North and South Korea: Toujours triste

North and South Korea: Toujours triste

The end of April continues to see a major focus in Washington on all things Korean, North and South. That indefatigable champion for North Korean human rights, Suzanne Scholte, will be bringing North …

April 29th, 2015
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American soldiers need to leave South Korea

American soldiers need to leave South Korea

It's time for the United States to withdraw its soldiers from Korea. This has nothing to do with “liberating South Korea from U.S. imperialism,” and nothing to do with American retrenchment and is…

April 22nd, 2015
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Look for angry populist politics after Korean unification

Look for angry populist politics after Korean unification

What can the coming general election in the UK tell us about the prospects for Korean unification? More than you might expect. UKIP – the United Kingdom Independence Party for non-Brits – is on…

April 16th, 2015
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Tokyo’s expected contingency on North Korea

Tokyo’s expected contingency on North Korea

On March 26, a combined force of four prefectural police agencies in Japan raided the Tokyo home of the chairman Ho Jong Man of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or C…

April 8th, 2015
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News media keeps missing the point on North Korea

News media keeps missing the point on North Korea

Some time ago, I had a rather telling conversation at an office of a media outlet for which I have, for many years, been a frequent contributor. The editor told me that he was not very happy about …

April 7th, 2015
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Must the Cheonan wreck torpedo inter-Korean ties?

Must the Cheonan wreck torpedo inter-Korean ties?

How time flies. Can it really be five years since the Cheonan was sunk? It seems like just yesterday I heard the news: from the BBC, who wanted an interview. So I hurried to my local studio with …

March 27th, 2015
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Korea and America, North and South

Korea and America, North and South

“Our country ... In bits and pieces, this phrase was again slowly coming to mean North and South, one and the same.” Was this quote, referring to “our country” (uri nara in Korean) uttered …

March 23rd, 2015
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War is Peace: North Korea’s ongoing nuclear threat show

War is Peace: North Korea’s ongoing nuclear threat show

During the last decade many people interested in North Korea have regularly (about every a year and a half or so) observed a “nuclear war” show, during which the DPRK threatens to nuke Seoul, Japa…

March 20th, 2015
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Iranian sanctions model won’t work with North Korea

Iranian sanctions model won’t work with North Korea

Last week’s controversial speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the latest salvo in a long-running battle between President Obama and the U.S. Congress over efforts to craft a deal…

March 12th, 2015
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No joke: North Koreans don’t fully understand the ridicule

No joke: North Koreans don’t fully understand the ridicule

The top North Korean leadership has attracted a great deal of attention in the world media – especially given the meager economic significance of the country they run (after all, in terms of its siz…

March 10th, 2015
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‘The Interview’ as anti-North Korean propaganda

‘The Interview’ as anti-North Korean propaganda

Months have now passed since the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the furor has largely died down. It has not dissipated entirely, though, and may yet reignite: The FBI and NSA have made the…

March 9th, 2015
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South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

South Korea’s new unification minister: Big deal?

South Korea has a new Minister of Unification (MOU), or soon will have. President Park Geun-hye, whose ratings have fallen to 29 percent this year, carried out a mini-reshuffle last week. Picking p…

February 26th, 2015
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Engagement with North Korea again? Perhaps

Engagement with North Korea again? Perhaps

A year on from the United Nations’ damning report on the human rights’ situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK – North Korea’s official name), it is perhaps time to take…

February 23rd, 2015
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Color brings Kim Il Sung-era pictures to life

Color brings Kim Il Sung-era pictures to life

When we open history books that discuss modern – but not very recent – history, they are usually filled with black-and white photos, as for many years taking color photos required much time and …

February 20th, 2015
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Why Kim doesn't love Hitler, and why this matters

Why Kim doesn't love Hitler, and why this matters

Over the last 20 years various international media have several times issued a sensational report: The North Korean leader, they say, is a fan of Adolf Hitler. The most recent report of this kind came…

February 11th, 2015
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