North Korea http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19116/all en Koreas: Concern grows over diseased cattle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-korea/110222/north-korea-hoof-and-mouth-disease <p> Meanwhile, in North Korea, an already critical food shortage has been made more intense by the culling of diseased animals.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/south-korea/110222/north-korea-hoof-and-mouth-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea Green Health South Korea Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:07:00 +0000 Donald Kirk 5626086 at http://www.globalpost.com China's no longer the bad guy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/chinas-no-longer-the-bad-guy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Studio subbing in North Korea in 'Red Dawn' remake, LA Times reports </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kathleen E. McLaughlin </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> China will no longer be the bad guy in an upcoming remake of the 1980&rsquo;s Cold War classic movie &ldquo;Red Dawn,&rdquo; the Los Angeles Times is <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-china-red-dawn-20110316,0,995726.story">reporting</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/bric-yard/chinas-no-longer-the-bad-guy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea BRIC Yard Wed, 16 Mar 2011 05:20:13 +0000 Kathleen E. McLaughlin 5631024 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea: Libya should have kept nuclear weapons program http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110324/north-korea-libya-should-have-kept-nuclear-weapons <p> Analysts say that North Korean leaders watching events unfolding in Libya are now probably deeply proud of themselves. Pyongyang will draw the conclusion that giving up nuclear arms leaves countries defenseless.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/110324/north-korea-libya-should-have-kept-nuclear-weapons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Arab Spring Libya North Korea Conflict Zones Fri, 25 Mar 2011 03:15:00 +0000 News Desk 5633092 at http://www.globalpost.com Whatever happened to North Korea? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110408/north-korea-kim-jong-il <p> BANGKOK &mdash;&nbsp;Kim Jong Il&#39;s begging abroad for food aid may be&nbsp;part of a scheme to build up war reserves before further provocations of South Korea.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110408/north-korea-kim-jong-il" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il North Korea World Leaders South Korea Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:50:00 +0000 Bradley K. Martin 5636469 at http://www.globalpost.com Daily life in Pyongyang http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5636631 The regime is said to be growing increasingly concerned about dissent in North Korea, where people continue to struggle under Kim Jong Il's oppressive rule. Kim Jong Il North Korea South Korea Mon, 11 Apr 2011 09:55:00 +0000 News Desk 5636631 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korean kindergarten no joke http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korean-kindergarten-children <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> In Cheongjin, North Korea, kindergartners play guitar like it's their job. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> What really goes on in North Korea is anyone&#39;s guess. Recently, the notoriously reclusive <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110408/north-korea-kim-jong-il">Kim Jong Il has been quieter than usual</a> &mdash; though that&#39;s likely a measure of the pace of news coming out of the Middle East and Japan rather than the fact that he&#39;s changed his ways.</p> <p> But every once in a while, we get a glimpse of what life must be like in places like <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/photo-galleries/5636631/daily-life-pyongyang">Pyongyang</a> and&nbsp;Cheongjin.</p> <p> In this video out of Cheongjin, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=yE7waNi5dc0">North Korean kindergartners play guitar</a> like it&#39;s their job. The rigor of their training comes through with every bob of their little heads.</p> <p> Watch the pride of Cheongam Kindergarten take the stage in this mesmerizing, unsettling rendition of &quot;Our Kindergarten Teacher&quot; for North Korean TV.</p> <p> Thanks to Robert Koehler and his blog the Marmot&#39;s Hole for drawing our attention to these <a href="http://www.rjkoehler.com/2011/04/13/mini-comrades-on-guitar/#comments">mini-comrades on guitar</a>:</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korean-kindergarten-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea Entertainment Education Offbeat South Korea The Rice Bowl Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:50:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5637451 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea identifies arrested American citizen http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110414/north-korea-us-journalist <p> Reports said the man is a&nbsp; 60-year-old Korean-American businessman from California who had been involved in missionary work.