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Signs of tensions leading up to Pyongyang parley

Signs of tensions leading up to Pyongyang parley

By Donald Kirk SEOUL — Think of any scenario for next week’s conference in Pyongyang of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and you may be right. The ascension of favorite son Kim Jong-Un to a top party position? Certainly a strong possibility. A grand finale complete with declarations of the glorious future of the party, […]

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High time Cuba rejoined real world; But is it too late?

High time Cuba rejoined real world; But is it too late?

By Sol W. Sanders   When satellite Communist countries imploded with the Soviet Union collapse, the debris scattered. A united Germany still copes with moral as well as economic degradation left behind by the Soviet Bloc’s star performer, the German Democratic Republic. Unfortunately several misbegotten Communist regimes still hang on, relics of a totally discredited […]

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What to do with captured pirates? Hang them or let them hang out with Sean Penn?

What to do with captured pirates? Hang them or let them hang out with Sean Penn?

By Ed Koch “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli” …. There aren’t many Americans who have never heard those words, which come from the United States Marine Corps Hymn. The words refer to the heroic role of the Marines in putting an end to pillaging and piracy by the Barbary pirates […]

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Crisis in Lebanon: Coup by Hizbullah looms over impending indictments by assassination tribunal

Crisis in Lebanon: Coup by Hizbullah looms over impending indictments by assassination tribunal

By Yossef Bodansky, Global Information System Lebanon is on the verge of take-over by the Hizbullah and its allies. Riyadh is keeping Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, in Saudi Arabia, pressuring him to deliver a “compromise” which would accept this “inevitability” without an overt show of force by the Hizbullah which could escalate to a […]

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Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the UN General Assembly has opened in New York.   The 65th annual session of the UN’s main membership body will debate issues ranging from battling global poverty to promoting human rights and international security. Yet the setting will be […]

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U.S. intel sticks with '07 Iran estimate as new enrichment site reported

U.S. intel sticks with '07 Iran estimate as new enrichment site reported

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com An Iranian opposition group has presented new information indicating that Iran is moving ahead with its nuclear weapons program. During a press conference last week, two Iranian opposition figures revealed that Iran is developing a top-secret nuclear enrichment facility in the town of Abyek, near the city of Qazvin, about […]

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Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China-Japanese relations have been plunged into their lowest point since several weeks of rabid anti-Japanese riots in a dozen-odd Chinese cities in 2005.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has lifted its tight control over Chinese NGOs and allowed nationalistic groups to hold protests in Beijing against Japanese occupation of the Diaoyu […]

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The global showdown between Exceptionalism and Islamofascism

The global showdown between Exceptionalism and Islamofascism

By Sheda Vasseghi The majority of the world views America as exceptional.  As a country that has come to possess a unique role in world affairs, America serves as a role model for many nations still struggling with their identity, equality, equity, and the pursuit of happiness. Whether America acts in its own interests or […]

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EU anxiety over the Euro, heartburn over Germany

By Sol W. Sanders The European Union has the jitters, raising the question of whether what used to be called a nervous breakdown lies ahead. The anxiety may not lead to a breakup of the EU, but the dream of a single currency may have to be abandoned. With 20/20 hindsight, the idea of a […]

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Young Kim's coming out is prime-time drama, North and South of the DMZ

By Donald Kirk WASHINGTON – The conference of the Korean Workers’ Party in Pyongyang is beginning to look like a non-event and its postponement is raising searching questions as to what’s going on inside the Hermit Kingdom. There’s speculation, fueled by a report on YTN, the South Korean cable news, that Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il […]