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The new Vietnam is haunted at the core by the tyrants that defeated freedom

40 years after the Communist victory, in Ho Chi Minh City.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SAIGON ― Memories of a brutal past mingle with images of new beginnings in a region of thick mangrove swamps interlaced with canals from which Viet Cong guerillas more than 40 years ago […]

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Asian wars and the American psyche: From a truce in South Korea to defeat in Vietnam

The Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Anniversaries have their special appeal. The first anniversary on April 16 of the sinking of the Sewol off South Korea’s southwestern coast evoked emotions of outrage and sadness over the loss […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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Checking out the cars on display and ranking the shapely models that aren’t actual accessories

Like the cars, of course, the models come in different ranges. A marketing manager explained to me the gradations.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Beautiful women don’t have a lot to do with the graceful curves of a new motor vehicle, but you might not know that from visiting the Seoul Motor Show. By tradition, most manufacturers […]

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‘Whiplash': Is backlash due to the secret sauce of cultural and Korean excellence?

J.K. Simmons as a disparaging instructor in “Whiplash.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com A crew member on the flight from London to Washington was quite emphatic when I asked his advice about what movie to choose. He said he’d seen a lot of people watching “Whiplash.” […]

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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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