So, what was that inter-Korean crisis about? And who won?

So, what was that inter-Korean crisis about? And who won?

Laydeez and gennlemen! I hereby claim the prize for the Article Most Instantly Overtaken By Events. Any other bidders? There may well be. On Planet Pundit, this goes with the territory. On Monday A…

August 28th, 2015
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From pilgrimage to profit: N. Korea’s search for tourism revenue

From pilgrimage to profit: N. Korea’s search for tourism revenue

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote The droghte of March hath perced to the roote And bathed every veyne in swich licour, Of which vertu engendred is the flour;………… Thanne lon…

August 26th, 2015
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Dr. Strange Kim: How North Korea almost handed ISIL the bomb

Dr. Strange Kim: How North Korea almost handed ISIL the bomb

A scarcely noted imagery brief posted by the Institute for Science and International Security on June 30 carried this ominous report: “The destroyed reactor site in Syria is now under the control of…

August 17th, 2015
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When ‘human rights’ hurts North Koreans: A defense of WomenCross

When ‘human rights’ hurts North Koreans: A defense of WomenCross

On May 24, 30 feminist peace activists with truly remarkable peace-building qualifications crossed the heavily fortified inter-Korean border in protest of the state of war. Christine Ahn, co-organizer…

August 14th, 2015
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Help me free my father from North Korea

Help me free my father from North Korea

The following is the text, translated into English, of Hwang In-cheol’s letter to Marzuki Darusman, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea. Dear Mr. Marzuki Darusman, I am a…

August 13th, 2015
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Rudeboy: Kim Jong Un invites but then disses Lee Hee-ho

Rudeboy: Kim Jong Un invites but then disses Lee Hee-ho

She came, which is something. She saw, if not much. But alas, she did not conquer. Disappointment goes with the territory in inter-Korean relations. Even so, the complete waste of time which former…

August 10th, 2015
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When 'peace' with North Korea hurts people

When 'peace' with North Korea hurts people

This the second of a two-part opinion series. For part one, click here. As the WomenCross DMZ Peace Symposium continued, Liberian Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee spoke about how a handful o…

July 29th, 2015
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WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

WomenCross DMZ: Marching for peace, failing North Koreans

Meaningful peace in Korea ultimately requires both freedom and justice. The WomenCross DMZ parade was a perfect demonstration of how peace treaty advocates disfigure both. The WomenCross DMZ approa…

July 24th, 2015
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How to do business in North Korea

How to do business in North Korea

North Korea regularly attracts media attention for its nuclear program, its foreign policy tactics and sometimes for the supposed impossibility of foreign investors doing decent business in the countr…

July 9th, 2015
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The other history controversy: China and the Korean War

The other history controversy: China and the Korean War

All eyes in Asia will turn toward Tokyo this August on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of the Second World War. Asians especially will be eager to hear what Japanese Prime Minis…

July 8th, 2015
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The contradictory effects of South Korean military education

The contradictory effects of South Korean military education

Mandatory military service is seen as a rite of passage for young Korean males. With few exceptions, nearly half of the South Korean population undergoes military conscription. During military trainin…

July 2nd, 2015
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'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

'Northern Limit Line' about more than past inter-Korean clash

A recently released film has raised controversy in South Korean society and political circles, though this may be expected considering its subject material. Northern Limit Line (NLL), named for t…

June 29th, 2015
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Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Bang to rights! Pyongyang plays games – or rather doesn’t

Besides the honor of being a writer for NK News, I’m also an avid reader. Every day I eagerly await the arrival in my inbox of a fresh NK News Pro Morning Briefing. Hard as I constantly scour the me…

June 25th, 2015
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Rock band in N. Korea: No Scorpions 'Wind of Change,' but interesting nonetheless

Rock band in N. Korea: No Scorpions 'Wind of Change,' but interesting nonetheless

Following news that Communist-era rock band Laibach will perform in North Korea for 'Victory Day' celebrations, Gregory Scarlatoiu – a former Eastern European citizen and Executive Director of …

June 11th, 2015
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Reform citizenship education in South Korea

Reform citizenship education in South Korea

South Korean culture plays a large role in North Korean defectors’ unsuccessful integration. Differences between North Korea and South Korea that have widened in recent decades have made it difficul…

June 11th, 2015
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