Why the Sky is Not Falling for Koryo Airlines

    A recent UPI headline found a form of success with a big claim: “North Korea’s Air Koryo suspended operations again.” Good heavens! I thought. This could be a major blow to Kim Jong-un, who has taken a real personal interest in both the North Korean fleet and the operations of Air Koryo, no doubt with an augmented revenue stream in mind! Having then … Continue reading Why the Sky is Not Falling for Koryo Airlines

Full Comment on the Latest American Detention in Pyongyang

I was interviewed for a story in TIME magazine [full citation: Charlie Campbell, “The Detention of a U.S. Student in North Korea Underscores the Risks of Travelling There,” TIME Asia, 25 January 2016]. The following is my full comment: While the post-detention treatment of such individuals is always political and used for domestic and international propaganda effect by the regime, the arrests themselves are usually … Continue reading Full Comment on the Latest American Detention in Pyongyang

Sino-North Korean Propaganda

A couple of small items of note came across the Huanqiu Shibao transom this past week, most interestingly (though not necessarily significantly) as relates to mutual encouragement and propaganda.  Every so often North Korea obviously plays China’s game for a Chinese audience, and Xinhua gladly feeds NK propaganda on an unfiltered chain to a mainland audience, even though that audience is probably more likely to … Continue reading Sino-North Korean Propaganda