Wow, VICE on it yet again. Their North Korean documentaries are some of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.
I follow David on Instagram and his account is probably the most unique and interesting of all the accounts I follow. His view of North Korea is not only rare but also very thought-provoking.
Reading this news article from Reuters is just heartbreaking. Stories of watching executions of family members, working to death, widespread malnutrition, and a horrifying personal account of one female defector’s visions of prison guards forcing another woman to kill her newborn baby by drowning.
A fascinating article in Bloomberg Businessweek recently shed light on one of the less famous aspects of North Korean culture — that is, the Mansudae Art Studio in Pyongyang. The Mansudae Art Studio is a massive 30-acre art factory opened in 1959 that employs roughly 4000 Koreans all there to create propaganda for North Korea [...]
This New York Times piece takes another look at how defectors escape North Korea through a series of deals done by brokers. In a way, it’s a lot like human trafficking except this sort of trafficking involves people getting to freedom. There is still money involved, money fought over, and stories of people not making [...]
Some background on why Kenneth Bae was detained and what he can expect now that he’s been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. This is a developing story and tensions are high on both sides…