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Before defecting, Song Byeok cut his artistic teeth turning out grinning propaganda portraits of founding father Kim Il Sung. Since arriving in South Korea, however, he has turned his talents against the repressive regime. Read more»

The border crossing to North Korea, November 2010.

These days quite a few North Koreans manage to summon the guts to express open contempt for the authorities, whom they increasingly despise as little better than bribe-extorting hindrances to daily life. How likely is a broad political counter-revolution? Read more»

Kim Jong Il

Defectors say that South Koreans’ fear of another Korean War is considerably greater than that of North Koreans, who have much less to lose. Read more»