August 27, 2014
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Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young has a bachelor's and master's degree in history from The State University of New York, The College at Brockport. He will begin his PhD studies in modern Korean history at The George Washington University in Fall 2014. He has studied the Korean language at Geumgang University in Nonsan, South Korea and with the Pyongyang Project in Yanji, China. 

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How North Korea has been arming Palestinian militants for decades

How North Korea has been arming Palestinian militants for decades

Pyongyang has fewer foreign embassies than many other capitals, but the DPRK’s showcase city is home to one that even Washington lacks: Palestine. Since the early 1960s, North Korea has staunchly…

June 25th, 2014
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Kim Jong Il’s unlikely Maltese mentor & a secret military agreement

Kim Jong Il’s unlikely Maltese mentor & a secret military agreement

When Kim Jong Un came to power in 2011, many observers focused on his schooling in Switzerland as a hopeful sign that he would reform North Korea and establish better relations with the West. This h…

June 11th, 2014
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Why is North Korea called the DPRK?

Why is North Korea called the DPRK?

North Koreans dislike when outsiders refer to their country as "North Korea." They prefer the official title, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), as it represents Pyongyang as the t…

February 7th, 2014
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New ski resort echoes North Korea’s ’88 Olympics bid

New ski resort echoes North Korea’s ’88 Olympics bid

The North’s new Masik Pass ski resort is not just for propaganda: It’s also meant to catch the eye of the International Olympic Committee, and is part of a bid to co-host the 2018 Winter Olympics …

February 4th, 2014
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Author: U.S. dealt with hawkish S. Koreans in Pueblo affair

Author: U.S. dealt with hawkish S. Koreans in Pueblo affair

In January 1968, the North Korean navy captured the USS Pueblo, starting an 11-month ordeal in which the crew were imprisoned while the U.S. government negotiated their release and worked to prevent f…

January 17th, 2014
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Christmas and New Year’s in North Korea

Christmas and New Year’s in North Korea

As an atheist country North Korea does not celebrate Christmas, though many of its citizens are aware of the holiday. New Year’s is a different story. Like their Southern brethren, North Koreans …

December 31st, 2013
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North Korea: Opponents of Apartheid

North Korea: Opponents of Apartheid

While Cuba is receiving ample headlines for its role in helping to defeat apartheid, North Korea’s role in the anti-apartheid movement is lesser known. From training guerilla fighters to denouncing …

December 16th, 2013
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Meet the man who saved Kim Il Sung’s life

Meet the man who saved Kim Il Sung’s life

On March 1, 1946, a mass rally was held in Pyongyang, with Kim Il Sung present. During the rally, a member of a South Korean government-backed terrorist group – known as the White Shirt Society – …

December 12th, 2013
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The German Neo-Nazi fascination with North Korea

The German Neo-Nazi fascination with North Korea

Though North Korea is often labeled “communist” or even “Stalinist” by Western pundits, some German Neo-Nazis view the country in a different light. For these individuals, North Korea is a mod…

December 3rd, 2013
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The German Neo-Nazi fascination with North Korea

The German Neo-Nazi fascination with North Korea

Though North Korea is often labeled “communist” or even “Stalinist” by Western pundits, some German Neo-Nazis view the country in a different light. For these individuals, North Korea is a mod…

December 3rd, 2013
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Zimbabwe and North Korea: Uranium, elephants, and a massacre

Zimbabwe and North Korea: Uranium, elephants, and a massacre

Zimbabwe, under the rule of despot Robert Mugabe, has long been a friend of the Kim family and recently aided the North Korean nuclear weapons program. After four years of deliberations, an “arms fo…

October 30th, 2013
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North Korea’s uncomfortable race relations

North Korea’s uncomfortable race relations

When Dennis Rodman and the Harlem Globetrotters arrived in North Korea earlier this year, the Western media was fixated on the oddities of this trip. A former NBA bad boy sitting next to a short, pudg…

October 11th, 2013
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