North Korea through famine survivors' eyes

North Korea through famine survivors' eyes

“Starvation” is one of the words most frequently associated with North Korea after the country’s tragic 1990s famine. The famine led to a growing influx of North Korean citizens leaving for S…

October 1st, 2014
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Famine survivors used humor to cope - Interview

Famine survivors used humor to cope - Interview

North Koreans defectors who survived the famine of the 1990s were not brainwashed puppets of the regime prior to the crisis, and the experience didn’t necessarily leave them embittered toward the st…

October 1st, 2014
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Independence, security, socialism – N. Korea’s view of human rights

Independence, security, socialism – N. Korea’s view of human rights

How should one define rights? According to North Korea’s recent internal report on human rights, the determining factors should be independence, security and socialism. The report has drawn atten…

September 30th, 2014
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Doing business in the DPRK: N. Korea's contemporary investment climate

Doing business in the DPRK: N. Korea's contemporary investment climate

North Korea's business and investment environment is a subject on which little contemporary information exists, despite the country's strategic location between three of the world's largest economies.…

September 30th, 2014
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Inside North Korea’s Central Committee

Inside North Korea’s Central Committee

As everybody in North Korea, and, for that matter, all communist countries knows, the supreme power in the nation is the Central Committee of the Party, as well as its Secretariat. However, such bodie…

September 29th, 2014
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Why the U.S. made Korea exception for landmine ban

Why the U.S. made Korea exception for landmine ban

In a step toward compliance with the Ottawa Convention, the United States government announced Tuesday it will no longer use anti-personnel landmines and destroy all of its existing stockpiles. Alm…

September 29th, 2014
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Why South Koreans don't care about the North

Why South Koreans don't care about the North

It's the day of the annual Pulmuggol Festival at Sang-Incheon Middle School in Incheon, west of Seoul. One of the events on the agenda is a presentation by two North Korean defectors. Interspersed …

September 26th, 2014
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China – N. Korea bridge to open in October, but DPRK infrastructure lacking

China – N. Korea bridge to open in October, but DPRK infrastructure lacking

Update 25/9/14: Since publication of this article, NK News analyst John Grisafi detected the construction of a new road approximately 4km from the new Yalu River Bridge, suggesting North Korea may be …

September 24th, 2014
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Why North Koreans are driven to drive

Why North Koreans are driven to drive

Hanawon is an education facility for North Korean refugees who have just arrived in the South. Its main role is to equip recent refugees with the practical knowledge necessary to live in South Korea, …

September 23rd, 2014
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Remembering North Korea’s Chollima movement

Remembering North Korea’s Chollima movement

Among present scholars of North Korea, there has been a tendency to throw the baby out with the bathwater in regards to labels like “socialism” or “communism” in favor of terms like “fascism…

September 23rd, 2014
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Why some North Korean soldiers have shiny, chrome-plated arms

Why some North Korean soldiers have shiny, chrome-plated arms

Nearly two decades of North Korea’s infamous Songun (Military First) policy and many more under a military-centered rule have given birth to a range of traditions and ceremonies that, despite their …

September 23rd, 2014
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Wreckage of suspected N. Korean UAV discovered at sea

Wreckage of suspected N. Korean UAV discovered at sea

The wreckage of a suspected North Korean unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was discovered in the waters west of South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island in the Yellow Sea on Monday. The UAV was recovered on the…

September 22nd, 2014
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Why North Korea hates the U.S. and Vietnam doesn’t

Why North Korea hates the U.S. and Vietnam doesn’t

North Korea is one of the most anti-American countries on Earth. If you open up a North Korean newspaper you will not struggle to find references to U.S. imperialism, the U.S. “occupation” of “s…

September 22nd, 2014
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How Saigon's premier night spot ended up in North Korea

How Saigon's premier night spot ended up in North Korea

From the world’s first floating hotel, to one of Saigon’s premier nightspots in the 90s, the Hotel Haekumgang's quiet exterior near the scenic North Korean Mt. Kumgang tourism resort belies its co…

September 19th, 2014
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Will N. Korea eye new Chinese UAV?

Will N. Korea eye new Chinese UAV?

A simple, inflatable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) recently made its debut at the 2014 Tianjin International UAV and Model Exposition August 29-31 in Tianjin, China. Called the SF-1 by its creator, Ch…

September 18th, 2014
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