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‘Expert’ fixes for the North Korea crisis: Seriously?

‘Expert’ fixes for the North Korea crisis: Seriously?

By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― North Korea pops off another ICBM, and suddenly the U.S. media is full of talking heads offering views and solutions. They range from the extremes of annihilating North Korea’s nuclear and missile facilities to, “Oh, just sign a peace treaty and everything will be okay.” It’s hard to know which […]

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Exercise in terrorism: The likely cause of Otto Warmbier’s death

Exercise in terrorism: The likely cause of Otto Warmbier’s death

By Donald Kirk The death of Otto Warmbier provides a powerful reminder of the torture and terrorism perpetrated by one of the world’s most repressive regimes. Americans are no doubt aware of the tyranny of the dynasty led by a man who revels in ordering the development of long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads […]

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Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter: You are living in ‘Absurdistan’

Memo to the sheep being prepared for slaughter: You are living in ‘Absurdistan’

By Alexander Maistrovoy At a Party meeting the Party leader addresses the audience: “All of you will be hung tomorrow. Do you have questions? Silence. The Party leader: “I will repeat the question. Tomorrow you all will be hung. Does anybody want to say anything?” A timid voice is heard from the audience: “Shall we […]

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Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States

Trump asks NATO to be ‘fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump has scolded some members of the Atlantic Alliance for not paying their “fair share” in defense spending. Addressing the NATO Summit in Brussels, the American president followed in the footsteps of many of his predecessors in saying that some members of the North Atlantic Treaty […]

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Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

Key U.S. alliance in Northeast Asia put to the test with election of new South Korean leader

By Donald Kirk Would Kim Jong-Un mind giving Moon Jae-In a break? More than any other South Korean leader in years, Moon would like nothing better than to be the one to bring about North-South reconciliation. Wouldn’t it be great, Moon’s newly appointed former activists must be saying, if Kim Jong-Un invited Moon to Pyongyang […]

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Global econ: Asia boom, minus numbers down South, anti-Trumpism slows U.S. growth

Global econ: Asia boom, minus numbers down South, anti-Trumpism slows U.S. growth

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The world economy is slowly improving with a forecast for 2.7 percent global growth, but there’s still a way to go to reach pre-recession levels. That’s part of the prognosis of the UN’s World Economic Situation midterm report for 2017 which cites stronger economic recovery in many developed […]

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Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

Talking North Korea peace has paid off for the talkers, but not for peace

By Donald Kirk An interviewer for a radio station in Boston, winding up one of those Q&A’s to which journalists are subjected, asked, What would you do to resolve the North Korean “problem?” I answered, “I have no solution, no idea, no clue.” While that response might seem like an abject display of ignorance or […]

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Amid the Korean nuclear showdown, don’t forget the trade gap that threatens the western alliance

Amid the Korean nuclear showdown, don’t forget the trade gap that threatens the western alliance

By Donald Kirk All the talk over what to do with North Korea overlooks one problem to which people are not paying that much attention. That’s the yawning gap in trade between the U.S. and all its leading trade partners. It’s a lot easier to grasp the significance of a North Korean nuclear warhead attached […]

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Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

Mar-a-lago menu: THAAD and Kim Jong-UN; Powerpoints and hot air

By Donald Kirk From the outset, the idea of implanting a Star Wars weapon capable of zapping an enemy missile 150 kilometers above the earth’s surface had to be controversial. The real problem from the South Korean viewpoint initially was, what for ― what we really need are short and mid-range missiles for not only […]

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Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

Profiles in Korean corruption: First female president may be seen later as tragic figure

By Donald Kirk The prospect of Park Geun-Hye going to jail in the most sweeping political scandal in modern Korean history inspires invidious comparisons. Who, actually, was the most corrupt president since promulgation of the “democracy constitution” in 1987 at the height of demonstrations as massive as those we have witnessed in central Seoul since […]

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