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Members of a North Korean delegation cheer while holding the unified Korea flag at the pairs figure skating free program at the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics on Feb. 15, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

North Korean Sport Diplomacy: The Olympic event where everyone loses

The International Olympic Committee has banished dopers from the Winter Games. Shame it hasn't treated North Korea, a noted human rights violator, with the same resolve.
South Korean chefs prepare bibimbap, a signature Korean dish, for the Korean Food Festival. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Pyeongchang’s heartwarming cuisine

The mountainous Gangwon province, home of the 2018 Olympics, boasts some unique fare. A Korean professor describes her favorite dishes, from Korean surf and turf to tofu as soft as ice cream.
South Korea’s goalie Shin So-jung reacts after giving up a goal to Switzerland in the first game played by the combined Koreas women’s hockey team the 2018 Winter Olympics. Korea lost its opening game 8-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Player or pawn? Women’s hockey, the Olympics and the Korean dynamic

The joint South Korean-North Korean women's Olympic hockey team has angered fans of the game and raised concerns about athlete morale. But the media spotlight is actually good for the game.
Unification flags hang on a military fence near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Why a first strike option on North Korea is a very bad idea

Whichever way you cut it, a US first strike against North Korea would almost certainly trigger major war on the Korean peninsula, with a high risk of escalation to full-scale nuclear conflict.
A flag with Korean peninsula unification symbol at the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Andy Clark/Files

Is a unified Korea possible?

North Korea has taken up the South's invitation to the Olympics, but a quick look at the history of North-South talks suggests that unity is not as close as it may seem.
North Korean cheerleaders holding the unified Korea flag during the Summer Universiade 2003 in South Korea. EPA-EFE/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

Even a truce between the two Koreas might not save the Winter Olympics

A delicate truce between North and South Korea has been reached in the run up to the Winter Olympics. It's a high profile win for an event which is struggling to remain relevant.

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