Hither and Yon

The brilliant Samantha Power’s two problems: China and her ‘monster’ comment about another powerful woman

October 15, 2016

Tags: samantha power, north korea, unsc, monster, Hillary Clinton

By World Tribune on October 13, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is on a fast track, and that’s not just in terms of her hot-shot career. She’s up against a tight deadline. She’s got until Jan. 20 to persuade the U. (more…)

Remembering when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

October 8, 2016

Tags: Don Oberdorfer, Mark Lippert, Noh Hyo-dong, Yonhap

By World Tribune on October 6, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

The late Don Oberdorfer would surely have had qualms with the award named for him and presented by U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert to Noh Hyo-dong, the longtime diplomatic and Washington correspondent for Yonhap News Agency.

Why would a top U.S. (more…)

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

September 10, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye, Vladimir Putin

By World Tribune on September 8, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation.

The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and (more…)

A loyal son’s lonely crusade

September 2, 2016

Tags: Hwang In-cheol, Hwang Won, Korean Air hijacking, North Korea, Kim Dae-jung, June 2000 summit, Kim Kong-il, North Korea

By World Tribune on September 1, 2016

By Donald Kirk

Time slowly erases the traces of those held in North Korea. The longer they’re there, the easier it is to forget them. Their families, reluctant to invest more psychic energy on those for whom they know the North Koreans have no mercy, give up the (more…)

Where does bankrupt North Korea get the cash for those skyscrapers and missiles?

August 26, 2016

Tags: North Korea exports, Russia, China, Dandong, Sinuiju, Tumen River, Yalu River, Kaesong

By World Tribune on August 25, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

U.S.-China relations are at their worst in years, and North and South Korean are not getting along either. In fact, relations between those two are at such a low ebb that two-way trade, once about several hundred million dollars a (more…)

Why North Korea has become flavor of the month for American media

August 11, 2016

Tags: ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Bob Woodruff, Tony Namkung

"What counts is the story the North Koreans want the world to know"
Donald Kirk August 11th, 2016
North Korea is looking like the flavor of the month for American broadcast media.

ABC’s Bob Woodruff was just there, interviewing a foreign ministry official, flying over Pyongyang for an unprecedented view of the capital, mixing (more…)

Can a nation so divided against itself stand?

August 1, 2016

Tags: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, President Obama, 2016 presidential campaign

July 31, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON -- The two top American political parties are so badly fractured you wonder if they’ll ever come together again. And that’s to say nothing of the American public: that is, the vast majority who don’t participate in party politics at all.

It’s (more…)

Brexit comes as a shock depending on which Brits you talk to

July 1, 2016

Tags: Brexit, The City of London, The City, Oxford, Cambridge, Germany, Churchill, sterling, franc, mark, lire, Euro, European Union

By World Tribune on June 30, 2016
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By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― We’ve been reading for so long about Britain’s economic troubles, the social system and the culture intertwined with the country’s slow, not always graceful, decline, that the British exit from the European Union comes as less than a (more…)

Shooting it out in America, and may the good guys win

June 18, 2016

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By World Tribune on June 17, 2016
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By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

[Editors’ Note: Don Kirk normally lives in Seoul under the constant threat of a nuclear missile attack from North Korea. Currently on a road trip back in the USA, he’s taking dead aim at the “gun nuts” on this (more…)

Surreal world: Ever notice how celebrity visitors to N. Korea have nothing to say about horrors there?

June 11, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Muhammad Ali, Inoki, Ric Flair, Gloria Steinem, Yanji, Rason, Chongjin, Nobel Peace Prize

By World Tribune on June 9, 2016
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DonKirk3By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

North Korea, that is the people who run the place, likes nothing better than endorsements from foreign visitors.

The list of foreigners paying obeisance to the Kim regime, Kim Jong-Un and his father and grandfather before him, is quite (more…)