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Two chubby young Koreans register on the global recognition scale

Two chubby young Koreans register on the global recognition scale

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com LONDON — There was a time when Korea was best known overseas for Samsung gadgetry and Hyundai cars. Now Korea is permeating the global consciousness in ways that would have seemed unlikely if not impossible two or three years ago. The latest proof positive is a New Year’s eve feature in […]

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South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

South Korea moves up in Security Council balance-of-power competition

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s the annual diplomatic ritual when the 193 member UN General Assembly elects five of its members to serve for two-year stints on the powerful Security Council. As would be imagined the competition is intense to gain real political power and the global limelight on the fifteen member […]

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Central America emerges as transhipment nexus for drugs flowing to USA

Central America emerges as transhipment nexus for drugs flowing to USA

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A generation ago many Central American countries faced death and destruction from aggressive left-wing insurgencies battling governments in places like El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Today while these countries have evolved into reasonably representative democracies, a new tide of violence “born of transnational organized crime and drug trafficking,” […]

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Syria unravels: Russia and China stand by its bloody regime, UN stands by

Syria unravels: Russia and China stand by its bloody regime, UN stands by

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — As the ongoing conflict in Syria churns out a ghastly humanitarian  carnage, diplomatic efforts to halt the violence are shadowed by last year’s Libyan intervention, which morphed into a six month long military operation to topple a tyrant. So when the UN Security Council met again on Britain’s […]

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North Korean priorities: Neutrons over nutrition

North Korean priorities: Neutrons over nutrition

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s rarely good news from North Korea.  The quaintly-titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is facing a worsening humanitarian crisis, while at the same time the government is heightening political repression, and the communist rulers are vaingloriously pursuing their nuclear weapons program. Valerie Amos, the UN’s Humanitarian […]

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UN suspends Libya from Rights Council, sparks fly

UN suspends Libya from Rights Council, sparks fly

By John J. Metzler   UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly voted unanimously to suspend Libya from the Human Rights Council in response to the Gaddafi regime’s continuing crackdown on protests rocking the North African country.  The Assembly voted on a draft resolution proposed by Arab and African states, condemning  any Council member  who “commits […]