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N. Korea Follows Indo-Pakistan

N. Korea follows Indo-Pakistan

America is fuming, South Korea and Japan are terrified, Russia is worried, and China is miffed. North Korea’s podgy pudding-and-pie leader Kim Jong-un has poked them all in the eye.…

The Changing Face Of North Korea’s Refugees

The changing face of North Korea’s refugees

Every year, hundreds of North Koreans risk their lives escaping the reclusive nation, but the profile of those braving the dangerous border crossing has changed markedly from the famine-driven refugees…

Screen Shots

Screen shots

It is hard to say whether Kim Jong-un will to any extent be placated by nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards, which feature The Interview — the comedy that has…

Inoki Wrestles With North Korea ‘sport Diplomacy’

Inoki wrestles with North Korea ‘sport diplomacy’

A Japanese wrestler-turned-politician hopes his vision of "sports diplomacy" can repair his country's fraught relationship with North Korea, as he prepares to host an extraordinary sporting event in Pyongyang. And…

Noise Sense

Noise sense

Lately there was much amusement when a local English daily printed a story on strained relations between Gulf states. It was standard fare, dwelling on the KSA-Qatar rift that every…

Let Slip The Dogmas Of War

Let slip the dogmas of war

Writing in Le Monde Diplomatique a year or so ago, a few months after Kim Jong-il’s demise, Bruce Cumings recalled an encounter with a Soviet diplomat in Pyongyang in 1981,…

Tension In Korea

Tension in Korea

The North Korean soldiers shown parading on TV recently mercifully didn’t have the gusto of German troops goose-stepping in 1914, which amply demonstrated their over enthusiasm for war nearly a…