[Editorial] Extreme nepotism

Koreans are accustomed to encountering misdeeds committed by public officials — both elected and appointed. But the seemingly endless cases of alleged nepotism involving Rep. Seo Yeong-gyo certainly goes beyond a tolerable level....

[Editorial] Steep bias

The latest developments surrounding a group of 13 North Korean defectors who recently resettled in South Korea gives us several things to think about. First, the case reminds us of the Cold War-era past in which the two Koreas wer...

[Editorial] A Bad Day for Europe

This was never supposed to happen. Three years ago, when U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron promised his country a referendum on remaining a member of the European Union, he was sure of victory. The country had other ideas. On Thur...

[Mark Gilbert] Revenge wrong response to Brexit

The U.K. has voted for the “most expensive divorce proceeding in the history of the world,” in the words of U.S. billionaire Wilbur Ross, with BBC projections showing voters backed “Leave” by 52 percent to 48 percent. The chal...

[Editorial] Evolving missile tests

North Korea test-fired what appeared to be two mid-range ballistic missiles Wednesday. The communist country managed to fly its intermediate-range ballistic missile for some hundred kilometers for the first time.While the first la...

[Editorial] Denomination change

A lawmaker from the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea has raised the issue of abbreviating the unit of currency, and some of his colleagues are supporting his proposal for a redenomination.Rep. Choi Woon-yeol of the Minjoo Par...

[Jawed Naqvi] An elite club of suicide bombers

The middle classes that quake at the thought of gore and fascist hordes seem incorrigibly sanguine about a possible nuclear confrontation in South Asia with both India and Pakistan vying to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group.It is a...

‘Unfriending’ the environment

Lack of knowledge on environmental issues is blamed for lenient verdicts given by Indonesian courts to those deemed responsible for the destruction.Enforcement of the law against those who commit environmental crimes in Indonesia ...

[Salman Haider] India, the Silk Road and pan-Asian initiatives

The sporadic discord and skirmishes notwithstanding, Sino-Indian ties still move on an even keel of cooperation and engagement. The Silk Road project — linking China to all the major business and cultural hubs across Asia — migh...

[John Kass] Democrats not letting crisis go to waste

In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, the Democrats applied a law that serves them well: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”So they used the bodies of the dead as leverage for their politics and framed the national debate...

[Rex Huppke] Senate disgracefully fails us on gun control

 On Monday, eight days after 49 people were gunned down in an Orlando nightclub by a terrorist claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group, the U.S. Senate voted down four different gun control proposals, two from each party.D...

[Editorial] Risky idea

The main opposition The Minjoo Party of Korea is pushing to divert funds from the state-run National Pension Service to build low-cost rental apartments for young people and child care centers to boost the nation’s low birth rate...

[Editorial] Repeated folly

The government has scrapped its plan to build a new international airport in the southeastern region, choosing instead to expand the existing airport in Busan.The decision, which is exactly the same as the one made five years ago,...

Philadelphia’s soda pop revolution

There’s no sense sugarcoating it: Philadelphia is one of the fattest big cities in the fattest country in the developed world. To its credit, it has been trying to shed the pounds -- back in 2001, its then-mayor enlisted the city...

[Kim Myong-sik] Park’s positive role needed for constitutional amendment

Constitutional amendment can be proposed by a majority of National Assembly members or the president.” – Paragraph 1, Article 128 of the Constitution After 3 1/2 years in the Blue House, what can President Park Geun-hye present...