The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings

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A Concerto in NK Minor

The first clue as to the erudite nature of Professor Adam Cathcart‘s blog musings on matters of the Far East is the title of his WordPress page: the “Sinologistical Violoncellist.” The youthful looking master cellist is indeed a man who can cut through the discordant cacophany of Chinese-North Korean relations analysis with short pieces of sweet, sweet music.

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Close But No (North Korean) Cigar

When it comes to fellow North Korea focused bloggers, few are as consistently humorous as Manhattan based freelance writer Tom Johansmeyer, who shares Hermit Kingdom observations at Gadling.com as part of a larger purview of commentary for different outlets about travel, cigars and the luxury market.

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Photographing North Korea

Four years ago, Eric Lafforgue was a high-flying manager at a leading European provider of mobile content. But when a Japanese takeover resulted in a clean sweep of the company’s executives, he decided – at the age of 42 – to try his hand at photography.

“I took some pictures in Papua New Guinea,” Lafforgue explains during an August 1st, 2010 interview with LiberateLaura, “and very quickly, through the Internet, I sold them to National Geographic. I thought to myself, ‘Wow, maybe this can become a real job.'”

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The Queen of Six-Party Simulations

As we approach a seemingly inevitable restart of the Six-Party talks, many different experts are sharing what they think might happen when representatives from the U.S., China, Russia, Japan and South Korea try to cajole North Korea from brinksmanship to the brink of nuclear disarmament. But I would venture to say that no one at the moment has a more pragmatic sense of this setting than Nicole Marae Finneman, Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Washington, D.C. based Korea Economic Institute (KEI).

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