Who Needs More Testimony? Her Escape from North Korea

The emotional speech below is the first Ted Talk by a North Korean. Hyeonseo Lee fled her homeland when she was 14. Like other North Korean refugees who survived and found safety in South Korea and the US, she is still haunted by memories of what she saw as a child and during her escape. … Continue reading

Don’t Forget My Friends

I recently came across a CSPAN video of a September 2012 Hudson Institute panel on North Korea, in which Adrian Hong—co-founder of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)—discusses the true extent of the problem and how it relates to each of us, even if we aren’t Korean or don’t think about the situation there very often. … Continue reading

Talking Satire with Song Byeok

I was thrilled this week to get a chance to interview Song Byeok, former State Propaganda Artist for North Korea. Song lost both parents and a sister to the famine of the 1990s that ravaged his homeland. After trying to escape into China to find food, he was tortured by the same government he used … Continue reading

When Your Own Prison Camps Just Won’t Do

(WARNING: Adult Language in the video links from this post) A few weeks ago I wrote (and tweeted!) at length about the North Korean prison camp system. But did you know North Koreans don’t always work in labor camps inside their own country? No sometimes the Dear Leader, and now his son, ship them to … Continue reading

Resources on North Korean Gulags

A mantra you’ll often hear is “‘We don’t know much about North Korea.’ That’s actually not really true.” -Nicholas Eberstadt, HRNK The Hidden Gulag, 2nd Ed. – by David Hawk An in-depth report by the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea containing survivors’ accounts, detailed maps, satellite images, and more. Available for free download … Continue reading

Tweets Re: North Korean Gulags

Thank you to everyone who followed along yesterday with my live tweets from the Hidden Gulag conference here in DC. It was a really fascinating event, and as you could probably tell I tried to capture as much as possible on Twitter. Before I post any further thoughts and resources, I wanted to give you … Continue reading

Hidden Gulag – Live Tweeting

Hey everyone! Don’t forget I’m live tweeting today from Hidden Gulag – a conference at the Peterson Institute in DC on the prison camp system in North Korea. It’s hosted by The U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea – a non-governmental research and advocacy group working for the end of oppression in DPRK. … Continue reading

Prison Hodgepodge

First off, let’s talk about how 40 years of solitary confinement is just too long. People left in solitary for that kind of time end up with serious physical and emotional problems. Unfortunately, it happens every day in America. National Geographic made a documentary on this problem that I found pretty helpful. You can watch … Continue reading

How to Get the World to Care About You in 1 Easy Step

Well, I’m back. I thought about waiting until after this Kony 2012 fiasco fizzled out, but instead I find myself with so many thoughts about it that I – forgive me world – feel obligated to toss my own $.02 into the fountain of cynical banter. In case you haven’t seen it yet (and with … Continue reading

The Real Football and the Good in Life

[The video above is from NotforSale: South Africa, and expresses the excitement leading up to the World Cup, not just as fans but as activists. It presents the fun and anticipation of working to end a terrible crime like slavery by giving human trafficking “the red card”.] A few people have commented over the past … Continue reading

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