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I Spent 8 Days In North Korea -- And I Was Watched 24/7

Erick Tseng | Posted 11.05.2015 | Travel
Erick Tseng

In September 2015, I traveled to North Korea to see, first-hand, what life was like inside the Hermit Kingdom. Much of the country was what I had expected: strange, ersatz, thick with propaganda. One thing's for sure: North Korea really is unlike any other place on Earth.

Korean Reunification: The View From the North

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
John Feffer

Reunification, for Koreans, has a mythic quality. Most Koreans dream of reunification, of a time in the future when the North and the South will join together to recreate the Korean whole that existed before division and Japanese colonialism. It's a lovely idea, but no one has a very good idea of how to achieve it.

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Congress Using in Iran Same Bush/Cheney Policies that Failed in North Korea

Paul Abrams | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Apparently, for members of Congress, and the entire rightwing, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is of less importance than denying them mutual respect. And, for that, they will trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.

Russia and North Korea Play Nice: Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian Dance With Kim Jong-un

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Russia and North Korea make up the latest international odd couple. President Vladimir Putin reached out to one of the poorest and least predictable states on earth. So far the new Moscow-Pyongyang axis matters little.

After Decades of Conflict, Time to Engage North Korea's Kim Dynasty

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

A small, poor nation, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should be an international nullity, irrelevant to global affairs. Yet it again dominated headlines in the U.S. with the hacking of Sony and cancellation of the broad release of the movie The Interview, a comedy featuring the assassination of the younger Kim.

From Bloody Nose Ridge to the Valley of Death

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If and when North Korea's Kumgangsan (Diamond Mountain) resort opens again for foreign visitors, you can actually move through the most heavily fortified border to a scene of spectacular beauty.

The Once and a Future Supreme Leader

Francis Levy | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Francis Levy

Is taking foreign visitors captive the way that Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, earns his battle stripes ("Another American Citizen I...

20 Things I Learned While I Was in North Korea

Tim Urban | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Tim Urban

It's a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come -- a true hermit kingdom. So why would an American tourist ever be allowed into the country?

What Is Kim Thinking?

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 04.16.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- Don't worry, one popular argument goes, we've seen this before. Just ignore Pyongyang's unlikely threats of nuclear holocaust as...

NKorea Issues Fresh Threats On Founder's Birthday

Reuters | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

By Ju-min Park and Jack Kim SEOUL, April 15 (Reuters) - North Korea made new threats of military action on Monday as the reclusive nat...

Who Is Kim Jong Un?

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 04.16.2013 | World

As North Korea intensified its belligerent rhetoric in recent weeks -- threatening South Korea, Japan and the United States -- much attention has focu...

NKorea Celebrates National Holiday Amid Tensions

AP | JEAN H. LEE | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Koreans danced in plazas and snacked on peanuts as part of holiday festivities while the Supreme Command led by N...

PHOTOS: Nuclear Flower Power In Pyongyang

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — As the world watches to see what North Korea's next move will be in a high-stakes game of brinksmanship with the United...

John Kerry Visits South Korea Amid Missile Test Fears

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 06.11.2013 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile,...

The Significance of April 15th for North Korea

Kerry Patton | Posted 06.10.2013 | World
Kerry Patton

Missiles have been moved, the Kaesong Industrial Complex is on the brink of a complete shutdown, and the world is waiting to see whether Kim Jong Un's militant rhetoric is all one giant bluff.

PHOTOS: Chavez Is Not The Only Dead Leader On Display

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

Thousands of Venezuelans spent hours waiting in line on Thursday to pay their respects to Hugo Chavez. According to the Associated Press, the line to ...

North Korea's Nuclear Theater

John Feffer | Posted 02.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

The North Korean leadership has used its nuclear program for theatrical purposes from the very beginning. It has relied on the spectacle of rocket launches and covert nuclear facilities to keep the attention of its foreign and domestic audiences.

Meeting, Everywhere, The Rulers Of North Korea

Illya Szilak | Posted 11.04.2012 | Travel
Illya Szilak

In North Korea, the images of the Great Leader Kim il Sung and the Great General Kim Jong il are everywhere. This is not a Soviet-style cult of personality. Leader-worship here is a full-fledged religion.

War Games Called A Warning To North Korea

AP | By AHN YOUNG-JOON and SAM KIM | Posted 08.22.2012 | World

POCHEON, South Korea -- A huge North Korean flag disappeared behind a tower of flames and thick black smoke Friday as South Korean fighter jets and U....

North Korea To Hold Key Conference Right Before Controversial Launch

AP | Posted 04.01.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea's ruling party has announced it will hold a political conference just before a controversial satellite launch. ...

Pyongyang Party Celebration Preparations Underway

AP | JEAN H. LEE | Posted 05.31.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — The sprawling site, which buzzes in the shadow of a giant bronze statue of North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, looks at fi...

North Korea Invites U.N. Nuclear Monitors To Return

AP | Posted 03.20.2012 | World

VIENNA -- North Korea has invited the International Atomic Energy Agency to return, three years after expelling its nuclear monitors, the agency said ...

North Korea To Punish Insincere Mourners

Posted 01.13.2012 | World

You'd better watch out, you'd better cry. You'd better pout, I'm telling you why: North Korea's punishing insincere mourners, according to the Daily N...

North Korea's New Leader Seeks To Resemble Grandfather

AP | By JEAN H. LEE and SAM KIM | Posted 03.08.2012 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- The resemblance is striking: the full cheeks and quick smile, the confident gait, the habit of gesturing with both hands when he...

Kim Jong Il Funeral Held In North Korea

AP | Posted 02.26.2012 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea declared Kim Jong Il's son and successor "supreme leader" of the ruling party, military and the people duri...