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Little Madmen: Correspondents' Tales

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


Hither and Yon

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…)

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

April 2, 2017

Tags: park Geun-hye, Park Chung-hee, Choe Sun-sil, Roh Tae-woo, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun, Chun Doo-hwan, Kim Young-sam, Chung Mong-hun, Rhee Syngman, Gaesong Industrial Complex, Mount Geumgang, Gwangju Uprising

March 30, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The prospect of Park Geun-Hye going to jail in the most sweeping political scandal in modern Korean history inspires invidious comparisons. Who, actually, was the most corrupt president since promulgation of the “democracy constitution” in 1987 at the height of demonstrations as massive as those we have (more…)

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

March 25, 2017

Tags: Stars and Stripes, Taegukgi, Park Geun-hye, Moon Jae-in, Seoul protest, candlelight vigil

March 23, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The sight of the American Stars and Stripes among the Taegukgi held high by loyalists to Park Geun-Hye is a reminder of the historical depth of ties among mostly aging Koreans to the country that rescued the South from annihilation by North Korea and China in (more…)

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

March 20, 2017

Tags: Park Geun-Hye, Rex Tillerson, THAAD, U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team, WorldTribune.com

March 16, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dispensing pledges like a jolly Santa Claus pulling Christmas presents from his sled, arrives today (Friday) in Seoul from Tokyo and flies the following day to Beijing. After vowing undying U.S. support to Korea and Japan, he’ll (more…)

Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

March 3, 2017

Tags: Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat, WMD, WorldTribune.com

March 2, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The poisoning of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un should make everyone painfully aware of a category of “weapons of mass destruction” that’s overlooked in the controversy over nuclear devices.

In all the negotiations, recriminations, talk and double-talk about North Korea’s nuclear (more…)

Fake news and false flags: According to Kim Jong-Un, the CIA killed his brother

February 24, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-nam, Jong-un, Malaysia, Kuala Liumpur airport, North Korea, fake news, false flags, CIA, NIS, Chun Do0-hwan

February 22, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The assassination of Kim Jong-Nam promises to go down as one of those weird acts of terrorism that North Korea, in the face of all evidence to the contrary, will forever deny having perpetrated.

The prevarication and obfuscation in this case would appear a little more (more…)

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…)