Korean translation report Slaves to the System research project

It took a while, since our funding ran out and we had to make do, but as inventive, creative and badass ninja academics we got going when the going got tough. So here is the Korean translation of our research report on DPRK forced labour in the EU, episode 1. We’d thought we make life a bit easier for the Pyongyang apparatchiks tasked with being indignant about our research (please send your complaints here or here; AFAIK anything you’ll send will end up at the second address also). You’ll just have to look past the South Korean spelling, comrades, but the sunny side is that you won’t have to translate it yourself. 

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Initial findings Slaves to the System published

DPRK worker in Poland. Copyright Vice Media Germany.

DPRK worker in Poland. Copyright Vice Media Germany.

The initial findings of the Slaves to the System project have just been published at the LeidenAsiaCentre website. Peruse the report at your own risk, for it is a ‘grave provocation’ to the DPRK, an ‘act of hostility’ and an “attempt to damage the dignity” of the Supreme Leader. Judge for yourself and read the report. But first back up your hard drive, because if only one tenth of the stories about DPRK hackers is true, they are already listening in on your phone and watching you saving your precious bitcoins. 

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New post over at Policy Forum

311fe4e7cc7e47ac9424579ab9d86618l_3The blog post I wrote for Policy Forum just went live here. According to my computer it went live tomorrow, November 27. Yes, that is right, I am using the past tense for something that happened tomorrow (there! I did it again!). Not because I am a time traveller (coincidentally – or not – I was sent this link today on time travel and the proper use of grammar),

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Podcast: Separative engagement (NL)

Een experiment. Een opiniestuk voorgelezen als podcast (een opedcast?), de eerste van een serie: Bureau Breuker. Deze keer over de nieuwe diplomatieke notie van separative engagement, voorgesteld door prof. Jang Jin-sung (Universiteit Leiden).

Hier is het mp3-bestand (320kbps):

Er zal nog van alles niet optimaal zijn qua opname, maar dat zal naar ik aanneem langzamerhand verbeteren.

From Pyongyang With Love

A few moFireShot Screen Capture #006 - '' - www_kcna_co_jp_calendar_2015_03_03-16_2015-0316-018_htmlrnings back, I was reading the North Korean news, as one does, and was surprised to find two articles in the daily list of amazing facts and awe-inspiring exploits of the Supreme Leader at the Korean Central News Agency to be dealing with two people I know well and value highly (here and here). No, dear readers, not Übercomrade Kim Jong Un or his deceased but nevertheless always-with-us father, but two decent, courageous, empathic people (and yes,

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On The Lies Of Camp Survivors

camp-14-600-longI told myself that I wasn’t going to write anything about Shin Dong-hyuk and his confession that key elements of his escape narrative were omitted, changed around or left out. I have never met Shin and I’ve never been able to vouch for the veracity of his book. I have talked about his book in public, however, and have always maintained that I did not doubt his story. Altough I could not verify the details, I believed its general structure to be valid.

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