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Adam Smith, Meet Kim Jong-Il

North Korea: leader in entrepreneurship! It sounds an unlikely tale that this closed, Stalinist, xenophobic, military-dominated nation should harbor some of the world's most entrepreneurial people.... Read More...
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Cold War Cuisine’s Incongruous Outpost

  Can a solid North Korean restaurant, formerly within sprinting distance of the communist country's embassy in Beijing, make it in the bright lights and skyscrapers of the city's flash... Read More...
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North Korea in the Slow Lane

Since 2004, Pyongyang has started to boast billboards — not pictures of the smiling Dear Leader or Great Leader exhorting increases in production, but actual advertisements for actual products — an actual single product, rather.  Scatt... Read More...
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Possible Power Change After Kim’s Stroke

Although South Korea's intelligence report that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is recovering from a stroke may have allayed imminent regional security fears, South Korea, Japan, China and the US r... Read More...
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Kim Jong Il Comes Sort of Clean on His Nukes

North Korean ambassador Choe Jin Su is not exactly a star on Beijing’s diplomatic cocktail circuits, but on June 26, a day after the Korean War anniversary which his country still insists was started by the United States and South Korea... Read More...
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North Korea’s Grim New Famine

North Korea’s perennial food shortage is expected to turn acute again this year as global grain prices soar and more countries compete for limited aid resources. The seemingly never-ending provision of food relief to the Kim Jong Il re... Read More...