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110414/north-korea-us-journalist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea Asia-Pacific Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:00:00 +0000 News Desk 5637643 at http://www.globalpost.com Carter arrives in North Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110425/carter-north-korea-kim-jong-il <p> During the visit, Carter hopes to push the regime on its nuclear program, human rights, tensions on the Korean peninsula and food shortages and possibly secure the release of an imprisoned American citizen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110425/carter-north-korea-kim-jong-il" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Tue, 26 Apr 2011 04:19:36 +0000 News Desk 5640218 at http://www.globalpost.com Kim Jong Il snubs Jimmy Carter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110430/kim-jong-il-north-korea-jimmy-carter-diplomacy <p> BEIJING &mdash; Analysts say the only reason Pyongyang received the former U.S. president was in an attempt to draw food aid from the United States.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110430/kim-jong-il-north-korea-jimmy-carter-diplomacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il North Korea Nuclear Conflict Zones Diplomacy South Korea Sat, 30 Apr 2011 21:18:00 +0000 Sunny Lee 5641400 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea's political prisoners: 200,000 and counting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-koreas-political-prisoners-200000-and-counting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New satellite images over the Dear Leader's homeland show enormous prison camps that Amnesty says are growing in size. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/images-reveal-scale-north-korean-political-prison-camps-2011-05-03">Amnesty International</a> has a disturbing dose of news from North Korea &mdash; complete with visual aid.</p> <p> Prison camps in the wilderness of South Pyongan, South Hamkyung and North Hamkyung provinces, which have apparently been around since the 1950s, now appear to be growing in size, according to the global human rights watchdog.</p> <p> Recent satellite images show four camps, where Amnesty says at least <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/03/us-northkorea-prisons-idUSTRE74275D20110503">200,000 political prisoners</a> are being kept in conditions that resemble slavery.</p> <p> A comparison with satellite pictures from 2001 indicates a significant increase in the scale of the camps, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/03/us-northkorea-prisons-idUSTRE74275D20110503">Reuters</a>.</p> <p> &ldquo;These are places out of sight of the rest of the world, where almost the entire range of human rights protections that international law has tried to set up for last 60 years are ignored,&rdquo; said Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International Asia Pacific Director.</p> <p> Check out the<a href="http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/images-reveal-scale-north-korean-political-prison-camps-2011-05-03"> images</a> at Amnesty.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-koreas-political-prisoners-200000-and-counting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il North Korea The Rice Bowl Wed, 04 May 2011 02:39:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5642261 at http://www.globalpost.com How North Koreans get their laughs http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/communist-propaganda-north-koreans-kim-jong-il <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> By reinterpreting Party slogans, North Koreans show their sense of humor as well as their growing dislike of the regime. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Like any good Communist nation, North Korea is rife with stilted slogans and propaganda involving farm imagery.</p> <p> A phrase like &ldquo;What the Party decides, we do&rdquo; &mdash; coined in the mid-1980s &mdash; is clearly intended to instill a sense of loyalty in the Workers&#39; Party of Korea.</p> <p> But given the increasingly <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/south-korea/110408/north-korea-kim-jong-il">dire economic situation</a> in North Korea, people are losing faith in Kim Jong Il. And they are expressing their cynicism through reinterpretations of government slogans, reports the <a href="http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?cataId=nk01500&amp;num=7661">Daily NK</a>.</p> <p> A phrase like, &quot;What the Party decides, we do&quot; has come to justify in people&#39;s minds the corruption and wrongdoing on the part of the Party. And, as such, has given rise to the sarcastic quip: &ldquo;If you are doing it, surely it is something anyone can do?&rdquo;</p> <p> The Daily NK reports that the slogan, &ldquo;The collective farm field is my vegetable garden&quot; (1987) is another good example.</p> <p> &quot;Originally, by alluding to the collective farm as being public property, this saying dressed labor up as an act leading to personal benefit and encouraged solidarity. However, as rations failed, workers stole grains from farms under the aegis of that very slogan, because after all, &#39;Since this is my farm, my taking from it is not theft.&#39;&quot;</p> <p> By spinning Party slogans, North Koreans also show their sense of humor.