Strategic ambiguity: Decoding Trump’s 30 words about North Korea at the UN

Strategic ambiguity: Decoding Trump’s 30 words about North Korea at the UN

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s thinking on a deal with North Korea is difficult to figure out. He’s less transparent, actually, than Kim Jong-Un. We know perfectly well that Kim is not about to give up his nuclear weapons program, including the missiles to send them to distant targets. […]

Waiting for 2020: With Bolton out, North Korean hopes and missiles soar

Waiting for 2020: With Bolton out, North Korean hopes and missiles soar

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― Kim Jong-Un must be happy now. What could have made him feel better than for his friend President Donald Trump to dump John Bolton as national security adviser? As Trump made clear, he and Bolton disagreed on many things, notably the Middle East, Iran and Afghanistan. Bolton’s […]

Seoul to Washington: Just shut up about intel-sharing agreement that impacts U.S. forces

Seoul to Washington: Just shut up about intel-sharing agreement that impacts U.S. forces

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — South Korea officially wants the U.S., officially, to stop complaining, officially, about the South Korea decision to pull out of GSOMIA, the General Security of Military Information Sharing Agreement with Japan under which these two U.S. allies shared vital intelligence info. That’s what South Korea’s first vice […]

Brave new Korea? Pyongyang bluntly rebuffs Seoul’s appeaser-in-chief

Brave new Korea? Pyongyang bluntly rebuffs Seoul’s appeaser-in-chief

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — South Korea President Moon Jae-In’s idea of a brave new world for Korea, North and South, dissipated in storm clouds soon after he presented his vision on Aug. 15, 74th anniversary of the Japanese surrender and the end of 35 years of Japanese rule. No sooner had […]

L-G-B-T-Q-say-what? Find out what it means . . . for the longterm survival of humanity

L-G-B-T-Q-say-what? Find out what it means . . . for the longterm survival of humanity

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — From Africa, through the Middle East, and on to Asia, the masses of much of the world have got to be amazed by the “sexual revolution” in the United States and where it’s leading American society. Homosexuality exists everywhere, in any culture or country, but the initials […]

Hong Kong, democracy and the theory of cognitive dissonance

Hong Kong, democracy and the theory of cognitive dissonance

JSpecial to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk [Editors’ Note: Cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values. When confronted with facts that contradict beliefs, ideals, and values, people will try to find a way to resolve the contradiction to reduce their discomfort. […]

South Korea’s president seeks to align his country with North Korea and against Japan

South Korea’s president seeks to align his country with North Korea and against Japan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Anti-Japanese sentiment in South Korea is approaching the level of mass hysteria. President Moon Jae-In sees it as a unifying force that will draw Korea’s disparate political forces in common cause. How can rightists go on waving those Korean and American flags, calling for a hard line […]

South Korea-Japan animosity risks strategic alliance

South Korea-Japan animosity risks strategic alliance

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk TOKYO ― Korean and Japanese relations have plunged to their lowest depths since the Korean War, and there’s apparently no reconciliation in sight. The governments in Seoul and Tokyo are engaged in a game of dare and double-dare in which each tries to out-threaten the other with hurtful measures […]

Brexit: Why other parts of the world second that emotion

Brexit: Why other parts of the world second that emotion

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk LONDON — You’ve got to admire the Brits for one thing. They sure are proud of their ancient heritage as citizens of a “tight little island” that has always stood aloof from Europe. Historically they’ve fought against the Romans (Hadrian’s Wall), the Normans (1066 and all that), Spanish (Sir […]