Monthly Archives: August 2012

Summary of Food, Economics and Entitlements by Amartya Sen

Summary of Amartya Sen, “Food, Economics and Entitlements.” World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University, February 1986. People establish command over food in two broad ways: Direct ownership of food via production conversion of wages into food The … Continue reading

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Case Study: Chronology of the Crisis in Winter 1954-55

Between 1948 and 1954 North Korea abstained from a collectivization drive for political (to avoid alienating South Koreans farmers who the Korean Workers’ Party saw as potential supporters for a communist-driven unification) and military (the Korean War) reasons. Perhaps because … Continue reading

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Interview with Chris Green

I recently conducted an interview with Chris Green for the Worldwise program on bloggingheads.tv Running at around 50 minutes, we discussed everything from the political situation in North Korea to the prospect of engagement with Pyongyang in a very tense … Continue reading

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Labor reeducation and Bolaven

In preparation for the 6.28 Reforms, the North Korean state is beginning to make some changes. Since the breakdown of the Public Distribution System, the workers on agricultural cooperatives have been more focused on their private plots to produce food … Continue reading

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North Korea reaches out

According to sources familiar with North Korean affairs, North Korea is holding public  lectures on the upcoming economic reforms, the principles of which were outlined under Kim Jong-un’s On the establishing of a new economic management system in our own … Continue reading

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Assessments and Shortfalls

The United Nations Development Project (UNDP) reported that while the recent floods in North Korea were terrible, they should not cause extreme food insecurity. Although the KCNA reported that 45,000 hectares of farmland was submerged or has been washed away, the … Continue reading

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No Rest for the Weary

Recent changes in North Korea, from Vice Marshal Ri Yong-ho’s “early retirement” to the official announcement of Kim Jong-un’s marriage, there have been wide speculations about the possibility of North Korea showing a new face to the world. In response … Continue reading

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