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North Korea’s cafe culture is growing, but coffee is still a luxury brew

North Korea’s cafe culture is growing, but coffee is still a luxury brew

Coffee shops are cropping up in Pyongyang and prices are pushing new limits of what's "high-end"

North Korea’s cafe culture is growing, but coffee is still a luxury brew
Min Chao Choy
Min Chao Choy September 25, 2020
75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?

75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?

Calls for a united homeland have become gradually quieter since liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945

75 years after liberation, are we slowly coming to terms with a divided Korea?
James Fretwell
James Fretwell August 14, 2020
The strange reason North Korean email addresses are designed to fail

The strange reason North Korean email addresses are designed to fail

North Korean factories and service providers increasingly embrace the web, but emails remain a major business setback

The strange reason North Korean email addresses are designed to fail
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll July 28, 2020
“Being in North Korea”: teaching business in the world’s last Stalinist state

“Being in North Korea”: teaching business in the world’s last Stalinist state

A new book details the trials and tribulations of on-the-ground engagement in the DPRK

“Being in North Korea”: teaching business in the world’s last Stalinist state
Oliver Hotham
Oliver Hotham July 15, 2020
“Becoming Kim Jong Un”: a former CIA officer’s limited insights into North Korea

“Becoming Kim Jong Un”: a former CIA officer’s limited insights into North Korea

A new book offers interesting insights, but falls flat in explaining a better way to deal with the enigmatic regime

“Becoming Kim Jong Un”: a former CIA officer’s limited insights into North Korea
Glyn Ford
Glyn Ford July 8, 2020
John Bolton’s impact on North Korea policy: nasty, brutish, and short

John Bolton’s impact on North Korea policy: nasty, brutish, and short

The former national security advisor's memoir reveals just how damaging his influence really was.

John Bolton’s impact on North Korea policy: nasty, brutish, and short
Mintaro Oba
Mintaro Oba June 22, 2020
Shigeru Yokota, crusader for Japanese abducted by North Korea, dies at 87

Shigeru Yokota, crusader for Japanese abducted by North Korea, dies at 87

Father of Megumi Yokata passed away Friday following decades-long fight to repatriate daughter from the DPRK

Shigeru Yokota, crusader for Japanese abducted by North Korea, dies at 87
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi June 9, 2020
What’s up Pyongyang? North Korea experiments with vlogging to fight “fake news”

What’s up Pyongyang? North Korea experiments with vlogging to fight “fake news”

A new online series, produced in-country, could represent a bold new style for Pyongyang's propaganda operations

What’s up Pyongyang? North Korea experiments with vlogging to fight “fake news”
Ri Yong Man, long-time North Korean cultural diplomat, passes away

Ri Yong Man, long-time North Korean cultural diplomat, passes away

Artists pay tribute to DPRK official's "towering contribution" to cultural exchange

Ri Yong Man, long-time North Korean cultural diplomat, passes away
Morten Traavik
Morten Traavik March 13, 2020
Troy Collings, Managing Director of North Korea travel company YPT, dies at 33

Troy Collings, Managing Director of North Korea travel company YPT, dies at 33

Co-founder of Young Pioneer Tours died last week after suffering heart attack

Troy Collings, Managing Director of North Korea travel company YPT, dies at 33
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll March 5, 2020
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