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Kim Jong-Un seen using ailments for PR in sign of continued instability


Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un had surgery on his ankles but used his six-week absence from the public eye to monitor moves by his potential rivals and grab international attention, sources and […]

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From one in the know: Snowden is a traitor and likely ‘agent of Vladimir Putin’


Special to WorldTribune.com Brett M Decker, Radix Charlie Speight is a retired executive from the National Security Agency, which he joined in 1975. During his time at the NSA, he was a National Intelligence Officer, analyst, watch officer, operational staff […]

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Xi tightens controls on Mainland campuses in wake of Hong Kong’s mass demonstrations

Hong Kong China Tension

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Xi Jinping has tightened ideological control over teachers, writers and intellectuals in the wake of the “Umbrella Revolution” in Hong Kong. The General Office of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee issued […]

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ISIL’s stealth plotting against top Shi’ite militia ‘planned for months’

Mahdi fighters in military parade on the streets of Baghdad.  / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted Iraq’s leading Shi’ite militia. Officials said ISIL has begun a campaign against the Mahdi Army, deemed the largest Shi’ite militia in Iraq. They said ISIL squads […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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What North Korea hoped to gain from unexpected high-profile visit to South

Hwang Pyong-So arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 4.  /Kim Do-hoon/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — With North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un out of sight for more than a month apparently due to poor health, a surprise visit by a small but powerful North Korean delegation confused officials and […]

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Hong Kong protests spawn a greater-China united front in Taiwan, Beijing

Demonstrators at Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan show support for pro democracy rallies in Hong Kong on Oct. 1.  /Ashley Pon/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com As soon as large-scale street protests erupted in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) in late September, Beijing has imposed a news blackout on the so-called “Umbrella Revolution” that is still unfolding on the […]

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New NATO chief is anti-war activist with record of appeasing Russia

Jens Stoltenberg

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Last week, Jens Stoltenberg assumed the position of the Secretary General of NATO, replacing his hawkish predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The new chief is quite Russia-friendly — so much so he was evenly vigorously recruited […]

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Iran said to step up intelligence ops after attacks on nuclear sites

Belgian national Ali Mansouri, 55, arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport on suspicion of espionage, in court for his trial on Sept. 30, 2013.   /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Israel has determined that Iran was intensifying espionage missions in the Jewish state. The Israeli intelligence community has determined that Teheran expanded operations in Israel over the last year amid the threat of […]

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