Previous “North Korea” posts

Oh, Honey, No 

Out of the frying pan, into the fire

Do you know what’s so, so much worse than facing military discipline in America?

…U.S. soldier, Private 2nd Class Travis King…was reportedly being escorted back to the United States from South Korea for disciplinary reasons. After going through airport security, King allegedly returned and managed to join a border tour group before crossing into North Korea willingly, officials told CBS.

If you guessed “fleeing to an totalitarian state that views the US as its mortal enemy”, you are correct.

Inside North Korea 

Photographer Fabian Muir has visited North Korea five separate times, and he’s brought back photos that are much more revealing than usual.

Artist Statement

This is a selection of the many images I collected over my two years in the DPRK. Working within the constraints placed upon visitors there, the series seeks to offer a fair, honest and intimate portrayal of the country and its people.

See Muir’s site for much more.

One Score and Eight Websites 

I initially missed this while traveling, but given my love for the bizarre world that is North Korea, it’s well worth posting now. It appears that thanks to a server configuration error, we now know that North Korea has just 28 websites.

Knockoff North Koreans 

Speaking of bizarre stories out of China, the country is apparently now producing knockoff North Koreans. These fake defectors are then able to gain asylum, and benefits, in Europe.

Real Or Fake? (October 7th, 2015 Edition)

It’s been over three years since our last edition of “Real or Fake?”, but we’re finally back! Remember, this is the game where you try to determine if a news item is, well, real or fake.

Read the headline, then make your guess. When you click “Answer”, the truth shall be revealed.

Is it Real or Fake?

1. U.S. Senate Candidate Admits to Sacrificing Goat, Drinking Its Blood (Answer)

2. California To Allow Prisoners To Serve Sentences Online (Answer)

3. North Korea Envoy Tells UN Rights Forum “Mind Your Own Business” (Answer)

4. Radioactive Boars On The Loose In Germany (Answer)

5. CNN Anchor Interviews Al Jazeera Anchor Who Interviewed Libyan Rebels (Answer)

That’s it for today, but if you’ve got your own submission, send it over for the next edition!

The Wink Makes It 

Something is amiss in a recent image out of North Korea, and it’s more than just the fact that Kim Jong-un is smoking in a nursery. In the background over his shoulder, a bit more is going on.

Animals in Action
This is too perfect, right?

It’s hard to believe this is real, and yet one simply must hold out hope that it is.

And North Korea Knows From Human Rights Abuses 

In keeping with embargoes setup by the West, Switzerland has refused to sell ski lifts to North Korea. North Korea, ever playing the role of tantrum-throwing five year old, has decried this as a “serious human rights abuse”.

A Solid for Rodman 

American citizen Kenneth Bae was recently sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in North Korea, for “crimes aimed to topple the DPRK”. The nature of those crimes is not known, but it’s likely that Bae is being used to get America’s attention. Now, the big guns have been called in:

I'm calling on the Supreme Leader of North Korea or as I call him 'Kim', to do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.

Yes, in a story which clearly should have been in The Onion, Dennis Rodman has entered the fray. Hopefully he’ll be as successful as Bill Clinton.

Simpsons Did It 

If you can make it up, sooner or later, North Korea is going to do it. This time around, they’ve given some of their country’s highest honors to an inanimate object. 1

In Rod We Trust
Previously, on “The Simpsons”


  1. Because this site seems likely to disappear, or at least not have useful archives, here’s a screen grab of the full article. ↩︎

Problem: Crying Lacked Sincerity 

If you were curious why North Koreans were wailing and gnashing their teeth during the funeral for deceased dictator Kim Jong-Il, here’s your answer.