Archive for July, 2012:

The Fall of a Man: The Rise of a Marshal

By | July 30, 2012

Nick Miller touches on Ri Yong-ho’s “illness” and looks at a rash of “car accidents” in and around Pyongyang.

Scapegoats, Boiled Dogs, and the Laos Visit: Nicolas Levi on Ri Yong Ho

By | July 29, 2012

Dr. Nicolas Levi looks back at purged General Ri Yong-ho’s May 2012 voyage to Laos and its implications.

Modern, Feminine and Bright: Kim Jong-un’s First Lady

By | July 28, 2012

Kim Jong-un’s current persona is being grounded by two female figures: now we see Jong-un is not only a son of a noble Comrade (Go Young-hee), but the husband of one as well. Analysis by Darcie Draudt.

To Never Forget, One Must First Know. Book Review: Escape from Camp 14

By | July 28, 2012

Leading figures in North Korea may catch a headline every so often, but what about everyone else? What about the people? A review by Steven Denney.

“A North Korean Woman Must Be Crazy To Take Up Smoking”: The Gendering of Smoking in North Korea

By | July 26, 2012

The state says that North Korean women do not smoke because they are supposed to be pure, clean, and untainted – like the nation itself. Ben Young finds something quite different to be true.

Beware the North Korean Rumor Mill: Chris Green on Sourcing and Quality of Borderlands Information

By | July 25, 2012

DailyNK’s International Editor breaks down the quality of information derived from Chosun Workers’ Party cadres, Chinese-Korean traders, and rumors in markets in North Korean markets.

SinoNK Dukes of Hazzard Edition: Chasing the General Ri

By | July 19, 2012

SinoNK Dukes of Hazzard Edition: Chasing the General Ri by Adam Cathcart While our team of analysts at SinoNK has – as yet— been unable to capture any exclusive interviews about the departure of General Ri Yong-ho from Pyongyang’s strewn stages, we have surely been reading the Chinese press for clues and new analytical threads. […]

The Beijing Party Secretary and the Crowd: Incident at Mount Paektu

By | July 19, 2012

On July 15, Liu Qi [刘奇], the CCP Party Secretary of Beijing, made an imperial progress to Mount Paektu/Changbaishan, resulting in the closing of the mountain to thousands of Chinese and South Korean tourists. The story is told in Chinese Weibo-style (handful of pics and some salty captions) here.  In a nutshell, Liu Qi’s motorcade […]