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Little Madmen: Correspondents' Tales

Donald Kirk and Kisam Kim explain in detail the campaign of the president of Korea for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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
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

‘Rocket man’ gives everyone a break from tedious news cycles

December 3, 2017

Tags: Kim Jong-un, rocket man, North Korea, China, Xi Jinping, ICBM, missile test, nuclear, Donald Trump, Jim Mattis

November 30, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― He had to do it, didn’t he? Just when the optimists were saying, well, it’s been a few weeks since the last one, maybe he’s learned his lesson.

What lesson?

Kim Jong-Un (aka, “Rocket man”) sails on, oblivious (more…)

‘Expert’ fixes for the North Korea crisis: Seriously?

August 5, 2017

Tags: ICBM, North Korea, China, media, Trump, strategic patience, Mark Milley, Mattis

By World Tribune on August 3, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON ― North Korea pops off another ICBM, and suddenly the U.S. media is full of talking heads offering views and solutions.

They range from the extremes of annihilating North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities to, “Oh, just sign a peace (more…)

Vise tightens on North Korea crisis as Americans focus elsewhere

July 29, 2017

Tags: Obamacare, Trumpcare, sanctions, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Trump, China, Xi Jinping

July 28, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON — Americans are so fixated on the issues of healthcare and Russia that tightening sanctions on North Korea almost escapes notice.

One minute the networks are vying with one another on what passes as “analysis” on President Trump’s efforts to replace Obamacare with Trumpcare, and (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…)

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
Special to WorldTribune.com

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…)

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…)

North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers

February 13, 2016

Tags: North Korea, South Korea, China, Russia, KIC, Kaesong Industrial Complex, THAAD, Kim Jong-Un, Unha-3, Rason, China, Russia

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring.
The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch changed a thing? The easy answer is not really ― but think again. The (more…)

No, Time magazine, it’s not yet time to forgive as threat of WMD terror looms large

November 20, 2015

Tags: Time magazine, war on terror, Nazi death camps, Charleston, Paris attacks. Japan, Nanking, China, Uighur

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
This week’s Asia edition of Time magazine features the cover line, “What It Takes to Forgive a Killer.”
Thinking the editors had had time to do a cover on the massacres in Paris, I discovered cloying, patronizing interviews with friends and relatives of the (more…)

Obama welcomes Xi: A matter of ‘optics’ and not much else

September 27, 2015

Tags: Xi Jinping, President Obama, South Korea, China, Demilitarized Zone, DMZ, South China Sea, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON -- China President Xi Jinping’s meeting with President Obama Friday is sure to be an exercise in double-and-triple talk that will sorely test the skills of both of them in papering over, covering up and otherwise evading issues that neither of them is going (more…)

Where’s the international pressure on China to accept refugees . . . from N. Korea?

September 18, 2015

Tags: North Korea refugees, defectors, China

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
The spectacle of mass migrations is a permanent phenomenon of our times. Images of refugees risking lives to escape oppressive regimes, starvation, war and mayhem are embedded in our subconscious.
Think of the thousands who escaped from Vietnam after the defeat of the American-backed Saigon (more…)

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…)

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…)

Ironies abound in Subic Bay and Vietnam: U.S. Navy welcomed back with open arms

June 4, 2015

Tags: South China Sea, Subic Bay, USS Shiloh, Olongapo, Philippines, China, Clark Air Base, Scarborough Shoal, Spratly Islands, Paracels, Vietnam

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SUBIC BAY, Philippines ― The presence here of the USS Shiloh, a cruiser laden with missiles and cannon, reminds visitors of a bygone era. It was almost 25 years ago that the U.S. Navy had to abandon Subic Bay and the U.S. Air Force evacuated (more…)

As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

April 17, 2015

Tags: Manohar Parrikar, India, Korea, Pakistan, China, Lakhvinder Singh, arms sales, Great Game

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions.
Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s why India’s defense minister, Manohar Parrikar is in Seoul (more…)

Journalism nightmare: How to confirm a defector’s story about surviving the kingdom of lies

January 24, 2015

Tags: North Korea, defectors, Shin Dong-hyuk, Tumen River, Blaine Harden, China, Jilin Province

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
Defectors from North Korea all have harrowing tales of suffering that are difficult to imagine in real life.
Their stories differ widely depending on the circumstances — some have spent time in prisons, most have not. Many have been hungry, or have seen relatives and friends (more…)

U.S. continues to tolerate N. Korean WMD, but can Pyongyang handle satire?

January 8, 2015

Tags: The Interview, Kim Jong-Un, Randall Park, North Korea, U.S. sanctions, China, Russia, Iran, Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The rapid-fire sequence of events surrounding the film “The Interview” raises a familiar question: When will the world lose patience with the North Korean regime and toss out the “supreme leader” along with the flunkies and toadies and cronies surrounding him? Or do we need (more…)

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