Author: Ryan Lippert

NORTH KOREA: A Slice of Justice?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – At an event where a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula was being discussed on March 4, U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked by a knife-wielding activist who demanded the reunification of the two Koreas and expressed opposition to the annual U.S.-South Korean military drills. The assailant, Kim Ki-Jong, was arrested shortly after the attack and authorities are currently trying to decide whether he should be charged with attempted murder. This is not the first time his preferred means of expressing his political views have gotten him into trouble. In 2010, he...

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NORTH KOREA: Like Father, Like Son?

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Published earlier this month, Paul Fischer’s “A Kim Jong-il Production” explores the late North Korean president’s zeal for film and his attempts to make his country’s film industry the best in the world. After the controversy surrounding the release of “The Interview,” Fischer’s book could not have come at a better time. Fischer’s book focuses on the story of a kidnapping that would make any Bond villain proud. In the late 70s, Kim wanted to make his country’s film industry rival that of Hollywood. To make this happen, he kidnapped two important figures in the...

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NORTH KOREA: The Kim Jong-unstoppable Force

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – After opening in the UK last Friday, being scheduled for an unofficial North Korean release via balloon airdrop, and possibly helping to bring the Hermit Kingdom into popular culture, The Interview has once again shown the world that it is Kim Jong-unstoppable. When hackers and the North Korean government coerced Sony into cancelling the initial release of The Interview, the movie seemed doomed – but, like a cockroach, it just wouldn’t die. Controversy ensued, and Sony ultimately chose to release the film anyway. As is usually the case, what didn’t kill The Interview only made...

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NORTH KOREA: Camp of Lies?!

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Shin Dong-hyuk, whose experiences in a North Korean concentration camp are chronicled in 2012’s “Escape from Camp 14,” announced last week that parts of the story portrayed in the book are not completely true. He stated, for example, that most of his time in the camps was actually spent at the less-infamous Camp 18.  This has frustrated other survivors and human rights advocates, who hoped that Shin’s story could be used to attract the attention of the International Criminal Court and lead to an investigation of the situation in North Korea. Although other camp survivors...

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NORTH KOREA: Black Markets and Brighter Futures

RYAN LIPPERT WRITES – Like millennials elsewhere, North Korea’s are unhappy with their circumstances and doing what they must to improve their quality of life. In spite of the government’s restrictions on media, North Korean millennials are still able to consume foreign media, which has played a significant role in the country’s millennial revolution. In the 1990s, North Koreans faced not only famine, but also a government that could no longer provide them with food. This led many citizens to set up black markets so they could barter with others for survival. As these markets spread over the years,...

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