Hither and Yon

Impeachment as the civilized option to crucifixion, in Seoul and Washington

December 5, 2016

Tags: Impeachment, Park Geun-hye, George and Ira Gershwin, Of Thee I Sing, Trump, Clinton

By World Tribune on December 1, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

Enough, enough, we want no preachment – It’s time to vote on his impeachment!

That rhyme from a Broadway classic, “Of Thee I sing,” words by Ira Gershwin, music by his brother George, comes to mind as talk of impeachment ricochets around (more…)

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

November 27, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard, Park Geun-Hye, Shinzo Abe, WorldTribune.com

By World Tribune on November 24, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

The process of “making America great again” is filled with perils and pitfalls, nowhere more so than in Asia.

The intricacies and subtleties of the Great Game for Asia often are about as incomprehensible to the experts as they are to amateurs (more…)

North Korea and the Left love ‘democratic’ protests that back their agendas

November 18, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Seoul protests, Park Geun-hye, Blue House, Shinzo Abe, Cheong Wa Dae Chun Doo-hwan, Park Ching-hee

By World Tribune on November 17, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

Too bad President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to President Park Geun-Hye the day after his victory may be his only chance to talk with her. Even if she’s still in the Blue House when he moves into the White House, (more…)

Make believe war games south of the DMZ, but what if the North is for real?

November 12, 2016

Tags: Osan Air Base, South Korea, Typhoon Eurofighter, F16, F15E, Donald Trump, Wing commander, Roger Elliott, Air Chief Marshal, Sir Stephen Hillier, 7th Air Force, General Thomas Bergeson, Park Geun-hye

By World Tribune on November 10, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

An air of unreality pervaded the atmosphere if not the skies over Osan Air Base this week as three of the niftiest warplanes on the planet zoomed off the runway for war games intended to strengthen their ability to work together to (more…)

Girl talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton and South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

November 5, 2016

Tags: Hillary Clinton, South Korea, Choi Soon-Sil, Choi Tae-Min, Girl talk: Imagine what HillaKorea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

November 3, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

[Editors’ note: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, the country’s first female president, is facing her biggest political crisis since coming to power in 2013. A close female friend, Choi Soon-Sil, 60, is accused of selling influence. She is the daughter of late religious leader Choi Tae-Min, who (more…)

Russia’s stake in Korea: How U.S.-backed unification could work for Moscow

October 21, 2016

Tags: Russia, Tumen River, Russian far east, Siberia, North Korea, Soviet Union, Stalin

By World Tribune on October 20, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

We hear so much about China and Japan competing on and for the Korean peninsula, now and historically, that we overlook one other great Northeast Asian power.

That would be Russia, which has a 17-kilometer border with North Korea as the Tumen (more…)

The brilliant Samantha Power’s two problems: China and her ‘monster’ comment about another powerful woman

October 15, 2016

Tags: samantha power, north korea, unsc, monster, Hillary Clinton

By World Tribune on October 13, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is on a fast track, and that’s not just in terms of her hot-shot career. She’s up against a tight deadline. She’s got until Jan. 20 to persuade the U. (more…)

Remembering when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

October 8, 2016

Tags: Don Oberdorfer, Mark Lippert, Noh Hyo-dong, Yonhap

By World Tribune on October 6, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

The late Don Oberdorfer would surely have had qualms with the award named for him and presented by U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert to Noh Hyo-dong, the longtime diplomatic and Washington correspondent for Yonhap News Agency.

Why would a top U.S. (more…)

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

September 10, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye, Vladimir Putin

By World Tribune on September 8, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation.

The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and (more…)

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

September 2, 2016

Tags: Hwang In-cheol, Hwang Won, Korean Air hijacking, North Korea, Kim Dae-jung, June 2000 summit, Kim Kong-il, North Korea

By World Tribune on September 1, 2016

By Donald Kirk

Time slowly erases the traces of those held in North Korea. The longer they’re there, the easier it is to forget them. Their families, reluctant to invest more psychic energy on those for whom they know the North Koreans have no mercy, give up the (more…)