north korea http://nhpr.org en Kim Jong-un Is Working The Press, One Propaganda Video At A Time http://nhpr.org/post/kim-jong-un-working-press-one-propaganda-video-time <p>A month into a continuing series of threatening ultimatums from North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, the 30-year old leader has an international fever that his fore-fathers would envy. Official statements and propaganda videos, such as last week’s reel of Jong-un shooting a handgun during a military drill, are soaking up views around the world.</p><p>Through aggressive threats and flashy shows of power, the North Korean leader has proven himself to be the champion of manipulating tense global news-wires. Conversely, he is the also subject of countless humorous memes. Here to discuss Kim Jong-un’s social media strategy is <strong>John Hudson</strong>, <a href="http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/04/04/kim_jong_un_is_owning_the_media_right_now">writer</a> for Foreign Policy’s flagship blog <em>Passport</em>.</p><p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 25142 at http://nhpr.org Kim Jong-un Is Working The Press, One Propaganda Video At A Time Kim Jong-Il: The Unauthorized Autobiography http://nhpr.org/post/kim-jong-il-unauthorized-autobiography <p>America is no stranger to North Korea in the headlines; South Korea's army is on alert today after a <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/north-korea-eyed-huge-cyber-attack-south-korea/story?id=18769664" target="_blank">suspected cyberattack</a> by their northern neighbors. The eniamatic empire is still living under the cloud of its departed dictator, Kim Jong Il. Now celebrity ghostwriter Michael Malice is setting his sights on an “unauthorized autobiography” based on late North Korean leader. The late public figure and his country isn’t often associated with comedy these days, but Malice seeks to use humor to elicit understanding amidst a strong cultural divide.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23982 at http://nhpr.org Pyongyang: The Tourist's Guide You'll Never Use http://nhpr.org/post/pyongyang-tourists-guide-youll-never-use <p>A conversation with Philipp Meuser, architect and general planner for several German embassies, about his beautiful and eerie two volume architectural and cultural guide for North Korea’s capital city.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 18:00:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 4026 at http://nhpr.org Pyongyang: The Tourist's Guide You'll Never Use N. Korea May Stage Nuclear Test After Rocket Launch http://nhpr.org/post/n-korea-may-stage-nuclear-test-after-rocket-launch As North Korea reaches the final stage of preparations for a long-range rocket launch, concern is growing that it is in the early stages of preparing its underground test site for another nuclear explosion.<p>Pyongyang established the pattern three years ago when it tested a similar rocket and then followed it a month later with a nuclear test.<p>This time around, there may be a more urgent need to test a nuclear device. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 20:04:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 3082 at http://nhpr.org N. Korea May Stage Nuclear Test After Rocket Launch North Korea To Launch Rocket, And A New Power Play http://nhpr.org/post/north-korea-launch-rocket-and-new-power-play As North Korea gears up to launch a long-range rocket, political changes are afoot, too: Pyongyang has consolidated its succession process, giving a new title to its new leader, Kim Jong Un, who came to power in December after his father's death.<p>The rocket launch, which could come as early as Thursday in North Korea, has been condemned by the international community as being in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. So why now?<p>Amid ceremony, Workers Party delegates have been meeting in Pyongyang to bestow an official title on their new 20-something leader. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:56:00 +0000 Louisa Lim 3081 at http://nhpr.org North Korea To Launch Rocket, And A New Power Play Is North Korea Changing — Or Resisting Change? http://nhpr.org/post/north-korea-changing-or-resisting-change Recent developments in North Korea are puzzling watchers of the "Hermit Kingdom" in both the U.S. Tue, 03 Apr 2012 19:53:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2918 at http://nhpr.org Is North Korea Changing — Or Resisting Change? Obama Asks China To Help Halt N. Korean Rocket http://nhpr.org/post/obama-asks-china-help-halt-n-korean-rocket President Obama came to South Korea to talk about global nuclear security with world leaders, but found himself trying to build a unified front against North Korea's planned rocket launch next month.<p>Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak strenuously warned North Korea not to go ahead with the launch. In a speech Monday at the summit in Seoul, Obama used some of the toughest language he has ever used addressed to the leaders of North Korea.<p>"And know this: There will be no rewards for provocations," Obama said. "Those days are over. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Mike Shuster 2779 at http://nhpr.org Obama Asks China To Help Halt N. Korean Rocket Along Korea's DMZ, No Sign That Tensions Are Easing http://nhpr.org/post/along-koreas-dmz-no-sign-tensions-are-easing Cold winds blow through pine trees and across nearby mountains. On the horizon are guard posts and cameras. There's little movement, except for wildlife.<p>U.S. Lt. Col. Ed Taylor, lives and works on the Korean armistice line that has divided North and South for almost six decades. He even sleeps in a bed right next to North Korea.<p>"I cannot compare it to anything I've ever done. And I say that with 23 years in the Army and two deployments to Iraq," Taylor says.<p>He commands the only combined U.S. and South Korean battalion on the Korean Peninsula. Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:34:00 +0000 Doualy Xaykaothao 2760 at http://nhpr.org Along Korea's DMZ, No Sign That Tensions Are Easing N. Korea To Halt Nuclear Tests; U.S. To Provide Aid http://nhpr.org/post/n-korea-halt-nuclear-tests-us-provide-aid North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment and missile tests, and the U.S. says it will provide food aid. The agreement should set the stage for a new round of nuclear disarmament talks. But analysts caution this is a small first step.<p>U.S. State Department officials returned from three days of talks in Beijing with a deal meant to improve the atmosphere for a resumption of so-called six-party nuclear disarmament talks. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 22:07:00 +0000 Michele Kelemen 2223 at http://nhpr.org N. Korea To Halt Nuclear Tests; U.S. To Provide Aid Friday is for Memes: The North Korean Hearse http://nhpr.org/post/friday-memes-north-korean-hearse <p>Kim Jong Il&#39;s funeral was probably not intended to give birth to any memes, but when <a href="http://c2.dmlimg.com/abeafefb1775bcdec36d9c59ed895122ae2043adf3c9a0a35fd732ca2bb0220f.jpg" target="_blank">the hearse in the military procession featured a giant picture frame</a>, the Photoshoppers&#39; eyes got wide and the ideas started to flow.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 18:35:04 +0000 Brady Carlson 1155 at http://nhpr.org Friday is for Memes: The North Korean Hearse Kim Jong Il Didn't Just Look at Things, Says the Web http://nhpr.org/post/kim-jong-il-didnt-just-look-things-says-web <p>The famous Tumblog <a href="http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Kim Jong-Il Looking At Things</a> has already updated its &quot;about&quot; section to read in the past tense - it now says &quot;the dear leader <em>liked </em>to look at things.&quot; Now the remixers have found a whole new side of the North Korean leader - as a DJ. Check out <a href="http://kimjongildroppingthebass.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">Kim Jong-Il Dropping the Bass</a> to see him in action.</p><p>[via <a href="http://twitter.com/cifanic" target="_blank">Cifanic</a>]</p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:14:03 +0000 Brady Carlson 1024 at http://nhpr.org Kim Jong Il Didn't Just Look at Things, Says the Web Why They Love Their Oppressive Leaders http://nhpr.org/post/why-they-love-their-oppressive-leaders <p>A surprising inside look at why propaganda works in North Korea.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 17:23:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1004 at http://nhpr.org Why They Love Their Oppressive Leaders