December 22, 2014

12:06 AM | Nepal’s “Miracle Doctor” Has Personally Restored the Vision of More Than 100,000 People
For many of his patients, Sanduk Ruit is truly a miracle worker. Over the past 30 years, Ruit has personally restored vision to more than 100,000 people in Asia and Africa. He has also taught his simply and inexpensive methods to countless other eye surgeons across the world, in countries as remote as North Korea. The entire process takes around five minutes. The doctor makes a small incision in the patient’s eye, allowing him to remove cloudy cataracts that impair vision

December 20, 2014

12:50 AM | Is North Korea Really Behind the Sony Hack? A Review of the Evidence
Today, the FBI officially confirmed what a number of other U.S. government sources have been saying since Wednesday: that the North Korean government was behind the recent hacking of Sony. From the BBC: “The FBI says it spotted distinct similarities between the type of malware used in the Sony Pictures attack and code used to attack South Korea last year. Suspicious, yes, but well short of being a smoking gun. When any malware is discovered, it is shared around many experts

December 18, 2014

9:13 PM | Activist Groups Are Planning to Balloon Drop “The Interview” DVDs Into North Korea
With no internet and no phone lines connected to other countries, North Korea’s citizens are almost completely cut off from the outside world. Park Sang Hak was born and raised in North Korea but defected to the South when former leader Kim Jong-Il began purging many of his top intelligence officers in the late 90s. Park’s father, a North Korean intelligence agent who was posing as a businessman in Hong Kong at the time, feared that he and his family would be

December 12, 2014

2:09 AM | The Torture Report, Part 2: Is Torture A Necessary Evil? (Opinion Piece)
In 1989, the CIA told Congress that, “…inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.”   Less than 15 years later, the CIA was torturing detainees in secret prisons around the world in an attempt to gather intel following the attacks of 9/11. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on this “enhanced interrogation” program, released […]

December 11, 2014

1:17 AM | The Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report: The Basics
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 525-page summary of their investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s “Detention and Interrogation” programs. The report has already sparked condemnation from all around the globe. China, North Korea and Iran (countries that the US has criticized for human violations in recent years) all took the opportunity to point out the apparent hypocrisy revealed by the torture report. Ben Emmerson, the […]

December 01, 2014

2:58 PM | Explainer: China's History of Support for North Korea
China and North Korea have been treaty partners and official allies since 1961. Given the obvious disparities between the two nations, what does each get from their alliance, and can it hold up much longer? Tara explains.

November 25, 2014

1:00 PM | Explainer: The Prospects for a Reunified North and South Korea
Since the end of World War II, when lines were drawn dividing North and South Korea, the idea of erasing that line has been suggested on several occasions. Why have the two countries not yet been reunified? Trace explains.
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