Occupying North Korea, Witnessing Massacre? Military Sources and the Question of US/UK Forces in Sinchon

The North Korean state claims that US troops arrived in Sinchon, Hwanghae province, on 17 October 1950 and promptly began butchering civilians, culminating in over 35,000 dead by the time of their retreat on 7 December. To my knowledge, no serious¬†writing outside of North Korea has been made to determine if the body count is accurate. However, writers and scholars like Hwang Sok-yong and Kim … Continue reading Occupying North Korea, Witnessing Massacre? Military Sources and the Question of US/UK Forces in Sinchon

Samantha Power at the Security Council, and North Korea’s ‘Sham Report’ on Human Rights (Part 3 of 3)

While “The Interview” sideshow has in some ways become the main media event of the past weeks, the DPRK remains very much center stage at the United Nations. North Korean human rights were discussed last week in the UN Security Council and a vote to refer the country to the International Criminal Court, I believe, will be held next month. A huge amount of documentation … Continue reading Samantha Power at the Security Council, and North Korea’s ‘Sham Report’ on Human Rights (Part 3 of 3)

Awful Art, Torn Visas, and Reality: Comment on the Matthew Miller Affair

With respect to Matthew Miller, the American tourist who tore up his visa upon arrival in Pyongyang in April, was promptly arrested, paraded out as an effective hostage, and recently tried in a North Korean court: One part of me wants to seize pen and paper for earnest memos to John Kerry or vocal engagement innovators like John Delury, saying of Miller: ‘Sure he’s more … Continue reading Awful Art, Torn Visas, and Reality: Comment on the Matthew Miller Affair