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Kim Jong-un’s Image Shift: From Nuclear Madman to Skillful Leader

SEOUL, South Korea — He ordered his uncle executed and half brother assassinated. He spent millions developing and testing a hydrogen bomb and intercontinental ballistic missiles as his people suffered severe food shortages. He exchanged threats of nuclear annihilation with … Continue reading

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I Grew Up Around Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had.

By Euny Hong I admit it: I use Korean snail slime face serum. It’s purported to contain anti-aging properties. I have no opinion as to whether snails are particularly young-looking, but my experience is that their excretions do work on … Continue reading

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Choigate: A Conservative-Christian Witch Hunt?

With so many rumours flying around about this extraordinary situation, let me throw one into the mix: Is the current situation driven by old-guard conservatives, right-wing Christians, the ChoJoongDong, and the anti-Park branch of Saenuri? Some background which prompted this … Continue reading

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I need you. I want you. I seoul you

I.SEOUL.U: KONGLISH GOES GLOBAL AND THE CASE FOR THIS SLOGAN I need you. I want you. I seoul you…. Yep, this here is the new branded slogan to be used locally and also globally in Seoul’s promotional efforts – tourism … Continue reading

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So, what was that inter-Korean crisis about? And who won? Laydeez and gennlemen! I hereby claim the prize for the Article Most Instantly Overtaken By Events. Any other bidders? There may well be. On Planet Pundit, this goes with the territory. On Monday August 24, with North and South … Continue reading

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North Korea, darkness risible: The ironies of Sonygate

‘Interview’ hacking scandal has all the makings of a Hollywood flick, except the villain may be innocent As a movie plot it would be gripping, if far-fetched. A rising young comic, who happens to be Canadian, makes a film … Continue reading

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Korea Execution Is Tied to Clash Over Businesses

By CHOE SANG-HUN and DAVID E. SANGER Published: December 23, 2013 SEOUL, South Korea — The execution of the uncle of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader, had its roots in a firefight between forces loyal to Mr. Kim and those … Continue reading

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Kim’s uncle Jang Song Thaek purged and killed Kim Il Sung, North Korea’s first leader, reportedly took such exception to the boyfriend of his daughter Kyung Hui that he had him expelled from university and despatched to the distant city of Wonsan. Undaunted, Jang Song Thaek eventually … Continue reading

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Fun on the dark side AIDAN FOSTER-CARTER Victor Cha THE IMPOSSIBLE STATE North Korea, past and future 530pp. Bodley Head. £25. 978 1 84792 235 9 John Everard ONLY BEAUTIFUL, PLEASE A British diplomat in North Korea 260pp. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Paperback, £12.99 … Continue reading

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South Korean host bars – for women South Korea’s rapid economic development has meant some startling changes within its conservative social structure, including the rise of so-called host bars, where wealthy women pay the equivalent of thousands of dollars for male company. In the dim light … Continue reading

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