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A blog from Tim Shorrock on capitalism, national security, East Asia, and World Boogie. Quote from a Bob Dylan song.

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With intelligence leaks, the contractors are the culprits

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 19:28:12 +0000

My latest, from the Washington Post: When WikiLeaks released more than 8,000 files about the CIA’s global hacking programs this month, it dropped a tantalizing clue: The leak came from private contractors. Federal investigators quickly confirmed this, calling contractors the likeliest … Continue reading

America is not an innocent bystander in Korea

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 03:23:15 +0000

My first published article of the year, filed as Trump’s Secretary of Defense James Mattis is visiting South Korea and Japan talking about preparing for war of one kind or another with North Korea. This story explains the view from … Continue reading

The Washington Post didn’t like this piece on the US role in Korea…

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 23:08:31 +0000

…So I published it myself, in Medium. People power, not the U.S. military, created South Korea’s vibrant democracy As millions of South Koreans filled their streets in the weeks leading up to last week’s impeachment of their beleagured president, Park Guen-hye, … Continue reading

American Military Power in Asia and the Trump Factor

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:23:19 +0000

The Pentagon is trying to push through a trilateral alliance with Japan and South Korea before anyone noticed. But I did. My latest, from TomDispatch:  Despite the attention being given to America’s roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, … Continue reading

20 years ago, my reporting caused a furor in South Korea

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:13:30 +0000

This was the best response I ever got to a story, as chronicled in 1996 by the Washington Post.  

Kilcullen to Me: “You’re a conspiracy theorist.”

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:30:23 +0000

Big Chief Counterinsurgent David Kilcullen prefers hagiography to reporting. This photograph was taken in 2014 at a Washington seminar on Syria where I was finally able to speak directly to David Kilcullen about a story I was preparing about his … Continue reading

“Nation-Building” Is Back: Now with Contractors

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:07:03 +0000

My latest, published in LobeLog, a great publication on U.S. foreign policy. Here’s how Antony Loewenstein, the great Australian investigative journalist, just introduced the article on Twitter: @TimothyS on interest in making $ from “nation-building” in the #MiddleEast; #disastercapitalism by … Continue reading

Hankyoreh honors my work on the U.S. and South Korea

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:37:46 +0000

One year ago I had the incredible honor of having my work on the United States and South Korea featured in Hankyoreh, a newspaper founded by courageous journalists forced out of their jobs during the Park and Chun dictatorships.  Hankyoreh posted this … Continue reading

Whatever happened to the COINdinistas?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:19:03 +0000

A few years ago, I was leaked a large trove of documents from a contractor deeply engaged in the counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan. As I slowly made my way through them, I decided I had to go back to my … Continue reading

With Clinton, Expect Increased Tensions with North Korea

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:07:16 +0000

My latest, just posted at The Nation (with the Korean version at NewsPro): Over the past two weeks, South Korea has been obsessed with a huge scandal involving its president, Park Geun-hye. Highly unpopular, she faces fierce criticism and protests over her … Continue reading