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[Editorial] Vulnerable pensions

The government has unveiled a set of measures to improve the long-term sustainability of the seven social insurance programs that constitute the main pillars …

[Laura Wharton] Settling the status of Jerusalem is a priority

Jerusalem is not one city, but two. Nearly 50 years after Israel captured East Jerusalem, the city remains as divided as ever. As its neighborhoods suffer from …

The children of Fukushima: When medical tests mislead

Five years ago, the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster spread deadly radiation by land and by sea. In the years since, Japan and the rest of the world have …

[Kim Myong-sik] Elections jeopardize still fragile Korean democracy
[Kim Myong-sik] Elections jeopardize still fragile Korean democracy

My first exposure to democracy was when I was a student at Jaedong Elementary School. My class had to elect a president. The school was one of the earliest …

[Thomas R. Mockaitis] Why armed guards don셳 make airports safer

Q. What셲 a good way to waste millions of dollars of taxpayer money without trying very hard? A. Wait for a devastating terrorist attack to frighten people, …

[Kim Ji-hyun ] Who셲 the peninsula셲 real bully?
[Kim Ji-hyun ] Who셲 the peninsula셲 real bully?

South Korea is a country with a big headache: North Korea. The North has lately been more intensely provocative. This week, it fired a short-range rocket. Two …

[Editorial] League of ex-convicts

혻One of the many weird, yet unavoidable things in Korean politics is that many people with dubious pasts and low ethical standards are allowed to seek elected …

[Editorial] Unrequited love

The Minjoo Party of Korea, the country셲 main opposition party, looks like a man who is still carrying a torch for his estranged lover. Moon Jae-in, the …

[Bryan Dean Wright] We must beware of job-killing robots

A viral video released in February showed Boston Dynamics new bipedal robot, Atlas, performing human-like tasks: opening doors, tromping about in the snow, …

[Robert J. Fouser] What makes Seoul?
[Robert J. Fouser] What makes Seoul?

What makes Seoul? Back in town after a 10-month absence, I have been obsessed with the question as I meet old friends and visit places that feel as familiar as …

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