May 22, 2024

About the author

Benjamin R. Young

Benjamin R. Young is an Assistant Professor of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University). He is the author of Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World (Stanford University Press, 2021). He received his Ph.D. from The George Washington University in 2018. He has previously taught at the U.S. Naval War College and Dakota State University. He has published peer-reviewed articles on North Korean history and politics in a number of scholarly journals and is a regular contributor to NK News.

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Zimbabwe and North Korea: Uranium, elephants, and a massacre

Zimbabwe and North Korea: Uranium, elephants, and a massacre

Admiration for Kim Il Sung led to Gukurahundi atrocity and deep-seated hate for North Korea

Zimbabwe and North Korea: Uranium, elephants, and a massacre
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young October 30, 2013
North Korea’s uncomfortable race relations

North Korea’s uncomfortable race relations

Willing to exploit racial conflict, the North does not welcome other oppressed peoples

North Korea’s uncomfortable race relations
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young October 11, 2013
How North Koreans ads in western newspapers backfired

How North Koreans ads in western newspapers backfired

Designed mainly for domestic reasons, over-the-top ads were derided even by allies

How North Koreans ads in western newspapers backfired
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 27, 2013
Drinking the Kool-Aid

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple's Relations with Kim Il Sung's North Korea

Drinking the Kool-Aid
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young September 19, 2013
The African Student Protest for Clean Water in North Korea, 1984

The African Student Protest for Clean Water in North Korea, 1984

"The whole street was full of African students walking and shouting"

The African Student Protest for Clean Water in North Korea, 1984
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young April 22, 2013
Being African in the Pure-blooded, Juche Republic

Being African in the Pure-blooded, Juche Republic

In North Korea, Juche might have been acceptable in the 1980s, but being a bright African student wasn't

Being African in the Pure-blooded, Juche Republic
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young March 13, 2013
One African Man’s North Korean Juche Adventure

One African Man’s North Korean Juche Adventure

The curious tale of why a young man from Guinea ended up becoming a pawn in North Korea's 1980's UN vote chase.

One African Man’s North Korean Juche Adventure
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young March 7, 2013
North Korea Uses Newtown Shootings to Denounce America

North Korea Uses Newtown Shootings to Denounce America

In an ongoing propaganda effort, North Korea uses calamity in the U.S. to highlight the supposed low quality of life there

North Korea Uses Newtown Shootings to Denounce America
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young January 7, 2013
The Black Panther’s Secret North Korean Fetish

The Black Panther’s Secret North Korean Fetish

Did you know that the Black Panther Party had a deep and long-running affection for Kim Il Sung and North Korea's 'Juche' ideology? No, neither did we...

The Black Panther’s Secret North Korean Fetish
Benjamin R. Young
Benjamin R. Young December 20, 2012
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