| Jul 28, 2013
SEOUL — Americans like to pretend that politics don't matter and to bemoan the slight differences between our political parties. These are luxuries we can afford as the world's richest and most stable country. But for much of the world, politics are...
| Aug 8, 2012
American exceptionalism—which is fun to say (all those syllables!)—is grabbing some headlines this summer, thanks to the intersection of a heat-filled presidential campaign and a much-hyped, much-watched Olympics.
We're devouring these Summer...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 1:32 PM
Dictator Kim Jong Un has decided women will once again be allowed to ride bicycles.
This overturns a ruling by his repressed, late father Kim Jong Il that decreed... a women in a skirt riding a bicycle was contrary to socialist customs. As silly as it...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Alongside Mr. Spock, Archie Bunker and the Fonz, James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano has been absorbed wholesale into the American psyche to rank as one of TV's most indelible icons.
In every sense of the term, Gandolfini's mob boss was larger than life:...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 11:26 AM
Last April, when a North Korean missile launch appeared to be imminent, this newspaper published my commentary urging the U.S. to "get tough with North Korea." My determination that U.S. actions to date had produced little or no effect in deterring the...
| Dec 23, 2012
North Korea is an international pariah, a bandit state, the "Hermit Kingdom." It's also a net exporter of news: North Korea announced Friday that it had detained an American citizen for "hostile acts against the republic." And a rocket launch this month...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 5:48 PM
North Korea has carried out the launch of a long-range rocket, South Korea's Ministry of Defense said Wednesday.
"Shortly after the liftoff, Aegis radar system in the Yellow Sea detected the move," a senior military official was quoted by South Korea's...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:21 AM
HONG KONG -- Eight months ago, the international community stifled a snigger when North Korea's hyped rocket launch ended with a fizzle.
At the time, Pyongyang surprised just about everyone by actually admitting its failure, a departure from previous...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 1:54 PM
Under its new ruler, Kim Jong Un, North Korea has reverted to its old tactics of provocation and aggression with the launch this week of a long-range missile it claims was intended to put the country's first satellite into orbit. It's unclear whether...
| Aug 25, 2012
What started as a casual interest in North Korea quickly became an almost decade-long obsession for writer and Stanford professor Adam Johnson. The fruit of his fixation, his novel “The Orphan Master's Son,” was just released in paperback....
| Dec 19, 2011
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman who styled himself as a "Dear Leader" while ruling over an impoverished police state, died at 69, according to North Korean state media.
Kim was believed to have suffered from multiple chronic...