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We will shine the spotlight on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of Western media coverage, busting myths and uninformed news stories (while praising well-informed analysis).

The New York Times and the Human Torpedo – A Close Second Place

The New York Times and the Human Torpedo – A Close Second Place

The runner-up for the monthly bad reporting award is: the New York Times and the Human Torpedo. Afghanistan and Iraq have absorbed so much of the American media’s attention that it appears to have all but forgotten about the Korean peninsula. With more than 28,000 American troops based in South Korea, a mutual defense treaty with Seoul and [...]

An Example of Thoughtful Analysis

An Example of Thoughtful Analysis

This month, we would like to commend Song Ho-keun for his thoughtful op-ed, “The Nightmare This Time Around.” This piece originally appeared in JoongAng Daily’s Viewpoint section on April 21, 2010. We give it 3 Thumbs-up. The Nightmare This Time Around What if the torpedo carried no identifying marks, or the attacker used a weapon from [...]

How A.Q. Khan Helped Distort America’s DPRK Policy

How A.Q. Khan Helped Distort America’s DPRK Policy

Washington and Pyongyang may be on the verge of another attempt at negotiation. After a stroke in 2008, Kim Jong Il seems to have spent much of 2009 getting his groove back—launching missiles, testing a nuclear weapon, and separating more plutonium—while Washington looked for new sources of pressure, having cut off North Korea’s access to [...]

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Credit for photo of young North Korean girl: T.M. All rights reserved, used with permission.