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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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Divide-and-conquer tactics in the S. China Sea pit one communist state against another

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, meets with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi on June 18.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China’s highest-ranked diplomat Yang Jiechi made a surprising trip to Hanoi even as the two countries are embroiled in arguably the worst confrontation since the Sino-Vietnamese War in 1979. The tension was triggered in early […]

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Failures in Iraq and Vietnam raise questions about U.S. resolve in Ukraine, East Asia

Evacuation of CIA station personnel in Saigon on April 29, 1975.  /Hubert van Es/UPI

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Remember the great “surge” of U.S.forces in Iraq that Gen. David Petraeus believed would finish off the bad guys before the U.S. scaled down and then withdrew its forces? It was as though […]

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China’s state media applauds ‘heroic’ ramming of Vietnam vessel

A Chinese Coast Guard vessel fires its water cannon at a Vietnamese Coast Guard ship on June 1.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com A ramming incident between a Chinese and a Vietnamese maritime vessel on June 1 highlighted the escalation of violence in the South China Sea between the two communist countries over disputed waters. The Chinese state […]

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2013: A bad year for the free press and dangerous for working journalists

President Obama at a White House press briefing.  /AP

John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Yes, the widening attacks on the press, and arrests and intimidation of journalists were disturbing and among the barriers to the free flow of information worldwide in 2013. But beyond the usual lists of […]

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A U.S. president honors the myth of Ho Chi Minh

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Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama has insulted the memory of the nearly 60,000 Americans who died in Vietnam. Last week, Mr. Obama met with Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang. Mr. Sang peddled the lie that the communist nation’s founder, Ho […]

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When the U.S. loses resolve: The Afghanistan-Vietnam parallels

An American helicopter boards fleeing personnel in 1975 near the American Embasy in Saigon.  /Hubert van Es/AFP/Getty Images

Sol W. Sanders   For those of us who lived through it, current negotiations for the American exit from Afghanistan smells much too much like the end of the U.S. commitment in Vietnam. Washington, after a decade of enormous sacrifice […]

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When world leaders talk about ‘human rights’ and when they do not

Leaders at ASEAN summit on Nov. 20.  /Tan Chhin Sothy/AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The spectacle of the ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh did more to lay bare the problems, conflicts and paradoxes of relations among the region’s wildly different and widely scattered nations than to resolve […]

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Moscow plays on fears of China in global quest for naval bases

Russia's second Borey class strategic submarine, the Alexander Nevsky, is to be commissioned by the end of 2012.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M. Downing, FreePressers.com Russia recently announced its intention to obtain naval facilities in various parts of the world, including Vietnam, the Seychelles, and Cuba. Acquiring naval bases has historically been a means of signaling rising […]

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Liquidate the World Bank!

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Sol W. Sanders [See Archive] An old adage holds bureaucracies may successfully pursue their original goals for only a generation. After that their efforts go to feathering their bureaucratic nest. Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae are examples: outrageous executive compensation […]

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