Stories about North Korea from November, 2011
North Korean Economy Watch blog consolidated current reports on severe deforestation in North Korea. According to one risk analysis firm, North Korea had the third highest deforestation rate among 180 countries surveyed and the UN estimates that North Korea had lost almost one-third of its entire forest mass.
The North Korea Tech wrote about a surge of new sign-ups for Koryolink, North Korea’s nationwide 3G cellular network. It is believed 809,000 North Koreans have subscribed to Koryolink whose 75 percent of stake is owned by the Egyptian company, Orascom Telecom.
North Korea, one of the world's most reclusive states, opens its door a tiny crack for tourists to earn hard currency. But tourists are forbidden from bringing cellphone, sending an email and talking to ordinary North Koreans. A travel blogger from the Tripified.ca left sarcastic comments on North Korea's tourism...
Italian clothing giant Benetton is getting heat for its ad images of world leaders locking lips with their rivals or enemies, such as an image of President Obama kissing his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. Robert from the Marmot's Hole blog commented on a photo-shopped image of South Korean President smooching...
Joo Sung-ha is a North Korean defector-turned-journalist who also blogs. This post is his critique of numerous news reports suggesting Kim Jong-il, North Korean dictator was scared to hear of his fellow dictator, and rumoured friend, Gaddafi's fall.
China is surrounded by 85% of the political hotspots in the world, argues one prominent professor, and needs to be free to deal with those and other geopolitical problems it faces, beginning with access to the seas it borders.
South Korean humanitarian aid group, Good Friends released the English translation of their news letter. It gives inside look into the North Korean food crisis and how impoverished North Korean will cope with the harsh winter season.
Martyn Williams of the North Korea Tech blog wrote about the Nautilus Institute's new report on North Korea. According to the report, North Korea's mobile communications industry has grown so rapidly and widely that even the regime can no longer has absolute control over it.
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Police report revealed people caught for publishing pro-North Korean photos and postings were elementary and middle school students eager to increase traffic to their websites, ‘Korea and the World’ wrote a commentary on the issue.
Infographic List posted an infographic about North Korea, especially focusing the country's obsession with military power.