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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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N. Korean military document finds relaxed discipline, increased illegal cultural influence from South

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — A secret North Korean military document contains reports of troops leaving their barracks without permission, commandeering trains to forage for food and other evidence of sharply relaxed military disciplines under Kim […]

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

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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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N. Korean military provocations on border seen as pressure tactics on South to ease sanctions

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea plans to increase military activities along the heavily fortified border with South Korea, sources and analysts here said. “A string of moves have been detected [indicating] that the North’s […]

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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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South Korea’s Park reminds world DMZ remains, 25 years after Berlin Wall fell

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the Korean Peninsula remains stifled by a wall of division,” said South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. In a landmark […]

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South Korea, Vietnam turn to Israel for battle-tested weapons

South Korea’s Israeli-made Spike NLOS missiles were seen during events to mark the 65th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Seongnam.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The tiny state of Israel with a population of 8 million crammed into an area smaller than New Jersey, is the world’s 6th largest arms exporter, with some of its weapons reigning at the top […]

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Some in carefree Seoul worry about waging futuristic wars in the here and now

Downtown Seoul, South Korea.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Star Wars is coming. Wait around long enough, and we’ll see missiles and interceptor projectiles knocking each other out in great blazes of flashing light hundreds of miles above from where we cower in […]

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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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