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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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The Ivanka counter-charm offensive: Bracing for the Winter Olympics end game

February 25, 2018

Tags: Ivanka, Trump, Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Kim Yong Chol, Kim Yo Jong, Cheonan, Yeongoyeing Island, North Korea, Moon Jae-in

By World Tribune on February 23, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Ivanka Trump’s upcoming weekend in South Korea is sure to set off another round of intense speculation while the vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party leads a delegation south at just about the same time.

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Joshua Cooper Ramo, the Winter Olympics and NBC’s staggering conflicts of interest

February 20, 2018

By World Tribune on February 19, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The strange case of NBC sports commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo touched the sensitive nerves of millions of Koreans. Thousands responded with indignation, aggrieved feelings, even outrage to his on-air remark at the Winter Olympics to the effect that “every Korean will tell (more…)

Korean protests at the Olympics, then and now

February 9, 2018

Tags: PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Kim Jong-un, Kim Yo-Jong, Moon Jae-in, Korean Air 858, 1988 Summer Olympics, Chun Doo-hwan, Roh Tae-woo, USA Today

February 8, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Mid-winter is not exactly the best time for mass demonstrations in South Korea. Protesters prefer to wait for spring, but the Winter Olympics leave them no choice.

Flag-wavers are out there during the coldest ever Olympics, the rightists waving Korean and American flags, leftists and liberals (more…)

Trump’s ‘new American moment’: Paving the way to a ‘bloody nose’ for North Korea?

February 2, 2018

Tags: Winter Olympics, Pyeongcheong, Gangneung, Trump, Moon Jae-in, KORUS FTA, State of the Union, Victor Cha, North Korea, Ji Seong-ho, Otto Warmbier

By World Tribune on February 1, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Don’t count on the Winter Olympics as the moment for rapprochement on the Korean peninsula. That message came through loud and clear in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. “Our new American moment,” as Trump called this (more…)

Has it been 50 years? Remembering the Tet, the Blue House raid and North Korea’s capture of the Pueblo

January 28, 2018

Tags: virginia beach, south vietnam, north vietnam, tet offensive, lunar new hear, viet cong, danang, hue, saigon, pueblo, blue house raid, jim mattis

By World Tribune on January 23, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia ― How quickly we forget. Memories, dates and events fade away, only to be revived on anniversaries. A lot of historical events are barely recalled.

I was in a country named “South” Vietnam 50 years ago when North Vietnamese and Viet (more…)

Let the games begin, but watch out for those N. Korean dancers

January 19, 2018

Tags: Moranbong, Hyon Song-Wol, K-Pop, Panmunjom, Kim Jong-un, President Trump, Women's Hockey, Samjiyon, North Korea, PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Arirang, President Moon Jae-in

January 18, 2018, Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Ah, let the games begin! The fun and games, that is, of seeing how the clever North Koreans play the Winter Olympics for all they’re worth.

For sure, North Korean strategists are looking for a diplomatic and political triumph regardless of who wins what (more…)

Predicting the unfolding Korean history? Don’t bother

January 12, 2018

Tags: PyeongChang, Winter Olympics, Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, US -Korea alliance, Ri Son-Gwon, Korean peninsula, war games

January 11, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Uh oh. Watch for all the soothsayers putting in their two cents or two won worth on the future of the Korean Peninsula, post-PyeongChang. Beware of the cognoscenti with dire forecasts of capitulation to the evil Northers, with hopeful words of peace at last, with (more…)

Darkest Hour? Churchill, Chamberlain and today’s North Korean dilemma

January 7, 2018

Tags: Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, Darkest Hour, Hitler, Nazi, Kim Jong-un, Moon Jae-in, Pyeogchang Winter Olympics, 1936 Olympics, 1988 Seoul Olympics, Lavrov

December 28, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― Historical comparisons can be terribly flawed. Bearing that in mind, I could not help but think of talk about talks with North Korea while watching a new British film, “Darkest Hour,” all about Winston Churchill in the darkest early days of World War II spurning (more…)

No B1 bomber can touch North Korea’s elite geek squad

December 22, 2017

Tags: cyberwar, cyber, wannacry, preemptive strike, military option, kim jong-un, b1 bombers, f22, f35, kim il-siung university, pyongyang, north korea

December 21, 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON: Here’s a target the deadliest, most accurate missile isn’t going to touch: the computers in North Korea that are responsible for wreaking havoc around the world.

It’s all very well to talk about “the military option” or even a “preemptive attack” on (more…)

Turns out the U.S. may not be able to afford Korean War II

December 16, 2017

Tags: kim jong-un, trump, korean war, general warren gregson, military option

By World Tribune on December 14, 2017

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON -- A lot of people here, from right to left politically, think war on the Korean peninsula is imminent.

Kim Jong-Un, they say, is eager to order a seventh nuclear test as well as test shots of intercontinental ballistic missiles. And would (more…)

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