</p> <p> Here&#39;s a few more choice transformations:</p> <p> &ldquo;Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are a great sun for the people,&rdquo; has been turned into &ldquo;They are indeed the sun; if you go too close you burn to death and freeze if you go too far away.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/communist-propaganda-north-koreans-kim-jong-il" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il North Korea Culture & Lifestyle South Korea The Rice Bowl Wed, 11 May 2011 22:42:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5644191 at http://www.globalpost.com In repressive North Korea, facelifts and skinny jeans are in style http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110514/north-korea-pyongyang-women-fashion-plastic-surgery-skinny-jeans <p> Upper-class women in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, have been spotted wearing on-trend skinny jeans and big earrings.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110514/north-korea-pyongyang-women-fashion-plastic-surgery-skinny-jeans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> fashion North Korea Asia-Pacific Culture & Lifestyle Sat, 14 May 2011 21:05:00 +0000 News Desk 5644799 at http://www.globalpost.com Hey, Kim Jong Il, how you doin'? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/kim-jong-il-north-korea-hunger <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Recent pictures of the reclusive leader suggest the answer is "pretty good." </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> It&#39;s between harvests in North Korea, and the masses are hungry.</p> <p> Or are they?</p> <p> Skeptics say the North is always short on food and that this year&#39;s harvest was actually slightly better than last year&#39;s.</p> <p> The North may very well be <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/18/us-korea-north-food-idUSTRE74H1E720110518">trying to stockpile</a> rations before the 2012 anniversary of the state founder&#39;s birth, they say. North Korea traditionally gives out extra rations to mark special occasions.</p> <p> The attached <a href="http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/05/19/2011051900663.html">pictures of Kim Jong Il</a> hint that there is at least plenty of food on his table.</p> <p> He looks rather sickly in the 2009 shot on the left, which he probably was since it wasn&#39;t long after he suffered a major stroke and a doctor proclaimed he had but three years to live.</p> <p> But on the right, you can see he&#39;s back to his podgy self.</p> <p> He&#39;s also gone back to wearing heels, incidentally, in order to appear taller than 5&#39;3&quot;.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/kim-jong-il-north-korea-hunger" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il North Korea World Leaders Food & Drink Health South Korea The Rice Bowl Thu, 19 May 2011 23:59:00 +0000 Emily Lodish 5646073 at http://www.globalpost.com North Korea makes a play for foreign investors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korea-foreign-investment-economic-strategy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As Kim Jong Il snuggles up to China, Pyongyang announces a new economic strategy that goes against its isolationist tendencies. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Despite the fact that millions are reportedly going hungry in North Korea, the reclusive state has announced its ambitions to boost the country&#39;s GDP to $360-400 billion.</p> <p> That&#39;s up from $40 billion or so over the past few years, according to the CIA World Fact Book.</p> <p> Just how will Pyongyang do it?</p> <p> According to state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea has put attracting foreign investment at the heart of a 10-year strategy that involves setting up a National Development Bank and assigning an insurance company to protect foreign investors, reports the <a href="http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/ME24Dg01.html">Asia Times Online</a>.</p> <p> The strategy appears to be a departure from the isolationist tendencies that North Korea has displayed for decades, but analysts say that this isn&#39;t the first time the North has made a play to open up &mdash; and then failed to do so.</p> <p> Regardless, it looks like the North will be getting by with a little <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/23/us-china-korea-north-idUSTRE74M08R20110523">help from a familiar friend</a>.</p> <p> Kim Jong Il is in China presently for what seems to mainly be economic reasons &mdash; and a little <a href="http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2936622">retail shopping</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-rice-bowl/north-korea-foreign-investment-economic-strategy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Il North Korea World Leaders Emerging Markets South Korea The Rice Bowl Tue, 24 May 2011 00:14:07 +0000 Emily Lodish 5646868 at http://www.globalpost.com China silent on Kim Jong-il's visit http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110525/china-kim-jong-il-north-korea <p> The Chinese government has refused to confirm the visit, but grainy photographs of Kim appeared on local websites Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/110525/china-kim-jong-il-north-korea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea World Leaders Asia-Pacific Diplomacy Aid China Wed, 25 May 2011 04:28:02 +0000 News Desk 5647201 at http://www.globalpost.com