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Tue, September 21, 2021 | 09:28
What does tolerance even mean?
We live, it seems, in divided times. I suppose we always have, but in the past few years the social ruptures have become noticeably deeper and more severe. So partisan and so divided are we today that people living on the same street or in the same town experience vastly different realities. Former U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken on this several times, reflecting that ...
Biden must take responsibility for catastrophe in Afghanistan
“You don't think this actually could have been handled better in any way? No mistakes?” asks the interviewer.
Despite all the problems, Tokyo Olympics bring hopes and inspirations
In the run-up to the Olympics this year, I was feeling pretty gloomy about the whole prospect, to the extent that I nearly wrote an article arguing that it should just be canceled. With the virus showing no real sign of disappearing even in countries with high vaccination rates, and with the announcement that no audiences would be allowed to watch the games, I felt that it wa...
Korea is safe country but its roads are not
The big bosses of the bus companies never actually ride the bus in Korea, not for their daily commute or for running errands or shopping. I have no evidence for this claim, but it has to be true, and therefore I repeat it boldly: they don't ride the bus. If they did, things would be very different.
Abolishing the Ministry of Gender Equality
With eight long months to go before the presidential election, politics is already becoming somewhat strange if not going pretty mad.
Sexual harassment and violence in universities
I can't imagine that many people were surprised when The Korea Times reported earlier this month findings by Kyung Hee University, showing that 60 percent of the alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse in its graduate school were professors.
Taking off the masks
The government recently announced a set of incentives designed to increase the uptake of vaccinations. There is a raft of measures, but foremost among these is the promise that, starting in July, those who have received their first jab of a COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to wear a mask outdoors. While the long-awaited announcement of the easing of restrictions should h...
What to do on Wednesday?
Once, after I had waited for a while at the bar of a London pub, two staff members came over at the same time and served both me and the person next to me. Dutifully following the appropriate etiquette given the situation, I observed to my fellow queuer that the service here was “like busses”. To my great consternation, he replied by telling me that he was a bus driver and be...
Undiplomatic immunity
In the past few weeks, Korea has seen a number of diplomatic faux pas, to say the least. Last Saturday it was revealed that two employees of the Pakistani embassy were allegedly caught shoplifting; strangely, they were accused of stealing chocolates and a hat, which doesn't seem worth risking a diplomatic career over. Much bigger news, however, was the story of the Belgian am...
A home of one's own
Housing is something that we all need, like food or water or clothing; society has a fundamental problem if the price of a home is high. This is a belief I have firmly held for years, ever since an economist friend pointed it out several years ago.