What Drives US North Korea Policy? Realism on North Korea by Yoon Young-kwan. Exit from comment view mode.
Click to hide this space BERLIN – The world’s task in addressing North Korea’s saber rattling is made no easier by the fact that it confronts an impoverished and effectively defeated country. The Kim dynasty's satellite of love. Bangkok, Thailand - A sensational cliffhanger has been set up ever since that fateful March 16 when the Korean Committee for Space Technology announced that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would send Kwangmyongsong-3 ("Guiding light", or "Polar Star") - a polar-orbiting satellite - into space, atop the Unha-3 launch vehicle.
Unha means "Milky Way". But according to North Korean mythmaking, it also designates the current Supreme Leader, 20-something Kim Jong-eun, "a heaven-sent statesman set to lead the ancestral Land of Morning Calm to millennium prosperity". Not even Hollywood on a wild ride can beat a script like this. North Korea: "Sanity" at the Brink. So it comes as no surprise that the rulers of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) have been routinely described as mentally unbalanced by our policymakers and pundits.
Senior Defense Department officials refer to the DPRK as a country “not of this planet,” led by “dysfunctional” autocrats. One government official, quoted in the New York Times, wondered aloud “if they are really totally crazy.” The New Yorker magazine called them “balmy,” and late-night TV host David Letterman got into the act by labeling Kim Jong-il a “madman maniac.” Tariq Ali · Diary: In Pyongyang · LRB 26 January 2012. In this podcast, Tariq Ali reads extracts from his Diary about North Korea.
The full article is below. Forty-two years ago, I was mysteriously invited to visit North Korea. Pyongyang unwrapped. By Index on Censorship / 19 December, 2011 Technology has revolutionised reporting on North Korea.
David McNeill reveals how a clandestine network is getting the word out despite restrictions North Korea remains one of the world’s black holes: a vast sealed experiment in information control. Daily NK. North Korean Economy Watch.
North Korea: Another Country. This extremely useful book provides us with evidence that undermines the stereotypes that pass for knowledge of the DPRK.
Cumings is a professor of history at the University of Chicago, and is the foremost historian of the USA’s long war against Korea.He cites a CIA study that “acknowledged various achievements of this regime: compassionate care for children in general and war orphans in particular, ‘radical change’ in the position of women; genuinely free housing, free health care and preventive medicine; and infant mortality and life expectancy rates comparable to the most advanced countries until the recent famine.” The government also gave land to the peasants, and provided free education.Cumings shows that the war in Korea was part of a long civil war and that the invasion in June 1950 did not start the conflict, so it did not define the conflict.