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‘The Lovers and the Despot’ Film Review: The Curious Case of Kim Jong Il’s Stolen Filmmakers

Not even North Korea’s late supreme leader was immune to Hollywood’s charms. (Pictured, Choi Eun Hee, left, and Shin Sang Ok.)

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


Square, Category Page

North Korea Pet

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 ENLARGE

Putin’s Fear

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 ENLARGE

Trump and Kim Jong Un

Posted on May 20, 2016 ENLARGE

Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1 Percent From Panama Leak

The massive release of documents is a wonderful thing, but do not expect a genuine exposé of capitalism. The dirty secrets of some corporations will remain unpublished.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: North Korea Sentences U.S. College Student to 15 Years’ Hard Labor

Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old economics student at the University of Virginia, was found guilty of committing “severe crimes” against the state for allegedly attempting to steal a political banner from a hotel in Pyongyang.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE

Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton

The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

North Korea

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 ENLARGE

Escalating a Cold War, U.S. Flies B-52 Bomber Over South Korea

American forces made the gesture amid increasing tensions after North Korea’s widely disputed claim that it conducted a hydrogen bomb test last week.

Posted on Jan 11, 2016 READ MORE

Darth Kim

Posted on Jan 10, 2016 ENLARGE

Midcentury U.S. Germ Warfare ‘Cover-Up’ Underscores Official Duplicitousness

In the face of ongoing public ignorance of research that appears to show that the U.S. military dropped fleas with bubonic plague on North Korea and China six decades ago, author and journalist David Swanson sees an urgent need to oppose U.S. militarism.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

North Korea Setting Clocks Back 30 Minutes to Create New Time Zone

In a bizarre move that North Korean state media call a break from “imperialism,” the nation is switching to a new time zone to mark Korea’s liberation from the Japanese at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nuclear Deal May Be About to Happen

After more than a fortnight of intense negotiations in Vienna, representatives from the P5+1 multinational coalition who have been meeting with officials from Tehran to try to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program seemed close to reaching a conclusion Sunday.

Posted on Jul 12, 2015 READ MORE

South Korean Parents Will Be Required to Have Government-Approved Spyware on Teens’ Smartphones

It appears that South Korea is playing Orwellian catch-up with its security-obsessed northern neighbor.

Posted on May 19, 2015 READ MORE

Death Sentence for Morsi: Egypt’s Junta Takes Another Step Toward Being North Korea

That the only freely elected president Egypt has ever known has been sentenced to death is only to be expected from the current military junta, which made a coup in July 2013, and declared the former ruling party, the Muslim Brotherhood, to be a terrorist organization indistinguishable from al-Qaida.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Media Dangerously Regurgitated Government Claims About North Korea and Sony

By reflexively and uncritically repeating the Obama administration’s unsubstantiated claim that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures, the U.S. establishment press once again revealed itself to be a mouthpiece for—rather than a check on—power, and thus a danger to public security, Glenn Greenwald writes at The Intercept.

Posted on Jan 2, 2015 READ MORE

Hollywood Hacks

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 ENLARGE


Posted on Dec 30, 2014 ENLARGE

Thanks, Kim Jong Un

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 ENLARGE

Why Kim Jong Un Was Really Afraid of ‘The Interview’

There has been a lot of blaming the victim in the commentary on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s controversial film “The Interview.”

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE

Dear Leader 2

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 ENLARGE


Posted on Dec 23, 2014 ENLARGE    

Is the NSA Responsible for North Korea’s Hack of Sony Pictures?

In all the discussions of what is alleged to be North Korea’s horrible cybervandalism against Sony Pictures, I haven’t seen anyone bring up a key issue: The National Security Agency has been for two decades a powerful behind-the-scenes lobby for weak Internet encryption and privacy protocols.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE


Who Is to Blame for North Korea’s Internet Collapse?

Wait—North Korea has the Internet?

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE

Sony Pictures

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 ENLARGE


Posted on Dec 21, 2014 ENLARGE

Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow

Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE

The Interview

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 ENLARGE

Sony Pictures

Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ as U.S. Unofficially Blames North Korea

Seth Rogen’s comedy about the fictional assassination of real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will not get its day in court, or theaters, as it were.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

Jerome Kundrotas /

The Price of ‘The Interview’

It seems there is something to offend everyone in the upcoming Hollywood comedy “The Interview.” At this point, I’m guessing, most wounded of all may be the Sony Pictures executives who greenlighted the film.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE

Is North Korea Behind Hack Attack on Sony?

As top brass at Sony Pictures Entertainment scramble to contain the considerable fallout from last month’s cyberattack by a hacking collective calling itself Guardians of Peace, investigators still haven’t pinpointed the geographical source of the online onslaught. 

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE

Send Your Kid to North Korean Summer Camp

On July 29, North Korea reopened what “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon described as “the first camp in history where kids tell ghost stories to feel safer.”

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity From Defying UNSC

The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE

John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

Meet Kim Jong Il’s Personal Poet Laureate

As spin-doctoring goes, Jang Jin Sung had one of the world’s hardest jobs.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Arrives in Japan for Tension-Filled Asia Trip

President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday to launch a tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” U.S. foreign policy toward a dynamic Asia.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE

Best Bad Actor

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 ENLARGE

Kim Award

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 ENLARGE

U.N. Condemns North Korean Torture Chambers, Prison Camps

U.N. investigators Monday released a catalog of massive human rights violations in North Korea that they say amount to crimes against humanity deserving attention by the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE

The Kim Jong Un Family Reunion

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 ENLARGE

North Korean Dictator Reportedly Kills More of His Family

All blood relatives of the uncle whom North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed a month ago were ordered killed by the young megalomaniacal dictator, the South Korean Yonhap News Agency has reported.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE

Rodman Assist

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 ENLARGE

Happy Birthday Kim Jong Un

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 ENLARGE

Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE

Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Posted on Jan 9, 2014 ENLARGE

The New York Times Website Ads Go Native

The famous newspaper’s getting an online makeover, complete with new advertisements; the U.S. military has tested a laser that could change war as we know it; meanwhile, whether Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to dogs has come into question. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 ENLARGE

Look Into a North Korean Penal Camp

The harrowing story of Shin Dong-hyuk, born in a North Korean punishment camp where he endured violence and brutality until he escaped at age 23, is told in a new documentary.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN

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