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2017.10.19

Voters Have Always Known Politicos Lie to Them
We all know the story. The candidate for President of the United States wanted to spew dirt on his opponent. But he did not want any direct involvement in such low tactics. So, who could be trusted to swim in that gutter for him? — only his eldest son, who bore his own...

Newsmax

2017.09.28

On Kurdish Independence, Manafort on the Right Side of History
If there were ever a ticker-tape parade for Mideast military heroes, it would have to be for the Kurdish Peshmerga and Syrian YPG (People’s Protection Units).  In Iraq, they rescued 50,000 Yazidis doomed to rape or extermination by ISIL and liberated the Mosul Dam...

Newsmax

2017.08.25

Russia Catching Up to US in Election Meddling Race
I sincerely hope Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller puts his investigation in the context of a long history of U.S. interference in foreign elections over the years.  The U.S. helped organize the 1955 campaign for Ngo Dinh Diem in a Vietnam election that appears...

Newsmax

2017.08.23

Confederate Symbols Dispute Displacing Other African-American Issues?
There are 718 Confederate statues, in 31 states — including many in the North. There are 860 roads across the U.S. named after Confederate historical figures. There are 188 schools, public and private. There are 80 counties and cities named after Confederates...

Newsmax

2017.05.16

Why the Resignations of Wasserman-Schultz, Brazile Still Matter
For someone who was an impressionable youngster when they fried the Rosenbergs, the spectacle of the Dems’ Russia-baiting is hugely delicious. It seems like they just stole the well-worn GOP playbook.  Any minute now, Schumer or Pelosi will come out waving a...

Newsmax

2017.04.03

Duterte's Dirty Deal with China Downright Dumb
Imagine how many more island airstrips China can build with its new alliance with Rodrigo "Dirty Harry" Duterte. A couple weeks ago, Duterte gave China his personal permission to "conduct research" on the Benham Rise — Philippines territory...

Newsmax

2017.03.24

North Korea Is Another Cuban Missile Crisis
JFK was tough with Cuba, which is why he prevailed. Not sanctions tough, but blockade tough. If sanctions and boycotts fail with Russia and Israel, you really have to be na´ve to expect them to work with the world capital of juche (self-reliance), North Korea
...

Newsmax

2016.11.14

Republic of Dysfunction
Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are not Samsung Electronics' first burning cellphones.  Twenty-one years ago, Lee Kun-hee famously smashed and burned 150,000 malfunctioning cellphones in Samsung's factory courtyard, to the wails of factory workers.  On May 10, ...

The Korea Times

2016.02.02

Are white cops black killers?
South Koreans read the headlines coming out of America, about its terrible race relations, and understandably wonder what's going on.  Are white cops murdering black people, or are they just responding to criminality?  South Korean law offers no protection against ....

The Korea Times

2015.04.15

A historical context for ISIS
"...remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ," said Barack Obama on Feb. 5 in a National Prayer Breakfast.  Obama compared the terrible deeds committed in the name of Islam by ISIS to those ...

The Korea Times

2013.05.30

Eclipse the New Rising Sun
"Anyone can understand that the system of comfort women was necessary to provide comfort for a high-strung, rough and tumble crowd of men braving their lives under a storm of bullets." -Toru Hashimoto, May 13  "We need to revise all statements, including those by ....

The Korea Times

2013.01.07

KOSPI to reach new high by mid-year
I expect the Korea stock exchange to pass its April 27, 2011, historical high of 2,231 points by the middle of 2013.  The KOSPI suffered a knee-jerk plung after the Greek crisis erupted in mid-2011, and entered a gradual-but-choppy up-channel in August of that year.  The ...

The Korea Times

2012.03.13

Inter-Korean Talks on NLL
My argument is that the Northern Limit Line (NLL) on the West Sea is fundamentally unfair to North Korea, and that South Korea should at long last address this problem.  I still believe North Korea is a full-fledged member of the “Axis of Evil.” The regime leaders are guilty of ....

The Korea Times

2012.03.12

Allow North Koreans onto Yeonpyeong Island
Yes, you read that correctly.  Allow North Koreans onto Yeonpyeong Island.  My argument is that the Northern Limit Line (NLL) on the West Sea is fundamentally unfair to North Korea, and that South Korea should at long last address this problem.  I still believe North Korea...

OhMyNews

2010.12.19

North Korean Fallacies
South Korea’s response to North Korean aggression was inept. The real reason the South’s responses to the Cheonan sinking and the Yeonpyeong shelling were so tame is SeoulNorth Korea has 11,000 heavy artillery pieces pointed at Seoul and could kill one...

