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Reporter : Park Yoon-bae
Sun, August 14, 2022 | 13:40
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.
Build consensus first
The government unveiled a modified formula to determine the minimum wage Monday. The draft calls for dividing the Minimum Wage Committee into two subcommittees - one responsible for proposing the upper and lower limits of the wage and the other to decide the actual rate within those limits.
'Comfort women' and international human rights law
Korea this year celebrated the 73rd anniversary of liberation from 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule. The celebration was all the more significant because it highlighted the human rights issues surrounding the victims of colonialism and militarism.
New impetus to unlock full potential of cooperation
Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor-Viorel Melescanu said that his country wants to further develop relations with South Korea substantially as the two countries celebrate the 10th anniversary of a “strategic partnership” this year.
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