Category Archives: Featured Op-Ed Columns

Timely insights from respected Korea-watchers.
Some pieces appear in current publications, others have been made available to HHK/Catacombs for dissemination.

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: “Plight of North Koreans persists amid posturing”– HHK’s rescue activities highlighted

As last week’s abortive meeting between the two Koreas illustrated, the region’s foreign policy often seems to be at the mercy of Pyongyang’s irrational whims. This week, North Korea was at it again, proposing high-level talks with Washington just a … Continue reading

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Forced Repatriation of NK Refugees discussed by Tim Peters at the invitation of the Henry Jackson Society, All Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea and CSW in London

All Party ParliamentaryGroup on North Korea ‘China’s Policy of Forced Repatriation of North Korean Refugees and Implications for International Law’ Tim Peters Founder, Helping Hands Korea 5 – 6pm, Tuesday 19th June 2012 Room U, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2LW … Continue reading

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Cry Freedom! HHK urges UK Parliament to enact policy changes related to North Korea’s religious persecution and protection of refugees in China

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North Korea’s dynasty enters third generation (Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Brisbane Times)

Dec.24,2011     An iron hand still rules North Korea’s hermit kingdom despite its ruler’s death, writes Hamish McDonald. (In a wide-ranging article that reveals decades of experience as a North Korea watcher, Sydney Morning Herald’s Asia-Pacific Editor, Hamish McDonald explores … Continue reading

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Kim Jong Il and Vaclav Havel: Two leaders a world apart (LA Times Op-Ed 12.20.11)

Kim Jong Il put his interests ahead of North Korea’s. Czech leader Vaclav Havel put democracy first. Read More: http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/20/opinion/la-ed-kim-20111220

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WSJ:”Carter Upsets NK Human Rights Activists”–HHK Director Sounds Off

APRIL 29, 2011, 6:46 PM KST Carter Upsets NK Human Rights Activists All week South Koreans watched former U.S. President Jimmy Carter make another trip to North Korea with high curiosity and low expectations. Few people expected the North’s dictator … Continue reading

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Will new NK provocations include terrorism and assassination attempts?

DESPITE a concerted international effort since the start of the year to soothe heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean government is bracing for a different type of aggravation from Pyongyang: terrorism, perhaps.(The Economist) Continue reading

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Hey,Dear Leader & Jr.!Need some extra time to tinker with your nuke program, move your artillery placements, sell off more priceless national assets to China, or execute more of your citizens? How about some meaningless military talks with the South??

Koreas hold first military talks since island attack—Yonhap News (February 8th) http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2011/02/08/84/0301000000AEN20110208006800315F.HTML

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North Korea’s Forgotten Crisis–Ryo Takahashi; Human Rights Watch

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What do the ‘food revolutions’ in Tunisia and Egypt foreshadow for the hungry millions in North Korea?

The first food revolutions of our Malthusian era have exposed the weak grip of authoritarian regimes in poor countries that import grain, whether in North Africa today or parts of Asia tomorrow. Continue reading

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