The Hermit Kingdom: An Inside View Of North Korea's Hidden Car Culture

When I found myself in one of the most isolated and mysterious countries on the planet naturally the first thing I noticed was the profound assortment of vehicles in the airport parking lot. Behind the wall of mines and propaganda in North Korea are still people, and many people still like cars. » 7/09/14 2:55pm 7/09/14 2:55pm

North Korea Is Another Year Closer To Soccer World Domination

On the eve of the World Cup, North Korea's FIFA ranking is holding steady at 137, which sounds pretty bad until you remember that places the North Koreans ahead of fully 70 other countries, unincorporated territories, protectorates and, in the case of No. 177 Curaçao, even an overachieving liqueur. And yet Korea DPR… » 5/26/14 2:13pm 5/26/14 2:13pm

Scenes From North Korea's Marathon

Yesterday for the first time in the 27-year history of the Pyongyang marathon, North Korea allowed foreign amateur and professional runners to take part. Competitors from 27 countries ran in front of crowds gathered in Kim Il Sung Stadium and around Kim Il Sung University in part to celebrate Kim Il Sung's 102… » 4/14/14 5:57pm 4/14/14 5:57pm

Here's Dennis Rodman Singing "Happy Birthday" To Kim Jong-un

Despite yesterday's mini-mutiny, the game between the Rodman-led former NBA players and a team of North Korean all-stars went off without a hitch today. The NBAers lost the game, because they'd like to return home, but before tip-off Rodman led the crowd in a serenade of Supreme Leader for his birthday. » 1/08/14 10:45am 1/08/14 10:45am

Dennis Rodman's North Korea Trip May Be Falling Apart

Dennis Rodman has been gung-ho about his latest trip to North Korea, a matchup between former NBA players and DPRK all-stars as a "birthday present" for Kim Jong-un. He might be the only one. The Associated Press reports that a number of the players on the trip are expressing second thoughts about going through with… » 1/07/14 11:27am 1/07/14 11:27am

North Korean Prison Camp Survivor Writes Open Letter To Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman is back visiting his buddy Kim Jong-un on yet another PR trip—PR for Rodman, for the Irish betting company that's sponsoring his trip, and for North Korea itself. It comes days after a massive and deadly purge of perceived challenges to Kim's power, and as an American citizen has languished in a Korean… » 12/20/13 11:04am 12/20/13 11:04am

This Wire Story Gives Not A Single Shit About North Koreans

The Associated Press just published a story about Dennis Rodman's latest endorsement venture and his untethered blather about what good buds he is with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Read the whole thing here, if you have two minutes for an extra-large helping of starry-eyed banality. Here are some excerpts: » 11/20/13 9:13pm 11/20/13 9:13pm