Meet Mr. X: One of the North’s new capitalist class

Meet Mr. X: One of the North’s new capitalist class

I would like to introduce you to Mr. X, a successful North Korean businessman. Of course, the vast majority of newspaper readers worldwide assume that in an allegedly “Stalinist country” (like Nor…

April 24th, 2014
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Kim Il Sung's Hyangsan Palace demolished

Kim Il Sung's Hyangsan Palace demolished

Newly released Google Earth satellite imagery reveals that Kim Il Sung's secluded Hyangsan palace – the building he reportedly died in – has been torn down. Unfortunately, due to the length of …

April 24th, 2014
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North Korean studies, off the beaten path

North Korean studies, off the beaten path

The longevity of North Korea baffles most observers, as does the apparent lack of information about the country. However, we know much more about it today than we did a few decades ago, and this is du…

April 24th, 2014
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Military Foundation Day shows regime's commitment to armed forces

Military Foundation Day shows regime's commitment to armed forces

This Friday North Koreans will celebrate Military Foundation Day. Military Foundation Day (인민군 창건일) is an annual public holiday held every April 25 in North Korea and is similar to Armed F…

April 23rd, 2014
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What should the intl. community do to help the people of North Korea?

What should the intl. community do to help the people of North Korea?

Engage or isolate? Praise or punish? Depending on who you talk to, suggested strategies and tactics to improve the lives of ordinary North Koreans will range significantly. Although some seek to he…

April 23rd, 2014
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Japan Media Watch: April 13 to 19

Japan Media Watch: April 13 to 19

ABDUCTION ISSUE & NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS Quid Pro Quo: Lift Ban on Mangyongbong Port Entry North Korea has demanded that Tokyo lift the ban on its freight and passenger ship, Mangy…

April 22nd, 2014
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Should Korea keep the cult of the Kims after reunification?

Should Korea keep the cult of the Kims after reunification?

Few Iraqis will forget the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in April 2003, when an American M88 armored vehicle played a major role in pulling down one of the most symbolic representations of Sadd…

April 21st, 2014
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Blasts from the past: Extinct North Korea websites

Blasts from the past: Extinct North Korea websites

The Internet is still young, and North Korea remains a hermit Kimdom. But that’s a losing wicket. The World Wide Web brooks no exceptions. Already it has utterly transformed both the quantity and qu…

April 21st, 2014
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What do defectors miss most their lives in North Korea?

What do defectors miss most their lives in North Korea?

Although many defectors feel they had no choice but to leave North Korea, it's important to remember that the DPRK was once the place they called home – in some cases for several decades or more. An…

April 18th, 2014
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How an assertive Russia views the Korean Peninsula

How an assertive Russia views the Korean Peninsula

Russia and Ukraine may have reached a deal to calm tensions that capped by Moscow’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula, but Russia's actions show what lengths it will go to defend its interest, even …

April 18th, 2014
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Spy-case causes stir in defector community

Spy-case causes stir in defector community

As the final verdict approaches in the appeal trial on Yoo Woo-seong’s espionage case, tensions have ramped up in South Korea's defector community. Last week, 10 defector organizations in the Sou…

April 17th, 2014
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Why interest in the North Korean army is dropping

Why interest in the North Korean army is dropping

North Korean army barracks are not a nice place to be, even by the tough standards of barracks worldwide. Conditions are tough, food supplies are poor and discipline is harsh. To make matters worse, t…

April 17th, 2014
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What should South Korea do to prepare for change in North Korea? Refugee Insights

What should South Korea do to prepare for change in North Korea? Refugee Insights

It's not hard to find North Korea watchers who are critical about the level of effort being made in South Korea to prepare for major change in the DPRK. Although South Korea's Ministry of Unification …

April 16th, 2014
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Where sexist, anti-Park rhetoric comes from and what it means

Where sexist, anti-Park rhetoric comes from and what it means

North Korea is not known for its ringing endorsements of South Korea’s leadership, but its recent assessments of Park Geun-hye have taken a very personal tone of late. Specifically, they have res…

April 16th, 2014
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Breakdancing in North Korea: Celebrating Kim Il Sung's Birthday

Breakdancing in North Korea: Celebrating Kim Il Sung's Birthday

When you see the pictures and videos coming out of Pyongyang today, you might be surprised by what you see. But I don't want these pictures to make you think that North Korea is just a land of robots …

April 15th, 2014
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