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Spyware that targeted Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi deployed against Kim Jong-Un?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Cyber espionage is the cutting edge of modern warfare. Think of all the great stuff intelligence agents learn from monitoring the conversations of just about everyone. The only problem is how […]

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South Korea and Japan struggle to move beyond bitter history to address China threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com It’s a time for anniversaries and memories of the tragedies that have afflicted Northeast Asia over the past century. On Tuesday, the Japanese remembered the horror of the single worst battle in Asian […]

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Mass killers on the loose ― cover up, hunker down, prepare to die

A young South Korean couple and wedding guests in Seoul on June 6 came to symbolize the MERS scare when they posed as a joke with surgical masks.  / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com AIDS, SARS, MERS ― the four-letter acronyms leap from the headlines like killers in a horror movie each time the latest deadly disease spreads shock and awe among people to whom the inability […]

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Junket for peace: Gloria and ‘sisters’ feel good, stay on message — Pyongyang’s talking points

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The crusade of WomenCrossDMZ for peace on the Korean Peninsula had certain defined boundaries. Don’t talk about human rights and nukes. Say all you want about American sanctions on North Korea and the […]

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India, South Korea and U.S. find themselves on same side in the Great Game for Asia

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Two very different visitors crossed paths in Seoul this week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bumped into each other after calling on President Park Geun-Hye at […]

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Good guys, bad guys in NE Asia high tech war race: What could go wrong?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The stakes are escalating in the contest for Northeast Asia. North Korea’s got nukes and lots of missiles, most recently maybe the SLBM for submarine-launched ballistic missile. The U.S. has glistening new hardware […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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Checking out the cars on display and ranking the shapely models that aren’t actual accessories

Like the cars, of course, the models come in different ranges. A marketing manager explained to me the gradations.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Beautiful women don’t have a lot to do with the graceful curves of a new motor vehicle, but you might not know that from visiting the Seoul Motor Show. By tradition, most manufacturers […]

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‘Whiplash': Is backlash due to the secret sauce of cultural and Korean excellence?

J.K. Simmons as a disparaging instructor in “Whiplash.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com A crew member on the flight from London to Washington was quite emphatic when I asked his advice about what movie to choose. He said he’d seen a lot of people watching “Whiplash.” […]

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Two tough Asian leaders will be rememered longer than nicer mediocrities

The late Lee Kuan Yew, right, greets South Korean President Park Geun-Hye daughter of former President Park Chung-Hee.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com When it comes to judging the performance of deceased national leaders under the icy glare of historical research, strongmen go down in collective memory as tough guys who defeated their enemies and built […]

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