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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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Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an UN investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria’s civil war. The […]

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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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Guns of August: A century after , the U.S. is aloof

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By John J. Metzler VIENNA, Austria–The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great […]

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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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Some advice for poor Hillary, whose poll numbers are headed South

Hillary Clinton “does well to be seen but not really heard.”

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto The summer of 2014 has been difficult for the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In just a few months, she is losing her commanding lead over the possible Republican […]

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Russia’s navy is making waves in France

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

ST. NAZAIRE, France — Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there’s a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of […]

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As Pope Francis beatifies Korea’s martyrs will he acknowledge silenced Christians up North?

Pope Francis with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, second from right, at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, South Korea.  /AP/Ahn Young-joon

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The visit of Pope Francis to Korea coincides with the 69th anniversary tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 15, of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. The eyes of the world will be on the […]

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