The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings


The Slippery Slope of Chair Lift Diplomacy

First, North Korea got the rebuff from Austrian firm Doppelmayr, the world’s leading provider of chair lift and cable car technology for alpine ski sorts. Then, it was the turn of French company POMA to just say “non” to the country’s Masik Pass needs.


Filed under: Commentary

Robert Park Continues to Write, Sing About ‘Forgotten Genocide’

At press time, two people have cast a “thumbs down” vote on YouTube for former U.S. North Korean detainee Robert Park‘s new music video “Indifference.” I’m not sure how that’s possible, but then again, those two thumbs-down also represent a key aspect of non-North Korean society: freedom of speech.


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A Fresh Batch of Stories from North Korea’s Most Famous Sushi Chef

For the briefest of moments earlier this week, Kenji Fujimoto‘s interview with GQ magazine was online. But evidently, this was the result of a premature mistake on the part of some Web employee as the article was quickly pulled back down until it can properly follow the arrival of the June print edition.


Filed under: Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-un Continues to Take a Page from The Donald

It suddenly hit me the other day: Kim Jong-un is Donald Trump. He brands everything with his name; likes to shout “You’re a sea of fire!” across the DMZ conference table at South Korea; and everything about him, in the celebrity-leader culture of the DPRK, screams apprentice.


Filed under: Commentary

No Sign of Dennis Rod-mun on NBA Hall of Famer’s Official Website

The webmaster for Dennis Rodman‘s official website is missing a golden opportunity. As media the world over continue to wrestle with The Worm‘s recent visit to North Korea, the News section on at press time is woefully out of date.


Filed under: DPR-Krazy

  • Scottish brewer: "Some of these [NK] guys had never seen plastic cups. They were hoarding them. And toilet seats..." 1 hour ago
  • No surprise, really: At least one of the NK drones recovered in SK was... made in China. 1 hour ago
  • Ouch. One foreign competitor in Pyongyang marathon forced to run in jeans after his kit deemed “ineligible”. 1 hour ago
  • Would have been OK if it said DPRK. China-based tour operator's "Experience NK" T-shirts, posters confiscated. 1 hour ago
  • They don't need no stinkin' 4/15 badges. Source says KJi/KSI memorial pins going straight to black market. 1 hour ago
  • Source: Kaesong workers pooling to receive larger, single-shot black-market ready supplies of Choco pies, Ramen. 1 hour ago
  • Documentary repeat on NK state TV 4/15 features ominous edit: footage of Jang widow/KJu aunt, gone. 1 hour ago
  • KCNA goes Scooby Doo: "Great irony was that they [U.S.] let such riff-ruffs...appear @UN Security Council..." 1 hour ago
  • Kim Jong-il book author: "Oh, it was not fun in the slightest. The backstory to creating this book was nightmarish." 2 days ago
  • 32-y-o Hong Kong Brit: Pyongyang Marathon scenery "fantastic, so many people watching... I really enjoyed it." 2 days ago

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