Posts Tagged ‘refugees’

The Prisoner: Questioning the Kenneth Bae Narrative

By | March 23, 2013

Adam Cathcart translates an article from the France-North Korea Friendship Association that sheds new light on the case of an American who has been held in the DPRK since November 3, 2012.

Googling North Korea: Weighing Notions of Technocratic Boost

By | January 08, 2013

Google could do a great deal for how the DPRK manages its economic system, writes Roger Cavazos, but both sides will tread carefully around the hallucinations.

The DPRK Endures International Heat and a Cold November: Human Rights Issues in Sino-NK Dossier #3

By | May 17, 2012

In March 2012, Chinese media appeared to conclusively break the dam when it comes to open acknowledgement of the problem of North Korean refugees in China. Brian Gleason previews and contextualizes tensions which emerged on the refugee issue last fall.

Patterns of Absence in Sino-North Korean Mutual Media Coverage (1)

By | March 27, 2012

Patterns of Absence in Sino-North Korean Mutual Media Coverage by Adam Cathcart In their essay “Tea Leaves and Turtle Shells,”  a group of analysts associated with Johns Hopkins University described prospective guidelines for DPRK media analysis. How, though, do we approach North Korean media about China, and vice versa? Back in the old days (that […]

Nothing Flying But a Satellite: Weekly Digest

By | March 23, 2012

No sooner had the “first step” been taken towards substantive nuclear talks (and implicitly towards re-starting the stalled Six Party Talks), than North Korea seems to have lost its footing and slipped up, putting in jeopardy the February 29th “Leap Day” agreement, including 240,000 metric tons of aid, by announcing its intention to launch a […]

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop – Recent Activity on the Sino-DPRK Frontier (Part 3)

By | March 21, 2012

When the debate about North Korea shifts to outer space, it becomes suddenly easy to overlook the ongoing actions and interactions along the long frontier adjoining China and North Korea.  Jende Huang’s post indicates that, in spite of China’s evident discomfort with North Korea’s recent diplomatic maneuvers, the PRC has in no way relaxed its […]

Before Unhasu Encores, a Memoir

By | March 10, 2012

by Adam Cathcart Apart from Escape from Camp 14, this spring’s “must-read” refugee memoir is by Eunsun Kim, 26, whose book,« Corée du Nord, 9 ans pour fuir l’enfer », a collaboration with Le Figaro‘s Sebastian Faletti, just came out in French.  (The title translates as “North Korea: 9 Years to Escape from Hell / 逃离地狱–朝鲜9年.”)  Unlike […]

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop—Recent Activity on the Sino-DPRK Border (Part 2)

By | February 21, 2012

Does the North Korean National Security Agency roam the Manchurian frontier to retrieve defectors? Chinese and Korean troops and security personnel crisscrossed the Sino-Korean border with great ease during the Chinese Civil War and the Korean War, but the pretext then was much more extreme: armies of threatening enemy soldiers existed, not handfuls of refugees.   […]