Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

Economic Freedom Index: U.S. dropped to 17th in 2016

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The American economy slipped yet again to a lower ranking in 2016 as a result of a combination of regulatory burdens, large public debt and business taxes according to a watchdog survey of global economic freedoms. The annual Heritage Index of Economic Freedom saw the U.S. economy slip […]

The speech that led to the Korean War: Forget the ‘schism’ between Beijing and Pyongyang

The speech that led to the Korean War: Forget the ‘schism’ between Beijing and Pyongyang

Special to WorldTribune.com by Miles Maochun Yu, Hoover Institution, March 10, 2017 On Jan. 12 1950, Secretary of State Dean Acheson gave a well-crafted speech at the National Press Club, a speech which has lived in infamy since its delivery, still haunting the U.S. and its allies in the Asia and Pacific region in general […]

North Korean state media covered ruling on Park impeachment with ‘unprecedented’ dispatch

North Korean state media covered ruling on Park impeachment with ‘unprecedented’ dispatch

by WorldTribune Staff, March 10, 2017 North Korean state media, notoriously slow when it comes to covering news outside of the country, quickly disseminated the news on March 10 that South Korea’s Constitutional Court had upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. The court’s ruling is widely seen as bringing to power a left-leaning government […]

War? Explosive tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula

War? Explosive tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Suddenly the outlook for keeping the peace on the Korean peninsula has taken an alarming turn for the worse. We’ve long been accustomed to the threat of Korean War II, but now it’s looking like more than a scary mirage. China is up in arms over the arrival of […]

Trump speaks with leaders of Korea and Japan, calls for urgent meetings

Trump speaks with leaders of Korea and Japan, calls for urgent meetings

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump called the leaders of South Korea and Japan on March 7 to discuss North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch and suggest urgent high-level discussions in response to Pyongyang’s provocations. The South Korean prime minister’s office said acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn and Trump spoke for about […]

China punishes S. Korean companies, soaps, tourism as THAAD deployments begin

China punishes S. Korean companies, soaps, tourism as THAAD deployments begin

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 China has launched into major economic retaliation against South Korea for its deployment of a U.S. missile defense system. Beijing, in response to Seoul deploying the THAAD system, has shut down South Korean retail stores in China, has told travel agencies not to sell tourists tickets to the South […]

Covering the ‘Hermit Kingdom’: An impossible task for real reporters

Covering the ‘Hermit Kingdom’: An impossible task for real reporters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk To the rest of the world North Korea is an enigma. No one knows what’s happening among the elite who govern the country. There’s no telling what people are really thinking and saying on the streets of Pyongyang and other cities, much less in remote regions. All we get […]

American journalist angered Seoul by exposing huge payment to North Korea for ‘Sunshine’ summit

American journalist angered Seoul by exposing huge payment to North Korea for ‘Sunshine’ summit

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Following is an excerpt from a book by WorldTribune and Geostrategy-Direct columnist Donald Kirk and the Korean author Kim Ki-Sam, “How South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung bought his Peace Prize and financed Kim Jong-Il’s nuclear program”. While the governments of South Korea and the United States helped suppress publication of […]

Mattis provides assurances against N. Korean threat as millions protest impeachment in Seoul

Mattis provides assurances against N. Korean threat as millions protest impeachment in Seoul

by WorldTribune Staff, March 2, 2017 The United States on March 1 moved to reassure South Korea against the rising North Korea threat, while, in Seoul, millions of citizens rallied against the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis called South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo in the wake North Korea’s […]

Part 3: Politicized intelligence, South Korean-style

Part 3: Politicized intelligence, South Korean-style

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk Following is an excerpt from a book by WorldTribune and Geostrategy-Direct columnist Donald Kirk and the Korean author Kim Ki-Sam, “How South Korea’s Kim Dae-Jung bought his Peace Prize and financed Kim Jong-Il’s nuclear program”. South Korea’s first woman president has been impeached over allegations involving a confidante, but […]

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