It sure seems like 2015 is the year of the North Korea book. There have already been a number of high profile autobiographies by defectors and journalists and specialists continue to turn out books that look at the country, its leader and its future.
So, to bring all these books together into one place and to help pay my server bills, I’m launching a North Korea Book Store.
Books are organized by subject and there’s a list of upcoming titles, so you can place pre-orders before they are published.
Sometime in early July, the long-time Japan-based site carrying Korean Central News Agency stories became inaccessible.
That was bad news because it carried an archive of KCNA stories going back 18 years and each story had a unique URL, which made it perfect to hyperlinking back to previous articles (There are many KCNA links on North Korea Tech pointing to the site).
But, it turns out the site hasn’t been taken down. It’s been geo-blocked so connections from outside of Japan are refused.
North Korea will next week take the unusual step of creating its own time zone by shifting clocks back by 30 minutes.
Pyongyang Time is being created by a decree of the Supreme People’s Assembly that was issued on Wednesday but wasn’t reported until Friday by the Korean Central News Agency.
The decree said the decision to adopt the new time zone, which puts the DPRK out of step with its neighbors, is intended to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan on August 15th.
Film-maker Aram Pan’s new video gives viewers control over where they look to provide an alternative to the carefully staged images often seen
By The Guardian
A young girl performs politely for the camera, displaying the image of North Korean excellence that tourists are encouraged to capture and share with the world. The difference is that this time viewers can scroll around the room to see the westerners gathered around her, clutching their cameras, and a music teacher watching anxiously alongside.
By James Pearson
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents as more people have the cash to spend on bicycles to get around.
It’s happened again … and it won’t be the last time.
The parody DPRK News Service Twitter account has fooled someone and made it onto national television in the U.S.
The subject in question was a couple of computer problems that hit United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning. The United problem, which was blamed on a network router, caused a nationwide grounding of all flights that weren’t in the air while the NYSE glitch resulted in a 3.5-hour halt of trading.