Kim the Third might seem, with his Falstaffian girth, more a figure of humor than a figure to be feared. Appearances have proven deceiving. He has quickly demonstrated that, like his grandfather, he will act decisively and ruthlessly to maintain his perch.
North Korea's influence in South Korea has declined -- from an already low point -- and yet the South Korean government has reacted as if the opposite has happened.
Their ages ranged from 6 to 76, and were representative of the people killed 45 years ago. A teenaged girl who spoke English approached me and asked where I was from. Considering where I was standing I hesitated and said, "America."
Intriguingly and helpfully, there are North Koreans who get out, seek asylum, tell what they know and aid us in fathoming this bizarre inhumanity.
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Some analysts suggest that Jang Song-thaek might have become too vocal an advocate of China-style economic reforms. Perhaps Kim simply needed to show, in the most brutal way imaginable, who was boss.
I am not a member of, nor do I support, the Israeli lobby in Washington, but Iran's flat refusal to recognize Israel or "change its stance" disappoints all of us who hope for some sort of peace in the Middle East and some accommodation between the countries existing there.
If and when North Korea's Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain) resort opens again for foreign visitors, you can actually move through the most heavily fortified border to a scene of spectacular beauty.
South Korea is a democracy, a thriving one if measured by the sheer size and energy of its civil society and the stability of its political institutions. But what is happening in South Korea today is deeply disturbing nonetheless.
Is taking foreign visitors captive the way that Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, earns his battle stripes ("A...
The train -- which was bombed by American forces -- is enclosed by a fence adorned with messages of hope. As I took a walk around the site, I became teary-eyed by some of them obviously written by children. "Let's play together when we are united," one of them read.
So Obama, beset by other problems, is heading out to the Asia-Pacific again on a big trip in April. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, not nearly as identified with the Asia-Pacific Pivot as predecessor Tom Donilon, made the announcement in a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University reaffirming the country's commitment to the Pivot.
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It's a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come -- a true hermit kingdom. So why would an American tourist ever be allowed into the country?
We have seen examples, both in fiction and real life, of what happens when transparency is expected from one class (or the mass) of people while those who expect, and enforce that transparency, reserve for themselves the right to be opaque.
CNN and a number of other news sources reported on a ...