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Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Deathwatch for dictator a timebomb in Venezuela

Global Information System CARACAS — Venezuela’s ruling Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (United Socialist Party: PSUV) has, since mid-December 2012, been working on devising a plan to initiate President-elect Hugo Chávez Frias’ new term in office without the president necessarily being physically able to govern. By the beginning of January 2013, there was a growing […]

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Two chubby young Koreans register on the global recognition scale

Two chubby young Koreans register on the global recognition scale

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com LONDON — There was a time when Korea was best known overseas for Samsung gadgetry and Hyundai cars. Now Korea is permeating the global consciousness in ways that would have seemed unlikely if not impossible two or three years ago. The latest proof positive is a New Year’s eve feature in […]

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No joy in Pyongyang over Park’s win in South Korea's presidential election

No joy in Pyongyang over Park’s win in South Korea's presidential election

By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — Pyongyang’s favored candidate lost with the victory of conservative, anti-communist ruling party candidate Park Geun-Hye in the recent presidential election here. The destitute North openly endorsed Park’s rival, opposition contender Moon Jae-In. Moon had promised to resume massive economic aid and cross-border projects with the North that would provide Pyongyang with […]

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Once called 'city of churches', Pyongyang now sees Christianity as top security threat

Once called 'city of churches', Pyongyang now sees Christianity as top security threat

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The fuss made by North Korea over the Christmas lights on a steel tower at an observation post overlooking the demilitarized zone reminds me of a similarly lit tree far inside North Korea. It was on the shelf behind the bar of a hotel in the industrial east coast city of […]

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Talk and more talk but no action to limit an out-of-control federal bureaucracy

Talk and more talk but no action to limit an out-of-control federal bureaucracy

By Sol W. Sanders Growing up in the 1930s, we had a favorite expression: You are talking it to death. And talking to death is about where Washington is on the nation’s fiscal problems, at this writing locked in battle toward the armageddon of “sequestration” when broad, uneconomic swaths would be cut through government expenditures. […]

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Li Peng’s son also rises but overall the fortunes of Princelings are in decline

Li Peng’s son also rises but overall the fortunes of Princelings are in decline

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Li Peng, 84, the “butcher of Tiananmen Square” who gained international notoriety for having declared martial law in Beijing 23 years ago, is still in the limelight despite rapidly failing health. At last month’s 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress (CCP), Li helped other conservative party elders, in particular former President Jiang Zemin, […]

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After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

After Assad, armed groups seen migrating to Iraq or back home with no incentives to stop fighting

By Brian M Downing The Syrian civil war has raged for over a year now, ever since peaceful protest turned into armed rebellion. In recent months, rebel groups have become more effective and various armed units have emerged. They have little in common beside opposition to the Assad regime, and their allegiance to any command […]

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Drone Wars: U.S. maintains tech advantage with carrier-based X-47B

Drone Wars: U.S. maintains tech advantage with carrier-based X-47B

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com A new arms race is heating up as major countries rush to develop their unmanned air surveillance and combat vehicles. On Dec. 1, a French-led multinational consortium launched the newest combat drone prototype from a French air base. The test of the UAV, called nEUROn, marks the entrance into the […]

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On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

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John Kerry in war and peace: Allies must question reliability of U.S. support

John Kerry in war and peace: Allies must question reliability of U.S. support

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The U.S.-Korea relationship is about to undergo a major transition, and that’s not just because Lee Myung-Bak is stepping down after five years in which his American advocates professed their love for him even as his popularity sank ever lower at home. The big difference, from the U.S. perspective, is the […]