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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events? Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up […]

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Unbelievable: Take your pick of unlikely North Korean power play theories

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with wife Ri Sol-Ju.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The world seems to be missing Kim Jong-un. The porcine image of this overweight 30-something reviewing his troops or wagging a finger at a map or “ordering” a missile test had become a media staple until […]

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A tale of two Hong Kong demonstrations

Demonstrators in Hong Kong on May 6, 1967 gathered in front of the Government House, waving their copies of Mao’s Little Red Book.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The democracy demos in Hong Kong evoke so many memories going back to the late 1960s when I saw thousands pouring on to the streets of what was then a British crown colony brandishing copies of […]

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Terror shadows UN session: Tough rhetoric vs ‘poisonous narrative of Islamic extremism’

Britain’s David Cameron at the UN.  /Telegraph

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The specter and shadow of international terrorism tragically clouded the opening of the UN General Assembly session, yet again. The growing menace from ISIS/ISIL jihadi terrorists threatening the sovereignty of Iraq and Syria […]

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The U.S. is at war again, only this time it’s different; Really?

U.S. bombs Cambodia for the first time, Mar 18, 1969.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The eyes of the world are upon the new U.S. war in Syria and Iraq, and that’s not just because people want to know how or whether aerial bombardments and missile strikes are really […]

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Doomsday: UN’s 69th General Assembly meets amid ‘unprecedented crisis and troubles’

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the UN. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. […]

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The U.S. ‘pivot’ (‘pendulum’?) from the Mideast to Asia and now back

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The debate is so familiar. Should the United States plunge into a war in a region about which all too little is really understood? President Obama, having foresworn war, now is edging into a […]

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September 11 casts long shadow as Obama takes second look at ISIL

President Obama addresses ISIL threat on Sept. 10.  /Saul Loeb/Reuters

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Speaking in the somber shadow of the September 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America in 2001, President Barack Obama sought to stake out an ambitious military and political strategy to degrade […]

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In 1950, UN forces fought back; Of what use are today’s ‘peackeepers’

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines enter the Israeli sector of the Golan Heights on June 12, 2013.  /Menahem Kahana/AFP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The United Nations as a force for peace has never lived up to the hopes implicit in the name. You can’t blame a succession of secretary-generals for the failures of the UN The current secretary-general, Ban […]

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Some in carefree Seoul worry about waging futuristic wars in the here and now

Downtown Seoul, South Korea.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Star Wars is coming. Wait around long enough, and we’ll see missiles and interceptor projectiles knocking each other out in great blazes of flashing light hundreds of miles above from where we cower in […]

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