February 25, 2024

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The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
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The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders

Complex rules govern the display of images of the Kim family, which are treated like holy icons in a state religion

The cult of Kim: North Korea’s obsession with portraits of its leaders
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov April 25, 2023
How North Korea handles nuclear waste: From risky disposal to deals with Taiwan

How North Korea handles nuclear waste: From risky disposal to deals with Taiwan

DPRK’s waste management practices have been criticized as ‘atrocious,’ but Pyongyang has engaged on the issue before

How North Korea handles nuclear waste: From risky disposal to deals with Taiwan
Nicolas Levi
Nicolas Levi April 20, 2023
How South Korea’s right and left stifle debate on North Korea and Japan
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How South Korea’s right and left stifle debate on North Korea and Japan

Legal restrictions risk warping discourse and public policy as Seoul takes harder line on DPRK and moves closer to Tokyo

How South Korea’s right and left stifle debate on North Korea and Japan
Anastasia Koroleva
Anastasia Koroleva | Joseph Yi April 17, 2023
Disappearing act: North Korea digitally scrubs lead actor from popular TV series

Disappearing act: North Korea digitally scrubs lead actor from popular TV series

Digital recasting of Choe Ung Chol after 20 years may have been triggered by romantic escapades and political missteps

Disappearing act: North Korea digitally scrubs lead actor from popular TV series
Tatiana Gabroussenko
Tatiana Gabroussenko April 5, 2023
Kim Jong Un’s steady campaign to undercut his father’s legacy

Kim Jong Un’s steady campaign to undercut his father’s legacy

State media promotes ultra-centralized system around leader in what may be effort to step out of Kim Jong Il’s shadow

Kim Jong Un’s steady campaign to undercut his father’s legacy
Fyodor Tertitskiy
Fyodor Tertitskiy April 4, 2023
Book review: When ideology and politics trump a rational North Korea policy

Book review: When ideology and politics trump a rational North Korea policy

In ‘Hinge Points,’ nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker chronicles missed US chances to engage and his Track 2 diplomacy

Book review: When ideology and politics trump a rational North Korea policy
David Tizzard
David Tizzard March 29, 2023
Pro-North Korea media outlet in Japan offers rare look at its Pyongyang bureau

Pro-North Korea media outlet in Japan offers rare look at its Pyongyang bureau

Chongryon’s newspaper boasts of special access and details coverage of major events, underscoring close ties to regime

Pro-North Korea media outlet in Japan offers rare look at its Pyongyang bureau
Kosuke Takahashi
Kosuke Takahashi March 24, 2023
The North Korean victims of US atomic bombings on Japan – Ep. 280
Podcast

The North Korean victims of US atomic bombings on Japan – Ep. 280

Lauren Richardson discusses the politics of victimhood and how the DPRK co-opted the atomic bombings for its purposes

The North Korean victims of US atomic bombings on Japan – Ep. 280
Jacco Zwetsloot
Jacco Zwetsloot | NK News March 21, 2023
Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about anti-government protests?

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about anti-government protests?

State media reports on protests in capitalist countries, but most in DPRK can’t imagine voicing discontent with regime

Ask a North Korean: What do North Koreans think about anti-government protests?
Hyun-seung Lee March 20, 2023
How illegal North Korean farms could fend off the next famine
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How illegal North Korean farms could fend off the next famine

Private hillside fields known as ‘sotoji’ have long been a major source of sustenance but undercut reforestation efforts

How illegal North Korean farms could fend off the next famine
Andrei Lankov
Andrei Lankov March 16, 2023
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