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Reporter : Kim Ji-soo
Sun, December 3, 2023 | 20:24
At work
Desk editors and reporters gather in the main meeting room for a meeting with Managing Editor Kim Jae-kyoung presiding. / Korea Times file
First, let me offer my congratulations to The Korea Times on its 70th anniversary.
GaryLui, BrianRhoads, SCMP
Tagahou, tajazhou and hello from your friends from SMCP.It is our pleasure and honor to congratulate The Korea Times on its 70th anniversary.Seventy years of news coverage. From your newspaper's founding, during the Korean War, through South Korea's transition from a dictatorship to the thriving democracy it is today. That is certainly worth celebrating.
Apologia for the past
On its Oct. 9 edition, The Korea Times posted Peter Yoonsuk Paik's “Mass man” and the destruction of the West's civilization heritage. It was a nice, thoughtful article and gives a bit of clarity to the issue. He cites Jose Ortega y Gasset, a philosopher from Spain, who attempts to provide an answer for the fury of youth today and their attack on our past. For all Ortega's reasoning he was only half-right for he neglected the moral, ethical, virtuous, righteous, and noble standards that many have thrown out the window.
Korea-Laos friendship through medicinal goods
Korea Love Sharing Community Chairman Lee Eun-deok, sixth from left, poses with Laotian Ambassador to Korea Thieng Boupha, after the two agreed that Seoul would send medicinal products and other daily necessities to Laos once or twice a year at the Korea Laos Friendship Association office in the capital, Wednesday. A total of $680,000 worth of medicine was sent to Laos this time. Officials from the association, the Global Warm Society and Kyungwoo System were also there as partners in the program. / Courtesy of KOLOS
China's human rights abuses slammed in key UN committees
Beijing's widening human rights and political crackdowns in both Xinjiang Province and Hong Kong have underscored the People's Republic of China's Pavlovian reaction involving any opposition towards the ruling communist regime. Though suppressing religious and political dissent is nothing new on the Chinese mainland, its scope and intensity has deepened under Chairman Xi Jinping's hardline personalist rule.
Naver's foul play
Naver, the nation's biggest search engine, has been dealt a heavy blow by the government's antitrust agency for allegedly manipulating search algorithms in favor of the company's online shopping site. The Korea Fair Trade Commission said Tuesday it had discovered Naver made such algorithmic changes at least six times between 2012 and 2015 and imposed a fine of 26.7 billion won ($22.9 million) on the company along with a correction order.
Best/worst day
Recently, I heard someone say, “It was the best day of my life.” I wondered, what was the worst day of that person's life? Then, I thought, what really was my best and worst day?
Two months to US election
With under two months remaining before the U.S. presidential election, it's quite interesting to visit YouTube and type three simple words: “black,” “support,” and “Trump.” You'll find video after video of Black Americans speaking in support of the president and against the Democrats. The likes that these videos garner and comments in the comment section are revealing. While certainly not a majority, a sizable percentage of blacks in the U.S. no longer buy the “Trump is a racist” mythology.
Viability of New Deal fund
As part of a plan to finance its Green New Deal projects, the government unveiled a 20 trillion won ($17 billion) Korean New Deal Fund to attract retail investors to New Deal projects and support investment from the private sector. The government and state institutions will co-invest 7 trillion won, while the private sector will put up 13 trillion won. The Korean New Deal Fund is part of a 190 trillion won plan to draw 100 trillion won from state-run banks and 70 trillion won from private institutions to finance the country's transformation to a digitized and greener economy.
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