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Reporter : Shim Jae-yun
Thu, February 22, 2024 | 20:18
Muddled politics of US inflation
Rising inflation has put the United States on edge. While much of the focus so far has rightly been on the pain that price increases inflict on ordinary Americans, many are concerned about the long-term political effects. With polls suggesting that angry voters will likely hand Republicans control of one or both houses of Congress in the U.S. midterm elections, today's inflationary surge may affect U.S. politics long after price pressures ease.
NASA studying UFOs won't prove alien life exists. They should do it anyway
NASA announced last month that its new panel to study Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) ― i.e. Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) ― was staffed up and ready to get working. The panel is impressive, including planetary scientists, astrophysicists, experts from the Federal Aviation Administration, data scientists and a celebrated astronaut. I have worked with a few of these scientists, and the group represents a stellar collection (pun intended) of smart, creative people with high scientific integrity.
Nuanced political views among diverse Latino voters are overlooked
During a time that has brought the shock of the Uvalde mass shooting, restrictions on reproductive rights, and climate-related disasters, a large national poll of Latino voters found that their priorities have experienced a significant shift. For example, abortion is now among the top five issues for Latino voters for the first time ever. Worries about gun violence and crime, healthcare and abortion are rising dramatically. Jobs and the rising cost of living, as in the past, also remain priorities.
Ominous signs for Yoon
Zhuge Liang (181-234), a renowned Chinese statesman and military strategist, is also known for an episode involving his confidant, talented general Ma Su, whom he ordered to be beheaded on charges of disobeying military orders. In the face of Ma's death, Zhuge allegedly sobbed in grief, which means he purportedly, yet reluctantly, put his close associate to death for the sake...
Prolonged strike
Subcontracted workers of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) have been staging a sit-down strike for 44 days as of Friday. They are occupying a very large crude oil carrier now under construction in the world's biggest dockyard - Okpo Shipyard - in Geoje, South Gyeongsang Province. They are members of the Metal Workers' Union under the umbrella of the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU).
Seven days in May ― saving America from within
“Seven Days in May,” the epic 1960s novel and a film starring Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Ava Gardner, was a fictional tale about right-wing Pentagon generals who tried to topple the U.S. government.
Starkey Korea CEO gets Korean War medal on behalf of late father
Starkey Korea CEO Shim Sang-don received a Korea War military medal on behalf of his late father, Shim Eun-taek, who died while fighting in the 1950-1953 war, during a ceremony at Starkey Hall in Seoul, Wednesday.
New initiative, security and summit
The upcoming summit between President Yoon Suk-yeol and U.S. President Joe Biden will be crucial in a true sense for both leaders, given the looming tectonic changes in the security and economic landscapes of Northeast Asia. The summit will take place only 11 days after Yoon was sworn in as the nation's president, the earliest-ever of its kind. This compares with Yoon's prede...
Foreign policy recommendations for Yoon
In my column titled, “Can Yoon become Korea's Macron?” for May 27 of last year, I pointed out some similarities between the two leaders, such as their political inexperience and maverick characters in defiance of the political establishment. As Yoon has become the head of state against all odds, expectations are growing for him to inject fresh air into leading Korea in the ri...
From antipathy toward hope
The presidential election is supposed to be full of hope as it is a “sacred” process of inaugurating a new head of state who will lead the nation for the next five years. Contrary to the expectation, however, the ongoing race is disappointing at large, having become a battleground among candidates with record displays of antipathy rather than empathy. Another disappointment i...
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