Chickens and Supreme Leader: What Weddings Look Like In North Korea

In a series on life inside North Korea, NK News has been asking defectors about the customs and traditions they observed before they fled the country. This week, the questions were all about weddings, receptions, and honeymoons. It’s all predictably grim, but also fascinating. And, if you hate bouquet tosses, the good… » 8/03/15 1:15pm 8/03/15 1:15pm

Here Are Some Things You Can Watch Instead of The Interview

After much wailing and gnashing of teeth, Sony has decided to allow the release of The Interview (in a few theaters, anyway). Good for them. But now that it's an option, do you really want to shell out ten or more real American dollars to see a movie about a couple of goofballs assassinating a living head of state? » 12/24/14 1:15pm 12/24/14 1:15pm

Pick-Up Artists Set Their Eyes on the Prize: North Korean Women

Pick-up artists are nothing if not resourceful. After being cockblocked by all those independent, assertive feminists in Western countries, they've set their sights on distant lands - namely North Korea, where authoritarianism or other socioeconomic realities make them into the ultimate forbidden fruit. » 3/21/14 4:00pm 3/21/14 4:00pm

North Korea Pitchman Dennis Rodman Checks Into Rehab

Clutching a badly frayed passport and a Nike duffel, former rebounding legend and Michael Jordan acquaintance Dennis Rodman entered a rehab facility in New Jersey. The trip to rehab comes after the latest of Rodman's slumber parties with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and an ugly meltdown in front of CNN reporter … » 1/19/14 11:30am 1/19/14 11:30am

North Korea Has the Hottest Dictator Fashion, According to Elle

North Korea has one of the worst human rights records of any country in the world. There is no free press, citizens have no right to free speech and live constantly under the threat of arbitrary arrest, imprisonment and torture. Over 200,000 North Korean men, women and children live in prison camps where they're… » 11/19/13 3:45pm 11/19/13 3:45pm

Being a Standup Comedian in North Korea is Absolutely Terrible

The concept of a standup comic in North Korea seems fairly puzzling: while the American media love to make fun of how bafflingly and absurdly out-of-touch and unbelievably, repressively terrible Kim Jong-un (and the late Kim Jong-il) are as dictators, its obvious that North Korean comedians don't have that right —… » 8/08/13 5:45pm 8/08/13 5:45pm

Chinese and Korean Papers Tricked By Onion Article Declaring Kim Jong Un 'The Sexiest Man Alive'

Two weeks ago, The Onion published a satirical article declaring North Korean despot and king of the butt-shaped haircut Kim Jong Un the "Sexiest Man Alive." And yesterday, a Chinese state newspaper reprinted the piece in its entirety, completely without sarcasm, along with a 55-image slide show of Kim Jong Un posing… » 11/27/12 11:20am 11/27/12 11:20am

South Korean Activists Air Drop Condoms Into North Korea

South Korean activists sent balloon packages carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets, condoms, sanitary pads, electric torches, sweets, underwear, socks and toothpaste into North Korea today. These types of launches are not highly unusual, and are often carried out by North Korean defectors, Christian activists, and… » 11/08/12 11:55pm 11/08/12 11:55pm

Idiot Olympics Fans Wonder Why All North Koreans Look Alike

Bruce Reyes Chow, a father of three daughters, sat down to watch the United States Women's National Soccer Team play North Korea yesterday. In a piece on Huffington Post, he writes: "Watching the USWNT play over the past few years has been one of the most powerful and important things my daughters have experienced…… » 8/02/12 2:20pm 8/02/12 2:20pm

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Is Dead

All those journalists who thought their year-end wrap up lists were done were sorely mistaken. North Korean state television just announced that dictator Kim Jong Il has died at age 69. A "weeping television announcer" said Kim died from fatigue during a train ride on Saturday. It's believed that the "Dear Leader"… » 12/18/11 10:16pm 12/18/11 10:16pm

The More Sex-Selective Abortions In India, The More Husbands A Lady Gets?

According to the latest census figures, for every 1,000 boys under the age of 6 in India, there are only 941 girls. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon from Einstein Oppenheimer University to figure out that when these children are adults, there's about to be a pretty dramatic wife shortage. So what's going to happen to… » 10/27/11 6:40pm 10/27/11 6:40pm

North Korean Women's Soccer Team All Hepped Up On Deer Hormones

The North Korean women's national soccer team has been banned from competition in the 2015 Women's World Cup after five members of the team tested positive for performance enhancing drugs derived from the musk hormones of deer. Musk is a smelly brownish secretion that male deer rub all over trees and other inanimate… » 8/27/11 1:53pm 8/27/11 1:53pm