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[David Ignatius] Rebuilding a spy partnership

WASHINGTON ― Given recent German indignation about the National Security Agency, it has been easy to overlook the fact that for decades the German government has cooperated extensively with the NSA o...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:56

Obama alone will decide immigration debate

President Barack Obama doesn’t control Vladimir Putin, climate change or an opposition party dedicated to thwarting his every move. But he has extensive influence over the status of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and the course of the political battle about their fate.The Obama admin...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:56

[Andrew Sia] Is good food dependent on race or other factors?

Would Penang hawker food taste “authentic” only if it’s cooked by locals?My favorite “French” bakery-cafe (called Tous les Jours, in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur) is a place where I relive my fond memor...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:56

Stakes are huge if Yingluck goes to trial

The scandal over the Yingluck Shinawatra government’s rice-pledging program has reached another crucial stage with the National Anticorruption Commission urging her prosecution on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. The case has been forwarded to the Office of the Attorney-Gene...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:55

Looking beyond ASEAN Economic Community 2015

Forward-looking thinkers are already looking to 2030 even as people anticipate the coming of the ASEAN Economic Community next year. Last week saw the launch in Singapore of the book “ASEAN 2030: Toward a Borderless Economic Community.” That came with a two-day policy dialogue conference...

Updated : 2014.07.24 20:54

Is MH17 catastrophe Putin’s tipping point?

NEW YORK ― When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union’s attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean ...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:42

Repatriation of POWs remains unresolved

This year marks the 61st anniversary of the Armistice Agreement that suspended the Korean War. Yet, full repatriation of ROK POWs remains unresolved. Considering these veterans detained in North Korea are now over 80 years old, their return is an urgent matter. The hostilities cannot be sa...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:40

Europe’s options

STANFORD ― Many Europeans have come to believe that they have weathered the economic and financial storm. In the last two years, deficits and debt have stabilized. Yields on the sovereign debt of the eurozone periphery’s weak economies have fallen sharply. Portugal and Ireland have exite...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:39

[Kim Myong-sik] Nation reluctant to bid farewell to rice

If someone asked me to identify three things that most profoundly changed our lifestyle in the past decades, I would readily choose the computer, smartphones and free trade. Not much explanation would...

Updated : 2014.07.23 19:39

[Lee Jae-min] The unspeakable tragedy

While the details are still being confirmed, the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is going to be the deadliest disaster in aviation history. Blame games are going on over the origin of t...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:43

Europe must stand up to Putin

Vladimir Putin has become a global menace.There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons i...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

Disasters in the centenary of WWI

NEW YORK ― Karl Marx famously wrote that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” Yet when we look around nowadays, we can’t help but wonder whether tragedy will be followed by yet more tragedy. Here we are, at the centenary of the outbreak of Worl...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

[Kim Seong-kon] Strange parts of Korean society

Foreigners often find it very convenient to live in Korea. For example, they can easily find numerous coffee shops, convenience stores and ethnic restaurants in major cities. They can also take advant...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:41

The inflation truther crank index

There is a group of folks who believe that inflation is much higher than the numbers in the official reports. Paul Krugman calls them “inflation truthers.”In the 2000s, I might have been considered part of that crowd. I recognized that inflation data weren’t being reported accurately, a...

Updated : 2014.07.22 20:40

[David Ignatius] The risk of sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON ― Energy politics underlie the explosive Ukraine crisis, as Europeans weigh U.S. calls for tougher sanctions against the ability of Russia to disrupt gas supplies this winter. The dilemma ...

Updated : 2014.07.21 20:05