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Thailand‘s muddled, military way forward

Thailand’s next constitution, which is born of authoritarianism, will only be detrimental to the citizenry and the future of the kingdom.As part of its 20-year national strategy, the military-led government has said it aims to foster integrity among public servants well into the future. T...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:20

[Chitra Doraiswami] Korea in eyes of an Indian tourist

Nature and the travel agent conspired to get me to Seoul, Korea at the best possible time.  I landed at Incheon in early April to clear skies, nippy winds and the most beautiful trees in full pink bloom. Could it get any better than this? Yes, it could! I was introduced to Namsan Park and...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:20

Ban booze in Indonesia? Beware quick fixes

The Indonesian government is moving ahead to pass a bill to ban liquor, arguing that alcohol has triggered rampant gang rape cases recently.In the wake of horrifying reports about rapes and gang rapes, lawmakers in Indonesia have a lot of support to pass a bill to regulate or ban liquor. H...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:17

[Irfan Husain] Fear and loathing of Trump

No matter who wins in the U.S. presidential elections, Pakistan will be hard pressed on a number of security-related issues.Watching Donald Trump the other night as he spoke to members of the National...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:14

[Robert B. Reich] Why Donald Trump might win

A Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a virtual tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That’s an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March.A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, also releas...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:09

[Doyle McManus] Obama’s pivot to Asia is working

When President Obama declared in 2011 that he wanted U.S. foreign policy to pivot to Asia, some derided the move as a clumsy attempt to flee the messy conflicts of the Middle East.But the pivot has ac...

Updated : 2016.05.26 17:07

[Kim Ji-hyun] Seoul missing out. Again.

Within the tight circles of the Korean community of Tokyo, it is easy to witness a falling-out of sorts between ladies.But eventually, they join or form new cliques. This way, previous alliances are d...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:17

[Bill Emmott] Preparing for President Trump

As America’s friends and allies look on in astonishment at the all-but-certain prospect of a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in November’s US presidential election, they need to do more than just wring their hands. They must hope for the best but prepare for the worst.Th...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:17

[Kim Myong-sik] Watching the North from Yeonmijeong Pavilion

Yeonmijeong Pavilion, a 13th-century stone and wood structure at the northeastern edge of Ganghwado Island, is my favorite destination when I go on occasional excursions from my new home in Gimpo. It ...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:17

Death of the store? Not buying it

If we say, “Let’s do some shopping,” do you grab your car keys … or whip out your smartphone? Judged by the numbers, your new favorite mall may be the couch.Internet and catalog sales are up 10 percent over the past year, while department store sales have sagged. Macy’s, J.C. Penney a...

Updated : 2016.05.25 17:17

[David Ignatius] Defeating IS means getting the politics right

A tour of the war zones in Iraq and Syria with the top American commander ends, appropriately enough, here in Turkey, the strongest power in the region and the place where the modern troubles began a hundred years ago with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.The abiding strategic fact about...

Updated : 2016.05.25 16:49

[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 ...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:48

[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 forc...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:47

[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 anguishing over the death of American outrage.What bothers them i...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:47

[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 significantly. So why has bashing free trade become a key theme in ...

Updated : 2016.05.24 17:47