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Our travel writing guru Don George sounds off on the latest and greatest #TripLit titles that will transport you from India to North Korea.

Kim Jong Un's sister is rising up the ranks in North Korea

This week, North Korea's state news agency for the first time identified Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, as a deputy director of the country's ruling party during a joint visit to an animation studio, leading observers of the country to speculate that the supreme leader's sister has taken a more prominent role in the regime's governing apparatus. Show More Summary

North Korea response to ‘plot-breeding’ U.N. report gets even weirder

2 hours agoNews : BlogPost

The official statements coming out of North Korea’s incomparable, state-run Korean Central News Agency are often so over-the-top and use such florid turns of phrase that they sometimes seem like they’re straight out of The Onion. Read full article >>

Kim Jong Un names sister to top government post

North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong Un’s younger sister is a senior official in the ruling Workers’ Party, strengthening analysts’ views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the countr...

Kim Jong Un's Sis Named to Senior Gov't Role

First Kim Jong Un got rid of the cane —and now, in his latest reminder that he's the strong, all-powerful leader of North Korea, he's installed his sister in a Cabinet-level governmental position. The country's state media officially announced today that Kim Yo Jong has been named a departmental vice...

In North Korea, another Kim rises to the top

yesterdayNews : BlogPost

Buried at the bottom of an official North Korean report published Thursday about Kim Jong Un’s visit to an animation studio, after the praise for the artists and the insight that cartoons are popular worldwide, was a rare kernel of real information. Read full article >>

North Korea Ridicules U.S. Over Ferguson. Calls It The ‘Graveyard Of Human Rights’!

The United States it seems is receiving some lessons in human rights from an unlikely nation. In an official statement released by North Korea, following the riots that erupted in Ferguson, the belligerent Asian nation has mocked the U.S. Show More Summary

The mystery of Kim Jong Un’s missing aunt

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Early this year, the world was appalled by a particularly garish headline from the Hermit Kingdom: North Korea's young despot Kim Jong Un had his traitorous uncle fed to a pack of wild dogs. That report, as WorldViews reported, was likely not true. Read full article >>

Game of (Nationalist) Cards in Romania

Homogeneous countries can be nationalist. Think of Korea, either North or South. Their nationalism is generally expressed toward other countries that threaten their presumed purity in some way. Heterogeneous countries engage in that strategy as well. Show More Summary

North Korea says the U.S. is doomed just like the Roman Empire

2 days agoNews : BlogPost

On Nov. 15, President Obama was speaking at the University of Queensland in Australia when he began to talk about the present day's place in history. "I often tell young people in America that, even with today’s challenges, this is the best time in history to be alive," the president said. Show More Summary

France at the UN warns North Korea over nuclear threat

France warned North Korea on Monday that it would likely face more UN sanctions if it follows through on threats to carry out a nuclear test. North Korea has reacted angrily to a UN resolution condemning its human rights record […]

Breaking Down Asia’s Iron Curtain in Korea: Lessons from Germany

Jongsoo Lee Security, North Korea As Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Western press reexamined the process that culminated in this momentous event on Nov. 9, 1989.  Lessons from this German experience have policy implications for the other Iron Curtain that still stands, dividing the Korean Peninsula. Show More Summary

More Hilarity Ensues in Brand New Trailer for “The Interview”: Watch Now!

Presenting plenty of laughs, Columbia Pictures released a new trailer for “The Interview” earlier this afternoon (November 25). In the clip, we watch James Franco and Seth Rogen's characters head into North Korea with a plan to takeShow More Summary

China links: APEC, positive energy, one-child policy, pollution, CBMs, Africa and more

Bonnie Glaser writes that the two US-China military CBMs, inked recently in Beijing, signal Xi Jinping's intent to establish a more cooperative relationship with the US military. China's newly built bridge to North Korea remains unused...Show More Summary

North Korea Just Rejected A UN Human Rights Resolution And Threw A Spectacular Parade To Celebrate

Thousands of North Koreans gathered in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Tuesday to show their support for their government's rejection of a recent UN resolution on human rights in North Korea. Kim Ki Nam, Secretary of the Central Committee...Show More Summary

North Korea threatens 'nuclear war' to defend its human rights record

A week after the U.N. passed a resolution condemning North Korea's human rights record, the country has threatened the U.S. and Japan. North Korea's National Defense Commission (NDC) issued a statement Sunday warning that Japan "will...Show More Summary

Photo Series "Power Hungry" Aims to Keep World Hunger in World's Awareness

4 days agoOdd : Neatorama

North Korea, "Power"Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin, featured previously at Neatorama for food maps of the world and candy and gingerbread galleries, among other things, present their latest series "Power Hungry." Hargreaves described...Show More Summary

North Korea Warns US Of ‘Catastrophic Consequences’

North Korea has threatened “catastrophic consequences” for the U.S. and other Western powers, in the wake of a U.N. resolution condemning the country’s human rights abuses. A resolution introduced by the E.U. and Japan, calling for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face possible charges of “crimes against humanity” passed [...]

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