The Life and Times of North Korea: Nuclear Crisis

“They must be made to believe that we are about to collapse, that they will inherit more maggots than they can count, more bodies than they can bury, more disease than they can cure, more chaos than they can stomach. They are convinced that we are weak, on our last legs, about to collapse? Let…

The Life and Times of North Korea

When Joseph Stalin died, so did his sin. They called this “De-Stalinization” When Kim Il-sung died on July 8th, 1994, there was no De-Kimization.

There was just another Kim.

The Life and Times of North Korea: Sino-Soviet Split

You’re Both Wrong, Now Give Me Your Money North Korea was never good at making friends, but he had a lot of comrades by default. The Golden Rule of Communism stated that every communist be friends with every other communist (which was funny because many communists hated each other). But when it came to people…

The Life and Times of North Korea: Drug Money

Narcotics and the Nile North Korea didn’t have a drug problem. He had drugs, but they weren’t the problem. A stagnant economy was. Drugs were merely the solution. Well, they were a sort of solution. Hash couldn’t solve the flaws of his rigid and closed-off socialist system, but it helped. So for the first time,…

The Life and Times of North Korea: Korean War

Happiness is a Warm War Some might say that war on the Korean peninsula was inevitable. The formula was perfect; you had two superpowers who would do anything and everything short of unleashing a nuclear apocalypse in order to outdo each other, two politically opposed countries with only a little line of latitude between them,…

The Life and Times of North Korea

Mommy and Daddy With the stroke of a pen, the United States and the Soviet Union carved the Korean peninsula in half. The Korean Empire was no more. But the spirit of Korea lived on, however, in two separate states that emerged from the war. South Korea was a budding anti-Communist democracy, North Korea was passionately Stalinist, and…

The Life and Times of North Korea

“You’re going to know pain,” she told him. “I do know it.” “No,” she said sharply. “You have memories of what pain feels like—pain that wasn’t yours. You don’t know it personally. You will, though. But…” Her voice trailed off before she turned away from the window to warm him with her tender gaze. Heels clicked…