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A filmmaker’s stealth coup: Zooming in on North Korean mind control

By letting his cameras tell the rest of the story, Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky committed an act of stealth journalism that left his North Korean handlers fuming. / Vitaly Mansky / IDFA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Russian documentary filmmaker Vitaly Mansky has managed to bamboozle his North Korean hosts in a confidence game that’s one of the greater journalistic coups ever scored against the regime. Mansky, having given the […]

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By ‘invitation’ only: North Korea’s blunt force approach to foreign language education

The father of Japanese abductee, Megumi Yokota, holds a picture of his daughter at 13 and then at 20 in North Korea. / Koichi Kamoshida / Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com North Koreans some years ago had an unusual way of acquiring professional expertise in teaching people foreign languages. Rather than advertise for teachers, they kidnapped native speakers. Most of them were Japanese, but […]

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Do North Korean propaganda writers really want to channel Abraham Lincoln

Honest Abe

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON – Credit someone in North Korea with a sense of historical irony. Who would have thought anyone up there would have dreamed of writing an imaginary letter from Abraham Lincoln to President […]

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Pop quiz: Is North Korea a terrorist state? Yes or no?

Chief U.S. negotiator Christopher Hill negotiated a deal whereby North Korea would accept a verification plan after being delisted as a state sponsor of terrorism. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― Here’s a question people here keep asking: Is North Korea a terrorist state? Forget about the missile shots. They’ve all landed in the sea and harmed no one. What about the […]

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The New York Times vs. consummate New Yorker Donald Trump

NYT

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON ― Talk about local boy making good, and then look at the case of Donald Trump. He’s a New Yorker through and through ― looks, talks and acts like one, arrogant, sneering […]

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How the U.S. handles the baddest of bad actors: ISIL, Cuba and North Korea

ObamaCastro

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com WASHINGTON – The hype surrounding President Obama’s visit to Cuba quickly gave way to fear and loathing as the world absorbed the news of the slaughter perpetrated in Brussels, for which ISIL, the […]

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Back in the USA and tracking the news on Interstate 40: North Korea? Where?

USpolitics

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas ― North Korea’s top gun will have to try harder if he expects his threats of another nuclear test will win serious consideration in a U.S. presidential election year. Driving […]

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How to answer the ‘unprecedented’, increasingly overheated North Korean rhetoric?

How about responding in kind to the unprintable, white-hot invective coming out of Pyongyang?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Ho hum, here we go again. That seems to be the response to the latest rhetorical blasts from Pyongyang as U.S. and South Korean forces dive into their annual war games. A “preemptive […]

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Moment of truth: Tim Cook’s interests vs revealing San Bernardino plot

SAN JOSE, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the historic California Theater on October 23, 2012 in San Jose, California. Apple introduced the new iPad mini at the event, Apple's smaller 7.9 inch version of the iPad tablet.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com They used to say the walls have ears. That was in a bygone era when eavesdroppers strained through ceilings and doors, peepholes and cracks to catch the incriminating words of enemy agents, political […]

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Conflict resolution 101: Here’s how the U.S. should talk with the North Koreans

U.S. envoy Christopher Hill speak with the media about a landmark agreement with North Korea.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com Listen to people talking about the panacea of “dialogue” and “a peace treaty” with North Korea. They make it seem so simple. We need to talk, they say. We’ll never come to terms […]

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