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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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Why communist China’s first foreign military base? Location, Location, Location

Why communist China’s first foreign military base? Location, Location, Location

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Nearly six hundred years ago, huge Chinese fleets plied the Indian Ocean sailing as far as Arabia and the East African coast. The epic seaborne expeditions carried out between 1405 and 1432 under Adm. Cheng Ho and during the glorious Ming Dynasty were larger and far more encompassing […]

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Pyongyang poker: North Korea’s Marxist dynasty is still at the table

Pyongyang poker: North Korea’s Marxist dynasty is still at the table

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — We have seen this movie before and it never ends well. An arrogant and boastful dictator snubs the world and threatens his neighbors. The international community frets in rightful indignation but does little to respond. As tensions rise, the world appears hostage to a bully. And then comes […]

 RJMorton

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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UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

UN Security Council merry go round selects rights abuser

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The annual election to choose five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council produced both the expected and the near preposterous. The elections, actually selections by the 193 member General Assembly, saw no opposition for any of the two- year Council terms. Candidates were chosen based on […]

 RJMorton

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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With focus on North Korea, China avoids neighbors’ criticism

With focus on North Korea, China avoids neighbors’ criticism

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Two significant geopolitical issues dominate East Asia; the North Korean nuclear showdown and China’s maritime claims and expansion in the disputed South China Sea. Given the dangerous brinksmanship on the Korean peninsula, the UN Security Council held a landmark meeting to refocus global attention on […]

 RJMorton

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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China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

China and Iran are world leaders in executions; Data on North Korea is lacking

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The People’s Republic of China and the Islamic Republic of Iran top the global charts for executions according to a newly released report by Amnesty International. Iran accounted for 55 percent of all recorded death sentences according to Amnesty. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Pakistan are tragically part of this gruesome […]

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