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Change and Freedom
Going through the stacks of old and new newspapers, an interesting article caught my attention. Popular Korean author Hwang Seok-yong accompanied President Lee Myung-bak on the president's trip to the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan and Kazak..

Lee-Bush Bear Hug
When I read Maureen Dowd mocking George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld after their retirement, I found it unworthy of her. I also remember thinking conservative columnist Kim Dae-joong was seeking to settle a personal vendetta, when he en..

Looking for the Ppaldae
A box full of colorful ``ppaldae'' (straws used to suck a drink) was recently delivered to the Supreme Prosecutors Office. In it was a letter with a one-liner saying: ``I hope you will find the ppaldae soon.''

Candlelight Revisited
A year ago, downtown Seoul streets were boiling with violent demonstrations. Tens of thousands of citizens turned out in protest against the bungled U.S. beef talks that stemmed mainly from the greed of the nascent Lee Myung-bak administration.

Dark Chapter in Our History
Tragedy began when former President Park Chung-hee, who took power in a 1961 military coup, was assassinated by one of his cronies, Kim Jae-kyu, the nation's spy chief, in October 1979. After the incident, Chun Doo-hwan rose to power in a military ..

Korean Presidents
The news concerning former President Roh Moo-hyun and his aides receiving money came as a big shock. In fact, it was so great that it was almost anti-climatic. One of the first things that the former president did when he came into office in 2003 w..

The government has shown allergic reactions to critical voices. It seems it can't stand those who think differently. From journalists to entertainers, many are being purged, apparently for having beliefs that clash with the administration.

Story of 2 Golfers
Michelle Sung Wie has good looks. The 19-year-old Hawaiian native, born to Korean parents, is a Venus on the fairway (Wie is 185 centimeters tall, comparable to the larger-than-life Venus de Milo marble sculpture at the Louvre, which stands 203 cen..

Saving Newspapers
Almost all industries are feeling the pinch of the economic crisis around the world and newspapers are no exception. In late March, Bloomberg News shed light on the plight of American newspapers undergoing severe financial woes.

Its NK, Not Iran
Let's skip the ``I-told-you-so'' part. But a lesson that U.S. President Barack Obama should learn from North Korea's rocket launch is that there is a need to readjust priorities concerning his nonproliferation policy.

Things That Fade In, Fade Out
Rising temperatures are affecting the nation's farming. Korea has recently launched a study on annual double crop rice farming. Two months earlier than usual, farmers planted rice seedlings in Iksan, in the southwestern Jeolla region.

A Sheet of Paper
The World Baseball Classic (WBC) final, between South Korea and Japan, was a tension-filled four-hour game between bitter rivals worth watching.

Case Study on Loneliness
I don't intend to emulate Nietzsche or Freud but the advent of spring tempts one to be a two-bit philosopher, or do some psychobabble. Adding to the mix is a string of suicides by entertainers against the gloomy background of an economic slump.

Taming Cyber Warriors
Internet commentator Park Dae-sung, better known as ``Minerva,'' has been put behind bars for more than two months, completely cut off from the cyber world where he had created his kingdom and followers in recent years.

Lockheed Should Do Its Part
What upset me more than Japan's 2-14 rout of Korea in the ongoing World Baseball Classic was the crash of the T-50 Golden Eagle advanced tactical trainer in a two-way dogfight to get a $1.3 billion deal offered by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Silver Lining After 6 Months
Nearly six months have passed since Lehman Brothers went bust. Its impact has been deeper and broader than thought earlier. The United States, the epicenter of the latest global economic crisis, is groaning under the stress of bad legacies: soaring..

Fighting Bad Press
I was intrigued to find sizable headlines in Korean vernacular newspapers last week accusing some international media outlets of renewed Korea bashing. So I crosschecked the original articles in question to see what all the fuss was about.

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