The private fishing boats in Chongjin

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Park Chul-hyun, a North Korean fisherman who left Chongjin in June 2014, offers a glimpse of the current waters in Chongjin and the state of fisheries in North Korea.

Letters to North Korean soldiers: condolences, sympathies, cigarettes

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One merit of being a soldier in North Korea is receiving letters of condolence from young students — but these letters are not necessarily popular for the emotions they are supposed to invoke.

Recorders against the regime

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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.

Interview: Shin Dong-hyuk, human rights advocate

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“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.”