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Stormy weather in the South China Sea: Manila, Washington, Seoul weigh the options

Korean T50s.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA ― War clouds hang over the South China Sea. The question is whether they’ll burst into a storm or simply cast a menacing shadow and eventually blow away. The outlook for clear […]

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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

Silvio Berlusconi

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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Reading Kim Jong-Un’s mind as he reads the fine print of Iran nuclear agreement

The North Korea-Iran strategic partnership that is rarely mentioned.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Greeks made a deal to reform their free-spending ways and stay in the European Union, while the Iranians agreed to restrain their nuclear ambitions and crawl out from under onerous sanctions. Can […]

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Reporters vs editors: Paul Morton’s story is finally told

Toronto Star correspondent Paul Morton.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters. That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor […]

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Slaughter on the ‘Northern Limit Line': A day for war and soccer

Scene from a new film 'Northern Limit Line' that has generated widespread interest in South Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com For several hours on June 29, 2002, images of warships in the West or Yellow Sea filled television screens in Korea. I was in Seoul watching avidly as reports of a raging battle […]

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South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

Han

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century. On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian […]

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One man is eating hearty up in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits Farm No. 1116, under KPA (Korean People's Army) Unit 810. / KCNA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com You have to wonder what Kim Jong-Un is eating these days. Every time his picture appears visiting a military unit or a factory or an agricultural cooperative, he seems to have gained a […]

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Mass killers on the loose ― cover up, hunker down, prepare to die

A young South Korean couple and wedding guests in Seoul on June 6 came to symbolize the MERS scare when they posed as a joke with surgical masks.  / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com AIDS, SARS, MERS ― the four-letter acronyms leap from the headlines like killers in a horror movie each time the latest deadly disease spreads shock and awe among people to whom the inability […]

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Ironies abound in Subic Bay and Vietnam: U.S. Navy welcomed back with open arms

The USS Shiloh sailed into Subic Bay this week.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SUBIC BAY, Philippines ― The presence here of the USS Shiloh, a cruiser laden with missiles and cannon, reminds visitors of a bygone era. It was almost 25 years ago that the U.S. […]

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Junket for peace: Gloria and ‘sisters’ feel good, stay on message — Pyongyang’s talking points

gloriagloria

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The crusade of WomenCrossDMZ for peace on the Korean Peninsula had certain defined boundaries. Don’t talk about human rights and nukes. Say all you want about American sanctions on North Korea and the […]

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