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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.
North Korean women work at the cashier table of a bookstore in Pyongyang, North Korea. AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

Inside North Korea’s literary fiction factory

The state-produced stories, which include tales about apartment lotteries, theme parks and the Clintons, might seem absurd. But they offer a window into the regime's priorities and anxieties.
Jihyun Park finds joy in the little things many take for granted, whether it’s being able to drop her kids off at school or having family dinners.

For a North Korean refugee raising her kids in the UK, the past is never far

Jihyun Park escaped North Korea and is now living in Manchester. But how to explain her scars to her children? Or why they can't call their relatives still living in North Korea?
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.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak following a meeting on the security and stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

China the winner after pointless Canada-U.S. meeting on North Korea

China is succeeding in a high-stakes poker game on the Korean Peninsula. Did Canada and the U.S. just play into Chinese hands?
The fear and distress caused by a false missile alarm last week on Jan. 13 in Hawaii is part of the 125 year legacy of American occupation. Here, cars drive past a highway sign: “Missile alert in error. There is no threat” on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

Life, death and politics in Hawaii: 125 years of colonial rule

The fear and distress caused by a false missile alarm last week in Hawaii is part of the 125- year legacy of American occupation.
North Koreans cheer in this November 2017 as they watch a news broadcast announcing Kim Jong-un’s order to test-fire the inter-continental ballistic missile Hwasong-15 at the Pyongyang Train Station in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The case for using military force against North Korea

Military options should, and must, be on the table if diplomacy fails to compel North Korea to de-nuclearize.
Talks between North and South Korea have led to the rogue North agreeing to send a delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Reuters

The Winter Olympics and the two Koreas: how sport diplomacy could save the world

North Korea sending a delegation to this year's Winter Olympics in South Korea may be a global shadow puppet show – or it might help thaw the frozen relations between the two countries.
In this recent photo, South Koreans watch a TV news program showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s New Year’s speech. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Kim Jong-un is a gangster: Here’s how to sort him out

Chrystia Freeland and Rex Tillerson should remember one point when they meet in Vancouver soon to discuss North Korea: Kim Jong-un runs a feudal gangland, not a nation state.

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