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Forget ‘Gangnam Style’, North Korean ‘Propaganda’ is the real viral hit of 2012, Arts

Forget ‘Gangnam Style’, North Korean ‘Propaganda’ is the real viral hit of 2012

The last week has seen Korea dominate the global spotlight on the internet. Zany South Korean pop video Gangnam Style became the most liked and watched video on YouTube, and days later North Korea held a mass rally to celebrate the launch of their first satellite. Yet despite the online attention that has surrounded the two divided nations, the most intriguing Korean export of the year has gone largely unnoticed.

By | Arts, Film | Monday, 17 December 2012 at 1:29 pm

How do you solve a problem like Korea?, The Foreign Desk

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

There are three things worth bearing in mind about North Korea:
1. Never believe media reports about the “crazy” and “irrational” North Korean leader. Kim Jong Il  might be bad and dangerous but he is not mad.
2. North Korea is not about to get rid of its nuclear weapons, because they are perceived by Pyongyang as guaranteeing [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 28 July 2011 at 6:20 pm

World Cup: Actors, defections and Kim Jong-Il substitutions – North Korea conspiracy theories, Sport

World Cup: Actors, defections and Kim Jong-Il substitutions – North Korea conspiracy theories

North Korea have been one of the major stories of this World Cup, in more ways than one.
It would seem that the combination of sparse knowledge of what actually goes on behind the country’s borders and the general misgivings in the West concerning Kim Jong-Il’s regime are the perfect concoction of ingredients to make a [...]

By | Sport | Monday, 21 June 2010 at 5:34 pm

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