Little Madmen: Correspondents' Tales

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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

China’s loud signal to North Korea reminded Kim Jong-Un he’s not his own man

August 27, 2015

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Park Geun-hye, Xi Jinping, China, North Korea, Demilitarized Zone, DMZ, Korean War

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Conflict with South Korea is a gambit that North Korea cannot afford.
Much as leader Kim Jong-Un may have yearned to humiliate the South by ordering gunfire against the mega-loudspeakers broadcasting music, news and invidious commentary into the North from below the Demilitarized Zone, he (more…)

Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

August 20, 2015

Tags: Shinzo Abe, World War II, Japan apology, Japan remorse, Dokdo, Takeshima, comfort women, Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut.
No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the target of intensive criticism. The fact is the Japanese are done with (more…)

Korea vs. Japan: 70 years after WWII, can we just move on? Apparently not

August 20, 2015

Tags: Shinzo Abe, World War II, Japan apology, Japan remorse, Dokdo, Takeshima, comfort women, Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — Maybe Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, should have kept his mouth shut.
No matter what he might have said on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender, he would be the target of intensive criticism. The fact is the Japanese are done with (more…)

Shared Pain of War and Colonisation Does Little to Heal Korea's Bitter Divisions

August 14, 2015

Tags: North Korea, South Korea, liberation, Japanese surrender, Kim Jong-un, Lee Hee-ho, Dangun, Shinzo Abe

COMMENT›INSIGHT & OPINION
Donald Kirk sees no sign of a breakthrough in North-South relations, despite efforts to bridge the gap, as they separately mark their liberation from colonial rule

The tragedy of Korea is that "liberation" on August 15, 1945, was the prelude not to lasting peace and freedom but to the division of the peninsula (more…)

Korea Still Threatened by Imminent War 70 Years After Japan's Surrender

August 13, 2015

Tags: Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Noth Korea, 70th anniversary, Japan surrender, Lee Hee-ho, Korea Liberation

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — The looming 70th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and Korea’s ”liberation” reminds us of the dangers of new wars in a region where peace may be a fleeting phenomenon. North Korea, writhing under the humiliation of the failure of “Great Leader” Kim Il-Sung’ (more…)

Obama may be tempted to leave the budgeting of a credible U.S. Asian presence to his successor

August 7, 2015

Tags: President Obama, South Korea, Vietnam, defense spending, Iran, Israel, Nixon, Wider War

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The temptation to slash defense spending is overwhelming. Why worry about huge standing forces overseas when they’re not deployed much except on military exercises and war games that are repetitious and boring?
Easy to say, but the U.S. had only 500 advisers in South (more…)

Stormy weather in the South China Sea: Manila, Washington, Seoul weigh the options

August 1, 2015

Tags: T50, Korea Aerospace Industries, South China Sea, China, Philippines, Subic Bay, Clark Air Base, Cubi Point

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
MANILA -- War clouds hang over the South China Sea.
The question is whether they’ll burst into a storm or simply cast a menacing shadow and eventually blow away. The outlook for clear weather does not appear bright while the Philippines works on reopening Subic (more…)

Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

July 24, 2015

Tags: Kim Jong-un, NIS, National Intelligence Service, Silvio Berlusconi, cyber espionate, Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare.
Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how to separate the meaningless, which means almost everything, from the inside clues that (more…)

Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

July 10, 2015

Tags: Paul Morton, Joe Morton, Toronto Star, Italian partisans, World War II, Don North, Ernest Hemingway

Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters.
That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor (more…)

Sankei reporter’s South Korea prosecution excessive: U.S. journalist

July 2, 2015

Tags: Sankei Shimbun, Tatsuya Kato, President Park Geun-hye, Sewol, South Korea, Chosun Ilbo

JIJI
JUN 30, 2015

SEOUL – A freelance U.S. journalist testified in a Seoul court that South Korea’s indictment of Japanese reporter Tatsuya Kato for allegedly defaming President Park Geun-hye was excessive.

Donald Kirk, 77, was testifying Monday at the Seoul Central District Court as a witness for Kato, 49, a former Seoul bureau chief for the (more…)



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