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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

How I got into the closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Winter Games

March 3, 2018

Tags: PyeongChang, South Korea, Winter Olympics, Russians, black market, Olympic Stadium, closing ceremony

March 2, 2018

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

PYEONGCHANG ― Now I know firsthand what they’re talking about when they say the Russians are tricky. Yes, they’ve gotten into American and other websites, tried to sway the U.S. presidential election and are not to be trusted, but those were media reports. In (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…)

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…)

Girl talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton and South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

November 5, 2016

Tags: Hillary Clinton, South Korea, Choi Soon-Sil, Choi Tae-Min, Girl talk: Imagine what HillaKorea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

November 3, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk

[Editors’ note: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, the country’s first female president, is facing her biggest political crisis since coming to power in 2013. A close female friend, Choi Soon-Sil, 60, is accused of selling influence. She is the daughter of late religious leader Choi Tae-Min, who (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…)

Do North Korean propaganda writers really want to channel Abraham Lincoln

April 15, 2016

Tags: President Park Geun-hye, South Korea, North Korea, Abraham Lincoln, President Obama, North Korea Today

Do North Korean propaganda writers really want to channel Abraham Lincoln
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON – Credit someone in North Korea with a sense of historical irony. Who would have thought anyone up there would have dreamed of writing an imaginary letter from Abraham Lincoln to President Obama berating (more…)

Conflict resolution 101: Here’s how the U.S. should talk with the North Koreans

February 26, 2016

Tags: Kaesong, Gaesong, KIC, GIC, Christopher Hill, North Korea, South Korea, peace trreaty, UN Security Council, 1991 Joint Declaration on Denuclearization of the Korean peninsula

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
Listen to people talking about the panacea of “dialogue” and “a peace treaty” with North Korea.
They make it seem so simple. We need to talk, they say. We’ll never come to terms with North Korea if we don’t talk.
One advocate of (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…)

Media freedom on trial in Seoul

December 27, 2015

Tags: Tatsuya Kato, Kinya Fujimoto, South Korea, President Park, Sankei Shimbun, Chosun Ilbo, Sewol

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
The zeal with which the Korean government pursued the case of Tatsuya Kato, charged with criminal libel, bears disturbing parallels to the records of other countries that prosecute critics. The charge of libel is a favorite weapon of authorities in Singapore and Malaysia, to name (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…)

Shared Pain of War and Colonisation Does Little to Heal Korea's Bitter Divisions

August 14, 2015

Tags: North Korea, South Korea, liberation, Japanese surrender, Kim Jong-un, Lee Hee-ho, Dangun, Shinzo Abe

Donald Kirk sees no sign of a breakthrough in North-South relations, despite efforts to bridge the gap, as they separately mark their liberation from colonial rule

The tragedy of Korea is that "liberation" on August 15, 1945, was the prelude not to lasting peace and freedom but to the division of the peninsula (more…)

Obama may be tempted to leave the budgeting of a credible U.S. Asian presence to his successor

August 7, 2015

Tags: President Obama, South Korea, Vietnam, defense spending, Iran, Israel, Nixon, Wider War

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The temptation to slash defense spending is overwhelming. Why worry about huge standing forces overseas when they’re not deployed much except on military exercises and war games that are repetitious and boring?
Easy to say, but the U.S. had only 500 advisers in South (more…)

Sankei reporter’s South Korea prosecution excessive: U.S. journalist

July 2, 2015

Tags: Sankei Shimbun, Tatsuya Kato, President Park Geun-hye, Sewol, South Korea, Chosun Ilbo

JUN 30, 2015

SEOUL – A freelance U.S. journalist testified in a Seoul court that South Korea’s indictment of Japanese reporter Tatsuya Kato for allegedly defaming President Park Geun-hye was excessive.

Donald Kirk, 77, was testifying Monday at the Seoul Central District Court as a witness for Kato, 49, a former Seoul bureau chief for the (more…)

Mass killers on the loose ― cover up, hunker down, prepare to die

June 11, 2015

Tags: MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, SARS, South Korea, AIDS

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
AIDS, SARS, MERS ― the four-letter acronyms leap from the headlines like killers in a horror movie each time the latest deadly disease spreads shock and awe among people to whom the inability to find cures seems unimaginable.
It was just a century or so ago (more…)

"Whiplash": Is backlash due to the secret sauce of cultural and Korean excellence?

April 5, 2015

Tags: Whiplash, J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Oscars, school bullying, South Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
A crew member on the flight from London to Washington was quite emphatic when I asked his advice about what movie to choose. He said he’d seen a lot of people watching “Whiplash.”
Often, I don’t watch much of anything on planes. I’ (more…)

Friend or foe? Attacks on U.S. ambassadors in safe neighborhoods

March 12, 2015

Tags: Mark Lippert, Hirobumi Ito, Edwin O. Reischauer, Ahn Jung-geun, South Korea, Japan

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
Incredibly, crackpots on the left, quick to echo any line from North Korea, compare the attack on U.S. ambassador Mark Lippert to the assassination of Hirobumi Ito, Japanese resident-general of Korea in the early days of the Japanese colonial era. I’ve received messages to that effect from (more…)

‘Blessed are the meek’? Documentary slams Korean megachurch pastors

November 20, 2014

Tags: Full Gospel Church, South Korea, Rev. David Cho, megachurches, Quo Vadis, Kim Jae-Hwan

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The growth of megachurches worldwide is a phenomenon in which thousands of individual churches or parishes each claim more than 2,000 members.
The Full Gospel Church in Yeoeuido is the world’s largest, with hundreds of thousands attending 10 or more services every Sunday. Nearly half the (more…)

South Koreans: Too stressed to appreciate their new status as coolest Asians

October 30, 2014

Tags: Euny Hong, Daniel Tudor, Mark Russell, Gangnam, South Korea, K-pop, Psy

Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
A lot of Koreans don’t know it, but Korea is cool.
Three newly published books say so. Two of them even have “cool” in the title — “The Birth of Korean Cool” by Euny Hong, who describes herself as having “spent her childhood in Chicago and in (more…)

Mini-wars and world wars: uncomfortable comparisons

August 7, 2014

Tags: Israel, Hamas, North Korea, South Korea, Palestine, British mandate

Mini-wars and world wars: Some uncomfortable comparisons
By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
Conflict between Israel and the Hamas bears some startling resemblances to that between North and South Korea. Think about it:
Israel and North Korea are both essentially client states. Israel couldn’t fight anyone, could not exist surrounded by Arab enemies, without (more…)

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