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Caught between huge conflicting forces, people look with foreboding on the gathering clouds of war
1.Points of Crisis
The rise of Kim Dae Jung and the high price of his failed drive for reconciliation with North Korea
Three contributions on Korea -- North, South and Kim Dae Jung -- for this massive five-volume work on human rights issues worldwide
Dispelling myths about the sinking of the South Korean navy corvette the Cheonan in March 2010
Memories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the arrival of U.S. forces to the release of the last U.S. POWs
The Vietnam War as it spread through Cambodia and Laos into northern and northeastern Thailand
Washington's pact with Pyongyang won't help the starving children
2.Covering Korea
Q&A, Asia-Pacific Businss & Technology Report
Looking back to the Old Days: A Correspondent's Field Manual; A Reader’s Guide to Real News:
Korea through the eyes of correspondents who were there, 1871-2006
Following the story
How the news goes in and out of the Hermit Kingdom
3. Business and Economy
The Rev. Moon's empire bouncing back in South Korea
Play-by-play account of the meltdown that nearly bankrupted the South Korean economy
The story of North Korea's 105-story white elephant
An unauthorized study of Korea's largest business group, its triumphs and failures, and the peasant's son who founded it.... "Korean Dynasty is a must read for business people and students of business and the social sciences learning about the socio-economics of Asia." Business Book Review Library; 1995, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
The ultimate business reference to the Philippines, providing practical advice from leading experts
Iraq and South Korea face contrasting economic problems and issues, as seen in these articles for Institutional Investor
4. Seoul-Searching
I.--Heart and Seoul: From the ashes of war, Korea's capital rises like a phoenix to world-class. II.--Three Perfect Days: Wining, dining, sightseeing and strolling around one of the world's oldest and greatest capitals




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Brotherly love lost: More trouble in communism’s first and last dynasty

February 18, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Kim Jonmg-nam, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur airport, Macau, Hwang Won, Hwang In-cheol

By World Tribune on February 16, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

Kim Jong-Nam showed the warm and human face of North Korea’s dynastic family.

You had to like the guy, judging from sightings in the gambling enclave of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong off China’s southeastern coast. (more…)

Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

February 11, 2017

Tags: trade deficit, surplus, trump, navrarro, china, japan, germany, korea, nafta, korus, tpp

February 9, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

President Donald Trump’s most fearsome offensive on the world stage has nothing to do with immigration reform, or building that wall all along the U.S. border with Mexico, or defense or treaty alliances or the North Korean nuke-and-missile threat.

It’s all about U. (more…)

Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

January 27, 2017

January 26, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

President Donald Trump has now made his first substantive move in foreign policy with broad repercussions for Northeast Asia, including both Korea and Japan. The consequences may be far-reaching.

By signing an executive order formally withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trump has signaled that he (more…)

Snowden plays Snowden: Time to take the show on the road?

January 22, 2017

Tags: Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Bradley Manning, Oliver Stone, Katie Couric, NSA, CIA, Edward Jay Epstein, Trump, Putin

January 20, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

As Donald Trump is inaugurated in Washington, it may be timely to wonder what if anything did Edward Snowden, in Moscow, have to do with his election.

Would Snowden be letting his skills go to waste? Might he be sharing notes with Russian friends on cyber-sleuthing (more…)

Brave new cyber-spy world: From Moscow with love-hate

January 13, 2017

Tags: Brave new cyber-spy world: From Moscow with love-hate, Donald Kirk, Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson, Vladimir Putin, WorldTribune.com

January 12, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – Once upon a time, in an era that’s faded into the near-forgotten history of The Cold War, Moscow was the enemy, and those who believed otherwise were labeled “comsymps” for Communist sympathizers.

The phenomenon of “the Red scare,” meaning the (more…)

Trump’s world: How to distinguish between allies, friendly rogue states and bad actors? added by World Tribune on December 29, 2016

December 30, 2016

Tags: friendly rogue states and bad actors?, North Korea, Syria, Trump and Israel, Trump and Putin, Trump Foreign Policy, Trump’s world: How to distinguish between allies, WorldTribune.com

World Tribune on December 29, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – The U.S. refusal to veto the UN Security Council resolution attacking Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory as “a flagrant violation” of international law has triggered cries of outrage worthy of full-scale hostilities.

You might think, from the responses of Israeli Prime (more…)

Growing political crisis in South Korea could impact critical security ties with U.S.

December 21, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Growing political crisis in South Korea could impact critical security ties with U.S., North Korea, Park Geun-Hye

By World Tribune on December 15, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The populist revolt against President Park Geun-Hye has grave implications for governance amid economic unease and high youth unemployment.

In this uncertain transition period, Korea’s relationship with the United States is sure to undergo strains if not change while foes of (more…)

U.S. military and both Korean armies on alert as ‘progressives’ rampage on the streets of Seoul

December 11, 2016

Tags: Blue House, Saenuri, Minjoo, President Park, THAAD, U.S.-Korea alliance, Lockheed

By World Tribune on December 8, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The many thousands of protesters who’ve been marching toward the walls of the restored palace of Korea’s dynastic kings toward the Blue House of latter-day presidents have been ignoring a likely target. That’s the American embassy, looming large, brightly (more…)

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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…)