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[ed] Aftermath of elections
In many ways, the July 30 by-election, or a mini parliamentary vote, was one of the strangest polls. Both the winning conservatives and losing liberals are still at a loss, as they are confused how they won or lost so one-sidedly. There were, o..

[ed] Abuses in barracks
It's no secret that assault, harassment, and abusive treatment used to be common among soldiers in the nation's military. But the government assured the public that these horrible conditions have improved. However, last week's revelation of horrifi..

[ed] Assemblyman facing probe
The prosecution plans to summon a ruling party lawmaker for questioning over allegations that he received bribes from a local train parts supplier in exchange for exerting influence on state-run projects. Rep. Cho Hyun-ryong of the governing Saenur..

[ed] Regionalism on the wane
Regional political rivalries were so severe in the nations two southern provinces that people often joked: Just put a pole with a liberal partys banner in the ground and you will win the poll in Jeolla Province. The same could be said about ..

[ed] Struggle of key industries
Koreas major export industries, which have bolstered the nations economic growth for the past half-century or so, are faltering. All the five key manufacturing sectors - electronic, automobile, shipbuilding, steel and petrochemical - are strugg..

[ed] Opposition judged
The two leaders of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) offered to step down Thursday, holding themselves responsible for the party's stunning defeat in by-elections a day earlier. Their offers to resign were taken for gra..

[ed] Overseas travel spending
Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwans biggest concern these days is how to increase household incomes and boost domestic consumption. However, if the travel industry is any guide, Choi had better think twice: Koreans who can afford to consume sp..

[ed] Cultural assets in Japan
In May 1966, Japan returned 1,431 pieces of Korean cultural assets amid much fanfare, as part of their normalization treaty signed a year earlier. Forty-five years from then, Tokyo also gave back, patronizingly, 1,205 royal books of the Joseon King..

[ed] Tackling labor issues
A tripartite committee consisting of representatives from labor unions, management, and the government looks set to resume after a meeting Tuesday attended by Strategy and Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan and Kim Dong-man, head of the Federation of..

[ed] Bird flu in midsummer
Whatever the reasons may be, Koreans believed that two major threats to livestock - foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and avian influenza - were winter illnesses. These ailments attack cloven-hoofed animals and poultry, respectively, usually in winter o..

[ed] Suicides in barracks
Two consecutive suicides of Army privates on Sunday have sent shock waves through the nation, which is still reeling from the shock of a shooting spree at a border unit in June that claimed the lives of five soldiers and wounded seven. According to..

[ed] Slaughter in Gaza
As the latest Israel-Hamas war enters its fourth week, the death toll on both sides has reached 1,100 - about 1,050 Palestinians and 50 Israelis. The 21-to-1 ratio shows this is less a war than a one-sided slaughter. Nearly 80 percent of Palestinia..

[ed] Collusion yet again
Given that collusion is a form of malpractice that can gnaw away at the national coffers, it should be promptly uprooted without fail. As things stand, however, we wonder if the day will come when construction companies will ever compete fairly.

[ed] Ferry probe out of focus
The nation was abuzz over the weekend with two news items showing progress in the investigation into the deadly ferry disaster in April. A state forensic agency confirmed on Friday that a body was that of Yoo Byung-eun, de facto owner of the doomed..

[ed] Envoy from Tokyo
For the first time since she took office, President Park Geun-hye met a ranking Japanese official at Cheong Wa Dae on Friday. Yoichi Masuzoe, governor of Tokyo and a confidant of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reportedly conveyed to President Park the ..

[ed] Botched Sewol probes
The National Forensic Service said Friday that it cannot figure out how Yoo Byung-eun, the runaway businessman blamed for April's ferry sinking, died because his body had decayed too much. As a result, suspicions and rumors over the cause of his de..

[ed] Unprincipled alliances
With less than a week to go before the July 30 by-elections, the electoral landscape has changed drastically as opposition candidates scramble to unify their bids for office. Ki Dong-min, a candidate for the main opposition New Politics Alliance fo..

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