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Reporter : Kang Hyun-kyung
Sat, September 23, 2023 | 07:47
Korea pushes for trade pacts with Middle East amid geopolitical shift
What is happening in the Middle East has reminded the rest of the world of the foreign policy dictum, “yesterday's enemy can be your friend today.” Israel and the Arab countries, which had long deemed each other respective enemies due to their oppositional stances on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have begun to recognize each other as partners. Israel normalized diplomatic...
Cult-like supporters emerge as headache for political parties
Cult-like supporters have emerged as a fresh headache to politicians as a potentially dysfunctional side effect of politics. For politicians, their hardcore bases can be a double-edged sword. They can make or break a politician's career. Politicians and political parties need stalwart supporters to survive and win elections. In this regard, having these type of fans helps the...
Right-wing YouTuber blamed for botching up battleground election
Plenty of second-guessing, remorse and belated what ifs have erupted inside the ruling People Power Party (PPP) after the elections. Its candidate Kim Eun-hye's defeat in the highly-contested Gyeonggi gubernatorial election by a razor-thin margin has triggered soul-searching among some sympathetic ruling party members to figure out if her defeat was inevitable.
Former finance minister clinches upset victory in Gyeonggi election
The Gyeonggi gubernatorial election was a drama. The ruling People Power Party (PPP) candidate Kim Eun-hye had continued to lead, albeit with a narrow margin, since vote counting began Wednesday night. The gap between her and her rival, Kim Dong-yeon of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), had gone up and down from time to time, but her lead was never threaten...
More policy support needed for single mothers to save family
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, there are approximately 200,000 Korean adoptees who have been placed in multiple countries, and approximately 170,000 of them have been residing in the United States since the late 1950's. As Korean adoptees with a nationality other than Korean, there are internal conflicts, pain and trauma that consist of the sense of abandonm...
President Yoon says he's late learner on gender equality
President Yoon Suk-yeol shared wisdom of the pitfalls of meritocracy in a society where gender inequality persists, which he said he recently learned from an unnamed aide. According to him, he was supposed to choose a Cabinet minister nominee among several candidates - one of whom was a woman who was behind the male candidates in terms of evaluations. “One of my aides said th...
NIS director nominee vows to cooperate with Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance
Kim Kyou-hyun, the nominee for National Intelligence Service (NIS) director, said he would cooperate with the Five Eyes, an intelligence-sharing alliance among five English-speaking countries, namely the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Speaking at his National Assembly Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Kim said that if...
Democrats try to ride on Roh's posthumous popularity to undercut 'summit effect'
Dozens of lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and other high-profile politicians flocked to the southeastern city of Gimhae on Monday for a ceremony to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the tragic death of the late President Roh Moo-hyun, Monday. Former President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook also attended the ceremony.
What to expect from first lady in summit diplomacy
President Yoon Suk-yeol's summit diplomacy with visiting U.S. President Joe Biden has sparked curiosity among Koreans about Yoon's wife, Kim Keon-hee. People are wondering if there is a role she can play as first lady to strengthen ties between the two countries. However, it seems there is little she can do about this during the current visit by the American head of state as ...
Huge fire erupts at S-Oil's Ulsan factory
A massive fire ripped through an S-Oil factory in the southeastern coastal city of Ulsan on Thursday night.