'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Feb 2, 2014

'Let me take Bae's place': Rodman

Former basketball star Dennis Rodman offered Friday to take the place of an imprisoned U.S. missionary in North Korea, as he spoke publicly for the first time from a rehab facility. Rodman, 52, appeared on CNN television’s “New Day” program less than a month ...

Sep 7, 2013

Bombs, sing-alongs for N. Korea spies

As well as the obvious classes such as bomb making, Kim Dong Sik’s intensive spy training in North Korea included memorizing hundreds of South Korean pop songs and dance moves. Such strategies for assimilating into South Korean society were considered essential to avoid suspicion, ...

Jul 28, 2013

Key to Korean peace

The armistice that ended the Korean War 60 years ago has never brought real peace to the Peninsula. North Korea holds the key to make that happen.

Pyongyang exhibits USS Pueblo

Jul 28, 2013

Pyongyang exhibits USS Pueblo

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday unveiled a renovated Korean War museum with a U.S.-baiting centerpiece in the form of the spy ship USS Pueblo, captured in 1968. Kim cut the red ribbon on the monumental Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum after ...

North Korea 'very strange': Google chief's daughter

Jan 21, 2013

North Korea 'very strange': Google chief's daughter

Sophie Schmidt, the teenage daughter of Google chief Eric Schmidt, has shed some light on her father’s secretive trip to North Korea, writing a firsthand account of the visit to a “very, very strange” country. In a blog posting over the weekend entitled “It ...

Pyongyang offers a rare 'real' photo opportunity

Dec 16, 2012

Pyongyang offers a rare 'real' photo opportunity

by Edan Corkill

Most images of North Korea appearing in the media express just a few aspects of that country — namely, repression, militarism, poverty, backwardness, gloom. Often, the form of photographs of that communist dictatorship conveys those ideas, too — whether by being blurry, taken from ...

Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

| Feb 6, 2011

Writing about wrongs at home and abroad

by Eriko Arita

Yang Sok Gil is renowned for his novels describing, with remarkable humanity and humor, people’s wanton desires and the problems they cause, often from the viewpoint of minorities in Japan or elsewhere. As a second-generation Korean resident of Japan, Yang was born in 1936 ...