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As Korean crisis looms, a Kissingeresque ‘Peace-is-at-hand’ fix is the wrong answer

Le Duc Tho and Henry Kissinger.

Special to By Donald Kirk, Comparisons between the Korean and Vietnam wars have always been misleading if not ridiculous, never more so than when Henry Kissinger, in a new documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,” says that he and […]

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What Kenji Goto understood that his killers did not

Kenji Goto: 'Hate is not for humans.'

Special to By Donald Kirk, The murder of journalists at the hands of ISIS forces shows how far a few daring correspondents will go to find out what’s going on. Covering wars has always been hazardous, never more […]

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War and peace, then and now

Don Kirk on a truck with South Vietnamese soldiers on route one,  1972.

Special to By Donald Kirk, In sunny Florida, while storms and blizzards rage in the American Northeast, old war correspondents from our days in Vietnam and Cambodia talk about those days of fighting in the jungles, of going […]

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The U.S. is at war again, only this time it’s different; Really?

U.S. bombs Cambodia for the first time, Mar 18, 1969.

By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON — The eyes of the world are upon the new U.S. war in Syria and Iraq, and that’s not just because people want to know how or whether aerial bombardments and missile strikes are really […]

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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 By Miles Yu, 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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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, 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 By Willy Lam, 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 By Donald Kirk, 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 By 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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