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Daniel Pinkston: How North Korea uses technology to control its citizens

Analyst discusses the rise of ‘digital authoritarianism,’ as well as the humor behind the DPRK’s trash balloons

ROK restarts propaganda loudspeakers, and North Korean construction inside DMZ

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Ask a North Korean: What are friendships like in the DPRK?

Ask a North Korean: What are friendships like in the DPRK?

A defector writes about her difficulties making friends and why keeping secrets is so important for relationships

Ask a North Korean: What are friendships like in the DPRK?
RoseJun 14, 2024
Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

Why North Korea insists playing basketball makes you taller

State propaganda has pushed dubious claim since 60s, and it may have even driven Kim Jong Un’s obsession with the sport

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State media review: North Korea’s Harry Potter-loving child vlogger reappears
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State media review: North Korea’s Harry Potter-loving child vlogger reappears

An in-depth analysis of Kim Jong Un kissing kids, a cruel children’s animation, a letter for Putin and more

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What to make of ‘milestone’ US-ROK nuke guidelines on deterring North Korea

What to make of ‘milestone’ US-ROK nuke guidelines on deterring North Korea

While some see promise in integrating nuclear and conventional forces, others raise concern Seoul is fixated on WMDs

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Up to eleven: How ROK loudspeakers blare propaganda far into North Korea

Up to eleven: How ROK loudspeakers blare propaganda far into North Korea

Mobile speakers can reportedly broadcast over 20 miles, but experts say terrain and weather can muddle the message

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Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife

Sonic war: How propaganda loudspeakers have amplified inter-Korean strife

North and South Korea once traded artillery fire over loudspeakers, but they have also found ways to deescalate in past

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How North Korea will retaliate against the restart of ROK loudspeaker broadcasts
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How North Korea will retaliate against the restart of ROK loudspeaker broadcasts

DPRK threatened ‘new counteractions,’ and NK Pro analysis suggest this could range from drones to artillery fire

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