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Two tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

The late Lee Kuan Yew, right, greets South Korean President Park Geun-Hye daughter of former President Park Chung-Hee.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built […]

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Irreconcilable differences in our time: Let’s not go to pieces over peace

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Some of the terrible problems we read, hear and talk about so often are beyond solution. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated this week that as long as he was in office there […]

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

U.S. Ambassador , FYI, Japan Times, EXTRA, Hodo-bu Hongo reports, image photos, Sept. 2, 2009. MIURA PHOTO.

Special to WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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Dealing with Iran: Give diplomacy a shot

US President Obama listens as Israeli PM Netanyahu delivers a statement in Washington

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s exhortations to the U.S. Congress to forget about a “bad deal” with Iran avoids one problem. Absent a deal, who believes Iran will scale down its nuclear […]

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With all the angst over Netanyahu’s visit and Iran, why no mention of North Korea?

North Korea's Kim Yong-Nam during visit to Iran in August 2012.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com President Obama faces a foreign policy predicament of gigantic proportions. The leader of Israel is coming to Washington, doing an end run around the White House, taking his case to a Republican-controlled Congress […]

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As Korean crisis looms, a Kissingeresque ‘Peace-is-at-hand’ fix is the wrong answer

Le Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Comparisons between the Korean and Vietnam wars have always been misleading if not ridiculous, never more so than when Henry Kissinger, in a new documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,” says that he and […]

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What Kenji Goto understood that his killers did not

Kenji Goto: 'Hate is not for humans.'

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The murder of journalists at the hands of ISIS forces shows how far a few daring correspondents will go to find out what’s going on. Covering wars has always been hazardous, never more […]

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War and peace, then and now

Don Kirk on a truck with South Vietnamese soldiers on route one,  1972.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com In sunny Florida, while storms and blizzards rage in the American Northeast, old war correspondents from our days in Vietnam and Cambodia talk about those days of fighting in the jungles, of going […]

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Journalism nightmare: How to confirm a defector’s story about surviving the kingdom of lies

No western reporter has ever been inside a North Korean prison camp.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Defectors from North Korea all have harrowing tales of suffering that are difficult to imagine in real life. Their stories differ widely depending on the circumstances — some have spent time in prisons, […]

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

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Special to WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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