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North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers


Special to By Donald Kirk, 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 […]

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USA economic freedoms again slip in global survey


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While recessionary winds continue to buffet the world economy, many countries are still prospering due to innovative policies which have embraced economic growth and expanded economic opportunities and grown the […]

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Healing history’s bitter Japan-Philippines wounds

Japanese Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko, in Manila.

Special to By Donald Kirk, MANILA ― No city suffered more in World War II than this sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people. No enemy was more cruel, more hostile, more destructive than the Japanese after […]

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Cyber insecurity call to action: The technology explosion has transformed the world

Stolen credit card information can be purchased for as little as $1 on the dark web.

Special to By Liam Fox We live in new world. A world of interdependence where risk in one part of the globe quickly spreads to the rest. Contagion – whether economic – such as the 2008 banking crisis, natural […]

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Who is Donald Trump? Scott Brown and the RINO temptation

Donald Trump and Scott Brown, right.

Special to Jeffrey T. Kuhner Donald Trump has just made the first big mistake of his campaign. Looking to maintain his huge lead in New Hampshire, he has warmly accepted the endorsement of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown. It […]

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From Arab winter to Persian spring?


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Five years after the onset of the pro-democracy revolts against authoritarian rulers in much of the Middle East, the heady warm breezes of the Arab Spring have been replaced with […]

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Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Tsai Ing-wen.

Special to By Sol W. Sanders Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Jan. 15 Taiwan elections have enormous implications not only for the Island’s 25 million people, but for China – and the U.S. Ironically, the election of […]

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

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Donald Gregg in Beijing after a 2014 visit to North Korea.

Special to By Donald Kirk, 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 […]

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The shale revolution, propaganda, sheer idiocy and an abundance of energy

Drilling for oil in Texas’s Eagle Ford Shale. / Eddie Seal

Special to By Sol W. Sanders The Shale Revolution continues to wreak havoc as revolutions are wont to do. The abundance of U.S. natural gas, in many ways a more satisfactory fossil fuel than either coal or oil because […]

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Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL, warns Gates

Gates 2011

Special to By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama Administration and the presidential primary candidates calling for long-term realism in America’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) […]

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