The Korea Times

2010.05.27

Amnesty for Kim, Jong-Il
Among the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and wives of the 46 South Korean sailors killed by a North Korean torpedo, some may wish that Kim Jong-il be tried and executed for this crime. That is a most natural feeling...

The Korea Times

2010.05.12

Video: Of Touchscreens and Clouds: Korea's Competitive Edge (best in Explorer)
As South Korea goes, so goes the world in cell phone, flat screen, and broadband technologies. Where will the Korean bellwether move next? Korean stock-market specialist and fund-manager Henry Seggerman sees Korean adoption of two technologies—...

Korea Society Business Forum

2010.05.07

That forbidden word: sell
There are hundreds of stock markets around the world and tens of thousands of research analysts whose profession is to make recommendations to you the investor. All around the world, these analysts will recommend that you buy or hold or sell companies listed on the ...

The Korea Times

2009.03.16

Betraying a Friend
No one can underestimate the importance of South Korea as a key ally and trading partner to the United States. Nevertheless, the Obama administration appears on the verge of alienating South Korea by walking away from the free trade agreement the two countries ....

The Korea Times

2009.02.25

Slidedshow: The Perils of Protectionism (best in Chrome)
If you read financial news, you have probably read the word "protectionism" more in the past month than in the last ten years. Today, i want to talk about protectionism, in relation to the current financial crisis, and go over a few examples of it from the recent past...

Korea Society Business Forum

2008.10.12

IMF Should Do More to Curb Spread of Financial Crisis
Karl Marx predicted 140 years ago, among other things, that Capitalism bore the seeds of its own destruction, which the unfettered pursuit of financial gain would eventually destroy capitalist economies...

The Korea Times

2008.06.23

Stupidity of Protectionism
Many Americans like me are scratching their heads, wondering why millions of Koreans believe myths about how "Americans don't eat their own beef." It seems completely irrational. Well, many Mexicans are also scratching their heads, wondering why millions ...

The Korea Times

2008.05.01

Now, Samsung Electronics Can Trade at 1 million Won
Samsung Electronics currently trades at a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 14. Sony, by contrast, trades at a PE ratio of 38. If investors valued Samsung the way they value Sony, its share price would rise to 1.9 million won.....

The Korea Times

2008.03.06

No Kimchi Eaters Allowed
Everybody knows that a great deal of money follows the MSCI Developed Markets Index ― 2 or 3 trillion dollars. This ensures South Korea's benchmark stock price index, KOSPI, will jump at least 10 percent ― and perhaps a lot more ― when the country finally gets...

The Korea Times

2008.01.28

Start Your Bulldozer
Thirty years ago, labor government mismanagement and over-regulation had plunged the UK into an era of industrial disputes, strikes, increasing unemployment, and collapsing public services.....

The Korea Times

2007.10.22

Anti-socialist bloodsuckers, you will be dealt a thousandfold retaliatory blow!
New Pyongyang, October 22 (SKCNA): The DPRSK has self-reliant regulatory defence capability strong enough to beat back any formidable banking enemy at a single stroke and is demonstrating its might as an invincible economic power while energetically pushing...

OhMyNews

2007.08.31

Debt Crisis – Ten Years Later
Ten years ago, Asian economies suffered a massive financial crisis. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) came in to bail out the mess, with Korea singled out as perhaps the worst economy, due to its uncontrolled borrowing....

The Korea Times

2007.06.13

Korea Faces Uphill Battle to Become Financial Hub
For four years, we have been hearing about Korea’s financial hub plan, and a few months ago, Ministry of Finance and Economy finally published its ``Financial Hub Initiative in Korea,’’ setting forth its grand plan to transform Korea into a regional financial powerhouse...

The Korea Times

2007.04.24

End of Bumpy Road
The title of my column last August was ``Korea-US FTA Deal Faces Bumpy Road.'' So, where are we with the various observations and predictions I made? ``A substantive free trade agreement between the United States and Korea is as likely as long-term peace in the Middle East.'' ....

The Korea Times

2007.04.15

Abe: Ahmadinejad of the Far East
My country sacrificed hundreds of thousands of lives to Japanese aggression in WWII, so I was offended to see Junichiro Koizumi making his annual parades to the Yasukuni Shrine, which celebrates Japan’s war criminals...

