The Dear Reader: DPRK Observations & Musings


Dennis Rodman: That Kenneth Bae Tweet Did Not Come from Me

Be sure to watch the excellent HuffPostLive interview conducted yesterday by Marc Lamont Hill with Dennis Rodman. It’s a wide-ranging and articulate half-hour during which Rodman touches on everything from Lamar Odom‘s sad current travails to gay players in the NBA to his current relationship with his kids. And, of course, North Korea.


Filed under: Media

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


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