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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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America’s political ‘takeaway’: A Congress that has abdicated its responsibility for the U.S.

OperationInherentResolve

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The U.S. exercise in democracy is a drama that’s turning from success story to farce, and may wind up in tragedy. That’s the “takeaway” — a word that’s come into vogue for wrapping […]

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South Koreans: Too stressed to appreciate their new status as coolest Asians

KoreanCool

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Many Koreans don’t know it, but Korea is cool. Three newly published books say so. Two of them even have “cool” in the title — “The Birth of Korean Cool” by Euny Hong, […]

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Hong Kong’s battle of wills with Beijing: Where are all the other righteous Asian protesters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The demonstrations in Hong Kong are at a critical stage. In the spirit of democracy movements in Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, these protesters are not giving up. Unlike demonstrators elsewhere, those […]

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Cane or swagger stick? We report, you decide

KimWithCane

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events? Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up […]

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Unbelievable: Take your pick of unlikely North Korean power play theories

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with wife Ri Sol-Ju.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The world seems to be missing Kim Jong-un. The porcine image of this overweight 30-something reviewing his troops or wagging a finger at a map or “ordering” a missile test had become a media staple until […]

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A tale of two Hong Kong demonstrations

Demonstrators in Hong Kong on May 6, 1967 gathered in front of the Government House, waving their copies of Mao’s Little Red Book.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The democracy demos in Hong Kong evoke so many memories going back to the late 1960s when I saw thousands pouring on to the streets of what was then a British crown colony brandishing copies of […]

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The U.S. is at war again, only this time it’s different; Really?

U.S. bombs Cambodia for the first time, Mar 18, 1969.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The eyes of the world are upon the new U.S. war in Syria and Iraq, and that’s not just because people want to know how or whether aerial bombardments and missile strikes are really […]

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The U.S. ‘pivot’ (‘pendulum’?) from the Mideast to Asia and now back

Economist

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The debate is so familiar. Should the United States plunge into a war in a region about which all too little is really understood? President Obama, having foresworn war, now is edging into a […]

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