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Thu, February 22, 2024 | 19:39
Holiday health alert
The health authorities are on high alert over a possible resurgence of COVID-19 infections during the Sept. 30 to Oct. 4 Chuseok holiday. They cannot lower their guard against the pandemic as an increasing number of people are planning to visit tourist destinations across the country during the holiday, raising fears of another wave of coronavirus cases.
Wildfires and California policymaking
The influence of climate change on wildfire seasons can't be ignored, but California's leaders need to focus on more practical, near-term solutions to contain future wildfire outbreaks.
Russia poisons relations with the West
Alexei Navalny, Russia's top opposition politician who was poisoned on Aug. 20, is out of a coma. Navalny's case should prompt the U.S. and NATO nations to emerge from their own stupor regarding Russia, which is increasingly testing the West with its poisonous behavior.
Controversy over digital prison
Controversy is flaring over Digital Prison, a website disclosing the personal identities of alleged sex offenders. A recent apparent suicide of a university student whose identity was revealed on the website triggered concern over the legitimacy of such a name and shame system.
No, US isn't 'winning' at coronavirus testing. But we could be
President Donald Trump likes to say no one is testing for COVID-19 like the U.S. If by that he means no country has been as disorganized and scattershot when it comes to testing for the coronavirus, that would be easy to believe.
Economics and culture war
LONDON ― I have long criticized economics for its lack of realism, and for producing “models” of human behavior that are at best caricatures, and at worst parodies of the real thing. In my recent book What's Wrong with Economics?, I argue that, in their attempt to establish universal laws, economists willfully ignored the particularities of histories and culture.
Korea Times, APLN sign MOU for essay contest
The Korea Times and the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Tuesday to hold an essay contest on the subject, “Nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament in the Asia-Pacific region.”
“The citizens are the mayor”: The personal legacy of Park Won-soon
“The citizens are the mayor” as late Mayor Park Won-soon would repeatedly remark during his countless speeches, domestic and abroad, and I feel it greatly sums up his servitude as the mayor of Seoul for his third and last term which lasted almost a decade. As the longest serving mayor of Seoul, he was definitely not your average, anachronistic mayor.
A doomed Middle East peace
TEL AVIV - Twenty years ago this month, U.S. President Bill Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat to a peace summit at Camp David, in a bold effort to resolve one of the longest-running conflicts of modern times. Though no agreement was reached, the summit, in which I participated, was not a failure: the framework it produced became the foundation upon which Clinton built his “peace parameters” - the most equitable and realistic rendition of a two-state solution ever created. Why did nothing come of them?
American Indians see change coming
A football team finally discards a despised and derogatory name, and the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly holds Congress to account for promises more than a century old. These two decisions, one symbolic, one legal, should provide some genuine hope that despite so many challenges, society is capable of positive change.
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