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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




Dancing to a new tune


On Forbes' Rich List




The Sewol Tragedy








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Exercise in terrorism: The likely cause of Otto Warmbier’s death

June 25, 2017

Tags: Otto Warmbier, North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, Robert Park, gulag system

June 22, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The death of Otto Warmbier provides a powerful reminder of the torture and terrorism perpetrated by one of the world’s most repressive regimes.

Americans are no doubt aware of the tyranny of the dynasty led by a man who revels in ordering the development of (more…)

Peace? Or should the conference theme be ‘Long live the brutal Kim dynasty’?

June 16, 2017

Tags: Warmbier, William Perry, Bruce Cumings, Christine Ahn, North Korea, Elliott School, Kim Jong-un

June 15, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON – Christine Ahn, a policy analyst with the Korea Peace Network, had what appeared to be good news as she opened a conference here with the portentous title, “Off Ramps to War: Paths to Building Peace with North Korea.”

Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student (more…)

Peace through hot air: Talking in circles at the ‘Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity’

June 11, 2017

Tags: Peace through hot air: Talking in circles at the ‘Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity’ added by World Tribune on June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

JEJU -- Gary Samore of the Belfer Center at Harvard, formerly with the Obama administration, suggested at the annual Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity that resolution of North Korea’s nukes-and-missiles program may be insoluble.

That sense weighs heavily on policy-makers in Seoul and Washington. How (more…)

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

May 20, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un, North Korean missile, Sunshine policy, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun, THAAD, KORUS FTA

May 19, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Would Kim Jong-Un mind giving Moon Jae-In a break?

More than any other South Korean leader in years, Moon would like nothing better than to be the one to bring about North-South reconciliation. Wouldn’t it be great, Moon’s newly appointed former activists must be (more…)

South Korea’s new leadership has a record of promoting summitry with North Korea

May 13, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Suh Hoon, THAAD, Hong Joon-pyo, Ahn Cheol-soo, Parm Geun-hye, Trump, North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong-un, Sunshine policy, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moon-hyun

May 11, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The drama of South Korean history opens a tumultuous new act with the election of a liberal labor lawyer who has promised both to bring about detente with North Korea and satisfy the demands of restive masses fed up with alleged rightist abuses.

Whether Moon Jae-In (more…)

Having sworn to ‘forever renounce war’, Japan still alone in a tough neighborhood

May 5, 2017

Tags: Article 9, Shinzo Abe, General MacArthur, Izumo, Self-Defense Forces, Senkaku, Diaoyu, Carl Vinson, Takeshima, Dokdo

May 4, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

TOKYO -- The shadows of war lengthen over Japanese society in thrall to Article 9 of a “peace constitution” foisted under the “occupation” led by the victorious World War II Pacific commander, Gen. Douglas MacArthur.

Much as the “rightist” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe might want to do away (more…)

Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

April 28, 2017

Tags: North Korea, Joel Wit, Christopher Hill, Robert Gallucci, Nicholas Kristof, Carl Vinson, Moon Jae-in, Korean War, truce, treaty

April 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

An interviewer for a radio station in Boston, winding up one of those Q&A’s to which journalists are subjected, asked, What would you do to resolve the North Korean “problem?”

I answered, “I have no solution, no idea, no clue.” While that response might (more…)

Amid the Korean nuclear showdown, don’t forget the trade gap that threatens the western alliance

April 21, 2017

Tags: North Korea, KORUS, Korea-US alliance, Vice President Pence, Trump, trade gap, Hwang Kyo-anh, Xi Jinping, Shinzo Abe, Japan

April 20, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

All the talk over what to do with North Korea overlooks one problem to which people are not paying that much attention. That’s the yawning gap in trade between the U.S. and all its leading trade partners.

It’s a lot easier to grasp (more…)

This is not Syria: Tens of millions could die in Korean War II

April 15, 2017

April 13, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

POHANG, South Korea – An array of heavy-duty, sophisticated gear spread over the beaches here shows the incredible military might of the U.S. and South Korea. Far offshore, way beyond the horizon, the aircraft carrier Carl Vinson leads a “strike force” of warships.

Watching the display (more…)

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

April 8, 2017

Tags: ThAAD, Trump, Xi Jinping, Mar-a-Logo, Korea, China

April 6, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

From the outset, the idea of implanting a Star Wars weapon capable of zapping an enemy missile 150 kilometers above the earth’s surface had to be controversial.

The real problem from the South Korean viewpoint initially was, what for ― what we really need are short and (more…)