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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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Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

April 28, 2017

Tags: North Korea, Joel Wit, Christopher Hill, Robert Gallucci, Nicholas Kristof, Carl Vinson, Moon Jae-in, Korean War, truce, treaty

April 27, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

An interviewer for a radio station in Boston, winding up one of those Q&A’s to which journalists are subjected, asked, What would you do to resolve the North Korean “problem?”

I answered, “I have no solution, no idea, no clue.” While that response might (more…)

LAT Op-Ed: A textbook war divides South Korea

October 22, 2015

Tags: National Institute of Korean History, Korean War, Park Geun-hye, Park Chung-hee

Donald Kirk
SEOUL — For years, the South Korean government and private Korean organizations have objected to Japanese textbooks that convey a rather sunny version of Japan's imperial and colonial history. Now a textbook controversy is turning Koreans against Koreans, and exposing deep divisions in Korean life.

All sides acknowledge that young South Koreans need (more…)

Still forgetting the ‘Forgotten War’ after all these years

October 4, 2015

Tags: Neil Sheehan, Peter Arnett, David Halbertam, Malcolm Browne, Horst Faas, Ap Bac, Vietnam War, Korean War, Keyes Beech, Jim Lucas

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON-- You know how forgotten is the Korean War when you see a documentary about the young correspondents who battled U.S. officialdom in the early years of the Vietnam War and hear comparisons between Vietnam and World War II, Vietnam and Iraq ― and not (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…)

Betraying our allies: Lessons unlearned by less-than-compassionate foreign policy liberals

May 9, 2015

Tags: Vietnam War, Saigon, Iraq, South Vietnamese, Korean War, Ho Chi Minh, Saddam Hussein

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SAIGON — It’s become fashionable among intellectuals from left and right to talk about the Vietnam War in terms of “lessons learned.”
Better yet, critics of U.S. policy write and talk about “lessons not learned.” One of the latter emailed asking me to tell (more…)