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[David Ignatius] Iran talks coming to a head

Prussian King Frederick the Great offered this rebuke to those who refused to allow any concessions: “If you try to hold everything, you hold nothing.” President Barack Obama might make a similar r...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:55

[Rafia Zakaria] Unspoken scourge in Pakistan: Terror of rape

In the Lahore Children’s Hospital, a seven-year-old girl from Sargodha who was raped lies in critical condition. According to the doctors, the injuries sustained by the child on the lower part of her...

Updated : 2015.02.26 20:52

[Shin Yong-bae] ‘Lee Hak-soo bill’ worries

The National Assembly is hitting Samsung’s nerve with the so-called “Lee Hak-soo bill” tailored to target chairman Lee Kun-hee’s three scions and his two former key aides.A total of 104 lawmakers ...

Updated : 2015.02.25 19:02

What Greece can learn from Israel on tax cheats

Among the most closely watched commitments made by Greece to obtain a four-month extension of aid from its official creditors is a promise to overhaul its notoriously inefficient system of tax collection and administration.Skeptics, particularly among the law-abiding citizens of other Euro...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:59

The not-ready-for-prime-time Republicans

Shortly after America’s Republican Party trounced the Democrats and gained control of the Senate in last November’s midterm congressional elections, Mitch McConnell, the new Senate majority leader, appealed to his colleagues not to be “scary,” but to be “positive” and effective. This...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:57

Antipoaching efforts must focus on reducing demand

Last month, a southern white rhino named Thandi gave birth to a healthy calf in South Africa. It was a remarkable moment, the kind that gives conservationists a brief reprieve from big-picture gloom.That’s because in 2012, much of Thandi’s face had been hacked off by poachers who sought ...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:57

[Kim Myong-sik] Persistent appearance of self-aggrandizers, liars

Brian Williams, the star anchor of U.S. broadcaster NBC, was suspended for six months without pay, for admittedly lying about “coming under fire” in Iraq. The scandal evoked a faint memory of mine d...

Updated : 2015.02.25 18:56

[Lee Jae-min] Global games of chicken

You can make a lot of money in the boom cycle. With the stockpiled cash, you can then hope to ride out the bust cycle, waiting for the next boom cycle. The cycle alternates between the two and in this...

Updated : 2015.02.24 19:58

Our planet calling the financial sector

NEW YORK ― Financial markets serve two crucial purposes: to channel savings toward productive investments, and to enable individuals and businesses to manage risks through diversification and insurance. As a result, the sector is essential to sustainable development, which represents unpr...

Updated : 2015.02.24 19:56

What Oscars do and don’t understand on East Europe

If last night’s Oscars are any indication, Western audiences and critics are fascinated with eastern Europe. Three out of five movies nominated for best foreign-language film were from the region, and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which competed for best film but only won ...

Updated : 2015.02.24 19:56

[Kim Seong-kon] Business or pleasure? Let us say pleasure

South Korea has amazed the world by miraculously achieving both economic success and impeccable democratization in a short span of time. From a poverty-stricken, devastated postwar country, South Kore...

Updated : 2015.02.24 19:55

[Clive Crook] Germany as Europe’s boss

There are two main lines of analysis about Germany’s role in the European Union. The first, favored by populist euroskeptic politicians, is that Germany seeks to reverse the setbacks of the 20th cent...

Updated : 2015.02.23 19:28

Rebuilding crumbling America shouldn’t wait

If Washington were a rational place, a major measure to rebuild roads, bridges, ports and airports would be a slam-dunk.Few doubt the need. The U.S. has underinvested in infrastructure: It was ranked 12th in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014-2015. Road repa...

Updated : 2015.02.23 19:26

Waking Iraq’s Sunnis to crush Islamic State

As U.S. President Barack Obama wades deeper into the war in Iraq, Sheik Wissam al-Hardan would appear to be just the kind of man America needs. He is a Sunni Muslim. He is from Anbar Province, the western area of Iraq where a self-declared caliphate has already won over many tribes. Most i...

Updated : 2015.02.23 19:26

[Jeffrey Frankel] Chinese currency manipulation?

America’s two political parties rarely agree, but one thing that unites them is their anger about “currency manipulation,” especially by China. Perhaps spurred by the recent appreciation of the dol...

Updated : 2015.02.23 19:26