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Mitchell Blatt
Mitchell Blatt (Facebook: @MitchBlattPolitics) is a columnist and writer based in Korea. He covers foreign affairs and culture, particularly issues related to Korea and East Asia politics. He has contributed to outlets like the South China Morning Post, the Korea Times, the Shanghai Daily, USA Today, Roads & Kingdoms, and China.org.cn. Read some of his articles at www.ChinaTravelWriter.com. Learn more at www.Mitchell Blatt.com.
May 16, 2023
The paranoia that fuels American gun violence
America is fueled by a paranoid mode of discourse that has been present in the country's politics and society for at least two centuries but which is now manifesting in even more senseless violence due to a proliferation of guns.
May 6, 2023
Riding on the China-Laos rail line
The China-Laos railway, which opened in December 2021 and is already carrying over 200,000 passengers a month, has made transportation in Laos much more convenient than buses and cars and cheaper than flying.
April 28, 2023
Japan's historical revisionism on display at Yasukuni
Continuing visits and offerings made by right-wing Japanese politicians to the soldiers and war criminals interred at Tokyo’s notorious Yasukuni Shrine reflect the very real problem of the Japanese government's denial of history.
March 17, 2023
America and two distinct failures of industry
The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and the derailment of the Norfolk Southern train carrying toxic chemicals in Ohio reveal holes in the American regulatory system that is failing to protect ordinary citizens.
March 10, 2023
How a massive train incident shook a sleepy American town
Many questions remain as to who and what is responsible for the derailment of a freight train carrying hundreds of tons of toxic chemicals in Ohio last month.
February 25, 2023
The importance of tea historically and today
Tea is one of the world's great social drinks. But it hasn't always been this way.
February 24, 2023
American school shootings shake international students
The frequency of shootings in the U.S. is cutting lives short and coloring perceptions of the country, with students and tourists thinking twice before visiting.
December 2, 2022
Was the Colorado nightclub shooting caused by hate speech?
Just before midnight on Nov. 19, a killer entered a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs and murdered five people. Was anti-LGBT rhetoric from American politicians to blame?
December 1, 2022
What is behind increase in US murder rate?
The rate of single-victim and mass murders in America has risen significantly in 2022.
November 23, 2022
​Sunak's tough job ahead
Not long after U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak took office, the country entered another recession. Regardless of how long he can hold onto power, he must deal with the tough job ahead of him.
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