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[Robert B. Reich] The upsurge in uncertain work

As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or even tomorrow. This varied group includes independent contractors, temporary workers, the self-emplo...

Updated : 2015.08.28 17:44

[Chon Shi-yong] Universities on the Silk Road

“Silk Road” and “Eurasia” are now the hot buzzwords in China and South Korea, with their leaders pushing national projects to restore the ancient trade and cultural route that linked Europe to Eas...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:47

[Kavi Chongkittavorn] Thailand must not give up bid for UNSC seat

Despite all the odds and dysfunction — including the latest bomb carnage to hit Bangkok — Thailand must not give up its bid for a nonpermanent seat at the U.N. Security Council (2017-2018). In fact,...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:46

Avoid brute force in Myanmar politics

In a democracy, fallout between two powerful and ambitious leaders over the country’s political direction would be considered normal. Typically, such a dispute would be settled by the ouster of one of them, with the defeated leader biding his time, in party wings or the wider national la...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:44

Abe shows he has no desire to mend fences

It is finally confirmed: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not attending the commemoration activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing on Sept. 3. Nor will he visit China around that sensitive date. This does not sound good to those who regard Abe’s ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:42

Through rash actions, Russia turns its back on territorial talks with Japan

It is an action that will greatly set back the momentum toward improving bilateral ties between Japan and Russia and settling territorial disputes. By no means can Japan tolerate this. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited Etorofu Island in the northern territories Saturday. Aft...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:40

[Howard Davies] Open discussion at central banks should be welcomed

In 1993, the economists Alberto Alesina and Larry Summers published a seminal paper that argued that central bank independence keeps inflation in check, with no adverse consequences for economic perfo...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:44

[Kim Ji-hyun] Japanese media’s Korea-bashing

A situation I encountered recently on Japanese television was quite baffling. I was flipping through channels when a familiar logo caught my eye: Samsung’s blue oval. I was curious, so I decided to ...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:43

[Kim Seong-kon] Being an ‘Alpa-man,’ ‘Rain Man’ or gentleman

I believe women frequently outsmart men thanks to their so-called feminine intuition. For example, a woman instinctively knows when a man is interested in her no matter how hard he tries to hide his f...

Updated : 2015.08.25 17:49

[Lee Jae-min] We’ve come too far to go back

Legal education in Korea has gone through seismic changes since the summer of 2007, when a bill to introduce a new “law school” system was passed in the National Assembly. A roller coaster ride is t...

Updated : 2015.08.25 17:45

[Jeffrey D. Sachs] The United Nations turns 70

NEW YORK — The United Nations will mark its 70th anniversary when world leaders assemble next month at its headquarters in New York. Though there will be plenty of fanfare, it will inadequately refle...

Updated : 2015.08.24 18:02

[Park Sang-seek] Political polarization in Korea and the U.S.

 I spent two months in the U.S. in 2010. I was quite surprised to find that mass media were carrying reports and debates on the deep political polarization between conservatives and the liberals almo...

Updated : 2015.08.24 18:01

[Andrew Sheng] Is this the end of Laissez-faire?

Hong Kong has prided itself as being the freest economy in the world, but last week Chief Executive CY Leung pronounced that the “positive nonintervention” policy is outdated. Is this the end of th...

Updated : 2015.08.23 17:54

[William Pesek] China avoids great responsibility

Forty-three years after Richard Nixon made his famous visit to China, that country has seemingly decided to take a page from the former U.S. president’s Treasury Department. As China lowers the value...

Updated : 2015.08.23 17:51

[Robert B. Reich] Hypocrisy of ‘family-friendly’ workplace

Netflix just announced it’s offering paid leave for new mothers and fathers for the first year after the birth or adoption of a child. Other high-tech firms are close behind.Some big law firms are al...

Updated : 2015.08.21 17:06