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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




Dancing to a new tune


On Forbes' Rich List




The Sewol Tragedy








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Hither and Yon

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

May 20, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Kim Jong-un, North Korean missile, Sunshine policy, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moo-hyun, THAAD, KORUS FTA

May 19, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Would Kim Jong-Un mind giving Moon Jae-In a break?

More than any other South Korean leader in years, Moon would like nothing better than to be the one to bring about North-South reconciliation. Wouldn’t it be great, Moon’s newly appointed former activists must be (more…)

South Korea’s new leadership has a record of promoting summitry with North Korea

May 13, 2017

Tags: Moon Jae-in, Suh Hoon, THAAD, Hong Joon-pyo, Ahn Cheol-soo, Parm Geun-hye, Trump, North Korea, South Korea, Kim Jong-un, Sunshine policy, Kim Dae-jung, Roh Moon-hyun

May 11, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The drama of South Korean history opens a tumultuous new act with the election of a liberal labor lawyer who has promised both to bring about detente with North Korea and satisfy the demands of restive masses fed up with alleged rightist abuses.

Whether Moon Jae-In (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Joy and heartache of cynical family reunions in divided Korea

October 23, 2015

Tags: Mount Geumgang, South Korean Red Cross, North Korean Red Cross, family reunions, Kim Dae-jung, Kim Jong-il, Inter-Korean summit

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
SEOUL — Another round of visits for South Koreans to see their long-lost relatives in North Korea brings both hope and sadness.
Anyone selected for a family visit has to know, after seeing a brother, sister, cousin or some other relative who may be hardly remembered, (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…)