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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

Cognitive dissonance in Seoul over the waving of American flags

March 25, 2017

Tags: Stars and Stripes, Taegukgi, Park Geun-hye, Moon Jae-in, Seoul protest, candlelight vigil

March 23, 2017
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

The sight of the American Stars and Stripes among the Taegukgi held high by loyalists to Park Geun-Hye is a reminder of the historical depth of ties among mostly aging Koreans to the country that rescued the South from annihilation by North Korea and China in (more…)

Impeachment as the civilized option to crucifixion, in Seoul and Washington

December 5, 2016

Tags: Impeachment, Park Geun-hye, George and Ira Gershwin, Of Thee I Sing, Trump, Clinton

By World Tribune on December 1, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Enough, enough, we want no preachment – It’s time to vote on his impeachment!

That rhyme from a Broadway classic, “Of Thee I sing,” words by Ira Gershwin, music by his brother George, comes to mind as talk of impeachment ricochets around (more…)

North Korea and the Left love ‘democratic’ protests that back their agendas

November 18, 2016

Tags: Donald Trump, Seoul protests, Park Geun-hye, Blue House, Shinzo Abe, Cheong Wa Dae Chun Doo-hwan, Park Ching-hee

By World Tribune on November 17, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

Too bad President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to President Park Geun-Hye the day after his victory may be his only chance to talk with her. Even if she’s still in the Blue House when he moves into the White House, (more…)

Make believe war games south of the DMZ, but what if the North is for real?

November 12, 2016

Tags: Osan Air Base, South Korea, Typhoon Eurofighter, F16, F15E, Donald Trump, Wing commander, Roger Elliott, Air Chief Marshal, Sir Stephen Hillier, 7th Air Force, General Thomas Bergeson, Park Geun-hye

By World Tribune on November 10, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

An air of unreality pervaded the atmosphere if not the skies over Osan Air Base this week as three of the niftiest warplanes on the planet zoomed off the runway for war games intended to strengthen their ability to work together to (more…)

North Korea curses the world yet again and with more venom than ever

September 10, 2016

Tags: North Korea, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Xi Jinping, Park Geun-hye, Vladimir Putin

By World Tribune on September 8, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

You have to credit the North Koreans with chutzpah ― the Yiddish word for “nerve,” brazen arrogance or insolence, all in untranslatable exclamation.

The leaders of the world’s 20 strongest, most powerful nations were gathered in a solemn conclave in China, and (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…)

Conflicting U.S. views on conflict resolution with N. Korea: What if there is no solution?

January 28, 2016

Tags: Donald Gregg, Kim Jong-un, North Korea, East Asia Foundation, Park Geun-hye, Evans Revere

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to Korea as the country was making the transition to democracy in the early 1990s, did not take kindly to my column [A former U.S. diplomat’s inexplicable defense of Kim Jong-Un] in which I quoted him, accurately, as (more…)

South Korean president walks tightrope on North-South strategy, left-right domestic politics

November 27, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, APEC, South Chiona Sea, East Asia Summit, Yeonpyeong Island, North Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
President Park Geun-Hye is pursuing a fight-talk strategy.
On Monday, South Korean gunners staged a live-fire exercise in waters well within hearing range of North Korea’s southwestern coast. Next, North and South Korean negotiators were planning to meet at Panmunjom.
The contrast between military (more…)

Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

October 31, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, Li Keqiang, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Putin, trilateral summit, Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, after President Putin saw Obama at the United Nations and Xi (more…)

Asian summitry roars to a climax: With so much talk, what could go wrong?

October 31, 2015

Tags: Park Geun-hye, Li Keqiang, Shinzo Abe, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Obama, Putin, trilateral summit, Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
It’s the season for summits with heavy overtones for Northeast Asia. After President Park Geun-Hye met President Barack Obama in Washington and President Xi Jinping in Beijing, after Xi met Obama in Washington, after President Putin saw Obama at the United Nations and Xi (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…)

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…)

South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

June 27, 2015

Tags: World War II, Okinawa, Shinzo Abe, Park Geun-hye, August 15, Japanese surrender, Dokdo, Takeshima, Xi Jinping, trilateral cooperation, U.S. alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century.
On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian history, the three-month struggle for Okinawa. The battle ended with the (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…)

WorldTribune.com: Exploiting tragedy for political gain

May 15, 2014

Tags: Sewol, Jindo, Park Geun-hye, New York Times, Korean media

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
SEOUL — The tragedy of the sunken South Korean ferry the Sewol is now old news. The international press barely covers the long aftermath as divers look for the last missing bodies. The news has receded from the lead position in the Korean media and sometimes (more…)

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