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U.S. policy 'breakthroughs' in Asia hit a series of reality walls

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — Call it a matter of conflicting — or colliding — messages. South Korean conservatives have forced a free-trade agreement with the United States through a fractious National Assembly. A U.S. Congress “supercommittee” has demonstrated the weakness of the American system of governance by abject, humiliating failure to come up […]

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In break from the downbeat, U.S. and S. Korea finally open new trade era

In break from the downbeat, U.S. and S. Korea finally open new trade era

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The United States and South Korea stood on the brink of a brave new world on Friday with a triumphant state visit to Washington by South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak marking the passage by both houses of the U.S. Congress of the much-delayed Korea-U.S. Free Trade Act. The final […]

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Israel renews appeal for advanced bunker-busters

Israel renews appeal for advanced bunker-busters

WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel is persisting with its repeated requests for advanced air-to-ground penetration bombs from the United States. Officials said Defense Minister Ehud Barak has again raised Israel’s request for an advanced bunker-buster from the United States. They said Barak, who met Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Advisor James Jones, argued […]