‘Citizen control’: Venezuela’s rulers get by with a little tech help from China

‘Citizen control’: Venezuela’s rulers get by with a little tech help from China

by WorldTribune Staff, November 19, 2018 Venezuela has unveiled a new smart-card ID to track its citizens. The card is manufactured by Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. The ID card, known as the “carnet de la patria,” or “fatherland card,” transmits data about citizens to government computer servers, Reuters reported on Nov. 18. The report, […]

Soldier in daring DMZ defection says 80 percent of younger North Koreans not loyal to Kim

Soldier in daring DMZ defection says 80 percent of younger North Koreans not loyal to Kim

by WorldTribune Staff, November 19, 2018 Most young people in North Korea feel no loyalty toward leader Kim Jong-Un, according to a North Korea soldier who defected across the DMZ in 2017. “Inside the North, people, and especially the young generation, are indifferent to each other, politics and their leaders, and there is no sense […]

‘My Crutches and Me’: Ji Seong-Ho’s amazing story

‘My Crutches and Me’: Ji Seong-Ho’s amazing story

Special to WorldTribune, Nov. 18, 2018 by Michael Downey Even if you don’t recognize the name, you’ve surely seen his face. Ji Seong-Ho’s story of escaping from North Korea was reported to the Congress, the American people, and the world when President Donald Trump related his amazing story of courage and determination in his State […]

China seeks to dismiss growing outrage over mass rights violations against Xinjiang Muslims

China seeks to dismiss growing outrage over mass rights violations against Xinjiang Muslims

by WorldTribune Staff, November 15, 2018 A letter from 15 Western ambassadors expressing deep concern over China’s detention of some 1 million Muslims in re-education camps has been dismissed by Beijing as hearsay and a violation of the Geneva Convention. The Reuters news agency reported that the letter to the Chinese government, which has not […]

U.S. think tank’s report on North Korean missile sites gets frosty reception in Seoul

U.S. think tank’s report on North Korean missile sites gets frosty reception in Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct South Korea’s presidential office downplayed a major U.S. think tank’s report which revealed 13 secret North Korean missile development sites The report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) singled out the Sakkanmol missile base 85 kilometers north of the Demilitarized Zone, stating that it’s now equipped with […]

Another North Korean invasion of the South? Not so unthinkable

Another North Korean invasion of the South? Not so unthinkable

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Korean history over the past century has been so full of surprises that it’s risky to make serious predictions. The North Korean invasion of the South in June 1950, ordered by Kim dynasty founder Kim Il-Sung, was the worst, most tragic surprise of all. So traumatic was that blitzkrieg […]

Report: Kim Jong-Un confided fears to Seoul’s pro-North leader

Report: Kim Jong-Un confided fears to Seoul’s pro-North leader

by WorldTribune Staff, November 8, 2018 North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un told South Korean President Moon Jae-In during one of their summit meetings that the North was wary of giving up a list of its nuclear arsenal and facilities, fearing it could embolden the Untied States to attack, a South Korean official said. South Korean […]

Chinese businessman who fell to death in France may have known of influence bids

Chinese businessman who fell to death in France may have known of influence bids

by WorldTribune Staff, November 4, 2018 A prominent Chinese dissident, Guo Wengui, said he doubts the official explanation from the French government of the events surrounding the death of the co-chairman of Chinese conglomerate HNA, who he said was in the company of security guards who were members of China’s military. Earlier this year, HNA dropped […]

U.S. trade war strain: China’s yuan sinks to lowest level in decade

U.S. trade war strain: China’s yuan sinks to lowest level in decade

by WorldTribune Staff, October 31, 2018 Amid an escalation of the China-U.S. trade war, China’s yuan currency on Oct. 30 hit a 10-year low against the U.S. dollar. The yuan sank past 6.97 to the dollar, its weakest level since May 2008. Bloomberg reported that the United States is preparing to announce tariffs on all […]

Seoul president facing heat for ignoring economy in favor of wooing N. Korea

Seoul president facing heat for ignoring economy in favor of wooing N. Korea

by WorldTribune Staff, October 29, 2018 Critics say liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-In is prioritizing improved relations with North Korea to the detriment of his own country’s economy. According to Bank of Korea projections, South Korea will only create 90,000 jobs in 2018, down from its initial estimation of 180,000 in July, due to […]

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