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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

Nobama

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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U.S. continues to tolerate N. Korean WMD, but can Pyongyang handle satire?

KimPark

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The rapid-fire sequence of events surrounding the film “The Interview” raises a familiar question: When will the world lose patience with the North Korean regime and toss out the “supreme leader” along with […]

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And what is AP’s Pyongyang bureau reporting about ‘The Interview’? Absolutely nothing

The Kim Jong-Un character in 'The Interview'.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com By now so many people have seen “The Interview” that it almost seems ridiculous to think that Sony briefly banned its release. The film is so accessible that Sony’s main problem may be […]

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Many motives for the cyber-attack on ‘The Interview’

Collage of North Korean ruler Kim Jong-Un, right, and a still from the film 'The Interview'.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Maybe we should all be thankful. No harm done in this Sony/North Korea flap; just a war of words. A torrent of them, in fact, but so far no fatalities, no injuries, merely […]

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Going nuts up there in first class

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com I know how she feels. You ask for nuts, you get pretzels, and that’s upsetting. That’s just the view from economy class. Up there in first class, you ask for nuts, and you’ve […]

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This film’s no joke to North Korea

Interview

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The North Koreans could not have come up with a better way to publicize a movie. Can anyone imagine a Hollywood comedy causing a diplomatic storm involving United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and […]

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Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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‘Blessed are the meek’? Documentary slams Korean megachurch pastors

The documentary 'Quo Vadis' is directed by Kim Jae-Hwan.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The growth of megachurches worldwide is a phenomenon in which thousands of individual churches or parishes each claim more than 2,000 members. The Full Gospel Church in Yeoeuido is the world’s largest, with […]

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South Korea’s champion-class baseball fans

South Korean fans are all in.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com American baseball fans, maybe U.S. major league baseball in general, have some lessons to learn from the way that diehard Koreans cheer on their teams. At the final game of the Korea Series, […]

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