John Short, 75, was arrested last month for distributing Bible tracts in Pyongyang on Kim Jong Il's birthday.
Many years ago, Clive Crook green-lit an Economist cover featuring what at the time was a rare photo of Kim Jong Il, underneath the headline, "Greetings, earthlings." It was inspired, and "people sill mention it to me unprompted as their favorite Economist cover," Crook writes at Bloomberg. But somehow it...
Kim Jong Il loved to spend. The late North Korean dictator may have dressed in utilitarian khaki, but he splashed money on luxury goods. His one-time sushi chef — sushi chef — says the strongman loved Chinese melon, Uzbek caviar and Danish pork. Show More Summary
Early last year, I was being interviewed regarding my book on Kim Jong Il. At one point, the host referred to Kim Jong Il as a "campy" figure. "That's a very unfortunate choice of words," I told her. Her mortification was immediate and apparent, as she realized the subtext to what she was saying. Show More Summary
Dear Reader: The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il is a biography of Kim Jong Il that consists of the North Korean dictator’s own words, as found in North Korean propaganda materials. The book was written by author and professional ghost writer Michael Malice. We previously posted about the project last year when Malice was [...]
Reason contributor and celebrity memoir collaborator (Made in America with Ultimate Figher Matt Hughes and I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up with comedian D.L. Hughley, among others) was inspired by his visit to North Korea, which he wrote about for us in our Aug./Sept. Show More Summary
In the latest news out of North Korea, Kim Jong Un‘s aunt (and Kim Jong Il‘s sister) Kim Kyong Hui died of either a heart attack or… READ ON
The day's China news in pictures: pilgrims pay homage to a goddess at a temple in Tibet, people commemorate the anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il near the China-North Korea border, a man plays an erhu in Beijing, and more.
North Korea commemorated the second anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death on Tuesday, just after the purging of a top official in Pyongyang. Images showed North Koreans laying flowers at monuments to Kim Kong Il and his father, Kim Il Sung, the first leader of North Korea, BBC reports. Show More Summary
Residents of Pyongyang walk by a mosaic of the late Kim Jong Il on the second anniversary of his death. The streets of Pyongyang were completely deserted around noon, as residents of the capital stayed indoors to watch a nationally televised memorial service for the late leader, who died on Dec. Show More Summary
North Korea has marked the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il with vows to unite behind his son, Kim Jong Un, and a series of events to show the world that the regime has returned to business as usual despite the execution last week of Kim's once-powerful...
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has marked the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il with vows to unite behind his son, Kim Jong Un, and a series of events to show the world that the regime has returned to business as usual despite the execution last week of Kim's once-powerful uncle.
Rumors of her impending demise may have been at least premature, because the AP reports that Kim Jong Un's aunt—and estranged wife of recently executed uncle Jang Song Thaek—has been named to an ad-hoc state committee in a seeming indication that both her influence and her neck remain...
At Kim Jong-Il's funeral in December 2011, the dear leader's casket was flanked by eight people -- his son and successor, Kim Jong-Un, and he "gang of seven," a collection of the late Kim's closest advisors. These officials were hand-selected "regents" meant to guide the young dictator as he grew into his new role. Show More Summary
There’s been a big shakeup in North Korea: Jang Song Taek, the brother-in-law of late Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il, the uncle of current leader Kim Jong Un, and a savvy politician who was thought to have been the second-most powerful man in North Korea, has been reportedly executed for planning a coup. Jang “is a traitor to […]
Jang Song Taek, the brother-in-law of late Supreme Leader Kim Jong Il, the uncle of current leader Kim Jong Un, and an urbane politician who was thought to have been the second most powerful man in North Korea, has been reportedly executed for planning a coup. Show More Summary
In February 2011, when Vogue magazine published a fawning profile of Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad, I asked the story's editor whether his magazine would consider profiling the wife of North Korean then-dictator Kim Jong Il. I assumed he would answer "no," opening a conversation on what, in Vogue's view, makes Syria's ruling family fair game. Show More Summary
Sacha Baron Cohen loves to pull a good awards show prank — remember when he spilled Kim Jong Il's "ashes" all over Ryan Seacrest on the Oscar's red carpet? The comedian/actor's latest stunt was just as insensitive. While accepting the...Show More Summary
When Sacha Baron Cohen isn't throwing Kim Jong Il's fake ashes all over Ryan Seacreast on the Oscars' red carpet, he's fake killing an "elderly woman" who "worked" with Charlie Chaplin. Cohen, who won the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award...Show More Summary
[Illuminated portraits of North Korea's late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il glow amid the dark buildings of central Pyongyang before dawn yesterday. Photo by David Guttenfelder via AP] Read more...