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No replay of 1987 mistake
The present political turbulence bears a resemblance to that of 1987 when people staged the pro-democracy movement to call for the end of harsh military rule. One of most striking similarities between the two episodes is the people power that led t..

Denmark's lesson for happiness
The global craze for a lifestyle concept called hygge has arrived in Korea. Hygge, which means coziness, is an entire attitude to life that puts emphasis on living well by pursuing everyday happiness. It originates from Denmark, which is often ..

Trump massacring one-handed economists
When former U.S. President Harry Truman sought advice from economic experts, they tended to respond, on the one hand and on the other hand, instead of giving clear and definitive resolutions. Frustrated by such ambiguity, Truman asked his aid..

Planning for a successful year
A resolution good for only three days, or jaksimsamil, is an old Korean saying that is often heard at this time of the year.

Trump challenge and response
With a few days left before taking office, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has already been wielding his power as the incoming leader of the most powerful nation on the planet.

Uncovering Park's hidden assets
As the independent counsel is digging deeper into the corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-hye and her friend Choi Soon-sil, the prime suspects, for their part, are going all out to defend themselves.

Let checks and balances work
People once again are asking a tricky question: Why have almost all South Korean presidents been involved in an influence-peddling and graft scandal while in office or after retirement?

State leader without empathy
She used to be a princess. She lived in a castle, surrounded and attended to by people who catered to her father, a strongman. After her mother was killed, she took the role of the queen on behalf of the mother.

Time to enjoy year end
Last Friday, Dec. 9, was a meaningful day in Korean history. The National Assembly passed the motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

Park's fate in 'pungsu' theory
Fresh allegations are popping up every day, proving "criminal acts" by President Park Geun-hye, who had already been cited as a suspect by the prosecution. This time Park was allegedly styling her hair while over 300 people were trapped in the sink..

Stay the course of openness
Much of the nation is wrapped up in the political influence-peddling scandal involving President Park Geun-hyes confidant Choi Soon-sil, but across the globe, respective countries are moving forward and taking steps to either promote their indust..

Time to make wise decision
President Park Guen-hye cannot avoid her responsibility for undermining the countrys hard-won democracy by letting her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil meddle in state affairs and exercise influence to benefit herself.

Scandal from a child's point of view
With a journalist for a mother, my eight-year-old daughter has been forced to watch the evening news at home for the past weeks; her mother has had to watch the news for developments regarding the massive scandal involving President Park Geun-h..

Help senior drivers
Dear Abby, an advice column carried by The Korea Times, is one of my favorite sections. I enjoy reading it every day.

'Choi gate' and economic justice
President Park Geun-hye has plunged the nation into chaos by admitting she let her long-time confidant Choi Soon-sil engage in state affairs. It is embarrassing that Choi made the final touches in presidential speeches and had prior information on ..

Sino-US big deal
As North Koreas nuclear development becomes an acute threat to the United States, China is finding it increasingly difficult to play a double game over its bellicose neighbor. While dragging its feet in joining international sanctions against Pyo..

Similarities between US, Korean elections
As the campaigning for U.S. presidential election enter its last phase, its irrefutably becoming clear that Americans may well be choosing among two candidates that they do not necessarily like. Or maybe for some voters, the choice is now easier ..

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