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Jewish and Korean love for their brethren
It is well known to everyone that Jewish people in the U.S. have greatly helped the economic and political development that Israel enjoys today.

Korea should adopt US government auditing system
These days, the ministries and agencies of the government are in a state of emergency due to audit hearings by the National Assembly. Sejong City has become a ghost town, and most government officials are gathering in Yeouido for the audit hearing ..

Shaky politics in the US
Korean politics has recently been in turmoil over scandals such as the arrest and indictment of a member of the National Assembly; Lee Seok-ki, on charges of plotting treason and the resignation of Prosecutor General Chae Dong-wook due to an allega..

Why is there no 'out-of-congress fight' in US?
In the U.S., members of Congress visit their districts on weekends whenever they have time. They have to do so because they always have heavy schedules piled up in their districts. It is common that their congressional activities during weekdays fo..

Will US launch military strike on Syria?
The world was anxiously watching as U.S. military action against Syria appeared imminent. The U.S. was willing to go ahead with airstrikes on Syria, despite opposition from Russia and China, which are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council...

Proportional representation should end
On July 4, the Special Committee on Political Reform of the Saenuri Party announced its proposal to increase the number of proportional representatives in the National Assembly to 100 from its current number, 54. As the proposal keeps the same tota..

Getting rid of corruption in Korea
If someone asks me what the most urgent problem in Korea is, I would say that it is corruption. According to the recent report on corruption in Asia from Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC), Korea turned out to be the worst country with ..

Another controversy on racism: Trayvon Martin case
A 17-year-old African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, had a tragic death in Sanford, Fla., in February last year. On his way home from a convenience store, Martin was killed by George Zimmerman, who was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman ..

The Northern Limit Line
The Northern Limit Line (NLL) is a maritime demarcation line between the two Koreas. Established on Aug. 30, 1953, after the end of the Korean War, North Korea would not challenge the line until 1973. As a result, the NLL has been the de facto mari..

Culture of alcohol consumption must be changed
In 1919, the U.S. Congress passed, and 46 states ratified, the 18th Amendment of the United States Constitution. The amendment, which was made partly due to strong protests from womens temperance movements, completely banned the production, trans..

The North Korea problem
When the two Koreas appeared to have finally agreed to hold high-level talks, major news media in the U.S. reported that the talks would certainly ease the tension on the Korean Peninsula. A few of them also raised questions about the Norths true..

National Economic Advisory Council
I was recently appointed as a member of the National Economic Advisory Council by President Park Geun-hye. The council is a presidential advisory body which was established on Nov. 20, 1999 under Article 93 of the Constitution. Along with an appoin..

Yoon Chang-jung scandal
With regard to the alleged sex assault by Yoon Chang-jung, a former presidential spokesman of South Korea, the U.S. Department of State said it was not a matter the department would get involved with. This alleged crime by a presidential spokesman,..

New leadership in Democratic Party
A few days ago, the Democratic Party (DP), which is the main opposition party in Korea, elected a new leadership. Unlike the flying water bottles and raised voices of the past, the leadership election was conducted in a civilized manner. One thing ..

Korea-US Atomic Energy Agreement
Under the 1956 Atomic Energy Agreement between the Republic of Korea and the U.S., Korea is prohibited from enriching and reprocessing nuclear fuels. The prohibition was to prevent nuclear materials from being used for a military purpose (the devel..

Reunification is getting closer
The reunification of the two Koreas is no longer a goal that we can only dream about, but is becoming closer and closer to reality. The reason for this is that China and Russia, the traditional allies of North Korea, have been showing signs of turn..

Paralyzed government: lessons from US case
It can be said that the biggest difference in the parliamentary systems of Korea and the United States is the difference in the operational relations between the majority and the minority parties. In Korea, the majority or ruling party is the presi..

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