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North Korea's Kims Should Remember the Prophets of Baal Before Claiming to Be God

Doug Bandow | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Too much information passes over the DPRK's borders for anyone any longer to believe the fantasies propagated in Pyongyang.

The Minds of the Minders: A North Korean Diary

Imran Garda | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Imran Garda

Why are they now opening up and letting in journalists? Why did they let us in and give us access, however limited? After all these decades, are they saying they're finally ready to meet the rest of the world?

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 06.16.2016 | 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 Is...

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?

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...

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.

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: Behind the Veil (VIDEO)

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 02.20.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Hear from two of the world's most prominent North Korean dissidents and one of the world's most prominent North Korea experts.

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

Jaweed Kaleem

Will Persecuted Christians Fare Better In A Post-Kim Jong Il North Korea?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.19.2011 | Religion

A day after authorities announced the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, several Christian organizations are calling for prayers for the nation...

Kim Jong Il's Death: Time to Stir Up Robber Baron Envy?

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.18.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Now may be the time for Obama, as well as leaders in Japan, South Korea, China and Russia, to offer trips to North Korea's political and military elite -- to show them what they could have if they engineered some shifts inside the regime.

Kim Jong Il Death: A Reclusive Leader In A Hermit State

Posted 12.19.2011 | World

SEOUL, Dec 19 (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, revered at home by a propaganda machine that turned him into a demi-god and vilified in the...

Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World

John Feffer | Posted 12.04.2011 | World
John Feffer

The United States has long styled itself a Pacific power. It has, however, reached the high-water mark of its Pacific presence and influence. The geopolitical map is about to be redrawn.

North Koreans Mark Founder's Birthday

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.15.2011 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) - Bearing bouquets and dressed in their finest, row after row of North Koreans bowed deeply on cue at the foot of a toweri...

Propaganda: Art Of Gaddafi, Hussein And Kim Jong Il

BLTWY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Gaddafi has posed beneath a giant gold fist in Tripoli, but he's hardly the first dictator to use art to create the illusion of victory. From Ramses I...