

Mosquitoes are back. They are quite possibly the worst insects imaginable. The tiny yet ever-so-loud whirring noise their wings make is enough to drive a man insane, and the itch caused by their bite may as well have been cooked up by a medieval torturer. These days their evil schemes are ...

Updated : 2016.05.04 17:13

More women will make a stronger military

An attempt to undermine the Pentagon’s decision to allow women to serve in combat roles backfired spectacularly last week -- and the U.S. will be safer for it.During a congressional debate on the defense policy bill, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California proposed requiring all 18-year-old wome...

Updated : 2016.05.04 17:10

[Paula Dwyer] Is basic income the next big thing?

Now and then a worthy economic proposal comes along that seems as politically unattainable as it is sensible. Then, on closer inspection, you see that it’s more than a policy-wonk’s fantasy. And you...

Updated : 2016.05.04 17:09

Britain can’t afford to quit the European Union

If it votes to leave the European Union in next month’s referendum, Britain will bear a substantial and lasting economic cost: That’s the conclusion of several authoritative new studies. Campaigners for exit must either refute these findings or say why they don’t matter. Their efforts u...

Updated : 2016.05.04 17:00

[Francis Wilkinson] Warren Buffett falls into confidence trap

Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, is a confident man. Having built one of the greatest businesses in history, and having become one of the world’s richest men in the process, he sees great prosperity in the rearview mirror, and more of the same ahead.Spea...

Updated : 2016.05.04 16:59

[Kim Seong-kon] Living in the age of ‘difference’ and ‘crossover’

Since the 1960s, literary critics have preached the importance of “difference” and “crossover.” Inspired by postmodernism, they have urged us to respect differences and to be open to crossovers in...

Updated : 2016.05.03 18:06

[Lee Jae-min] Intervention or non-intervention

In the time of a national economic emergency, governments are inclined to take extraordinary measures to save the national economy. Situations could require drastic steps and direct intervention by ag...

Updated : 2016.05.03 18:03

[Kim Haeng-jung] A family month present

On April 16, something unusual happened at our farmhouse, marking a milestone in our rural life since we started farming and gardening about 10 years ago. My wife and I held an unveiling ceremony of stone toads in commemoration of a short fairy tale I wrote.The ceremony was attended by our...

Updated : 2016.05.03 17:05

Mexico’s faltering fight against corruption

Corruption in Mexico is not just a legal and moral problem. It is an economic one. The annual cost amounts to 5 percent of gross domestic product, according to one report, which also found that almost half of business owners said officials have sought money in exchange for contracts or bus...

Updated : 2016.05.03 17:03

[Thitinan Pongsudhirak] A role reversal for Myanmar and Thailand

Rarely do next-door neighbors move as rapidly in opposite political directions as Thailand and Myanmar have in recent years. After more than a half-century of military dictatorship, Myanmar has restored democratic rule, and now has a civilian-led government led by the former political pris...

Updated : 2016.05.03 17:03

[Albert R. Hunt] Candidates’ claims of American decline are hype

As in any U.S. national election without an incumbent president, this race’s candidates are painting an ugly picture: The country is “going to hell,” bluntly asserts the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump.One of his Democratic challengers, Sen. Bernie Sanders, isn‘t much kinder, and...

Updated : 2016.05.03 17:01

[Cass R. Sunstein] The mistake that most traders make

Do investors suffer from behavioral biases? New research demonstrates that they do: They think that a crash is far more likely than it actually is. After you read the newspaper, you might well overrea...

Updated : 2016.05.02 17:16

[Mohamed A. El-Erian] Bank of Japan finds it can’t win

Pity the Bank of Japan. Disappointed by the central bank’s decision at Thursday’s policy meeting to delay further stimulus measures, markets pushed the yen higher, making exports less competitive, and drove share prices lower, which damped animal spirits. This makes the prospects for a r...

Updated : 2016.05.02 17:13

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] Shift to clean energy calls for new politics

The diplomats have done their job, concluding the Paris climate agreement in December. And political leaders gathered last week at the United Nations to sign the new accord. But implementation is surely the tough part. Governments need a new approach to an issue that is highly complex, lon...

Updated : 2016.05.02 17:12