February 02, 2023

Features

Long-form reporting on timeless issues and human interest stories by NK News journalists and contributors.

A former North Korean propagandist takes his artistic rebellion to blockchain

A former North Korean propagandist takes his artistic rebellion to blockchain

In NFT gallery, Sun Mu pairs Kim Jong Un with Mickey Mouse to make statement about peace on Korean Peninsula

A former North Korean propagandist takes his artistic rebellion to blockchain
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell June 10, 2022
Activists fear North Korean human rights issues increasingly met with a shrug

Activists fear North Korean human rights issues increasingly met with a shrug

Intransigence of problem and lack of government emphasis cited as possible reasons for growing indifference

Activists fear North Korean human rights issues increasingly met with a shrug
Ifang Bremer
Ifang Bremer June 10, 2022
How COVID-19 has severed defectors from their loved ones in North Korea

How COVID-19 has severed defectors from their loved ones in North Korea

The DPRK’s border controls have made it increasingly difficult to keep families informed and financially afloat

How COVID-19 has severed defectors from their loved ones in North Korea
Chad O'Carroll
Chad O'Carroll | Chaewon Chung March 31, 2022
Why the rise of AI and space radar is bad news for North Korean smugglers

Why the rise of AI and space radar is bad news for North Korean smugglers

Advances in artificial intelligence make it possible to detect illicit activity from space, even in the dead of night

Why the rise of AI and space radar is bad news for North Korean smugglers
Ethan Jewell
Ethan Jewell February 15, 2022
3,000 days in a North Korean prison: A missionary’s family prays for his return

3,000 days in a North Korean prison: A missionary’s family prays for his return

Christmas marks tragic milestone since Kim Jong-uk’s arrest, with at least six South Koreans still detained in the DPRK

3,000 days in a North Korean prison: A missionary’s family prays for his return
Jeongmin Kim
Jeongmin Kim December 27, 2021
Gift guide: The best books for North Korea watchers this holiday season

Gift guide: The best books for North Korea watchers this holiday season

New titles released in 2021 shed light on all things DPRK, from everyday life to little-known history

Gift guide: The best books for North Korea watchers this holiday season
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia December 9, 2021
Book review: ‘Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea’

Book review: ‘Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea’

Markus Bell writes a sobering reflection on the tens of thousands of Koreans that voluntarily left Japan for North Korea

Book review: ‘Outsiders: Memories of Migration to and from North Korea’
Oliver Jia
Oliver Jia November 24, 2021
Prejudice, not just COVID, is behind DPRK’s expected absence from Paralympics

Prejudice, not just COVID, is behind DPRK’s expected absence from Paralympics

COVID-19 is DPRK’s immediate concern, but experts say the country also discriminates against people with disabilities

Prejudice, not just COVID, is behind DPRK’s expected absence from Paralympics
Chaewon Chung
Chaewon Chung July 30, 2021
Absence of North Korean women’s soccer team at Olympics a loss for diplomacy

Absence of North Korean women’s soccer team at Olympics a loss for diplomacy

Sports diplomacy advocates lament loss of key opportunity for engagement with North Korea as Summer Games begin Friday

Absence of North Korean women’s soccer team at Olympics a loss for diplomacy
Chaewon Chung
Chaewon Chung July 23, 2021
North Korea’s relations with Cuba: Revolutionary comrades and brothers-in-arms

North Korea’s relations with Cuba: Revolutionary comrades and brothers-in-arms

Long united against U.S interventionism, the Havana protests show how far apart the two friends’ societies have drifted

North Korea’s relations with Cuba: Revolutionary comrades and brothers-in-arms
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young July 13, 2021
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