Part 4 of 6 of our Inside the Hermit Kingdom series on the people and culture of North Korea. Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about popular music, food and beer in the most isolated country on earth. Believe it or not, North Koreans know about Beyonce and Michael Jackson.
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Part 3 of 6 in our series on the people and culture of North Korea. Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven writes about his encounter with North Korean Major Im Dong-chul while on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas.
Part 2 of 6 in our series on the people and culture of North Korea, Worldfocus multimedia producer Ben Piven explains the powerful ideology of Juche -- which some call the isolated country's state religion. Photos show notable Juche monuments throughout the Hermit Kingdom.
Read today's top news stories as compiled by Worldfocus staff. Today, progress in Iran; Chinese military might; and a journey in photographs through Beirut's historic markets.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry has requested funds to beef up its resettlement facilities for defectors from the North -- as the number of refugees arriving from its destitute neighbor keeps climbing. A Worldfocus contributing blogger discusses the chronic unemployment among 16,000 North Koreans now living in the South.
Part 1 of 6 in our Inside the Hermit Kingdom multimedia series. In August, Worldfocus web producer Ben Piven traveled to the 2009 Arirang Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. The socialist mass games performance features 100,000 performers and runs six nights a week for over two months.
Nikhil Deogun of The Wall Street Journal and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tour of Africa and her husband's mission to North Korea to secure the release of two American journalists.