Thursday, October 9, 2014

BBC World Service Korean: Still A Golden Opportunity

In recent months, I have noticed a welcome revival of efforts to get the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support a Korean version of the BBC World Service to target North Korea. In support of the fantastic work being done on this, I've decided to make available the report I wrote on the subject for the BBC back in 2012.

Some of the details are a bit outdated now, and a second report has since been published by the dynamic folks over at EAHRNK, but it remains relevant, and the call to act is as loud as ever.

Read the report here.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Long March to a Brave New World

As regular visitors to Destination Pyongyang will surely have noticed, I have adopted an extremely light posting schedule. The truth is that something had to give: international team for Daily NK, co-editor of Sino-NK, regular contributor to multiple publications, occasional appearances in the international media, and a PhD at Cambridge University.

That being said, when I publish something elsewhere I'll try to post it here as well, and the Twitter feed @Dest_Pyongyang will remain as lively as ever!

Best regards,


Monday, February 11, 2013

Taking the Post Out of Post-Totalitarian

You will not find a defector from any level of the North Korean regime who thinks Kim Jong-il's ruling style was less totalitarian than that of Kim Il-sung. In fact, the majority of those who run away from the upper echelons of the Pyongyang elite think Kim was more so. Here's why.

Friday, January 25, 2013

22-14=?... The Mystery of the "New Camp"

There's far too much groundless speculation about North Korea going on in the world today, even more than we had all become accustomed to. So let me say one thing about this link: satellite photos do not confirmation make, and I am reserving judgement.

However! One thing is for sure: a "completely controlled zone" such as Camp 22 is what British people subjected to the rule of Prime Minister David Cameron might recognize as a "Ronseal deal"... in other words, it does exactly what it says on the tin. That does not include freedom, and they must therefore have gone somewhere.