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.
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.” North Korea: "Sanity" at the Brink
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.
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. Pyongyang unwrapped
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North Korea: Another Country This is by far the best book I've read so far on North Korea. Cummings is articulate and insightful about his subject but never short sighted about the north's failings. Although its clear that Cummings does share a great love for North Korea's people and culture he doesn't give Kim Jong or his father Kim il Sung an easy ride, painting the son as a playboy and tyrant.