U.S. military and both Korean armies on alert as ‘progressives’ rampage on the streets of Seoul

U.S. military and both Korean armies on alert as ‘progressives’ rampage on the streets of Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The many thousands of protesters who’ve been marching toward the walls of the restored palace of Korea’s dynastic kings toward the Blue House of latter-day presidents have been ignoring a likely target. That’s the American embassy, looming large, brightly lit and carefully protected by hundreds of policemen and dozens […]

Impeachment as the civilized option to crucifixion, in Seoul and Washington

Impeachment as the civilized option to crucifixion, in Seoul and Washington

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Enough, enough, we want no preachment – It’s time to vote on his impeachment! That rhyme from a Broadway classic, “Of Thee I sing,” words by Ira Gershwin, music by his brother George, comes to mind as talk of impeachment ricochets around Seoul – and Washington too. Credit the […]

South Korea’s president offers terms for resignation as protests rock nation

South Korea’s president offers terms for resignation as protests rock nation

by WorldTribune Staff, November 29, 2016 South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, in a live address to the nation  on Nov. 29, said she would resign if lawmakers develop a plan for the safe transfer of power after an influence scandal involving her closest friend brought thousands of protesters into the streets of Seoul and other […]

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

Memo to President-elect Trump: Beware of the experts on East Asia’s chessboard

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The process of “making America great again” is filled with perils and pitfalls, nowhere more so than in Asia. The intricacies and subtleties of the Great Game for Asia often are about as incomprehensible to the experts as they are to amateurs and know-nothings. As President-elect Donald Trump and […]

UN resolution damns ‘inhuman’ and ‘alarming’ North Korean rights abuses

UN resolution damns ‘inhuman’ and ‘alarming’ North Korean rights abuses

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A powerful UN committee has scathingly criticized the systematic human rights abuses in communist North Korea.  In a damning ten-page resolution, the Third Committee has offered a detailed and precise indictment of a deteriorating human rights situation in the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of […]

North Korea ecstatic as mass protests neutralize a resolute leader in Seoul

North Korea ecstatic as mass protests neutralize a resolute leader in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Too bad President-elect Donald Trump’s phone call to President Park Geun-Hye the day after his victory may be his only chance to talk with her. Even if she’s still in the Blue House when he moves into the White House, she’ll be in no position to display her leadership […]

Make believe war games south of the DMZ, but what if the North is for real?

Make believe war games south of the DMZ, but what if the North is for real?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk An air of unreality pervaded the atmosphere if not the skies over Osan Air Base this week as three of the niftiest warplanes on the planet zoomed off the runway for war games intended to strengthen their ability to work together to defeat a common foe. Circumspectly, officers of […]

Girl talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton and South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

Girl talk: Imagine what Hillary Clinton and South Korea’s Park Geun-Hye discussed in private

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk [Editors’ note: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, the country’s first female president, is facing her biggest political crisis since coming to power in 2013. A close female friend, Choi Soon-Sil, 60, is accused of selling influence. She is the daughter of late religious leader Choi Tae-Min, who befriended Park […]

Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

Pax China: Manila’s capitulation sets ominous precedent for U.S. allies in Far East

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Rodrigo Duterte was reputed as a killer long before his election as president of the Philippines five months ago. He countenanced the slaughter of hundreds of drug addicts and dealers while mayor of Davao, the major port city on the rebel-infested southern island of Mindanao, and has applauded the […]

Remembering an era when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

Remembering an era when journalists covered the government, rather than belonging to it

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The late Don Oberdorfer would surely have had qualms with the award named for him and presented by U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert to Noh Hyo-dong, the longtime diplomatic and Washington correspondent for Yonhap News Agency. Why would a top U.S. diplomat be handing out a prize in the name […]

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