Signs of populism

The presidential race is showing signs of populism. Some pledges by presidential hopefuls from the opposition camp seem to be unrealistic and costly or simply designed to appease the populace by tackling elites or chaebol.Among po...

[Other View] Trump’s dangerous ideas about vaccines

Donald Trump’s views on vaccines have long been out of sync with science. Childhood vaccines cause autism, he asserted at a debate in 2015, echoing statements he had made in 2014 and 2012. But now the president-elect is poised to...

[Nguyen Hai Van] TPP’s demise sounds no death knell

The final doomsday countdown has begun for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Donald Trump will take the oath to become the 45th president of the United States in one week Friday.In an announcement that sent shock waves across the worl...

[Los Angeles Times] Trump’s plan to turn the family business over to his sons isn’t going to cut it

If Americans learned anything from President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference Wednesday, it was that the scope of his business enterprises makes it exceedingly difficult for him to separate his personal interests from those ...

[Adam Minter] Why Americans won’t buy Chinese cars

What would it take to convince American drivers to buy a Chinese-branded car? China’s automakers have tried and failed to answer that question for at least a decade. Now another one wants to try: This week, on the eve of the Detr...

[Jeffrey Frankel ] Looking back on Barack

Any assessment of Barack Obama’s eight-year US presidency should start at the beginning: his first inauguration, on Jan. 20, 2009. The US economy was in free fall: Financial markets had seized up, gross domestic product was shrin...

[Conor Sen] Your local mall is dying. Unless you are rich.

The slow death of the American shopping mall is not evenly distributed. A disproportionate number of recent high profile store closure announcements have been in communities that are already struggling. It’s creating a retail Rus...

[Editorial] Trump and North Korea

Last week, top foreign policy and security aides to Donald Trump gave some clues as to how the incoming US administration perceives the nuclear and missile threat from North Korea and how it is going to tackle it. In summary, the ...

[Noah Smith] Milton Friedman’s cherished theory laid to rest

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, no matter how famous and respected you might be as a scientist. Albert Einstein was wrong about quantum mechanics. Linus Pauling was wrong about the structure of DNA. And Milton Friedman was wron...

[Elizabeth Drew ] Trump’s crazed transition

With Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States fast approaching, the strangest -- even craziest -- post-election transition in US history is about to come to an end. This period has provided a clear demonstrat...

[Francis Wilkinson] Nothing will end Trump’s conflicts

On Wednesday, while Donald Trump was standing at a lectern in New York attacking the news media and political opponents, expressing -- yet again -- his desire for warm relations with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and promising to ...

[Debra W. Soh] Myth of gender-neutral parenting

In the steadfast pursuit of gender equality and to promote nonconformity, it’s become popular in some social circles to start early, very early, by raising young children in a gender-neutral way: not revealing the baby’s sex at ...

[David Ignatius] We need to root out the truth on Russia

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” mutters Marcellus as ghosts and mad spirits haunt Elsinore Castle in the first act of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” After this past week of salacious leaks about foreign espionage plot...

[Other View] Charges against VW execs put blame for corporate crimes in the right place

Volkswagen’s indefensible meddling with vehicle emissions to circumvent US environmental standards has cost the international car maker billions of dollars in settlements, fines and lost sales. Now the Justice Department has take...

[Editorial] Mutual accountability

The independent counsel team investigating the Choi Soon-sil scandal is aggressively taking on every major suspicion tied to President Park Geun-hye and Choi. The team headed by Park Young-soo has already taken into custody three ...