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

On PRI’s “The World” re: Show Trials and North Korea’s Foreign Relations

Yesterday I spoke on a broadcast interview with Public Radio International; topics included tourism, show trials, US-North Korean relations and of course China’s relationship with North Korea.  Text and audio of the interview is available in full on the PRI site. Continue reading On PRI’s “The World” re: Show Trials and North Korea’s Foreign Relations

North Korea and China’s Response to the UN Commission of Inquiry Report

North Korea has ever been the subject of journalistic inquiry, but in the past couple of years things seem to have hit a kind of new high point. Likewise, public consciousness in the US and Western Europe of the importance of Pyongyang’s relationship with China seems also to have taken a major leap forward. So what happens when a United Nations special report on North Korean human … Continue reading North Korea and China’s Response to the UN Commission of Inquiry Report