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C. Flower
26-12-2011, 05:40 PM
We have a number of threads on Korea. I find that I'm spending time searching back for linked information and reports.

To make life easier, I'm starting this thread as a "links dump" :D for any useful sources on Korea, N or S.


To start it off one from Count Bobulescu, by a CIA guy who was in N. Korea in the 90s, on why the US allegedly knows very little about what is happening in North Korea.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/world/july-dec11/nkorea2_12-20.html

C. Flower
26-12-2011, 05:46 PM
Some links to useful posts/threads here -

Useful post on the "succession" from anti-e who has an interest in N. Korea.

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=4351&highlight=North+Korea

We have a good forum on Korea and a number of people here who know about its history. I strongly recommend going behind the RTE clichés and reading about this incredible country that has been invaded over and over again and partitioned, and has undergone terrible famine.

A fair bit in common with our own history, in fact.

On the nuclear aspects -

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=2056&highlight=North+Korea

current war tensions between S. and N. Korea and others - but also v. interesting history of Korea.

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=550&highlight=North+Korea

military parades in N. Korea

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=4815&highlight=North+Korea

the succession from Kim

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=4526&highlight=North+Korea

day to day life in Korea

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=3991&highlight=North+Korea

Soccer in North Korea

http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=3430&highlight=North+Korea

TotalMayhem
26-12-2011, 05:48 PM
North Koreas’ Largest Concentration Camps (http://freekorea.us/camps)

antiestablishmentarian
26-12-2011, 05:56 PM
http://www.dailynk.com/english/ (good source for news)

http://freekorea.us/ (good link for commentary, google earth and other resources)

http://www.nkeconwatch.com/ (source for economic commentary and analysis, also for google earth uncoverings of North Korean facilities)

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:7EjOY9n2VGUJ:www.strategicstudiesinstitute .army.mil/pdffiles/pub771.pdf+north+korean+military+capability&hl=en&gl=au&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESidk8U0eDkSmFDe5LSwNmnctRoPGlbyx5kOaHuc 5xFED6oDfdb1o0bd11Zy1GvfvjJoTVBzINSg47jhqKQU57GGqg DJXEiYNlFbTlYetWO_v6Rbd285MTMiviUN59m8k_m3-OWD&sig=AHIEtbQOMRXf7P3axun5Bc7-0r9AGlnFzQ (Interesting PDF on North Korea's military)

Count Bobulescu
26-12-2011, 06:31 PM
Weep Not for Kim Jong-il

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/12/23/weep_not_for_kim_jong_il


And in that, Kim Jong Il was a big, fat success. Consider his decision not to emulate Chinese reforms, which brought a disastrous famine in the mid-1990s. The famine killed between 500,000 and 1 million Koreans, but the regime held on to power. Kim Jong Il and his inner circle understood perfectly well that given North Korea's backwardness,Chinese-style reforms would be tantamount to political suicide.

The major problem was and remains the existence of a rival state -- filthy rich and free South Korea, whose population speaks the same language and is considered a part of the same nation. The average North Korean was not aware about this prosperity until recently, but the elite had no illusions: South Korea -- or, rather, its unprecedented economic success -- constituted a mortal threat to the existence of North Korean regime and survival of its ruling family.

It is clearly a remarkable achievement that for the last 15 years, North Korea has managed to receive annually 800,000 tons of food free of charge, from foreign donor countries. It is even more remarkable that most of this aid has come from the United States, South Korea and Japan -- countries that are officially described by the North Korean media as mortal enemies of Pyongyang
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Hennessy responds to the loss of its best customer.

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/12/23/hennessy_responds_to_the_loss_of_its_best_customer

TotalMayhem
26-12-2011, 06:37 PM
It is clearly a remarkable achievement that for the last 15 years, North Korea has managed to receive annually 800,000 tons of food free of charge, from foreign donor countries.

And someone here recently suggested we should throw in a few light-water reactors for good measure, to nudge them to abandoning their nuclear weapons. :D

(Was that you, anti?)

antiestablishmentarian
26-12-2011, 06:42 PM
And someone here recently suggested we should throw in a few light-water reactors for good measure, to nudge them to abandoning their nuclear weapons. :D

(Was that you, anti?)I did say that, because it was in the terms of the agreement thrashed out by Madeleine Albright and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang in 2000.

C. Flower
26-12-2011, 10:42 PM
Please would it be possible to keep this thread for links, with discussion elsewhere ?

The Kim il-Sung wiki page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Il-sung

Jolly Green Giant
05-10-2012, 10:40 PM
Rondong Sinmum, North Korea top daily paper is now available online in English since Jan 2012.

http://www.rodong.rep.kp/InterEn/

Some of the attempts at day to day journalism combined with literal english translations are almost as good as best of the Onion.