Le Monde Reports on Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Le Monde conducts its own investigation of Euna Lee and Laura Ling’s cross-border excursion, arrest by North Korean troops, and the consequent chaotic aftermath among South Korean aid organizations working in Northeast China.  The article, by experienced Asia correspondent Philippe Pons, isn’t laden with bombshells, but it remains nevertheless potentially an important part of the record. Philippe Pons, “Enquête: Deux héroïnes très contestées [Investigation: two … Continue reading Le Monde Reports on Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Fistfuls of Chinese Earth, Breaths of Conspiracy, Fusillades of Propaganda

The Laura Ling/Euna Lee editorial has been partially translated and passed along, virtually without commentary or analysis, on the Daily NK’s Chinese website, which is accessible in China. And the headline is, of course, “we were grabbed from Chinese territory.”   (This has an especially potent ring in Chinese, I might add: “从中国领土抓走,” evoking something sacred about the territory in a nationalist discourse which is the … Continue reading Fistfuls of Chinese Earth, Breaths of Conspiracy, Fusillades of Propaganda

Reporting on the North Korean Frontier / Inter-Korean Thaw / The Debate on Selig Harrison

An Asian-American news aggregator in California has a fine piece of reporting about Mitch Koss, the cameraman whose role in the CurrentTV North Korean border fiasco still remains unclear. An Op-Ed by Koss in the L.A. Times from 2003, “Refugees Could Undo Kim,” for me, indicates how politicized the border region has become. It seems unlikely that China or North Korea is going to be … Continue reading Reporting on the North Korean Frontier / Inter-Korean Thaw / The Debate on Selig Harrison

Laura Ling, Euna Lee, and the Sino-North Korean Border

The London Times, in reporting prematurely this past March that the North Korean border guards had actually ventured into China to grab Ling and Lee, describes the border as such: The border along the Tumen and Yalu rivers is a frequent crossing point for trade with North Korea and for refugees seeking to escape over the porous frontier. It is also a favourite spot for … Continue reading Laura Ling, Euna Lee, and the Sino-North Korean Border