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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

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

April 2, 2017

Tags: park Geun-hye, Park Chung-hee, Choe Sun-sil, Roh Tae-woo, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun, Chun Doo-hwan, Kim Young-sam, Chung Mong-hun, Rhee Syngman, Gaesong Industrial Complex, Mount Geumgang, Gwangju Uprising

March 30, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The prospect of Park Geun-Hye going to jail in the most sweeping political scandal in modern Korean history inspires invidious comparisons. Who, actually, was the most corrupt president since promulgation of the “democracy constitution” in 1987 at the height of demonstrations as massive as those we have (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…)

Koreans are free to vent bottled-up fury on the southern side of the DMZ

December 4, 2015

Tags: Seoul, protests, textbooks, President Park Geun-hae, President Park Chung-hee, Chun Doo-hwan, Korea national police

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
SEOUL — Freedom will ring on the streets of Seoul Saturday, when demonstrators denounce the government for numerous transgressions beginning with the scheme to impose state-edited, state-published school textbooks in place of those by independent scholars.
People by now are so accustomed to the sounds of (more…)

2 tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

March 26, 2015

Tags: Lee Kuan Yew, Park Chung-hee, Kim Dae-jung, Singapore, Korea, Kim Il-sung, Park Geun-hye, Lee Hsien Loong, Chun Doo-hwan

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built up their countries. Weak leaders are often regarded as mediocrities, especially if (more…)

Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposés, it’s still going gangbusters

November 27, 2014

Tags: investigative journalism, David E. Kaplan, Sheila Coronel, Kim Yong-jin, Sewol, Chun Doo-hwan, Aquino, Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda, Bong Bong

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.”
For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, the hidden wealth of the high and mighty in countries and economies ranging (more…)

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