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[Antony Davies, James R. Harrigan] Fed’s near-zero rates can’t last forever

The Federal Reserve has held interest rates at near zero for so long that many have forgotten that near-zero rates are not normal. And when we finally do return to normal, there’s going to be a very large bill to pay.To help hold interest rates so low for so long, the Fed has increased ba...

Updated : 2016.09.30 16:10

[David Ignatius] What good foreign policy looks like

The pathway to compromise is never easy to find, at home or abroad, but it was visible in Colombia this week in the peace agreement that ended a 52-year guerrilla war. What opened this route was good ...

Updated : 2016.09.30 15:58

Korean finless porpoise should be designated as natural monument

Have you heard of the Korean local finless porpoise, or “Sanggwaengi” in Korean?The small-sized marine mammal -- which goes by the zoological name neophocaena phocaenoides – does not have a pointed...

Updated : 2016.09.30 14:10

A general assembly in the generals’ shadow

The leaders of Thailand and Myanmar made the same promise at the United Nations General Assembly last week -- to promote and protect human rights. It was interesting to hear the same pledge from one country that’s gone from military to civilian rule and another that’s moved in the opposi...

Updated : 2016.09.29 16:35

[FS Aijazuddin] China has become an unmistakable omnipresence

Hinkley Point is China’s Hong Kong in the UK. More than a century ago, Britain established itself on the tip of China’s mainland, converting a drowsy island into a powerhouse of commerce. More than ...

Updated : 2016.09.29 16:28

[Daniel Gordis] Curtain drops on Israel’s founders

Shimon Peres’ death Wednesday struck a deep and sad chord for Israelis. They never united behind Peres the politician, who served as prime minister twice without being elected. They came to revere hi...

Updated : 2016.09.29 16:19

[David Ignatius] Hillary Clinton reassured a fearful world

Watching Monday night’s presidential debate from a country that has been bankrupted by populist economic ideas was instructive: Argentina’s experience shows that good countries can make very bad political decisions that have lasting costs.Visiting here with Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew w...

Updated : 2016.09.29 16:17

[Ramesh Ponnuru] Trump‘s strengths didn’t help him this time

Donald Trump had plenty of moments Monday night that would have disqualified any other candidate in a presidential debate: bragging about getting through a discrimination investigation “with no admission of guilt”; saying he had not “given lots of thought” to NATO; noting that he often...

Updated : 2016.09.28 16:18

[Elizabeth Drew] Why is US presidential election nip and tuck?

Many people around the world are probably wondering why Hillary Clinton -- who is obviously more prepared and better suited for the American presidency than her opponent, Donald Trump -- isn’t waltzing to victory. Many Americans share the world’s bewilderment.National opinion polls may w...

Updated : 2016.09.28 16:14

[Kim Myong-sik] Internal enemies threaten Korea’s future

Kim Ji-ha is known more for his satirical poems “Five Bandits” and “Rumors” from the 1970s than for the works he produced after he changed his course to something beyond resistance against oppress...

Updated : 2016.09.28 16:13

[Lee Joo-hee] Do women make better leaders?

Last month, the election of Rep. Choo Mi-ae to steer the main opposition party on Aug. 27 brought on a handful of news articles that highlighted on her gender. Some even anticipated what her “chemist...

Updated : 2016.09.28 16:12

EU’s free-trade advocates need to speak up

It’s entirely unsurprising -- expected, really -- for the anti-global European left to oppose a trade deal with America. But with Canada?The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, painstakingly negotiated over seven years, would cut trade barriers between Europe and the world’s 10th...

Updated : 2016.09.28 16:11

[Jonathan Bernstein] Trump takes bait, hooks self on TV

The entire 90-minute debate Monday night was a demonstration that Donald Trump doesn‘t have the temperament to be president.  Hillary Clinton was prepared -- she always is -- and she baited Trump early and often. And Trump got caught each time. He also hooked himself, including in at lea...

Updated : 2016.09.28 16:10

[Ira Helfand & Robert Dodge] The nuclear question

A growing chorus of politicians and national security experts have questioned whether it would be safe to have Donald Trump’s finger on the nuclear button. But are they asking the right question? In an open letter, 50 leading Republican national security experts warned that Trump possess...

Updated : 2016.09.27 16:30

[Kim Seong-kon] Possible side effects of the anticorruption law

As the anti-graft law, which is commonly referred as the Kim Young-ran law, is enforced as of today, millions of Koreans are worried and even scared of the newly implemented law that will affect their...

Updated : 2016.09.27 16:28