Over 1 million South Koreans sign petition to impeach their president over handling of virus

Over 1 million South Koreans sign petition to impeach their president over handling of virus

by WorldTribune Staff, February 27, 2020 Earlier this month, after refusing to restrict entry of Chinese travelers, South Korean President Moon Jae-In predicted that the coronavirus outbreak in the country would “disappear before long.” With less than 30 reported cases on Feb. 13, South Koreans were assured by Moon’s liberal government that it was OK […]

Protesters in Seoul brave freezing cold, virus: ‘Our government is about to turn communist’

Protesters in Seoul brave freezing cold, virus: ‘Our government is about to turn communist’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 19, 2020 A driving snowstorm and the continued threat of the Wuhan coronavirus could not stop thousands of South Koreans from taking to the streets in Seoul to protest the liberal policies of President Moon Jae-In, who they say is subordinating the country to communism under China and North Korea. The […]

Behind Parasite’s triumph: Unlikely angel, Samsung heiress

Behind Parasite’s triumph: Unlikely angel, Samsung heiress

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk In all the outpouring of high praise for the Korean blockbuster Parasite after its dazzling success at the Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, one noteworthy side of the production was largely ignored: the film had the enthusiastic backing of an heiress to the riches of Korea’s biggest commercial dynasty, […]

Seoul to South Koreans: ‘Share the suffering’ with China

Seoul to South Koreans: ‘Share the suffering’ with China

by WorldTribune Staff, February 11, 2020 South Korea’s liberal government is brushing off a petition signed by over 660,000 citizens urging President Moon Jae-In to prohibit the entry of Chinese residents to South Korea amid the coronavirus crisis, reports say. Instead, Moon is calling on the South’s residents to “share the suffering” with China, the […]

Seoul government bristles at less-than-diplomatic rebuke by U.S. Amb. Harry Harris

Seoul government bristles at less-than-diplomatic rebuke by U.S. Amb. Harry Harris

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk The U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Harry Harris, has one of the world’s more sensitive diplomatic missions. He’s got to defend the U.S.-Korean alliance while getting along with a government that’s dedicated to appeasing a North Korean regime that’s hostile to the U.S. and South Korea. The […]

Beijing, Seoul battle political fallout from virus crisis

Beijing, Seoul battle political fallout from virus crisis

by WorldTribune Staff, February 2, 2020 China’s communist party regime is facing perhaps its biggest crisis yet in the coronavirus outbreak, reports say. The death toll could be much higher than reported according to a report by Hong Kong-based news outlet Initium Media, which alleged the Chinese Communist government is secretly cremating victims of the […]

Decapitation? Assassination? Over in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-Un isn’t hung up on semantics

Decapitation? Assassination? Over in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-Un isn’t hung up on semantics

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk People who split hairs over semantics ask if decapitation is the same as assassination. The debate assumes relevance in the wake of the killing of the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. No, he wasn’t exactly decapitated, meaning his head wasn’t literally cut off from the rest of his body though […]

‘President is a spy’: Revolt in South Korea widens as government consolidates power

‘President is a spy’: Revolt in South Korea widens as government consolidates power

by WorldTribune Staff, January 8, 2020 As critics continue to protest what they say is a threat to the rule of law and national sovereignty by the leftist South Korean government, citizens have even resorted to calling an emergency espionage hotline to report President Moon Jae-In as a spy, a report said. The man “was […]

YouTube revolution: Koreans who remember the war tune out mainstream media

YouTube revolution: Koreans who remember the war tune out mainstream media

by WorldTribune Staff, January 1, 2020 Distrust in the mainstream media is not limited to the U.S. but is said to be more intense in South Korea which lacks conservative alternative media and is facing what earlier would have seemed impossible: the threat of a left-wing dictatorship. For many, YouTube is the only platform for […]

Scary trends in once anti-communist South Korea

Scary trends in once anti-communist South Korea

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk From the viewpoint of a foreigner, one common denominator marks South Korea’s seismic shifts from left to right, liberal to conservative, socialist to capitalist. That is the level of authoritarianism, the threat of dictatorial rule, the demands for complete loyalty if not subservience to one particular viewpoint or another. […]