Joshua Cooper Ramo, the Winter Olympics and NBC’s staggering conflicts of interest

Joshua Cooper Ramo, the Winter Olympics and NBC’s staggering conflicts of interest

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The strange case of NBC sports commentator Joshua Cooper Ramo touched the sensitive nerves of millions of Koreans. Thousands responded with indignation, aggrieved feelings, even outrage to his on-air remark at the Winter Olympics to the effect that “every Korean will tell you that Japan as a cultural and […]

Winter games delays yet another moment of truth in Korea

Winter games delays yet another moment of truth in Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk American policy-makers appear highly uncertain and divided among themselves as to moves toward negotiation between North and South Korea in the wake of the Winter Olympics. The view from the White House, is that President Donald Trump has succeeded in forcing the hand of Kim Jong-Un, compelling him to […]

Korean protests at the Olympics, then and now

Korean protests at the Olympics, then and now

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Mid-winter is not exactly the best time for mass demonstrations in South Korea. Protesters prefer to wait for spring, but the Winter Olympics leave them no choice. Flag-wavers are out there during the coldest ever Olympics, the rightists waving Korean and American flags, leftists and liberals those one-Korea flags, […]

Trump’s ‘new American moment’: Paving the way to a ‘bloody nose’ for North Korea?

Trump’s ‘new American moment’: Paving the way to a ‘bloody nose’ for North Korea?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Don’t count on the Winter Olympics as the moment for rapprochement on the Korean peninsula. That message came through loud and clear in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address. “Our new American moment,” as Trump called this turbulent time in U.S. history, does not […]

As unification euphoria builds, Pyongyang-watchers brace for ‘something really scary’

As unification euphoria builds, Pyongyang-watchers brace for ‘something really scary’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – U.S. officials and so-called “Korea experts” look with clearly mixed feelings on the prospects of North Korea sending hundreds of performers, artists and officials to the upcoming PyeongChang Olympics. Conservative forces in Washington share the misgivings of Korean conservatives over athletes from the two Koreas parading together […]

Has it been 50 years? Remembering the Tet, the Blue House raid and North Korea’s capture of the Pueblo

Has it been 50 years? Remembering the Tet, the Blue House raid and North Korea’s capture of the Pueblo

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia ― How quickly we forget. Memories, dates and events fade away, only to be revived on anniversaries. A lot of historical events are barely recalled. I was in a country named “South” Vietnam 50 years ago when North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces attacked almost every […]

Who was most upset about the U.S. government shutdown? ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

Who was most upset about the U.S. government shutdown? ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – Koreans may not believe it, but the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics are not uppermost on the minds of Americans. In fact, no one in the upper reaches of the U.S. government, including President Trump, is worrying about whether North Korea is using the Games to drive a […]

‘Nazi Olympics’: What South Korea risks in Winter Games diplomacy with the nuclear North

‘Nazi Olympics’: What South Korea risks in Winter Games diplomacy with the nuclear North

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk This article by WorldTribune.com columnist Donald Kirk was first published today at the South China Morning Post. The timing of the Winter Olympics, in the South Korean mountain district of Pyeongchang in February, could not be better – or worse. By hinting at sending a team, North Korea’s leader […]

No B1 bomber can touch North Korea’s elite geek squad

No B1 bomber can touch North Korea’s elite geek squad

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― Here’s a target the deadliest, most accurate missile isn’t going to touch: the computers in North Korea that are responsible for wreaking havoc around the world. It’s all very well to talk about “the military option” or even a “pre-emptive attack” on a North Korean nuclear and […]

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