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Iran’s horrific rights record: 852 executions in past year included juveniles

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite what many observers see as a politically reformist presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains dire. A recently released UN report […]

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South Koreans: Too stressed to appreciate their new status as coolest Asians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Many Koreans don’t know it, but Korea is cool. Three newly published books say so. Two of them even have “cool” in the title — “The Birth of Korean Cool” by Euny Hong, […]

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It could even happen in Canada, and now it has

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Canada has been given a reality jolt. Twice within three days, “lone wolf” terrorists have killed Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil; one outside Montreal and another at the symbolic National […]

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Hong Kong’s battle of wills with Beijing: Where are all the other righteous Asian protesters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The demonstrations in Hong Kong are at a critical stage. In the spirit of democracy movements in Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, these protesters are not giving up. Unlike demonstrators elsewhere, those […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Cane or swagger stick? We report, you decide

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events? Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up […]

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Chinese vs. Big China: Hong Kong’s lessons are being studied in Taiwan

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Hong Kong has always been a city of contrasts. Wealth, a free economy, a feisty media, and the rule of law, have always contrasted with poverty, crowding and claustrophobia. Still, […]

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Unbelievable: Take your pick of unlikely North Korean power play theories

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un with wife Ri Sol-Ju.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The world seems to be missing Kim Jong-un. The porcine image of this overweight 30-something reviewing his troops or wagging a finger at a map or “ordering” a missile test had become a media staple until […]

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South Korea’s Park reminds world DMZ remains, 25 years after Berlin Wall fell

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By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “This year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the Korean Peninsula remains stifled by a wall of division,” said South Korean President Park Geun-Hye. In a landmark […]

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A tale of two Hong Kong demonstrations

Demonstrators in Hong Kong on May 6, 1967 gathered in front of the Government House, waving their copies of Mao’s Little Red Book.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The democracy demos in Hong Kong evoke so many memories going back to the late 1960s when I saw thousands pouring on to the streets of what was then a British crown colony brandishing copies of […]

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