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War? Explosive tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula

War? Explosive tensions are mounting on the Korean peninsula

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 the first elements […]

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Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

Forgotten takeaway from the killing of Kim Jong-Nam: North Korea’s bio-chemical WMD threat

By Donald Kirk The poisoning of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un should make everyone painfully aware of a category of “weapons of mass destruction” that’s overlooked in the controversy over nuclear devices. In all the negotiations, recriminations, talk and double-talk about North Korea’s nuclear menace, little is said about the North’s highly […]

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North Korean actions speak loudly as world leaders say little

North Korean actions speak loudly as world leaders say little

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As a North Korean medium range Pukguksong missile arched across the sky landing menacingly in the Sea of Japan, the intended political target of the nuclear capable rocket was the visit of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the United States. The rash gambit by the quaintly titled […]

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Brotherly love lost: More trouble in communism’s first and last dynasty

Brotherly love lost: More trouble in communism’s first and last dynasty

By Donald Kirk Kim Jong-Nam showed the warm and human face of North Korea’s dynastic family. You had to like the guy, judging from sightings in the gambling enclave of Macau, across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong off China’s southeastern coast. One time he was spotted in a Macao bus. Another time he […]

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Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

Showdown: Historically, trade wars lead to real wars

By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump’s most fearsome offensive on the world stage has nothing to do with immigration reform, or building that wall all along the U.S. border with Mexico, or defense or treaty alliances or the North Korean nuke-and-missile threat. It’s all about U.S. trade relations with the rest of the world. When […]

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South Asia boom, new Trump initiatives are the good news for sagging global economy

South Asia boom, new Trump initiatives are the good news for sagging global economy

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Modest global economic recovery is expected, but a return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive, according to the World Economic Situation Report, the UN’s barometer of international economic trends. The current survey states that while the world economy grew by a a modest 2.2 percent in 2016, […]

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Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

Trump’s opening chess move puts northeast Asia on notice

By Donald Kirk President Donald Trump has now made his first substantive move in foreign policy with broad repercussions for Northeast Asia, including both Korea and Japan. The consequences may be far-reaching. By signing an executive order formally withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Trump has signaled that he may actually carry out some of […]

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Trump world: What The Donald inherits

Trump world: What The Donald inherits

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Chaos, Conflict and Crisis are some of the words describing the combustible global situation the new American President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor. Far from a stable world order, Donald Trump is entering a complex foreign maze in which he must decipher, decode and often defuse […]

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Rogue states search Trump tweets for clues as Oval Office awaits new occupant

Rogue states search Trump tweets for clues as Oval Office awaits new occupant

By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump will be flexing America’s muscles against both China and North Korea from almost the moment he sits down in the Oval Office of the White House, at least to judge from his recent tweets. “China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the […]

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Year in preview: World stage set for more dramatic tension in 2017

Year in preview: World stage set for more dramatic tension in 2017

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to consult the crystal snow globe and peer ahead into what events 2017 may bring. After a surprising, tumultuous and truly roller-coaster year just past, we certainly can hope for a more stable period. But should we? Despite the unprecedented electoral triumph of Donald […]