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South Korean president walks tightrope on North-South strategy, left-right domestic politics

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye at her inaugural dinner in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 25, 2013.

Special to By Donald Kirk, President Park Geun-Hye is pursuing a fight-talk strategy. On Monday, South Korean gunners staged a live-fire exercise in waters well within hearing range of North Korea’s southwestern coast. Next, North and South Korean […]

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Obama calls on China to halt militarization, reclamation in South China Sea

U.S. President Barack Obama is welcomed to the opening plenary session by Philippines President Benigno Aquino III at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Asia-Pacific leaders called Thursday for increased international cooperation in the fight against terrorism as they held annual talks overshadowed by the Paris attacks. (Mast Irham/Pool Photo via AP)

Special to U.S. President Barack Obama on Nov. 18 called on China to stop its land reclamation and military buildup in the South China Sea. “We agree on the need for bold steps to lower tensions, including pledging to […]

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No, Time magazine, it’s not yet time to forgive as threat of WMD terror looms large


Special to By Donald Kirk, This week’s Asia edition of Time magazine features the cover line, “What It Takes to Forgive a Killer.” Thinking the editors had had time to do a cover on the massacres in Paris, […]

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N. Korea executes three women for recording S. Korean TV show

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.  /KCNA/Reuters

Special to North Korea has executed three women who were accused of making copies of and distributing a South Korean television show. The women, who resided near Hyesan University of the Arts in the northern Ryanggang Province, were arrested […]

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Obama’s Keystone pipe dream helps rogue states and harms environment, U.S. workers and Canada

Keystone pipeline.

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama has cancelled the Keystone XL, ending a seven year saga in which the pipeline from Alberta, Canada would have provided 800,000 barrels of oil to the USA […]

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‘Historic handshake?’: Xi sets timetable for ‘liberation’ of Taiwan

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Singapore on Nov. 7.  Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images

Special to By Willy Lam, The ostensible motive for the historic handshake last Saturday between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan counterpart Ma Ying-jeou is to anchor cross-Strait relations on the “one China” principle. Yet there are more […]

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‘People!’ — by Sol W. Sanders — a journalistic tapestry


Special to By Donald Kirk, Correspondents by the time they reach a certain age may look back on an extraordinary range of people encountered in odd situations and settings. We all have stories to tell, uniquely our own, […]

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Cyberterror emerges as homeland security threat all can relate to


Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct A new survey by California’s Chapman University has identified cyberterrorism as one of the American public’s greatest fears, a national security threat that hits home at all levels. Cyberterrorism occupied a high […]

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No, Ashton Carter, there is absolutely nothing Reaganesque about Obama policies

Sec. of Defense Ashton Carter at the Reagan Defense Forum.

Special to By Sol W. Sanders The Obama Administration’s utter strategic confusion, particularly in foreign affairs, was nowhere more exhibited than in Sec. of Defense Ashton B. Carter’s recent statements at the Reagan Defense Forum. Irony was added to […]

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Harsh memories from the Northeast Asia cauldron of last century live on

Japan's occupation of Korea left scars that have not healed.

Special to By Donald Kirk, The trilateral summit last weekend was long on promises but short on hard-and-fast commitments and planning. Yes, the fact that leaders of Korea, China and Japan could meet at all was remarkable considering […]

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