Stories about North Korea from July, 2011
Robert Neff of Marmot's Hole blog wrote about the International Crisis Group's report about North Korean defectors living in South Korea (PDF). The report covers practical problems defectors face in education and health care and discrimination issues.
Hanguk Story wrote about North Korean newspaper's strict proof-reading system and the government's harsh punishment for those who made errors. When made a mistake regarding a story about its leader, Kim Jong-il, one would be sent to a labor camp.
North Korea expressed that it would like to share some Olympic events with South Korea. Local news reports predicted that co-hosting with North is unlikely for political and logistical reasons. Kushibo from Monster Island blog explored the prospect of co-hosting 2018 Winter Olympic Games South Korean city of Pyeongchang won...
Blogger Hankok Story summarized characteristics of North Korean newspaper. The most extraordinary thing about newspapers in North is that they don't have to worry about going out of business, since newspapers are distributed to pre-selected people loyal to ruling party. They can shut down only when the party orders closing.
U.S. computer security firm McAfee said that North Korea or parties closely related to the country were behind the cyber attacks on March 2011 which disrupted several major South Korean websites, wrote Martyn Williams from the North Korea Tech blog.
On July 4, the European Commission pledged USD 14.5 million in emergency food aid to help impoverished North Koreans. The Opening Up North Korea blog posted an analysis on the timeless dilemma in aiding North Korea.
The Japan Probe site made a commentary on Asahi TV's recent report on North Korea. An Asahi TV reporter filmed mobile devices and comfortable lives enjoyed by North Korea’s small elite group and luxuries offered to foreign tourists.