You'd think tourists would be a timorous crowd, that they'd go only where they think it's safe to go. Not where it's safe, but where they think it is. That should mean a windfall for the Philippines, as Thailand-heading vacationers think twice, for example.
Occasionally, I pass by the private mansion of President Park Geun-hye in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, after attending an early morning service at the Hyundai Presbyterian Church about 300 meters away. A police car that was parked there for some time after her inauguration is no longer there and a lone patrolman stands guard to ward off any possible trespassers from entering the house now empty of its master.
Recently, South Korea was severely hit by two major disasters. One was the sinking of the Sewol ferry, which cost hundreds of young lives, and the other was the shooting at a frontline barracks in which five soldiers were killed and seven others wounded. Both incidents shook the nation and stirred up the wrath of so many angry mothers, who have to send their children on school excursions and eventually to the military, which is mandatory in Korea.
Suicide is a major public health issue across the world. It is the cause of 800,000 premature deaths globally, according to latest statistics.
China's intention to drive a wedge into cooperative ties among Japan, the United States and South Korea by wooing Seoul to its side has become clearer than ever.
The government watchdog Control Yuan issued a report this June that pointed fingers at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), saying that it is partially responsible for the cutting of ties with Taiwan's former African ally last November.
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June is the time for Wimbledon tennis, World Cup football and in Basle, hundreds of the world's central bankers gather for the Annual Meeting of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).
Before returning home after a two-day state visit on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a business forum in Seoul. President Park Geun-hye was alongside him. Later in the day, Park hosted a private luncheon for Xi and his wife at a traditional Korean house, a rare hospitability she offers to visiting heads of state.
In a bid to prevent history from repeating, an interim charter will likely incorporate a provision that empowers the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to have control over an interim government, especially when it comes to issues that affect national security.
Among many factors, the Pakistani state's protracted apathy and inaction on the issue of security has provided non-state actors the space to grow and expand their influence.