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Reporter : Park Yoon-bae
Fri, September 22, 2023 | 20:20
Battle of rough words
Lawmakers of both the ruling and opposition parties have gone too far in exchanging verbal attacks these days. Their use of rough words is nothing new. Yet their war of words is getting fiercer than ever before.
Michael Spavor still in captivity
I dreamt I met my friend Michael again. He showed up in his silver van, same as I remembered from when he lived in Seoul 10 years ago. Back in those days, I knew him as an employee at the Seoul Tourism Organization (STO) and a council member of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch (RASKB).
US economy needs Boeing to fly right
After two fatal crashes of 737 Max airliners less than five months apart, the Boeing model was grounded around the world. That led the company to work on a software fix to flight-control software that is the focus of investigators. Pilots complained that Boeing kept them in the dark about the software.
It is happening: Beware monkey-human hybrids
Scientists in China are boasting that they've successfully put a human brain gene into a dozen monkeys, and are itching to go further.
No more 'parachuting'
The ongoing investigation of a power abuse scandal surrounding former Environment Minister Kim Eun-kyung reminds the public that nothing has changed when it comes to how executives of public organizations are appointed.
Terrorism and the difference
Extreme right-wing terrorism, mostly of the “white nationalist” variety, is becoming as big a problem as Islamist terrorism in many places. That's certainly the case in the United States, where the U.S. Government Accounting Office calculated last year that 119 Americans have been killed by Islamist extremists since the 9/11 attacks, and 106 Americans by far-right extremists.
Voting rights and belonging
A letter arrived in the mail from Elections Canada, Feb. 14, confirming my right to vote in Canadian elections from overseas has been restored. This may sound crazy, but until recently Canadian citizens living overseas for more than five years didn't have the right to vote. Because we've been gone for so long, it was argued we don't have a vested interest in the politics of o...
Hiring irregularities
The government said Wednesday it has detected 182 suspected cases of grave hiring irregularities at more than 1,200 public institutions. The announcement came after a three-month inspection conducted by the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, jointly with the finance, interior and labor ministries.
Unemployment catastrophe
Korea's job market has frozen since the beginning of the year. According to the January job report released by Statistics Korea Wednesday, the number of jobless people hit 1.22 million, the most since 2000. The unemployment rate also shot to 4.5 percent, the highest in nine years. Only 19,000 new jobs were created on a net basis in the first month of the year, compared with the 334,000 new jobs created in the same month of last year. Positive signs are hard to find in most areas and sectors.
Escalating social conflicts
One of the most important tasks the government should carry out is to mediate different types of conflicts in our society. Any failure to do so will lead inevitably to social polarization, disintegration and disharmony.
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