I normally don’t do hit and run/wholly derivative posts, but Mike Madden has two excellent new essays up on his North Korea Leadership Watch blog which are worth scouring. The first surveys the diplomatic scuttlebutt that Kim Jong Il may soon be riding the rails to Beijing; the second is a detailed look at the latest information on the politics of succession in the DPRK. Plenty of virtuosic wordplay is present in both posts!
Meanwhile Joshua Stanton Dan B at One Free Korea reports on 1) demonstrating efforts to marshal South Korean opprobrium at the PRC on the refugee issue and, via Dong-A Ilbo 2) the complicity of the South Korean consulate in Shenyang in repatriating refugees to North Korea. Nice photographs here as well, along with, more recently, revelations of various North Korean gulags with the help of Google Earth.
Note: DanB has a tremendous archive of photographs of anti-Chinese protests in Seoul during the Olympic Torch run in April 2008, including images of Norbert Vollertson.