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Fri, December 1, 2023 | 11:40
Let checks and balances work
People once again are asking a tricky question: Why have almost all South Korean presidents been involved in an influence-peddling and graft scandal while in office or after retirement?
Time to make wise decision
President Park Guen-hye cannot avoid her responsibility for undermining the country’s hard-won democracy by letting her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil meddle in state affairs and exercise influence to benefit herself.
Zero tolerance for corruption
It has been only a week since the anti-graft law, better known as the Kim Young-ran Act, went into effect; so it is too early to tell whether it is a success or a failure. The sure thing is that the nation should implement the law smoothly and faithfully in order to achieve its purpose of rooting out rampant corruption in our society.
Night college fiasco
Ewha Womans University students are continuing their sit-in to call for the resignation of President Choi Kyung-hee even after she scrapped a controversial plan to create a night college for working women.
'Brexit' vs. 'Korexit'
Some Korean pundits and journalists are now talking about “Korexit” after Britons voted for “Brexit” to leave the European Union (EU) last month. Korexit, an abbreviation of “Korean exit,” appears to make no sense as Korea is not a member of any economic or political union like the EU, although the country is a signatory to free trade agreements with the EU, the U.S. and othe...
Shipwreck and biocide woes
I still remember that Pyo Chang-won, a former professor at the Korean National Police University, described the Sewol ferry tragedy as a “massacre by the state” right after the nation’s worst maritime disaster took place on April 16, 2014.
Restructuring should come first
The parliamentary election is over, so now it is time to leave the factional strife over candidate nominations and partisan struggles behind and move forward to a better future.
Reviving the habit of reading
Reading is an essential element of people's education and careers, and consequently, a nation's competitiveness. But more than that, reading promotes people's imagination and creativity, while entertaining them and enriching their lives.
Forbes Travel Guide to boost Asia-Pacific presence
Forbes Travel Guide announced Tuesday that it will strengthen its Asia-Pacific presence in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia by 2017. Originator of the prestigious Five-Star Rating system, the guide said it plans to include cities such as Seoul, Kyoto, Osaka, Manila, Melbourne and Sydney in its ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas next year.
Social mobility blocked
Everyone knows that education was the driving force behind what Korea is today. However, it seems that education can no longer play a key role of promoting social mobility among young members of our society as it is failing to offer equal opportunities for them.