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Posts Tagged ‘North Korea’

NPR is Opening a South Korea Bureau

EliseHuPicElise Hu (pictured) has just landed one of the best jobs in American radio journalism. One that didn’t previously exist.

Beginning sometime next year, Hu will cover South Korea and Japan for NPR. Based out of the public radio service’s first-ever permanent Seoul posting, complementing the work being done out of Beijing, Shanghai, New Delhi and Islamabad. From today’s announcement:

Hu, who covers the intersection of technology and culture for NPR’s on-air, online and multimedia platforms, will take on a new role as NPR’s Seoul reporter.

“We are delighted to announce the opening of a bureau in Seoul,” said NPR’s acting senior vice president of news, Christopher Turpin. “This continues the tradition of NPR’s international coverage that goes beyond the headlines to bring strong voices and well told stories to our listeners at home, providing the necessary context to understand how world events affect our daily lives.”

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From Mother Jones Contributor to Mother Jones Staffer

ShaneBauerPicLaura Ling joined E! Investigates; Euna Lee spent a year studying documentary filmmaking at Columbia University; and now, another former U.S. foreign-journalist captive has re-embraced the Axis of Free Will.

Shane Bauer, one of three hikers arrested on the Iranian border and held captive from 2009 to 2011, joined the Mother Jones San Francisco office full-time May 1. His beat is human rights and social justice. From today’s announcement:

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Shane on board,” noted co-editor Monika Bauerlein. “We’ve been great fans of his reporting here and elsewhere, and I know our readers are hungry for more of his investigations.”

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DuJour Talks to Dennis Rodman

So far, the month of May has been a very impressive one for the folks at DuJour magazine. On the heels of a first-get Donald Sterling interview and the Clippers owner’s tasteless tease-quote (“I wish I had just paid her off.”), there is now Lindsay Silberman‘s fascinating Florida Q&A with Dennis Rodman.

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The article includes an unusual-looking byline mention for DuJour Media CEO-founder Jason Binn. Sure, why not. This is Rodman’s first substantial interview since The Worm declared that he’s done with North Korea citizen diplomacy. Here’s what Rodman told staff writer Silberman when asked if anything shocked him during his three successive trips to the so-called Hermit Kingdom:

“It was only one thing. When I walked into that stadium [for the first basketball game], I sat down, and this little guy walks in. The Harlem Globetrotters were playing and I was sitting on the bench, and he sits right beside me. Seriously, I didn’t know who this f-ker was!”

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Kim Jong-il’s Biographer Hosting Brooklyn Event

If the United States operated like North Korea, the person(s) responsible for the healthcare.gov fiasco would have been executed and excoriated at a White House press conference. That’s the way the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) generally approaches the topic of “death panels.”

DearReaderCoverThis week’s shocking events in the DPRK, and perhaps next week’s third scheduled visit to the country by Dennis Rodman, could be among the many fertile posthumous topics this Sunday at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg (2 Havemeyer Street). Michael Malice, author of the upcoming Kim Jong-il biography Dear Reader, will be hosting a free discussion event at 7 p.m. From a report by The Brooklyn Paper‘s Colin Mixon:

“This isn’t in his [Kim Jong-il's] voice, per se,” said Malice, who visited North Korea last year, returning with a large collection of propaganda pamphlets and books to use as source material. “His voice is very pedantic and mind-numbing.”

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Dennis Rodman’s North Korea Adventures About to Get a Whole Lot Weirder

Are you ready for a book about Kim Jong-un written by The Worm? How about a group of North Korean basketball athletes at the 2016 Summer Olympics, thanking Dennis Rodman via a translator for helping them to a series of unlikely hardwood upsets?

There are just two of the scenarios hinted at this morning by Dennis “I’m Not a Diplomat” Rodman at a New York City press conference following his second 2013 trip to North Korea. What’s perhaps most remarkable is that the expanding efforts of Rodman mirror the kind of goofy, jokey op-eds people used to write about the potential of U.S. basketball diplomacy:

Rodman says he will go back to North Korea in December to help select local players for two January exhibition games. He hopes to have stars such as former Chicago teammate Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone play.

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North Korea Journo Says Typo Led to Six Months in Jail

Typos happen. Across the board, high and low, even when the topic or person is as familiar as Roger Ebert.

But imagine paying for such an error with much more than inclusion in a compilation of ridicule or Twitter teasing  from colleagues. This week, as part of the first phase of an historic UN inquiry into North Korea human rights abuses, a former DPRK state journalist outlined the staggering typo-price he was forced to pay:

Former agency journalist Jang Hae-sun said he was jailed for six months for misspelling dictator Kim Il Sung‘s name.

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