Some will object to the idea of using food as a weapon. But let’s be blunt: food is already a weapon. The North Koreans have been using it against us for decades, and we have responded with gradual fatigue that serves no long term goal. Better to turn the tables and take the initiative to bring about change, and give the human beings that have had the unfortunate luck to be born under Pyongyang’s rule a chance at a better future. … [Read more...] about Should the world fund food aid to North Korea?
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Two decades after he first tuned in, Lee is at the other end of the broadcasts, living in Seoul and working as director of Free North Korea Radio. It is one of several media organisations run on a shoestring by defectors, sympathetic South Koreans and other volunteers who transmit news into the North and extract information from the secretive country – with websites such as the DailyNK winkling out details that foreign media, such as the BBC's controversial Panorama programme, struggle to obtain. … [Read more...] about North Koreans tune in for a glimpse of the outside world
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The chief of Iran's elite Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in a rare reaction to such attacks on Saudi Arabia, praised the Houthis for their resistance in a Twitter post that included the hashtag Aramco. … [Read more...] about ‘Iran-backed’ drone strikes in Saudi Arabia cause huge fires at oil facilities
While Kim Jong-il was groomed for well over a decade prior to his succession, Kim Jong-un's elevation has been far more abrupt and many wonder how the communist dynasty founded by his grandfather Kim Il-sung will fare. The aura surrounding the country's founder has never been matched and has been so crucial to the regime that he remains "eternal president" 17 years after his death. … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-un hailed as Kim Jong-il’s successor by North Korean media