The Korea Times

2007.03.14

Got Crushed When China Crashed?
Remember ``Buy Korea to Save Korea’’? That was the hype that drove a record 13 trillion won, most of it from ordinary retail investors, into a massive equity fund pile-up eight years ago....

The Korea Times

2006.12.13

Korea's Coming Refugee Crisis
Everybody’s talking about another sinister ``OPLAN’’ from the Bush military, this time ``CONPLAN 5029.’’ This latest plan, revealed last week, was devised in case of a catastrophic collapse of North Korea’s government and would involve a joint U.S.-ROK ...

The Korea Times

2006.12.05

Crisis Forced Korea to Enter Real World
There is always a lot of grumbling about ``backsliding’’ in Korean corporate governance - how the chaebols have re-asserted their economically destructive behavior patterns....

The Korea Times

2006.11.21

What, Me Worry About the Islamic Bomb?
No one is going to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, not the U.S., not China, not South Korea. The big fuss will fade away, just like it did with Pakistan eight years ago...

The Korea Times

2006.08.29

Korea-US FTA Deal Faces Bumpy Road
A substantive free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and South Korea is as likely as long-term peace in the Middle East....

The Korea Times

2006.07.25

Corporate Raiders - Korean Style
Several years ago, a Korean company, LG Investment & Securities, bought a Polish company, Petro Bank, then sold it a few years later for a handsome 50 percent ...

The Korea Times

2006.04.25

Let Chaebol be Chaebol
I know this will upset all my activist comrades, but I think the time has come for the Korean government to let Chaebol be Chaebol, to remove the 25 percent investment limit imposed on large business groups...

The Korea Times

2005.09.22

From Casino Chips to Shares of Ownership
Like water transformed into wine at the wedding at Cana, common shares in Korea are being transformed from casino chips into shares of ownership.....

The Korea Times

2005.04.21

Audio: Road Map to $20,000 Per Capita GDP
The administration of Roh, Moo-hyun has established a goal for Korea’s economy to reach the $20,000 per capita level, which would move the country even higher than it is now amongst the world’s leading economies. As its domestic economy rebounds and exports...


Korea Society Business Forum

2005.04.14

Will the KOSPI Hit a New Historical High?
First, there was the eerie, impenetrable "double top." On April 18, 2002, the KOSPI closed at 937.61 – a new high not seen since the bubble burst two years earlier – and then retreated...

FinanceAsia Magazine

2005.04.09

Is the Financial Times Next?
Last Fall, they targeted the Chosun Ilbo, Dong-a Ilbo and JoongAng Ilbo. …Is the Financial Times next?....

Money Today

2005.01.05

No wonder Koreans Hate Their Own Stock Market
Last month, I complained about how the Brazilian and Canadian stock markets are 93% owned by Brazilians and Canadians, but Koreans seem to hate their own stock market, having created a situation where foreigners own 44% of it -- and way over 50% for some of ...

Money Today

2004.12.09

Korean Ministers, Go Home
Listen, I love chowing down on the free Prime Rib at Le Cirque restaurant inside the Palace Hotel as much as the next guy, but enough is enough! *(scroll down for english translation) ...

Money Today

2004.10.04

MSCI Keeps Gate Closed on Korea
For decades after World War II, Swiss banks greedily hoarded gold stolen by Nazi Germany in its racist deportations - unyielding until international shame forced them to act....

The Korea Times

2004.07.06

Why I Like Korean Equities
Today, the Korean stock market is trading at a PE below 9 times, at the low end of its historical trading band. It is the cheapest market in Asia and the cheapest significant emerging market... . . . .


FinanceAsia Magazine

2003.12.22

Land that Inspired 1,000 Myths
Upper Coryo is a mist-enshrouded, secret land, protected by a fortified wall that disappears from sight on one side, raging waters on the other three side.....

Maeil Business
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2003.10.28

Market Booster
When you get right down to it, investors’ concerns, whether here or anywhere else the world, are pretty simple. We don’t pay attention to most political squabbling. .. . . . .

Maeil Business
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2003.10.15

Market Booster
Did you know that college kids in France have been burning American flags for more than thirty years, and it has had little or no effect on the French stock market, or foreign investment into the French stock markett.....

Maeil Business
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2003.09.30

Market Booster
Did you know that Korean individuals` equities exposure is 7% instead of 14% as in the US, and Korean pension funds` equities exposure is 4% instead of about 50% as in the US? Korea really should be creating an atmosphere of trust for its stock markets, and should...

Maeil Business
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