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Open Borders Are Noble, But Are They Helpful?

I personally was in China during the main stages of the early outbreak of coronavirus, and thus witnessed the measures being taken. I had made a personal choice that I needed to leave China for work reasons, something validated by the almost universal 14 day quarantine that...

Daegu In Coronavirus Outbreak

Deagu a metropolitan area in North Gyeongsang province has reported nearly 50 new cases of the novel Coronavirus in the past two days, bring the country’s total to 81. The community outbreak is the first of its kind outside of mainland China. It is...

What Peace Deal With Taliban Could Mean For North Korea

We certainly do live in interesting times! A new decade (OK I know it doesn’t technically start until next year), and here we are barely two months in and the planet seems to be full on falling apart. Coronavirus is not only tearing the world apart, but...

Why Is The West Obsessed with Coronavirus in North Korea

As someone who has been in the North Korean industry for over 10 years I am no stranger to a lazy press doing hatch job in North Korea, and over the years there have been some corkers. Everyone having to get the same haircut? False. Kim Jong-Un...

“Some” Sanctions Relief Granted Over Coronavirus

Medicenes San Frontiers (MSF), or as they are known in English, Doctors Without Borders have been granted “sanctions exemption” to help North Korea deal with the ongoing coronavirus. The exemption for MSF will mean that they are able to provide essentially equipment and personal...

The Worm Has Turned On Coronavirus In China

The narrative in China is now very much that the COVID-19 was imported from the USA. How quickly things move, it only seems like yesterday that China were trying to quell not only coronavirus, but a pushback from netizens about their handling of the...

Can North Koreans Travel?

There is always a huge amount of myth, rumor and falsehoods when it comes to reporting about North Korea, and one of them is the question “Can North Koreans travel”? With the very simple answer being yes. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea does...