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[David Ignatius] John Kerry’s big blunder

WASHINGTON ― Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he’s pursuing a Gaza cease-fire ― and it’s not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate Pal...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:56

Increasing irrelevance of corporate nationality

“You shouldn’t get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers,” President Obama said last week.He was referring to American corporations now busily acquiring foreign companies in order to become non-American, thereby reducing their U.S....

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:55

Feeding the poor in a rich country

The scorching noon sun made it a brilliant day to be out in Tokyo’s Ueno Park.All around, children were romping happily with their families, soaking up the first rays of summer. Some, like me, were making their way to Ueno Zoo, Japan’s oldest and most famous zoo, at the end of the park.B...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:54

[Kavi Chongkittavorn] Tenuous new relations in Asian diplomacy

The Dongwha Duty Free Shop in the Gwanghwamun district in downtown Seoul is regularly thronged with visitors from China, some of the 4 million who now visit South Korea annually, making it the top for...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:54

Taiwan officials attach more importance to personal matters than policies

Taiwan’s cabinet has lost two ministers in less than two weeks. Like many of their predecessors, they have resigned for personal reasons rather than the failure of their policies.And very often these personal reasons have been allegations about extramarital affairs. The resignation of Pan...

Updated : 2014.07.31 20:54

[Yang Sung-jin] Heartless facts, truthful lies

Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Soul, my hometown, out on the edge of the peninsula.This is, I’m fairly confident, not a lie or a cheap rip-off of the opening line of “A Prairie Home Companion...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:05

The trauma of France’s Jews

PARIS ― “Death to the Jews!” In Paris and other French cities, the hate-filled words ring out. Attacks on synagogues have taken place for the first time since the Dreyfus Affair at the end of the nineteenth century. In suburban areas near Paris, such as the town of Sarcelles, known for ...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:03

[James Steinberg] Reassurance and resolve in East Asia

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― As territorial frictions involving China and many of its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, the United States needs a clearer regional strategy. America must simul...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:03

Why Europe depends on America today

“The Great War” and “The war to end all war” proved to be neither. The conflict that would bleed to death some of Earth’s proudest empires ― while killing 16.5 million soldiers and civilians ― later would be christened World War I to distinguish it from the next, even deadlier slaug...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:01

‘Black sites’ conspiracy became a black hole

“On the general issue of so-called black sites, we have not and will not confirm any purported locations. The overriding point, however, is that this program no longer exists.”That was the White House reaction, as it brushed aside questions about a landmark ruling by the European Court o...

Updated : 2014.07.30 21:01

[Robert J. Fouser] Inequality and Korean dream

Talking to ordinary people is the best way to check the pulse of a nation. Last week, I was lucky to be able to take the pulse of Korea through long talks with friends who also happen to be ordinary p...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:35

[Kim Seong-kon] Lament of a naive humanist

What is it that makes us human? What are the decisive differences between men and machines, or humans and animals? When someone is arrested for manufacturing unsanitary or hazardous food, he comes up ...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:34

Containing Ebola requires a Team Africa

There’s a reason Ebola generates more terror than most viral illnesses: Doctors have no cure, and as many as 9 in 10 of its victims die. The only silver lining is that outbreaks have always been readily contained.Sadly, the new epidemic in Africa is another story. It has killed more than ...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:34

Avoiding leftover mud in relations between Korea and Indonesia

On July 22, the Indonesian General Elections Commission announced Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, as the victor in Indonesia’s presidential elections. Jokowi, a former small businessman and currently governor of Jakarta, will assume the Indonesian presidency in October 2014. Two d...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:33

Democracy’s appeal at stake in Indonesia

The dangerous stalemate in Indonesia’s presidential election may be resolved tomorrow, when official results are due. But it’s already having a destabilizing effect on another Southeast Asian island nation: the Philippines. As I wrote last week, Suharto-era General Prabowo Subianto still...

Updated : 2014.07.29 20:33