Book review: “Long Road Home”

The number of defectors from North Korea increased significantly in the past decade. In South Korea in 2017 about 29,000 North Korean refugees are said to have settled, and many more are thought to be hiding in the border region between China and North Korea. Their stories are most valuable for understanding the totalitarian regime in the North and publicizing unthinkable human rights abuses in the infamous gulags in which about 200,000–300,000 prisoners are believed to be forced to work under inhumane conditions. This book tells us the story of Kim Yong, a former military official who escaped abroad.

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Book review: “North Korean Defectors in a New and Competitive Society”

The number of defectors from North Korea increased significantly in the past decade. In South Korea as of 2017 about 29,000 North Korean refugees are said to have settled down, and many more are thought to be hiding in the border region between China and North Korea. Their stories are most valuable for understanding the totalitarian regime in the North and publicizing unthinkable human rights abuses in the infamous gulags in which about 200,000-300,000 prisoners are believed to be forced to work under inhumane conditions. The book is only dedicated to a minor extent to the stories of these defectors. The publication is much more focused on what is happening when defectors settle in South Korea or other countries. The author is Lee Ahlam, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Resource Development at Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Book review: “Unveiling the North Korean economy”

The author is Kim Byung-yeon, a professor of economics at the Department of Economics at Seoul National University. He’s a recognized distinguished researcher in Humanities and social sciences by the National Research Foundation of the Republic of Korea. He’s a regular columnist o Korean issues in leading South Korean newspapers.

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The Current role of the North Korean army in the Economy of North Korea

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Kim Jong Un Visits Tonghungsan Machine Plant under Ryongsong Machine Complex

Rodong Sinmun informed on the 2nd April that Kim Jong Un Visits Tonghungsan Machine Plant under Ryongsong Machine Complex.

Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, gave field guidance to the Tonghungsan Machine Plant under the Ryongsong Machine Complex. Continue reading “Kim Jong Un Visits Tonghungsan Machine Plant under Ryongsong Machine Complex”

Kim Jong Un Visits Sinhung Machine Plant

According to Yonhap News “North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not been seen inspecting military units for the past week and instead has been making field guidance tours of non-military sectors in an apparent move to resuscitate the country’s moribund economy and show he cares about the livelihoods of ordinary people.”

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Third Session of 13th SPA of DPRK Held: economic changes?

According to the North Korean Press Agency, “The Third Session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK took place at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Thursday.Present there were deputies to the SPA. Present there as observers were officials of the party, armed forces and power organs, social organizations, ministries and national institutions and those in the fields of science, education, literature and art, public health and media. The participants observed a moment’s silence in memory of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il, founder and builder and eternal leaders of the DPRK.

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