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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

Hither and Yon

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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…)

North Korea ‘experts’ agree on the certainty of uncertain outcomes

June 3, 2016

Tags: Jeju Peace Forum, Song Min-soon, Yu Myung-Hwan, Roh Moo-hyun, G. John Ikenberry, Peter Hayes, North Korea, nuclear, Zhengqiang Pan

By World Tribune on June 2, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

JEJU ― Ask an expert analyst how to deal with North Korea, and the responses range from getting tough to massaging gently.

Nobody has the real answer ― though some people like to talk with absolute certainty ― and there’s no proof (more…)

Art of the deal: How about a summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un at the Korean DMZ?

May 29, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, Hillary Clinton, JSA, DMZ, Korea, Workers' Party, Vietnam

By World Tribune on May 26, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

Donald Trump may be running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential sweepstakes if the polls are at all credible, but there’s one constituency in which he appears to be well ahead. That’s within (more…)

The South Korean split over Gwangju revolt still festers, empowering the North

May 20, 2016

Tags: Gwangju uprising, May 18, Kim Dae-jung, Chun Doo-hwan, Gwangju, North Korea, Kim Jong-un

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

GWANGJU ― The ghosts of the uprising of May 18, 1980, hover over this old but new city in a restive spirit that shows the disunity, the factional splits and the regional hatreds that persist in undermining the ability of South Korea to stand effectively against challenges (more…)

Does China have more influence over South Korea than North Korea?

May 12, 2016

Tags: Shen Yun Performing Arts, New Cosmos Media, Falun Gong, Suwon, North Korea, China, KBS, Gyeonggi Arts Center

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com

We keep hearing about all the influence the Chinese have over North Korea.
If only they'd exert their power, maybe cut off or slow down the flow of oil that's the lifeblood of the country, then the North Koreans would start talking seriously about giving (more…)

South Korea’s Park rains on Kim Jong Un’s coronation parade

May 6, 2016

Tags: Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang, Party Congress, Iran, Tehran, Park Geun-hye, South Korea, axix of evil, Iraq, President George W. Bush

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Kim Jong-Un celebrates his “coronation” in Pyongyang Friday while forgetting about one unpleasant reality that deepens North Korea’s isolation in an already hostile world.
He presides over North Korea’s biggest-ever party, the Seventh Workers’ Party Congress, while Iran, his longtime partner in nuclear (more…)

A filmmaker’s stealth coup: Zooming in on North Korean mind control

April 29, 2016

Tags: Vitaly Manski, A State of Mind, Under the Sun, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un, Zin Mi, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky has managed to bamboozle his North Korean hosts in a confidence game that’s one of the greater journalistic coups ever scored against the regime.
Mansky, having given the North Koreans the clear impression that he wanted to collaborate fully (more…)

By ‘invitation’ only: North Korea’s blunt force approach to foreign language education

April 23, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Robert S. Boynton, The Invitation Zone

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
North Koreans some years ago had an unusual way of acquiring professional expertise in teaching people foreign languages.
Rather than advertise for teachers, they kidnapped native speakers. Most of them were Japanese, but they also captured likely candidates from Europe and the Middle East.
Robert (more…)

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The Sewol Tragedy