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Jobs, Higher Productivity Could Mean 3.5 Percent GDP

Harlan Green | Posted 09.03.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

It looks like we are returning to the goldilocks economy that prevailed for much of last year -- low inflation plus continued good job growth. But it also could mean better economic growth that has stayed in the 2 percent range during the Great Recession recovery to date.

How Mutual Recognition Can Avoid a Future War in Asia

Key-young Son | Posted 08.31.2015 | World
Key-young Son

SEOUL -- Any future war in Asia will not be about conflicting interests, but "a cultural war for mutual recognition."

South Korea Accuses North Korea Of Readying Troops Despite Talks

AP | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.24.2015 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — South Korea's president on Monday vowed a hard line and signaled Seoul's mounting frustration as marathon negotia...

Turkey Pays Former CIA Director and Lobbyists to Misrepresent Attacks on Kurds and ISIS

Harut Sassounian | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Harut Sassounian

Among the U.S. lobbyists for Turkey, perhaps the most questionable is Porter Goss, CIA Director from 2004 to 2006, who has agreed to sell his soul and possibly U.S. national secrets for a fistful of Turkish Liras.

China's Currency Manipulation Should Serve As A Warning About TPP

James P. Hoffa | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

At a time when income inequality is running rampant in the U.S., workers don't need even more "free" trade agreements that will further strip this nation's economy of middle-income jobs.

America and China Face the 21st Century: Replace Confrontation with Cooperation

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Goldstein performs two critical tasks in his new book, Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging U.S.-China Rivalry (Georgetown University Press). First, he acknowledges the legitimacy of the PRC's desire for a greater international role. Second, he offers a strategy of cooperation for the two nations, which includes recognizing natural but much-reviled "spheres of influence."

Unexpected Turn of Events

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 07.07.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

I knew the day was going to be weird because I woke up fully rested and without my usual assortment of arthritic pains.

On Korean Christian Homophobia

Michael Hurt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Hurt

As a professor, photographer, and visual sociologist living in Seoul, South Korea for the last 13 years, I felt it was my duty to offer a little bit more depth to the photoreportage and paucity of analysis going on around the seemingly crazed antics that surrounded the recent Korean Queer Culture Festival that went on this past weekend.

A War That Should Never Have Been Necessary, the Division of an Ancient People Against Their Will

Congressman Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr. | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Congressman Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr.

America, having been responsible for approving the cruel Japanese occupation of Korea for forty years, and casually allowing the division of the country in 1945, should lead the way in working towards reconciliation no matter how daunting the task.

Photos Of North Korea's Historic Drought Show The Country's Cracked And Drying Earth

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

NAMPHO, North Korea (AP) — North Korean officials are concerned that unusually light precipitation so far this year might lead to bad harvests and p...

Stitching Korea Back Together

Jodie Evans | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Jodie Evans

Thirty peace activists from 15 countries arrived in Beijing on May 17th. I knew 11 of the women before arriving but most of the women knew maybe one or two others and a few knew no one.

A New Era for Trade Diplomacy -- With a Climate Protection Twist

Carl Pope | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

That is one of the most important political events of the past several years. Investor oriented globalization faces by far its most serious challenge -- now its up to those of us who have been left out of trade diplomacy to come forward with better ideas.

What to Expect at COP-20 in Lima

Robert Stavins | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

On Monday, December 1, the Twentieth Conference of the Parties (COP-20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) commence...

4 New Trumps Shaking Fast Track's House Of (Trading) Cards

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Carl Pope

With these four new trump cards on the table, the odds against fast-track get better -- and almost certainly the next Presidential election will put the candidates of both parties to the test. Trade diplomacy's House of Cards looks ever shakier -- even if it doesn't topple in the next few months.

8 Photos For Remembering On Memorial Day

Geoff Livingston | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Geoff Livingston

Memorial Day is upon us, the special day in the United States when we remember the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces. Here is a virtual tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America.

'Nut Rage' Executive Walks Free

Posted 05.22.2015 | World

By Ju-min Park SEOUL, May 22 (Reuters) - Former Korean Air Lines executive Heather Cho walked free after nearly five months in prison on Friday aft...

What Is the Korean Dream?

Seok-Hyun Hong | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Seok-Hyun Hong

The Korean Dream is at present a rather vague concept, but people in China, in Japan, in Southeast Asia, in Central Asia and elsewhere are looking to Korea today for cultural inspiration and leadership.

Seoul Food: Korean Restaurants That Go Beyond Kimchi

La Carmina | Posted 06.30.2015 | Travel
La Carmina

Korean food goes far beyond "eating your kimchi."

Fast Tracking Democracy to Hell

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Concealing potentially job-killing trade schemes from the American public thwarts democracy. Rushing unpopular legislation through Congress before American citizens have an opportunity to review it and tell their elected representatives how they feel about it obstructs democracy.

The Era in Which North Koreans Follow Every Rule Imposed by the State Is Over

Daniel Tudor | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Daniel Tudor

There exists an increasing psychological distance between people and state.

World's Top Zoo Association Allegedly Linked To Japan Dolphin Slaughter

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.26.2015 | Green

Animal welfare group Australia for Dolphins is suing the multibillion-dollar organization World Association for Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), alleging th...

The Bright Future of Asia's Middle Class

Lee Jong-Wha | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Lee Jong-Wha

SEOUL -- Equipped with high-quality education, Asia's rising middle class will demand higher-quality public services. Increased confidence in their country's political systems and institutional structures, enhanced by improved perceptions of upward mobility, will help to strengthen the rule of law. And there will be more opportunities for women to learn and work, leading to greater gender equality.

8 Fun Facts About Wedding Traditions Around The World

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.23.2015 | Weddings

From covering the bride and groom in ash, flour and feathers in Scotland to log sawing in Germany after the ceremony, tying the knot never gets boring...

Survivor Of North Korean Labor Camps Speaks Out After Controversy

HuffPost Korea | Mina Son and Sung-yoon Won | Posted 03.19.2015 | World

Shin Dong-hyuk drew worldwide attention to the harsh realities of the North Korean regime with the 2012 book, Escape from Camp 14. The book details th...

Broadening the Spectrum for Engaging North Korea: How Is the Situation Seen on the Korean Peninsula?

Seok-Hyun Hong | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Seok-Hyun Hong

Pyongyang has still not reached a consensus inside the country on how to move beyond this tired strategy, and it will take the regime some time to do so. In some respects it does make sense to pressurize North Korea, but perhaps more in terms of missed economic opportunities than saber rattling.