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A Peek Inside North Korea Paints A Grim Picture

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A recent defection from North Korea gives us a peek inside the DPRK, and it’s not pretty.

Trump’s Asian Trip Leaves Allies Wondering And Doubting

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President Trump returns home from an Asian trip that wasn’t exactly impressive.

The Insanity Of Preemptive War Against North Korea

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A preemptive attack on North Korea would be illegal, immoral and, most importantly, insane.

Xi Jinping Consolidates Power In China

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While the President of the United States continues to create chaos, Xi Jinping consolidates his power in China.

Japanese Voters Give Shinzo Abe A Big Win In Snap Elections

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s decision to call a snap election pays off big time.

Trump Undermines His Own Secretary Of State’s Efforts On North Korea

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Donald Trump is undermining his own Secretary of State’s efforts on North Korea, and he doesn’t seem to care.

United Nations Passes Watered Down North Korean Sanctions

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The Trump Administration’s effort to impose sanctions against North Korea suffered a significant defeat in the United Nations Security Council.

Why Negotiations With North Korea Are (Currently) Impossible

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Absent significant changes, expecting normal diplomatic relationships with the DPRK is a pipe dream.

North Korea Conducts Sixth Nuclear Test

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More provocative action from North Korea, and another reminder that there are no easy answers to the problems represented by the Kim regime.

South Koreans Not So Concerned About War From The North

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The people who would most immediately be impacted by a war on the Korean peninsula don’t seem quite so concerned. Perhaps we should take a cue from them.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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Another escalation on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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More provocation from Pyongyang.

American Freed By North Korea Is In A Coma

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Otto Warmbier, and American being held by North Korea, is being freed but his release is marred by the revelation that he has been in a coma for much of that time: WASHINGTON — Otto F. Warmbier, an American college student held prisoner in North Korea for more than a year, has been medically evacuated […]

Japanese Parliament Passes Law for Abdication

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Via CNN:  Japan passes historic law to allow beloved Emperor to abdicate Imperial law decrees that sitting emperors cannot resign from their posts, but the one-off bill permits the 83-year-old to pass the Chrysanthemum Throne to Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest of his three children. The piece also has an interesting discussion of the role […]

North Korea Launches Another Missile Test

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Another provocative move by North Korea.

South Korea Elects New President Who Favors Dialogue With North Korea

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South Korea has elected a new President who breaks with his impeached predecessor in favoring dialogue with the North.

Trump’s Military Advisers Want Him To Expand America’s Longest War

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America’s longest war is still going on, and President Trump’s advisers want him to continue his predecessor’s policies of continuing to re-expand American forces in a war that has seemingly no end.

North Korea Lashes Out At Chinese Pressure Over Nuclear Program

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North Korea is pushing back against increased pressure from China over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Another North Korean Missile Test Fails As Tensions Continue To Rise

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The North Koreans failed to successfully test a longer-range missile again yesterday, but tensions on the Korean Peninsula seem destined to increase in any case.

Despite Reports, U.S. Carrier Was Nowhere Near Korea

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Just over a week ago it was reported that the United States was moving a carrier battle group headed by the USS Carl Vinson closer to the Korean Peninsula in response to increased provocation from the DPRK and the rumors that it would attempt some kind of demonstration as part of last weekend’s 105th anniversary of […]

Tensions Rise On Korean Peninsula As North Korea Threatens Another Nuclear Test

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North Korea is threatening another nuclear test, the United States is threatening retaliation, and China is warning of a ‘gathering storm’ on the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. Carrier Group Moves Toward Korean Peninsula

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A warning to North Korea.

South Korean President Removed From Office After Impeachment

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South Korea removes a corrupt leader by peaceful means.

Malaysian Police Say Kim Jong-Un’s Elder Brother Was Killed By VX Nerve Agent

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Malaysian police have evidence that seems to clearly link North Korea to the death of Kim Jong Il’s eldest son.

Apparent Assassination Leading To Tension Between North Korea And China

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The apparent assassination of Kim Jong-Un’s eldest brother has raised red flags in China.

Older Brother Of Kim Jong-Un Murdered In Kuala Lumpur

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North Korean Intrigue…….

South Korean Parliament Impeaches President

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Political upheaval for an important Asian ally.

Duterte’s Philippines

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A chilling photo essay in the NYT: ‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’ I had come to document the bloody and chaotic campaign against drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte began when he took office on June 30: since then, about 2,000 people had been slain at the hands of the police alone. […] I HAVE WORKED […]

India And Pakistan Exchange Fire In Kashmir

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As America prepares for a Presidential transition, an old conflict with a history of turning dangerous rears its head.

What To Do About North Korea?

