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Reporter : Shim Jae-yun
Tue, February 27, 2024 | 13:53
Russia’s two-faced diplomacy
Russia, which is now embracing North Korea, has received plenty of flak for assuming a diplomatically discourteous attitude toward South Korea. This may prompt a need for Seoul to more efficiently cope with the ever warming relations and increasing cooperation – including military ties among others – between the two autocracies.
Prepare for Trump 2.0
Various surveys indicate Donald Trump will win the next U.S. presidential election. Polls conducted by major U.S. media outlets such as The New York Times and NBC News predict Trump’s victory over his likely archrival President Joe Biden. Trump is now enjoying more than majority support from Republicans as the most promising presidential candidate for the November election.
Stop forcible repatriation of NK refugees
China has taken growing global flak for allegedly having repatriated some 600 North Korean defectors to their reclusive home country against their will last week. Justice for North Korea, a human rights advocacy body, asserted Chinese authorities put the refugees in trucks bound for the North. The defectors had been detained in five Chinese cities near borders such as Hunchun...
Growing NK nuclear threat
North Korea has recently revised its constitution to expand and boost its nuclear capabilities. Pyongyang's rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) included a new law into the constitution, indicating the drive to bolster the North's nuclear force is now permanent, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday. The North has refuted any possibility for discussion about its possible denuclearization.
Boracay offers optimum environment for wellness leave
BORACAY, the Philippines - Fatigued by stressful daily routines, we may feel tempted to take a cozy rest in a quiet and clean place. It would be better if such leaves with potentially tedious itineraries are occasionally sparked by dynamic outdoor activities. Boracay is renowned for its scenic beaches that attract tourists from around the globe. Enthralling sunsets, emerald-c...
Time is not on China's side
As a managing editor of The Korea Times (2018-2020), I met with Chinese Ambassador to Korea Xing Haiming many times during various events. At that time, in a very casual atmosphere, we had candid conversations on various topics. I felt a friendliness toward him as he was well-acquainted with Korean affairs and, among others, seemed to harbor deep affection toward Korea and it...
Let me tell a story about Tucker Carlson
I want to tell you a story about Tucker Carlson, the serial liar and useful Putin idiot who has now pulled off the hat trick of being fired by three media outlets: CNN (in 2005), MSNBC (in 2008), and Fox News (this week, without warning).
Elected leaders in Israel, Poland, and Hungary are following the 'autocrat's playbook'
A couple of weeks ago, as I moderated a discussion at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House on the heated battle to control Israel's courts, the talk turned to “the elected autocrat's playbook.”
'Sugar-coated poison pill'
The U.S. CHIPS and Science Act has triggered ferocious controversy here, placing major chip firms into a serious dilemma. The Biden administration cannot deflect criticism for demanding seemingly “unfeasible” requirements on the companies winning subsidies by investing in America. Media outlets in the U.S. and its allies such as South Korea and Taiwan are crying foul at the a...
Quantum mechanics, semiconductors and Buddhism
Quantum mechanics has emerged as a state-of-the-art trend in the scientific world. Thanks to steady yet brilliant developments in nanotechnology, this results in a phenomenal technology that can be directly applied to the real world. For starters, the technology encompasses the use of passwords, semiconductors, and sensors. It can be regarded as surpassing Einstein's theory o...
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