Tag Archive for North Korea

“The Interview”: How to Lose at Poker to Terrorists

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I love poker. It’s a game that reveals the inner-workings of the human mind better than any, and the small battles that take place on the felt translate directly into the real world. Legendary poker psychologist Mike Caro says the…

Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 6, Paju, Korea

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This is my latest in my “Strange Places I’ve Called Home” series. The rest can be found here.  My first time up to Paju came two weeks before starting my new job at English Village. The first thing I noticed…

Strange Places I’ve Called Home: Part 5, Seoul, Korea

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You can read about the other “Strange Places I’ve Called Home” here.  In early spring 2007, I was at a strange place in my life. Nine months into my stay in Japan, and I was essentially told my services were…

The North Korean Humanitarian Dilemma

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Once again, we wait with bated breath and watch while North Korea rattles its saber, and once again, we hope that it is merely talk and not a prelude to something more. Of course, the American media has made hay…

North Korea: Peering into the Darkness

The view from behind our apartments. Everything past the river is North Korea. Photo by Kate Zeis.

For the last year, I’ve lived very comfortably on the absolute edge of Western Civilization, approximately 1.5 miles to the North Korean border. When I say, “I can see North Korea from my backyard,” this isn’t a metaphorical statement. During…

On Kim Jong Il

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Those of you who have followed my blog know that I have a very special relationship with the late Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il. After visiting the DMZ last year, I referred to the North Korean regime as part Dr.…