Posts Tagged ‘Kim Jong-un’

North Korea, and the autonomy of violence

by Andy Newman.

I am extremely concerned by the events in North Korea, and the recent execution of Jang Song-thaek. I have written before about the brutally appalling and yet comic opera absurdity of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), here, here, here,and here. It is worth reflecting upon how, once unleashed in any given society, the entry […]

Kim Jong-un and the purge

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

After decades of loyal service to the Kim dynasty, “despicable human scum … who was worse than a dog” was probably not the epitaph Chang Song-thaek hoped for. But the very public and very final defenestration of the “traitor for all ages” says a couple of things I think professional Kimologists and the BBC are missing. The […]

North Korea and the drums of war

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

There are two sides to every crisis, and the dangerous situation developing on the Korean Peninsula is no different. Unfortunately, the commentary coming out of the BBC sets the tone for the British press. It’s the idea that the collective senility that grips the North Korean regime (and what we all like to have a laugh about, […]

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