Originally published on Noisey, VICE’s music site. At the start of 2014 the Kurdish pop star Helly Luv, real name Helen Abdulla, went into hiding. She released her music video for “Risk it All” that February, an anti-war, pro-Kurd anthem, which prompted death threats from Islamist groups in Iraqi Kurdistan and condemnation from members of […]Read more "Helly Luv: The Kurdish singer who made a video on the frontline with ISIS"
What North Korea has to do with three men arrested in Japan for illicit trafficking of ‘matsutake’ It was early morning on May 12 when Japan’s finest came knocking. In coordinated raids by the police forces of the Kyoto, Kanagawa, Shimane and Yamaguchi prefectures, three portly middle aged and elderly men were taken away in […]Read more "The prized mushroom that may help fund Pyongyang"
This article was originally published on NK News. For Walter Keats, North Korea was far from the first out-of-the-way location he had taken tour groups to. A social anthropology graduate from Harvard, he began his travel industry career in China as the country opened up in the 1970s, making him one of the first American […]Read more "Banned from the industry: One agent’s North Korea travel experience"
(Published in Medical Imaging Technology magazine, issue 15) Human neuroimaging and animal studies are beginning to build evidence that serotonin and dopamine- mediated mechanisms have an effect on food intake and play an important role in the pathophysiology of obesity – possibly suggesting that the condition could be caused by a physiological addiction to fatty food. […]Read more "A load on the mind"
(From January) In the week running up to the New Year, many were surprised to see what appeared to be an entirely authentic version of North Korea’s famous OS X knock off, Red Star, appear online. Claiming responsibility for the 2.2g download was a hacker, or hackers, by the name of Slipstream, claiming they had […]Read more "Hacker claims to have cracked North Korea’s intranet"
North Korea’s relationship with the beautiful game is complex – and inevitably tied to politics Pyongyang may be the most peaceful city on earth. There is little to no violent crime, and the population consists largely of middle class citizens rewarded for their loyalty to the state with large apartments, cinemas, bowling alleys and other […]Read more "Songun soccer: Football politics in North Korea"
At a Bucharest hotel known as a “den of spies” during the Cold War, the former Romanian dictator’s car was sold to Iranians nostalgic for the days of the Shah. The couple who have travelled from Dusseldorf to buy the former dictator of Romania’s car aren’t buying it for its Cold War connection – but […]Read more "Ceauseșcu’s classic limo, a gift from Iran’s Shah, sold for €37,000 in Bucharest auction"