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North Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said. It was launched at 10:30 am (0130 GMT) […]

This is Korea

Now that I finished my 2nd book manuscript in 3 months, I have time for a vacation. About 50 minutes in fact before I get to the 4000 things that must be done yesterday. So I spent it watching John Ford’s 1951 film This is Korea. This is the Korean War version of the World […]

South Korea blocks all Facebook games as part of a government crackdown

South Korea is enforcing a new game-rating system, and Facebook games won't work unless they go through the regulatory process to get an official approval from the government.

North Korea Lets 3 Detained Americans Appear on CNN

Three Americans detained in North Korea pleaded for U.S. help in interviews with CNN. Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were presented to CNN's Will Ripley at a Pyongyang hotel Monday. Each was given five minutes for an interview. Show More Summary

BBC cuts Asian broadcast of lesbian “Dr. Who” kiss between human and lizard

The inter-species same-sex kiss was censored in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

North Korea Military Body Outraged at a British TV Show

10 hours agoNews : Mediaite

Months after North Korea complained about a Seth Rogen movie, the nation's military body has now complained about a new British TV show portraying North Korea as (shocker) an antagonist.

Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White House

Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday. "We continue to do all we can to secure their earliest possible release." On Monday, three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S.

I just found gay Grindr users in Iran, Brunei after Grindr “fixes” location problem

Only hours after gay smartphone app “Grindr” attempted to fix a glitch in its system that has already outed the exactly location of over 600,000 gay men in countries like North Korea, Iran, Russia, and Brunei, I was able to locate the exact position of dozens of gay men in Iran and Brunei, two of the most […]

What’s it like to report from North Korea? Frustrating, mainly.

14 hours agoNews : BlogPost

PYONGYANG, North Korea — For journalists, North Korea is the holy grail of foreign reporting trips. It’s almost certainly the most difficult country in the world to get into, and a country that readers just can't get enough of. Read full article >>

North Korea Still Owes $393,000,000 For Volvos It Bought In 1974

14 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

When we ran a story a while back about the cars of North Korea, one photo in particular caught my eye. In that photo was a green 1974 Volvo 144, which made me wonder if it was part of those 1000 legendary stolen Volvos I'd heard rumors about. It was, because those rumors are true. Read more...

Media coverage of a celebrity suicide can cause a large-scale copycat effect

Researchers who analyzed media coverage of the suicide of a national actress in South Korea and its impact on subsequent suicides found that the number of suicide-related articles surged around 80 times in the week after a suicide compared...Show More Summary

Disney and Despotism: Why Governments Buy North Korean Art

16 hours agoArts : Art Fag City

As of 2011, North Korea has earned $160 million in commissions from international governments to build and export colossal sculptures. These monuments, with their smooth unwrinkled hands, joyous smiles, and innocent demeanor cover up humanitarian catastrophes with a hokey grin. Thus is the aesthetic of Disney Despotism.

Three Americans Detained in North Korea Plead for American Help

16 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

Three Americans being held as prisoners in North Korea—Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller, and Jeffrey Edward Fowle—were granted surprise interviews with two American news organizations, the Associated Press and CNN, Monday. All three men described their overall humane treatment but also pleaded for Washington's intervention in setting them free. Show More Summary

North Korea Owes Sweden $428M For 1,000 Volvos Swindled In 1974

Forty years ago, the North Koreans and the Swedes entered into an agreement where the latter’s socialist and industrialist interests aimed to bring recognition to the former’s regime while filling its pockets from the country’s mining industry. Show More Summary

Viewing Picks for September 2, 2014

21 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

All Times Eastern Basketball FIBA 2014 Basketball World Cup Group Phase Group C, Bilbao, Spain New Zealand vs. United States — ESPN, 11:30 a.m. Group D, Gran Caneria, Canary Islands Republic of Korea vs. Slovenia — NBA TV, 2 p.m. College Football CFB Daily: The Experts — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPNU, […]

G.I. Joe Actor Allegedly Extorted Over Sexy Talk

Two women were arrested this week in South Korea over an alleged attempt to extort five million dollars from G.I. Joe actor Lee Byung-hun. One of the women, it seems, is a K-pop singer. Read more...

Voyeurs in China Are Getting off to Girls Doing Meth on Camera

Screencap via the Chinese web forum nx123 The Chinese Northeast is flooded with meth from North Korea. But with crackdowns from the authorities, Chinese chemists are now cooking up their own batches. Many of the raw ingredients are produced domestically. Show More Summary

Google plans an accelerator in Seoul — while Samsung stands on the sidelines

Google, on an international mission to rapidly connect with the global startup community, has recently announced that it will open a startup campus in Seoul, Korea next year. This comes at a time when Korean entrepreneurs are beginning to show that they have what it takes to make an impact, as exemplified by a statement from Google’s Bridgette Beam: […]

Japan and South Korea: Headed Towards Extinction?

Brad Glosserman Demography, Japan There is, at long last, a solution to the troubles that beset the Japan-ROK relationship: patience. In this case, patience doesn’t mean waiting a couple of months or a year until the leaderships in Tokyo...Show More Summary

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