Angered by media bias, older Koreans emerge as new, pro-U.S. political force

Angered by media bias, older Koreans emerge as new, pro-U.S. political force

by WorldTribune Staff, March 23, 2017 Impeached President Park Geun-Hye was a victim of “mob justice” fueled by an antagonistic liberal media in South Korea, Park’s supporters say. “Socrates was put to death, and Jesus crucified, in mob trials,” one of Park’s lawyer, Seo Seok-Gu, told the Constitutional Court, denouncing the National Assembly’s vote to […]

Korea is back in the eye of a perfect storm

Korea is back in the eye of a perfect storm

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Thunder clouds are swirling over the Korean peninsula as a perfect storm of political instability and regional geopolitical challenges rumble through South Korea. North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests, as well as Chinese bullying, have thrust the region into a dangerous cycle which could affect […]

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

U.S.-South Korean alliance under assault by a communist tag team

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, dispensing pledges like a jolly Santa Claus pulling Christmas presents from his sled, arrives today (Friday) in Seoul from Tokyo and flies the following day to Beijing. After vowing undying U.S. support to Korea and Japan, he’ll assure China that THAAD presents no […]

Far East on edge: SEAL Team Six to Korea; Japan navy’s profile highest since World War II

Far East on edge: SEAL Team Six to Korea; Japan navy’s profile highest since World War II

by WorldTribune Staff, March 13, 2017 In the wake of Pyongyang’s firing of four missiles into the Sea of Japan last week, the United States said it would deploy an attack drone to South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported on March 13, citing a Seoul military official. In addition, the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six […]

Anti-impeachment rallies gather steam in Seoul

Anti-impeachment rallies gather steam in Seoul

by WorldTribune Staff, February 12, 2017 Tens of thousands of South Koreans took to the streets of Seoul on Feb. 11 to protest for – and against – the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. Park was impeached by parliament in December and the Constitutional Court in Seoul is now deliberating whether to approve the impeachment, […]

Renewed friction between Seoul and Tokyo rubs Pyongyang the right way

Renewed friction between Seoul and Tokyo rubs Pyongyang the right way

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com The widening rift between South Korea and Japan is dangerous for the U.S. allies and is being cheered by a North Korean regime that has long been adept at exploiting differences between the East Asia allies. While Pyongyang media revels in the fate of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, […]

Growing political crisis in South Korea could impact critical security ties with U.S.

Growing political crisis in South Korea could impact critical security ties with U.S.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The populist revolt against President Park Geun-Hye has grave implications for governance amid economic unease and high youth unemployment. In this uncertain transition period, Korea’s relationship with the United States is sure to undergo strains if not change while foes of her conservative pro-American policies line up in search […]

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 […]

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