Some of my recent articles.
Interviewed Antti Siika-aho about life as Pyongyang’s man in Helsinki.
Investigated pro-North Korean sympathies among the so-called “alt-right”.
Took a look at the complex world of mosque design.
Jim Hosking on the making of this year’s most revolting comedy – Little White Lies
Interviewed Jim Hosking, director of “The Greasy Strangler”.
In-depth feature on the disappearance and murder of the Reverend Kim Dong-shik, a 21st martyr killed by North Korea, and his family’s search for justice.
Covered an unpleasant case of alleged plagiarism in the academic world.
Took a look at the use of Sharia courts in the UK and the British government inquiry into their potential abuses.
“The pitfalls and perils of public transit projects” – LEAF Architecture Review
Interviewed architects about the challenges of developing public transit projects in the 21st century.
Took a look at the amazing story of Vasily Yakovlevich Matuzok, who jumped across the DMZ in 1984 and defected.
Profiled “cultural ambassador” Michael Spavor about his hockey tournament in North Korea and the sanctions vs engagement debate.
I spoke with Paul Salo, a Thailand-based businessman, about his plan to recreate 9/11.
Interviewed Mick Ranger, once one of the UK’s biggest gun dealers, about his career and imprisonment.
Spoke to former British ambassador David Slinn about his time as the country’s first representative to North Korea.
Spoke to students and activists about the effects of the British government’s anti-terrorism PREVENT strategy for VICE UK.
“New book sheds light on North Korea’s abduction programme” – the Guardian/NK News
Interviewed journalist and author Robert Boynton about his fascinating new book “The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project” and North Korea’s secretive and brutal abduction program.
“How to Smuggle Money into North Korea” – How We Get To Next
Took a look at the ways that North Korean defectors get money back home to their families and the impact its having on the regime.
Examined the history of Primal Therapy, one of the most radical – and controversial – psychiatric treatments around.
“Neurology and the meaning of happiness” – Medical Imaging Technology
Interviewed the University of Kyoto’s Wataru Sato about his fascinating research into the causes of human happiness and looked at its implications for mental health.
“Building local engagement from the ground-up” – Hotel Management International
Interviewed Carrie Wicks of Firmdale about the challenges of developing hotels which reflect the neighbourhoods they find themselves in.
“The Hive at the UK Pavillion” – LEAF Architecture Review
Short feature looking at the award winning Hive design at the UK Pavillion at last years’ Milan Expo.
I spoke to former British ambassador to Japan Sir David Warren about the Japanese governments plans to expand the country’s military.
“The complex world of museum extension projects” – LEAF Architecture Review
Spoke to experts about the difficulties of designing extensions to major museums, and looked at some of the most successful examples.
“Is Egypt’s hotel market finally bouncing back?” – Hotel Management Middle East
Looked at whether Egypt’s recovering economy could mean new opportunities for the hospitality industry.
Investigating the mysterious death of a Macanese casino worker in Pyongyang and the murky world of North Korean casinos.
“Hack and dash: the fight against cybercrime” – Future Banking
Spoke to PwC’s Richard Horne about how banks can best protect themselves from cyberattacks.
Interviewed former FBI undercover agent Bob Hamer about his life and career.
Investigated the mysterious disappearance of alleged fraudster, Hollywood producer and financier Felix Vossen.
“With the hand: the future of mechanical gloves” – Medical Device Developments
Took a look at a new line of mechanical gloves coming out of Harvard University, which could represent a real breakthrough in robotic prosthetic gloves.
“Rejoice – cheese might be better for you than you think” – Ingredients Insight
Looked at new claims that cheese has been unfairly maligned as an unhealthy food.
“The end of sanctions and Iran’s oil market” – Oil & Gas Agenda
Interviewed experts about what the impact the lifting of sanctions will have on Iran’s oil market.
“The declining world of room service” – Hotel Management International
I wrote about the future of one of hospitality’s most beloved and exclusive traditions.
“Filming Dennis Rodman’s ill-fated N.Korea goodwill tour” – NK News and the Guardian
Interviewed the filmmaker behind the “Big Bang in Pyongyang” documentary.
Investigated a complex plot to bring North Korean crystal methamphetamines into the USA.
“Iran back in the running: A country’s future in hospitality” – Hotel Management Middle East
Spoke to industry players about the future of Iranian hospitality.