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Recorders against the regime

The petty tales of romance and drama carried by the “recorders” are opening up a new world for the people inside North Korea, little by little.

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The Anachronism of “5-jang 6-gi”

5-jang 6-gi refers to that ideal dowry package — or just another reminder of the scarcity of goods and the dire state of the North Korean economy.

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The loneliest person in North Korea

MPS surveillance police feel estranged from the ordinary populace as a result of fulfilling their duties to the totalitarian state.

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Interviews

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Interview: Shin Dong-hyuk, human rights advocate

“In South Korea, when I call myself a North Korean human rights advocate, many people label me as “a conservative” or “a reactionary idiot.” I say, pointing out human rights issues and fighting to improve them is not a “conservative” thing to do. It is not “conservative” to oppose the totalitarian regime and the imprisonment camps.”