[Kim Hoo-ran] Help save a school samulnori club

A Chicago high school samulnori club found itself struggling for survival recently, when it seemed the group may no longer have access to the instruments for the Korean percussion band.The nine-year-old club at an elite public hig...

[Other view] Encourage more men and minorities to teach

Who’s in front of the class? There are more black, Hispanic and Asian teachers in the US than there were in 1987, a new study shows -- but at the front of our nation’s classrooms, men are a shrinking minority. The report, publi...

[Editorial] What’s really wrong

The controversy over South Korea’s decision to abstain from voting on a 2007 UN resolution on North Korea’s human rights abuses raises a few fundamental questions. First, the case should raise questions about South Koreans who t...

[Arthur Van Benthem] China charging ahead into ‘cleantech’ future

In 2009, when the world tried to negotiate a successor for the Kyoto Protocol in Copenhagen, the United States blamed the weak and unbinding agreement on China’s unwillingness to accept even long-term limits on carbon emissions. ...

[Kim Myong-sik] To prevent war by being prepared for war

What was most disappointing in the TV debates of the five candidates for the May 9 presidential election was the absence of convincing countermeasures to the North Korean nuclear and missile threats. Forceful and tenacious in thei...

[Mihir Sharma] Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be called the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the firs...

[Bloomberg] Broken politics and fragile world economy

The global economy is gathering momentum, the International Monetary Fund has declared. That’s probably correct and undeniably encouraging, but there’s an ominous discord between this economic expansion and what’s euphemistical...

[Therese Raphael] France discards the politics of left and right

For globalists rattled by Brexit and Donald Trump, the first round of the French presidential race was a relief. They should savor it. It probably won’t last. Turnout was nearly 70 percent. I live in one of France’s most import...

[Robert J. Fouser] Improving the living environment in Korea

Political junkies live for political campaigns, but the public easily tires and looks forward to a quick end. Though tiring, political campaigns bring attention to issues that have been festering, often for years.The current presi...

[Dick Meyer] Let’s focus on nukes, not tax returns

I don’t really care what’s in President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Sure, I think Trump shows real contempt for citizens and good government by refusing to do what all recent presidents have done without a fuss. And yes, his r...

[Kim Seong-kon] Wake up and look around you, young Koreans!

Due to my profession as a professor, I am occasionally invited to universities, both domestic and foreign, to give talks on my field of expertise. I have just returned from a trip to Paris where I delivered a lecture at the Instit...

[Martin Schram] Unimpeachable source reveals Trump’s Turkey conflict of interest

A huge clue -- doubly huge, in fact -- has surfaced in the global mystery behind President Donald Trump’s bizarrely timed, effusively toned congratulatory call to Turkey’s now-stronger-than-ever strongman president, Recep Tayyip...

[Other view] Macron gives France a sensible alternative

France’s first round in its presidential election Sunday resulted in the rejection of the long-established political order as outsiders Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen advanced to the May 7 runoff. But bypassing entrenched poli...

[Editorial] New China?

No one knows how the current crisis involving North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats will play out. But there is one thing clear: China is taking pains to put unprecedented pressure on the North. As usual, signs of changes in ...

[Editorial] Denuclearization plan

Moon Jae-in, candidate of the Democratic Party of Korea and front-runner in the presidential race, on Sunday unveiled his plan to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free.He said South Korea should lead the international community’...