Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief; author Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters

amazon.com — A particularly nasty strain of racist propaganda has enabled North Korea's dictatorship to maintain power, according to this fascinating cultural survey. An American-born, South Korea-based instructor of North Korean literature, Myers (A Reader's Manifesto) combines his cultural and linguistic fluency with sharp analysis to throw light on one of the world's most closed-off cultures.

After Sony - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — With hackers threatening violence at movie theatres, Sony Pictures Entertainment this week canceled the release of "The Interview," a buddy comedy about journalists who assassinate the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The news inspired an eclectic coalition of the offended. Newt Gingrich declared, "With the Sony collapse, America has lost its first cyberwar."

Did North Korea Hack Sony?

newyorker.com — If a country is technically advanced enough to build a nuclear weapon, how hard would it be for it to hack a computer network? Speaking anonymously on Wednesday, U.S. officials said that they had determined with "ninety-nine-per-cent certainty" that North Korea was responsible for last month's cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which exposed a trove of private corporate data, including e-mail exchanges.

How “The Interview” Handled the Assassination of Kim Jong-Un

newyorker.com — There's no way to talk about "The Interview" without discussing in detail the dénouement and the ending. Those are the crucial parts of the film, the best parts of the film, and the ones that have reportedly aroused the most controversy within Sony, the film's producer and distributor.

Nothing Left - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — On February 23rd, a North Korean girl just shy of her seventeenth birthday walked across the frozen Tumen River into China, becoming at once a runaway and a refugee. Song-hee (as she asked to be called) is a small, moonfaced girl with a faint constellation of acne trailing across her broad forehead.

Why Did North Korea Release Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller?

newyorker.com — North Korea's government rarely does anything for free. Aid agencies working in the country are routinely asked to contribute expensive trucks and equipment. In 2005, the Pentagon suspended a search for the remains of U.S.

Where is Kim Jong-un?

newyorker.com — Kim Jong-un is a most elusive man. Until a year before he became North Korea's leader, in 2011, nobody knew his age or the correct spelling of his name, and no one had seen a photograph of him as an adult.

African nations pull out of Youth Olympics in Ebola controversy

latimes.com — Saying they were unhappy about being stigmatized over fears of Ebola, some African countries have withdrawn from a youth Olympics tournament set to begin Saturday in the Chinese city of Nanjing. Nigeria said it was in the process of sending home a delegation of 19 officials and teenage athletes who had arrived in China earlier this week.

Uighurs face new, intrusive limits on their religious life

seattletimes.com — Originally published Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 6:05 AM Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times KASHGAR, China - Forget privacy. Chinese authorities here want to know what you eat and when you eat it, how you style your hair, how you dress and what songs are on your iPad or smartphone.

What happened one deadly July night in China: an ambush or a massacre?

thestar.com — BEIJING-What happened in the dead of night on a desolate road near a desert oasis in northwestern China is so shrouded in mystery that it would seem that nearly everybody who witnessed it took an oath of silence -or is dead.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @djrothkopf: Sony CEO says "we have not caved." Kim Jong Un responds, "I am not a dictator."

Dec 18, 2014

Hollywood wimps out. I guess this kills my chance of a movie deal for "Nothing to Envy." pic.twitter.com/VAocUfWIwV

Dec 18, 2014

Did North Korea Hack Sony? The story might be muddier than meets the eye. newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

Dec 18, 2014

Thousands of Local Internet Propaganda Emails Leaked - China Digital Times (CDT): chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/12/thousa…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Stone_SkyNews: School Boy Tells Chinese President To 'Lose Weight'... and it's censored! news.sky.com/story/1393963/…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @facklernyt: Maybe Sony will release #TheInterviewMovie with alternate ending in which Dennis Rodman comes to rescue his buddy Kim Jong-un from CIA plot?

Dec 17, 2014

The Interview and Its Challenge to North Korea’s Leadership by @snydersas on.cfr.org/1J2Hhuf

Dec 17, 2014

North Korean ‘forced labour’ helps to build Qatar’s ambitious future gu.com/p/4342t/stw

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