Insights

Wednesday 8th March, 2017
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North Korea is one of the few countries in the world where International Women’s Day is a national holiday – well, sort of....

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Thursday 21st January, 2016
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"I used to avoid encountering the leaflets as much as possible. But curiosity got the better of fear; people started snatching them and read them at home. Not too long after, words quickly spread that...

Friday 15th January, 2016
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Refugees’ testimonies show the deeper side of the grounds for their preference in red color. It is their strong will to be independent of the regime, and a hopeful expectation for the New Year....

Thursday 14th January, 2016
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Ahn says, “Military cadre show personal interest in female soldiers who are attractive in appearance, and commanding officers take advantage of the sex related corruption to maintain their units....

Wednesday 13th January, 2016
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There is a set legal limit for drunk driving, but it is not strictly enforced given the context that this ironic act of drinking before driving for survival has become the norm....

Tuesday 12th January, 2016
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Lower rank soldiers obligingly sleep in underwear as they are told stripping produces more body heat. They also warm up seniors’ bed with their naked body....

Monday 24th August, 2015
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For many KPA soldiers, being in a 'quasi-state of war' may actually be good news....

Monday 24th August, 2015
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A New Focus correspondent in North Korea reports on the internal northern situation regarding the most recent proclamation of war readiness.  ...

Monday 17th August, 2015
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DOTS medication popular among North Korean residents....

Sunday 16th August, 2015
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An explanation of various mass mobilization campaigns enforced by the government, which dominate the lives of North Koreans....

Wednesday 12th August, 2015
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The ration is one bar of laundry soap per squad....