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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

Hither and Yon

Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

January 28, 2016

Tags: Donald Gregg, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, East Asia Foundation, Park Geun-hye, Evans Revere

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea as the country was making the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, did not take kindly to my column [A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un] in which I quoted him, accurately, as (more…)

A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un

January 23, 2016

Tags: Donald Gregg, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, nuclear program, fouirth nuclear test, Hwang Pyong-so, Kim Yang-gon, Kim Jong-il

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Donald Gregg, former U.S. ambassador to Korea, makes an astounding statement in a piece published after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test.
Striking “a very positive note,” he praises “the performance of Kim Jong-Un in improving the North Korean economy and downplaying nuclear threats (more…)

Writer calls for bright light, untainted by politics, on comfort women issue

January 18, 2016

Tags: Park Yu-ha, Comfort Women, Woodrow Wilson Centder, Mike Mochizuki

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON ― Park Yu-Ha, under fire in Korea for writing “Comfort Women of the Empire,” offers what she believes may be a way to reach an understanding with Japan on the whole controversy.
Why not, she suggested in a panel discussion at the Woodrow Wilson Center, (more…)

Stephen Bosworth, ‘consummate diplomat’ brought his values to the table

January 9, 2016

Tags: Stephen Bosworth, Kim Dae-jung, Fletcher School, Donald Gregg, Chris Hill, Tony Naamkung, Six-Party talks, Sunshine policy, North Korea, Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
American ambassadors to South Korea pursue a fine line between defense of the U.S.-Korean alliance and pursuit of North-South reconciliation.
If they seem hell-bent on military goals, they’re accused of trying to push Korea into a war that nobody wants. And if (more…)

‘Comfort woman’ statues serve as permanent reminder of Japan’s past

January 1, 2016

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
The Koreans are using art to upset the Japanese.
That’s in the form of statues of innocent young girls ― reminders of the suffering of Korean and other Asian women in the service of Japanese soldiers in World War II. They’ve got these statues (more…)

Media freedom on trial in Seoul

December 27, 2015

Tags: Tatsuya Kato, Kinya Fujimoto, South Korea, President Park, Sankei Shimbun, Chosun Ilbo, Sewol

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
The zeal with which the Korean government pursued the case of Tatsuya Kato, charged with criminal libel, bears disturbing parallels to the records of other countries that prosecute critics. The charge of libel is a favorite weapon of authorities in Singapore and Malaysia, to name (more…)

Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump

December 12, 2015

Tags: Donald Trump, ISIS, ISIL, President Obama, Iraq, Syria, John Kerry, Korea, Vietnam

Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON ― First he was talking about kicking out all 12 million “illegal immigrants” in the U.S., and now he wants to exclude Muslims from the right to enter the U. (more…)

Koreans are free to vent bottled-up fury on the southern side of the DMZ

December 4, 2015

Tags: Seoul, protests, textbooks, President Park Geun-hae, President Park Chung-hee, Chun Doo-hwan, Korea national police

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
SEOUL — Freedom will ring on the streets of Seoul Saturday, when demonstrators denounce the government for numerous transgressions beginning with the scheme to impose state-edited, state-published school textbooks in place of those by independent scholars.
People by now are so accustomed to the sounds of (more…)

South Korean president walks tightrope on North-South strategy, left-right domestic politics

November 27, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, APEC, South Chiona Sea, East Asia Summit, Yeonpyeong Island, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
President Park Geun-Hye is pursuing a fight-talk strategy.
On Monday, South Korean gunners staged a live-fire exercise in waters well within hearing range of North Korea’s southwestern coast. Next, North and South Korean negotiators were planning to meet at Panmunjom.
The contrast between military (more…)

No, Time magazine, it’s not yet time to forgive as threat of WMD terror looms large

November 20, 2015

Tags: Time magazine, war on terror, Nazi death camps, Charleston, Paris attacks. Japan, Nanking, China, Uighur

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
This week’s Asia edition of Time magazine features the cover line, “What It Takes to Forgive a Killer.”
Thinking the editors had had time to do a cover on the massacres in Paris, I discovered cloying, patronizing interviews with friends and relatives of the (more…)



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