Monthly Archives: June 2012

“Worst Dry Spell in a Century” Hits Korean Peninsula

Things are not getting any easier for the people of North Korea. According to an Associated Press article yesterday, the Korean peninsula is facing the worst drought “since record-keeping began nearly 105 years ago.” The news comes as North Korea … Continue reading

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The Frustrating Life of a North Korean Ally

Although tensions between North Korea and its enemies (the U.S., Japan, and South Korea) have been on the rise lately, apparently life as an ally of the DPRK isn’t so smooth either. According to a New York Times article published … Continue reading

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North Koreans Taught Early to Hate the “American Bastards”

Apparently, learning to hate Americans and “U.S. imperialists” begins for North Koreans in their kindergarten classroom. A revealing article from the Associated Press yesterday, highlights the shocking anti-U.S. propaganda one can find in a typical Pyongyang classroom. Here’s a brief … Continue reading

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U.S. Renews Sanctions on North Korea Amid High Tensions

Unsurprisingly, The Obama administration renewed U.S. sanctions against North Korea earlier this week, as it has done each year. The U.S. has had an embargo on North Korea since the beginning of the Korean War in 1950, banning all imports … Continue reading

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How “Open” is the North Korea – China Border?

The typical portrait of North Korea these days is that of a highly secretive and completely isolated country. However, an Asia Times article today by Andrei Lankov, an associate university professor in Seoul, believes that this is an overly “exaggerated” … Continue reading

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KCNA Fires Back at Hillary Clinton

The Korean Central News Agency, the official media organization for the DPRK in North Korea, responded harshly today to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s critical remarks earlier this week. Calling Clinton’s statement “reckless,” the KCNA retorted with a criticism … Continue reading

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New Study Details Social Caste System in North Korea

Earlier this month, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK), a U.S.-based human rights group, released a study outlining the “Songbun,” or social caste system, in the DPRK. The report, entitled “Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social … Continue reading

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