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Words are weapons, and weapons words

If you haven't caught up with Robert Kelly's piece on North Korea's shelling across its maritime border with South Korea, do so now. Kelly's essay argues that most media analysis of these provocations may miss the point about the nature of the North Korean regime, which needs continued tension to survive. Show More Summary

China links: Urbanisation, pork consumption, Nixon's visit, world domination and more

A translated interview from one of China's leading North Korea scholars, Zhang Liangkui, on China's DPRK intel and the purge of Jang Song-taek. Federal Reserve official: Americans must adjust to a world dominated by China. Not true,Show More Summary

Three reasons why North Korea continues to provoke

Joint US-South Korean amphibious training yesterday. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji.) Yesterday North Korea conducted artillery exercises in the Yellow Sea (West Sea). Approximately one hundred rounds feel across the border, prompting the South to counter-fire and scramble F-15s to the area (here is a useful write-up of the incident). Show More Summary

North Korea: Shelling won't be last provocation

In case one needed reminding, the latest exchange of fire across the unresolved maritime border between North and South Korea illustrates how precarious Asia's security environment has become. The North is reported to have given warning...Show More Summary

North Korean Officials Target Hair Salon Over Kim Jong-un Diss

Apparently not all publicity is good publicity in the eyes of North Korea — especially when it comes to state-mandated haircuts. A London hair salon was targeted last week by alleged North Korean embassy officials over an unflattering...Show More Summary

Is North Korea’s GNP Hooked On A Diversified Black Market?

North Korea’s business model for earning hard currency is undergoing a shift from its traditional reliance on drug manufacturing and counterfeit operations, casting its net wider and in some cases, weirder. Lately, the government sponsored...Show More Summary

Secondary Sources Asia: North Korea’s Illicit Economy

A roundup of economic news on Asia and emerging markets from around the Web. --North Korea's Illicit Economy: Sheena Chestnut Greitens examines how illicit activities -- often controlled by the North Korean elite -- help prop up a dictatorial...Show More Summary

Diplomatic Incident Over Kim Jong-Un’s Haircut

13 hours agoNews : ABC Headlines Blog

Kim Jong-un’s distinctive haircut is no laughing matter for North Korea. A London hair salon that put up a promotional poster of the country’s leader, with the tag line “Bad Hair Day?” is at the center of a diplomatic dispute. The North Korean embassy has...

North Sea: Potential VLCC Moves to South Korea

North Sea Forties crude differentials were unchanged on Wednesday in very quiet pre-Easter trade, with dealers still watching two potential VLCC shipments to Asia

North Korea complains over British stylist's 'bad hair' ad

14 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.

New Ealing Comedy

15 hours agoArts : Coxsoft Art News

When I heard the news that men in North Korea had been ordered to emulate their dictator Kim Jong-un's daft haircut, I manfully resisted the temptation to lampoon the story; but the latest development takes the biscuit. The M&M HairShow More Summary

2015 Toyota Camry: This Is It

17 hours agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Today I learned that 50 American families come home with a new Toyota Camry every hour. As such, my last act before I officially defect to North Korea will be to tell you about the heavily refreshed 2015 Toyota Camry. It's all about "attitude" now, Toyota says. Read more...

London Salon Owner Menaced By North Korea For Kim Jong Un Ad

The proprietor of a London hair salon was visited by angry North Korean embassy officials after posting a shop window ad featuring Kim Jong Un’s murderously cherubic face grinning over a message reading “Bad Hair Day?” The M&M Hair Academy in London says it received a visit by two men from the nearby North Korean

GM Senior Staff Shake-Up, Federal Reserve Considering Tougher Rules for Banks, The North Korea Marathon

The Federal Reserve is considering tougher rules for big banks, who would be required to hold more capital in the case of another financial crisis. And two senior executives are leaving General Motors. According to a company spokesman, the departures are not connected with GM’s recent vehicle recalls. Show More Summary

'This is England, not North Korea' – UK Hairdresser Tells Kim Jong Cronies Who Demand Removal of Parody Poster

A hairdresser in West London has described the bizarre incident in which he found himself face to face with North Korean officials who demanded the removal of a poster that parodied their leader Kim Jong-Un's hairstyle. Mo Nabbach, who...Show More Summary

North Korea not psyched on poster mocking Kim Jong Un’s hair in London barbershop

yesterdayOdd : Death and Taxes

While the story about North Korea mandating Kim Jong Un haircuts may have turned out to be a fake, North Korea's diplomatic response to a London barber's poster was 100% real.

North Korea’s ‘Criminal’ Economy Detailed

A new report helps to shed some light on how North Korea's underground economy has developed in one particularly worrying but potentially transformative way.

North Korea Marathon Opens to Foreign Amateurs

The annual marathon in Pyongyang opened to recreational foreign runners for the first time on April 13, allowing another brief look into the Hermit Kingdom that typically remains off-limits to those born outside the country

Scenes From North Korea's Marathon

2 days agoSports : Deadspin

Yesterday for the first time in the 27-year history of the Pyongyang marathon, North Korea allowed foreign amateur and professional runners to take part. Competitors from 27 countries ran in front of crowds gathered in Kim Il Sung Stadium and around Kim Il Sung University in part to celebrate Kim Il Sung's 102 birthday on Tuesday. Show More Summary

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