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North Korea continues to advance its nuclear program but it’s unclear what anyone can do about it.

North Korea Conducts Another Nuclear Weapons Test As The World Runs Out Of Options

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North Korea conducts yet another nuclear weapons test, and it’s unclear what anyone can do to stop them.

The Philippines’ Disturbing new President

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Via Guardian:  Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte urges people to kill drug addicts Following a measured speech after taking his oath before a small audience inside the presidential palace, the outspoken leader paid an evening visit to a Manila slum and unleashed profanity-laden threats against drug traffickers in front of a crowd of about 500 people “These […]

20 Dead In Bangladesh Attack Claimed By ISIS

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A third major ISIS-inspired or planned attack in three weeks.

Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima Brings Reflection, But No Apologies

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President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima left just the impression it should have.

Obama Announces End Of U.S. Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

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On his trip to Hanoi, President announced the latest sign that the Vietnam War is finally something both nations have manged to put behind them.

Kim Jong Un Orders North Korean Nukes Placed On ‘Standby’

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More saber rattling from Pyongyang.

China, U.S. Agree On North Korea Sanctions That Are Unlikely To Accomplish Anything

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Can anything restrain the North Koreans besides direct action by China? That’s unclear, but the new round of sanctions pending at the U.N. seem unlikely to accomplish much of anything.

China’s Economy Appears To Be Slowing Significantly, And That Could Have A Huge Impact

A dealer analyses the shares index to investors (not pictured) at a securities company in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan, 27 August 2007. Chinese share prices closed 0.83 percent up 27 August to record a sixth straight day of gains after more listed companies reported strong earnings for the first half, dealers said. AFP PHOTO/ LIU Jin (Photo credit should read LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s economy is still growing, but it’s most recently reported growth rate is slower than the nation has seen in quite some time.

Taiwan Elects First Female President

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Via the BBC:  Tsai Ing-wen elected Taiwan’s first female president Tsai Ing-wen has been elected Taiwan’s first female president. Ms Tsai, 59, leads the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that wants independence from China. In her victory speech, she vowed to preserve the status quo in relations with China, adding Beijing must respect Taiwan’s democracy and […]

U.S., South Korea Hint At Military Buildup In Response To Nuclear Test

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The United States and South Korea are hinting at increased military cooperation in the wake of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

Experts Cast Doubt On North Korean Claim That It Tested Hydrogen Bomb

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Experts are casting doubt on North Korea’s claim that it tested a thermonuclear device earlier this week.

North Korea Claims To Have Detonated Hydrogen Bomb In Nuclear Test

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The North Koreans claim to have made a major advance in their nuclear weapons program, but there are many reasons to be skeptical.

War on Christmas, Brunei Style

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Via the Sydney Morning Herald:  Brunei bans Christmas celebrations in public, including wearing Santa hats. Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas, including sending festive greetings and the wearing of Santa Claus hats. Muslims seen celebrating Christmas and non-Muslims found to be organising celebrations could face up to five years jail. However the country’s non-Muslims, […]

Kim Jong Un Claims North Korea Has Thermonuclear Weapons, But It Probably Doesn’t

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North Korea’s mercurial leader now claims to have thermonuclear weapons, but analysts are saying this is likely braggadocios nonsense.

Kim Young-Sam, President Who Led South Korea Out Of Military Rule, Dies At 87

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Kim Young-Sam, the former President of South Korea whose time in office marked the beginning of that nation’s turn away from military rule, died early Sunday at the age of 87: SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Young-sam, the former president of South Korea who replaced the last of the country’s military leaders, purged politicized generals […]

Leaders Of China And Taiwan To Meet For First Time In 66 Years

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For the first time since Chang Kai-Shek escaped across the Taiwan Strait, the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of China will meet this weekend.

China Ends ‘One Child’ Policy Over Demographic Concerns

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Thanks mostly to well-founded demographic concerns, China is ending the ‘One Child’ policy, but it is probably too late for them to avoid the consequences of the forty year program.

Taliban Capture Major Afghan City For First Time Since 9/11

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The Taliban dealt a major defeat to a numerically superior Afghan Army force, raising questions about just how well Afghanistan can defend itself on its own.

Stock Market Drop Leads Trump And Walker To Say Dumb Things About China

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Yesterday’s stock market drop led some Republican candidates to say some particularly dumb things.

North Korea Setting Clocks Back A Half-Hour For Some Reason

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North Korea is going back in time, literally: SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea, a hermetic country stuck in the Cold War and obsessed with its long-dead founder, now wants to turn back time. By a half-hour. The government announced on Friday that it would create its own time zone — “Pyongyang time” — and […]

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