[Editorial] All too familiar

The scandal involving President Park Geun-hye and two recently established nonprofit foundations follows the same pattern as similar past cases: Media critical of the president raise allegations, opposition members play up and rep...

[Ann McFeatters] Trump’s arsenal of lies

 While campaigning earlier this year, Donald Trump insisted the unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 20 percent. In reality, it was about 4.5 percent then and has only dropped since. He said Wisconsin has a stagnant economy with a ...

[Jeffrey Robertson] The United Nations’ troubled child

In an interview on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se quite rightly questioned North Korea’s membership of the United Nations in light of its repeated violations of UN Security Cou...

[Ana Palacio] The end of the European supernation?

Since the eurozone crisis began in 2008, the European Union has, from a political perspective, led an intergovernmental life in supranational clothing. But as the EU prepares to negotiate Britain’s exit, it is becoming increasing...

The rare ‘good guy with a gun’

The National Rifle Association likes to say that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” This vaporous aphorism, first intoned by NRA leader Wayne LaPierre four years ago, made an appearance th...

[Eric Frazier] Economy makes strides, but Washington needs to do better

Some startlingly good economic news surfaced last week.You missed it? That’s OK. It was easy to overlook economic news amid all the deploring and “pneumonia-ing” and “birther-ing” that made up last week’s episode of the Trum...

[Robert J. Shiller] The coming anti-national revolution

For the past several centuries, the world has experienced a sequence of intellectual revolutions against oppression of one sort or another. These revolutions operate in the minds of humans and are spread -- eventually to most of t...

[Editorial] Starting line

The local financial market is about to see a big bang in commercial banking thanks to the emergence of fintech, which refers to the convergence of finance and technology.Like major developed countries, information technology-based...

[Kailash Satyarthi] The human right that keeps giving

In Ivory Coast, I once met a boy working on a cocoa farm whose only dream was someday to taste the rich brown chocolate he helped produce. And in Pakistan, I once rescued a boy who sewed footballs and wished only to play with the ...

[David Ignatius] Obama offers right ideas for restoration

What a moment for President Obama to deliver his valedictory address to the UN on Tuesday -- defending the liberal international order at a time when it’s under severe stress around the world. Obama’s speech was preceded by some...

[Editorial] Too vulnerable

Until recently, natural disasters usually meant floods, typhoons and droughts for modern-day Koreans. For many, the thought of encountering a devastating earthquake never occurred to them. This public sentiment -- that Korea is sa...

[Editorial] China’s double face

The case of Liaoning Hongxiang Group, a Chinese conglomerate suspected of engaging in banned business activities with North Korea, is yet another piece of evidence that China is allowing loopholes to develop in the UN-led sanction...

It’s past time to get serious about Zika

When 21 more people were found infected with the Zika virus in downtown Bangkok recently, state and medical authorities were quick to downplay the news. They should not be so dismissive. This is far too serious an issue. The conf...

Respect for diversity getting chipped

Minorities are treated like second-class citizens in many corners of the globe. Sexual minorities are among those heavily persecuted in oppressive societies. We would not include Indonesia among them, but it is rapidly getting the...

[Pook Ah Lek] The dilemma of a bloated foreign workforce

This is the 12th article in a series of columns on global affairs written by top editors from members of the Asia News Network and published in newspapers across the region. -- Ed.No one can tell for sure how many migrant workers ...