Eastern Asia

South Korean TV series. Part 1

This is a series of notes written to touch upon several intricate topics that we promised to keep track of,…

U.S. Role in Global Drug Trafficking Part 1

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In 1890, Alfred Marshall formulated the law of supply and demand – the consumer has the money and he wants…

Washington is forcing Japan to adopt a law on...

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The new draft law on state secrets, proposed by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in October of this…

Has the history of the Cheonan corvette come ...

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The sinking of the corvette and the national grief that accompanied it virtually gave Lee Myung-bak a reason to openly…

Has the history of the Cheonan corvette come ...

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As reported by a number of news agencies in early November, Seoul is considering the possibility of a large-scale withdrawal…

Kim Jong-un’s New Course

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While the terms juche (spirit of self-reliance) and songun (military first) are relatively well-known to a broad audience, a fresh…

U.S. House of Representatives steps up war rh...

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According to the assessments by various foreign observers, there has been a clear escalation in relations between China and the…

The Meetings in Beijing

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited China from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24. Visits by the Russian leadership to the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part...

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First, agriculture "washed away" and the terraces on the mountain slopes were particularly affected. This appears to be why the…

Famine in North Korea: Causes and Myths. Part...

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"Slon" internet magazine published an article by A. Lankov titled "How many people actually died of starvation in North Korea"…

Government shutdown and Chinese gold

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“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity”...William Butler Yeats, from his poem The Second…

The US’ “Asia Pivot” and Containment of China

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The US’ “Asia Pivot” policy, announced in June 2012, has since been heralded as a ‘new’ cold war in a…

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