February 25, 2024

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The history of Cold War North Korea through the five stages of grief

The history of Cold War North Korea through the five stages of grief

The DPRK leadership's failure to unify the country during the Korean War left a deep scar on the national psyche

The history of Cold War North Korea through the five stages of grief
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young February 26, 2020
Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets

Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets

Three kids all in one go can be quite a handful - but in the DPRK, two's company, and three's even better

Three is a magic number: North Korea’s fascination with triplets
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy February 19, 2020
Almost three years on, Trump’s travel ban has hit North Korean refugees hard

Almost three years on, Trump’s travel ban has hit North Korean refugees hard

The Trump administration's "extreme vetting" has made it difficult for escapees seeking a new life in the U.S.

Almost three years on, Trump’s travel ban has hit North Korean refugees hard
Andrea Valentino
Andrea Valentino January 14, 2020
A North Korean school of rock: teaching heavy metal to Pyongyang school girls

A North Korean school of rock: teaching heavy metal to Pyongyang school girls

Funky Sueyoshi reflects on his time at the June 9th school — and whether music could ever inspire change in the DPRK

A North Korean school of rock: teaching heavy metal to Pyongyang school girls
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia January 8, 2020
Kim Jong Un turns 36, but North Korea is conspicuously silent about the big day

Kim Jong Un turns 36, but North Korea is conspicuously silent about the big day

Eight years into his rule, the DPRK is yet to officially confirm the leader's date of birth

Kim Jong Un turns 36, but North Korea is conspicuously silent about the big day
Oliver Hotham
Oliver Hotham January 7, 2020
Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s

Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s

Pyongyang showed little gratitude for Soviet assistance, yet Moscow couldn't afford to abandon the relationship

Best of frenemies: Soviet perceptions of North Korea in the 1970s
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov December 31, 2019
Sanctions, security, and a white horse: our top ten North Korea stories in 2019

Sanctions, security, and a white horse: our top ten North Korea stories in 2019

Don’t go into the new year without having read these top stories

Sanctions, security, and a white horse: our top ten North Korea stories in 2019
Oliver Hotham
Oliver Hotham December 25, 2019
After massive data leak, North Korean refugees fear for family back home

After massive data leak, North Korean refugees fear for family back home

"A lot of us couldn’t live our daily lives after hearing about the news"

After massive data leak, North Korean refugees fear for family back home
Chaewon Chung
Chaewon Chung December 12, 2019
Comrade Razzi: an eccentric Italian politician’s unusual love for North Korea

Comrade Razzi: an eccentric Italian politician’s unusual love for North Korea

The selfie-loving former senator has forged close ties with the "beautiful" DPRK

Comrade Razzi: an eccentric Italian politician’s unusual love for North Korea
Andrea Valentino
Andrea Valentino October 30, 2019
With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung

With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung

How Korea, and the world, changed alongside the life of the infamous dictator

With the century: the extraordinary life and times of Kim Il Sung
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy October 29, 2019
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