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Saigon 1975 — Imagine a different ending

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It’s been forty years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long […]

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N. Korea deploys hackers overseas with day jobs as traders, engineers

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s state-run cyber war operations have expanded hacking attempts on South Korean nuclear power plants, city gas networks, subways and railways, according to intelligence officials and defectors. The cyber attacks […]

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As U.S. loses ‘its edge’, India looks to South Korea for defense options

India's Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Great Game for Asia is assuming new dimensions. Korea counts on the U.S. for some of its most advanced weaponry, but Korea also is a source for weapons technology and components. That’s […]

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In Mao-like move, Xi recruits 10 million Internet youth ‘warriors’, rattles Hong Kong

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com A leaked internal document of the Communist Youth League (CYL) – the youth wing of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) – has exposed plans by Chinese authorities to recruit more than 10 million […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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Neutrons over nutrition: Food shortages stalk up to 70 percent of North Koreans

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new UN humanitarian report, some 18 million […]

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Checking out the cars on display and ranking the shapely models that aren’t actual accessories

Like the cars, of course, the models come in different ranges. A marketing manager explained to me the gradations.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Beautiful women don’t have a lot to do with the graceful curves of a new motor vehicle, but you might not know that from visiting the Seoul Motor Show. By tradition, most manufacturers […]

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Kim focuses PR efforts on Air Force as state media show him piloting plane

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s youthful leader Kim Jong-Un has focused attention on the Air Force while piloting an allegedly indigenous light plan and boosting Air Force personnel. Kim made an inspection tour of […]

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Aerospace whiz named No. 1 official of Shenzhen, Hong Kong’s giant neighbor

Ma Xingrui

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Ma Xingrui, a fast-rising high-tech whiz turned politician, has parachuted into the Shenzhen special economic zone (SEZ) as Party Secretary. The latest appointment of the 56-year-old designer of space vehicles has immense significance […]

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‘Whiplash': Is backlash due to the secret sauce of cultural and Korean excellence?

J.K. Simmons as a disparaging instructor in “Whiplash.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com A crew member on the flight from London to Washington was quite emphatic when I asked his advice about what movie to choose. He said he’d seen a lot of people watching “Whiplash.” […]

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