[Editorial] Wholly unchecked

The Korean Veterans Association has been embroiled in a corruption scandal, plunging it into its biggest crisis since its establishment in 1952 in the midst of the Korean War.  The scandal surrounds its chairman Cho Nam-poong, a ...

[Editorial] Abe’s reality

As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II draws closer, international pressure is mounting on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his stance on the country’s wartime wrongdoings. This rightful pressure should be kept...

[Hans Blix] It’s time to ban the bomb

The nuclear agreement between Iran, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, and the EU, comes at a historically propitious moment. Seventy years ago next month, the nuclear bombs dropped on ...

[Munir Majid] Lessons of Greek drama for ASEAN

Europe has been glued to the Grexit television screen for the longest time. Going on and on for at least five years, each episode of whether Greece will remain in the eurozone or not has run longer than the longest Tamil movie of ...

[Rachel Marsden] ‘President Trump’ is an idea whose time has come

I recently heard a panel of journalists complain on a radio show that Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump won’t stop hijacking the news cycle and is effectively preventing them from covering other stories. There wer...

[Editorial] Business as usual

Former Korean Air vice president Cho Hyun-ah’s name graced the headlines again, once again in connection to an unsavory incident. Cho, who earned global ignominy with “nut rage” -- an incident in which she physically and verba...

[Editorial] Pyongyang visit

Former first lady Lee Hee-ho is scheduled to visit Pyongyang Aug. 5-8, an opportunity the government could use to engage North Korea. Although her final itinerary has not been confirmed, Lee is expected to visit a child care cent...

[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 raised with certain values that...

[Editorial] Never again

It certainly feels good to hear the government announcing that Korea is free from the Middle East respiratory syndrome outbreak that had kept the whole nation fretting for two months. Needless to say, it would have been better ha...

[Editorial] More lawmakers?

The main opposition party’s proposal to increase the number of lawmakers has come under strong public criticism. It deserves scolding for, among other things, ignoring the prevailing public belief that the National Assembly is no...

[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 are many things in this pact th...

[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 the former engages in territo...

[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 in Seoul, foreigners tend to ...

[Editorial] NIS investigation

The National Intelligence Service chief Lee Byung-ho’s closed-door briefing at the National Assembly produced, as expected, very different responses from the legislators attending the meeting. Lee asserted that the spy agency ne...

[Editorial] Iran deal a lesson for N.K.

A flurry of talks are taking place over North Korean denuclearization following the recent conclusion of the Iranian nuclear deal.On Monday, Sydney Seiler, U.S. special envoy for the six-party talks on North Korean denuclearizatio...