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Its time to talk
Red, the color of the Red Devils fan squad for the Korean football team is replacing the verdant green nationwide. The national squad plays its first match Saturday against Greece in South Africa.

Barking up the wrong tree
Professor Kim Min-jun of Kyunghee University raised an interesting point during a late-night television panel discussion, Saturday, on the upset for the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) in the June 2 local elections.

Caught in Catch-22
Did North Korea really attack the warship Cheonan? To steer clear of this uncomfortable but haunting question, the government and military should leave no stone unturned in their inquiry into the sinking.

End of brotherhood
We South Koreans should learn a couple of lessons from North Korea's fatal assault on our navy corvette Cheonan with a twist on the Talmudic approach that allows ourselves to neither forget nor forgive.

Repeat of slogan
The National Assembly has failed to take steps to appoint an independent counsel to investigate serious corruption allegations against a group of 50 former and incumbent prosecutors during the last parliamentary session.

Is BOK chief perfectionist?
A blog, run by Knight FX dealing with foreign exchange-related issues, made an interesting comparison between the current Bank of Korea (BOK) Gov. Kim Choong-soo and his predecessor Lee Seong-tae.

May Musings
May is a favorite month of mine. The verdure or "sillok" in Korean that the month brings along relaxes the eye and pleases the soul. It's undeniably the most pleasant month of the year, I must say. Brides are all beautiful but the May bride is ofte..

Lawmakers or lawbreakers?
Rep. Cho Jeon-hyeok is a brave man. He did something none of his colleagues in the ruling Grand National Party have ever done: exposed the sensitive list of unionized teachers on his homepage.

Kohl, MK, Byrne
I usually stick to the rule of ``one subject for one column'' because I suspect columnists, who write brief opinions about multiple subjects on one platform, either suffer from a lack of in-depth knowledge or are overambitious.

What to do as a global leader
Neither South Korean President Lee Myung-bak nor Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's No. 2 leader, acknowledged each other's presence at a special dinner Chinese President Hu Jintao held for about 20 state guests before the opening ceremony of the 2010 Wor..

Bravo! Oh Eun-sun
Last September I had the pleasure to meet Oh Eun-sun, now the first female climber in the world to conquer all 14 summits that are higher than 8,000 meters above sea level, when she visited my office for an interview.

The Color of Money
The dollar is sometimes referred to as the greenback. The Korean won, in casual parlance, is known as ``baechu'' (Chinese cabbage) for its 10,000-won note is colored green.

We Need a Bush
When I was five or six years old, I had a fire-engine red, one-seat coupe with 007 written in white on its sides. I often peddled around in it, checking out my neighborhood.

Truth Submerged Under Secrecy
While I worked the night shift last Friday, I received a phone call from a woman just 20 minutes from deadline.

Who Paid for Moodys Dinners?
The other day, I stumbled upon an article in the Maeil Business Paper about how Korean officials lobbied Moody's delegation, which in turn led it, one of three global rating agencies, to upgrade Korea's national credit level.

Proposal for Museum on Dokdo
Expectations were high after Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama from the Democratic Party of Japan took office last September, following decades of rule by the Liberal Democratic Party, as he placed emphasis on Asia and relations with neighbori..

Lee Kun-hee vs. Steve Jobs
The American information technology hero has given the world iPods and iPhones. Before that, the 55-year-old born to a Syrian-born father and adopted by American parents was one of the pioneers opening up the age of personal computing in the 1970s.

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