North Korea’s elite do not begin to believe that “Kim Yo Jong can be powerful”; it is only the outside world that speculates it.
How do you distinguish between what North Korea says and what it intends and means and desires?
A system and a people are not one and the same; a cult and a nation are not one and the same.
Those among the North Korean elite behaving in ways more “factional” than Jang Song Thaek.
The North Korean political system makes it all but impossible for Choe to suddenly be the “second most powerful man”.
“Who is your boss? It is not, then, Kim Jong-un?”
Perhaps the North Korean state is in a bit of a fluster.
How the fuel economy works for ordinary North Koreans.
Presentation matters, utilitarian matters.
If state holidays are celebrations enforced by the state, the year-end party is one initiated by people.
What happens on Christmas Eve in North Korea?
Most of a sports delegation with different job titles, they are actually State Security agents.
How North Koreans serving the state and North Koreans fending for themselves co-exist in the border regions.
Most North Koreans don’t use the word “puberty.”