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On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

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Daughter of a controversial leader runs for president of South Korea

Daughter of a controversial leader runs for president of South Korea

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The specter of Park Geun-Hye running for president of the Republic of Korea evokes almost as many memories for those foreigners who were here during the reign of her father as it does for millions of Koreans who share quite differing perspectives. As a journalist in pursuit of about the only […]

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S. Koreans elect a Seoul-mate for North as pendulum swings to anti-Americanism

S. Koreans elect a Seoul-mate for North as pendulum swings to anti-Americanism

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The timing of the annual descent on South Korea of the United States defense chief was uncanny. Here the people of the South Korean capital had just elected an anti-American, anti-bases, anti-everything protester as their mayor, and here was Leon Panetta, the defense secretary, talking about the North Koreans’ […]

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S. Korean nukes? Why not, says Obama official

S. Korean nukes? Why not, says Obama official

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Suddenly, the notion of South Korea going nuclear has re-entered mainstream political discourse. In the early 1970s late president Park Chung-Hee dreamed of South Korea joining the global nuclear club. The United States frustrated that idea, however, by getting South Korea to go along with a nuclear cooperation agreement […]