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Why North Korea won’t lay to rest the ghost of the ROK’s bloody Gwangju Uprising
Analysis

Why North Korea won’t lay to rest the ghost of the ROK’s bloody Gwangju Uprising

State media still draws parallels between 1980 massacre and current events in effort to amplify South Korean discontent

Why North Korea won’t lay to rest the ghost of the ROK’s bloody Gwangju Uprising
Gabriela BernalGabriela Bernal May 17, 2024
How North Korea’s constitution reflected its claims to rule entire peninsula
Analysis

How North Korea’s constitution reflected its claims to rule entire peninsula

Initial claims over ROK territory have since vanished from document, setting up Kim Jong Un’s rejection of unification

How North Korea’s constitution reflected its claims to rule entire peninsula
Martin WeiserMartin Weiser May 17, 2024
North Korea displays Marx and Lenin portraits for first time in over decade
News

North Korea displays Marx and Lenin portraits for first time in over decade

Portraits visible during Kim Jong Un’s visit to new cadre school appear to underscore renewed emphasis on communism

North Korea displays Marx and Lenin portraits for first time in over decade
Anton SokolinAnton Sokolin May 16, 2024
How North Korea uses feature films as a social weapon – Ep. 342
North Korea News Podcast

How North Korea uses feature films as a social weapon – Ep. 342

Benjamin Joinau discusses his database of some 800 DPRK movies and what we can learn from the country’s cinema

How North Korea uses feature films as a social weapon – Ep. 342
The trouble with comparing North Korea’s chief propagandist to Joseph Goebbels
Opinion

The trouble with comparing North Korea’s chief propagandist to Joseph Goebbels

Likening Kim Ki Nam to Nazi politician ignores how much more centralized DPRK is than Germany under National Socialism

The trouble with comparing North Korea’s chief propagandist to Joseph Goebbels
Fyodor TertitskiyFyodor Tertitskiy May 10, 2024
How North Korea tried and failed to reform its economy under each Kim ruler
Analysis

How North Korea tried and failed to reform its economy under each Kim ruler

Regime’s attitude to economic woes has evolved over years, hinting at what could inspire it to consider reform again

How North Korea tried and failed to reform its economy under each Kim ruler
Peter WardPeter Ward May 8, 2024
Biting humor: North Korea’s forgotten embrace of satirical cartoons
Features

Biting humor: North Korea’s forgotten embrace of satirical cartoons

Magazine Hwalsal once prominently featured social criticism, revealing openness of early DPRK until regime cracked down

Biting humor: North Korea’s forgotten embrace of satirical cartoons
Choi Hyun JunChoi Hyun Jun May 7, 2024
How a DMZ tragedy led a soldier to devote his life to ridding Korea of mines
Features

How a DMZ tragedy led a soldier to devote his life to ridding Korea of mines

Activist Kim Ki-ho says he has removed 10K landmines left over from war with North Korea, but warns millions remain

How a DMZ tragedy led a soldier to devote his life to ridding Korea of mines
Jeongmin KimJeongmin Kim May 7, 2024
Flight of the Concorde? North Korea’s brief flirtation with supersonic airliners
Features

Flight of the Concorde? North Korea’s brief flirtation with supersonic airliners

DPRK once pursued deal to buy Concorde jets, highlighting its pursuit of new tech and desire for recognition from West

Flight of the Concorde? North Korea’s brief flirtation with supersonic airliners
Daniel SalisburyDaniel Salisbury May 3, 2024
State media review: North Korea says citizens give thumbs-up to Kim Jong Un song
Analysis

State media review: North Korea says citizens give thumbs-up to Kim Jong Un song

An in-depth review of rapturous praise for housing project, Cuban leader’s letter, guerrilla army anniversary and more

State media review: North Korea says citizens give thumbs-up to Kim Jong Un song
Seung-Yeon ChungSeung-Yeon Chung April 25, 2024
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