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[Kim Ji-hyun] The things that matter to us

Life. Be in it. That’s a slogan I remember from my childhood in the U.S. I heard it in a commercial and for some reason, it stuck. It’s such a simple phrase, but so hard to live by.  We were all ra...

Updated : 2015.07.29 18:38

[Trudy Rubin]Don’t sink Iran nuclear deal, make it better

Here’s the bottom line on the Iran nuclear pact: Whether you like it or hate it, or feel as I do -- that it’s barely passable but U.S. negotiators could have done better -- it’s a done deal.There a...

Updated : 2015.07.29 17:07

[Kim Seong-kon] The Second Cold War and Korea’s future

A few days ago, I met a renowned expert on Chinese, Japanese and Korean relations. He was genuinely concerned about recent radical developments in East Asia: increasing Chinese and American rivalry as...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:27

[Lee Jae-min] Road rage punished and soothed

Driving in Seoul is never easy. It requires constant attention. Buses and taxies abruptly cut in and motorcycles zigzag through the traffic at high speed. When asked to list the memories of their life...

Updated : 2015.07.28 17:21

[Andrew Sheng] Getting stock prices right and reforming markets

The two events that shook the world in June and early July were the Greek crisis and China’s stock market gyrations.  Both events were about getting prices right -- the Greek negotiations on whether...

Updated : 2015.07.27 17:51

[David Ignatius] The new era of the lone wolf

“He acknowledged the truth, he gives (allegiance), the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief.” ...

Updated : 2015.07.27 17:49

[Reader's View] Political arena should be open to youth

Last fall, the citizens of Hong Kong staged the Umbrella Revolution in opposition to Beijing’s interference in the 2017 election that will decide the next leader of the autonomous territory. Along with the fact that a massive protest took place in the center of a large city, one of the mo...

Updated : 2015.07.27 15:42

[Trudy Rubin] Israeli support for Iran deal

Israeli officials are orchestrating a campaign to have Congress scuttle the Iran nuclear deal by voting it down and overriding a promised presidential veto. Republican presidential hopefuls have jumpe...

Updated : 2015.07.26 17:50

[J. Bradford DeLong] Repeating Depression’s mistakes

BERKELEY -– Back in the early days of the ongoing economic crisis, I had a line in my talks that sometimes got applause, usually got a laugh, and always gave people a reason for optimism. Given the e...

Updated : 2015.07.26 17:38

[Carl P. Leubsdorf] Clinton needs to avoid blunders

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton appears to be making progress toward regaining control of her campaign after three months in which questions about the past have sometimes overshadowed her focus on the future.But only success in next year’s primaries and caucuses can validate those...

Updated : 2015.07.24 17:09

[Jawed Naqvi] Verbal incontinence, foreign policy

A country that was shouting “death to America” in its daily prayers for decades is shaking hands with its former foes.  A hemisphere removed from Iran, the tiny Cuban state, which suffered untold ...

Updated : 2015.07.23 18:11

[Chon Shi-yong] Ridding NIS of shameful legacy

In the late 1970s, it was not hard to locate intelligence agents and police officers in plain clothes on campus. Hardly disturbed, they hung around the campus and, in their free time, read newspapers ...

Updated : 2015.07.23 18:02

[Yang Sung-jin] Are you still watching TV?

It is now pretty common in Seoul to see couples sitting in Starbucks, tapping away on their own smartphones. They talk with each other, yet their eyes are often fixed on their handsets, not their love...

Updated : 2015.07.22 17:43

[Kim Myong-sik] Public angered by bad politics during MERS crisis

The days are growing hotter while weathermen forecast the approach of multiple typhoons of strange names coming from the western Pacific. But, thank God, the MERS epidemic seems finally over. After t...

Updated : 2015.07.22 17:43

[Kim Seong-kon] Mental clocks and specters of the past

Recently, I met a Korean-American professor who pointed out that the Korean people’s mental clock had stopped ticking, and was forever stuck in the past times of colonial rule and military dictatorsh...

Updated : 2015.07.21 18:42