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Hither and Yon

Can a nation so divided against itself stand?

July 31, 2016
Special to WorldTribune.com

By Donald Kirk

WASHINGTON -- The two top American political parties are so badly fractured you wonder if they’ll ever come together again. And that’s to say nothing of the American public: that is, the vast majority who don’t participate in party politics at all.

It’s  Read More 
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Do North Korean propaganda writers really want to channel Abraham Lincoln

Do North Korean propaganda writers really want to channel Abraham Lincoln
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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  Read More 
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Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump

Bush and Obama didn’t have the answers; Now Americans take a look at Trump
Special to WorldTribune.com
By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
WASHINGTON ― First he was talking about kicking out all 12 million “illegal immigrants” in the U.S., and now he wants to exclude Muslims from the right to enter the U. Read More 
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Civilization vs China and Russia: TPP is more than just a trade deal

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By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com
SEOUL — The Trans-Pacific Partnership carries implications far beyond the commercial benefits that President Obama and others claim would result from it.
Arguments pro and con in terms of the advantages and disadvantages for each of the 12 countries that have signed on to TPP are sure  Read More 
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Obama welcomes Xi: A matter of ‘optics’ and not much else

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

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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  Read More 
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Obama, the Great Conciliator, makes solidarity a one-man show

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
WASHINGTON — Incredibly, President Obama was the missing man among world leaders massed in tight formation in the front rank of the peace march mourning the slaughter of a dozen people at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and four more killed in a kosher supermarket  Read More 
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America’s political ‘takeaway’: A Congress that has abdicated its responsibility for the U.S.

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com
The U.S. exercise in democracy is a drama that’s turning from success story to farce, and may wind up in tragedy.
That’s the “takeaway” — a word that’s come into vogue for wrapping up everything from delivery of fast food and winding  Read More 
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