Hu Jintao seen prevailing in PLA power struggle with Xi Jinping and Jiang Zemin

Hu Jintao seen prevailing in PLA power struggle with Xi Jinping and Jiang Zemin

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com President Hu Jintao has clawed back some territory with a reshuffle of the People’s Liberation Army’s top brass that largely tallies with the wishes of the 69-year-old supremo. It seems likely that Hu will remain chairman of the policy-setting Central Military Commission (CMC) for a couple more years […]

Remind me again: What is so great about Europe?

Remind me again: What is so great about Europe?

Sol W. Sanders   Maybe it’s because you can fly faster from America to Europe than westward to the U.S.? But for whatever reason, a standard politically correct mantra these days is how if we would just imitate the Europeans, everything would be better. Which of the accepted five categories of propaganda this argument falls […]

Joint U.S.-Japan election-season exercise scrubbed out of sensitivity to China

Joint U.S.-Japan election-season exercise scrubbed out of sensitivity to China

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Washington and Tokyo have decided to cancel a large joint amphibious exercise scheduled for Nov. 5, one day before the U.S. presidential election and three days before China’s 18th Communist Party Congress, in which a major shuffling of government leadership will occur. The exercise was scheduled long before Beijing announced the […]

Benghazi: Obama knew

Benghazi: Obama knew

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama has been caught in a web of deception — one that threatens to ensnarl his re-election bid. Multiple e-mails and diplomatic cables reveal that the administration deliberately deceived the public. Libyagate now haunts Mr. Obama, relentlessly eroding his credibility and trustworthiness. It is a stake aimed at the heart of […]

At confab on North Korea, not a single word about the hundreds of thousands in gulags

At confab on North Korea, not a single word about the hundreds of thousands in gulags

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com What are the experts thinking when they talk in learned tones, replete with facts and stats, about issues and conditions for North-South Korean reunification, the pitfalls and problems, but omit passing mention of one of the most awful obstacles? At a conference this week bearing the portentous title, […]

Parade of billionaire ‘red capitalists’ coming for CCP’s 18th Party Congress

Parade of billionaire ‘red capitalists’ coming for CCP’s 18th Party Congress

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Just 11 years after then-President Jiang Zemin took the unorthodox step of admitting private businessmen into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), an unprecedentedly large number of “red capitalists” are set to be inducted into the Party’s policy-setting Central Committee. According to the official media, at least 24 non-state-sector […]

McGovern learned later in life what businessmen must endure from big government

McGovern learned later in life what businessmen must endure from big government

Wesley Pruden Barring a really major blunder – such as revealing that he was born in Lower Volta or endorsing inter-species marriage (the next big civil-rights issue) – this election is beginning to look like it’s Mitt Romney’s to lose. On the morning after the third and mercifully last presidential debate, nearly all the major […]

Kissinger on Israel’s coming demise: Senile, prophetic or merely pragmatic?

Kissinger on Israel’s coming demise: Senile, prophetic or merely pragmatic?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy, FreePressers.com Henry Kissinger’s recent statement, that in 10 years Israel will cease to exist, borders on senile. Although one of his staff members denied it, Cindy Adams from New York Post insisted: “Reported to me, Henry Kissinger has stated — and I quote the statement word for word: ‘In […]

Romney campaign adopts ‘no whine rule’, declines to confront blatant media bias

Romney campaign adopts ‘no whine rule’, declines to confront blatant media bias

Special to WorldTribune.com By Cliff Kincaid Speaking at the Al Smith dinner, which benefits Catholic humanitarian causes, Mitt Romney took on the press in a joking manner that struck many as truthful. “Now I never suggest that the press is biased,” he said. “I recognize that they have their job to do, and I have […]

The people be damned: Recalling the odd friendship between ‘Snooky’ Sihanouk and Kim Il-Sung

The people be damned: Recalling the odd friendship between ‘Snooky’ Sihanouk and Kim Il-Sung

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com They formed one of the oddest, blood-stained duos in Asian history. Cambodia’s king and prince and then king again, Norodom Sihanouk, bonded with North Korea’s “Great Leader” Kim Il-Sung for reasons that had to do with their mutual hatred of the United States. Never did the adage, the […]