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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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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
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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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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…)




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