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12.22.14 Prachi Gupta

After pretty much everyone mocked them, the president scolded them, and some even offered to screen the movie for them, it seems that Sony executives have backtracked from their original stance of having “no plans” to release The Interview. Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Sony CEO Michael Lynton said, “We would still like the public […]

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12.18.14 Prachi Gupta

Updated: This screening has been canceled. More to come… Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW — Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014 Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds […]

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08.06.14 Marina Galperina

This bronze African Renaissance Monument towers above the slummy, unfinished house of the Mamelles district in Dakar, Senegal. It’s not exactly inspiring, as the Senegalese government is replete with corruption and is being investigated for embezzlement. Meanwhile, 47% of the country’s residents live below the poverty line. But wait, it looks… familiar… Slate’s Atlas Obscure blog explains: The colossal monument’s Soviet-influenced, […]

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03.26.14 Marina Galperina

Previously, male citizens of North Korea had 10 Socialist lifestyle-appropriate haircuts to choose from. Now, according to the questionably-reputable tabloid The Daily Mail, there can only be one —  Kim Jong Un’s own, aka “the Dear Leader haircut.” Men are required to maintain the sleeked-back undercut, cutting their hair every 15 days and keeping it shorter than two […]

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02.25.14 Andy Cush

That vast swath of darkness at the center of the above image, looking like a speckled, oddly shaped body of water — that’s the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, photographed from the International Space Station on January 30th. NASA has some relevant landmarks labeled for context. It’s a striking reminder of how literally and figuratively […]

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12.16.13 Andy Cush

When North Korea announced the execution of Kim Jong Un’s uncle Jang Song Thaek last week, it did so with some colorful insults: the country’s official press release referred to Song Thaek as a “traitor for all ages” and “despicable human scum,” who was “worse than a dog.” Now, for those who’d like to see themselves (or […]

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09.09.13 Andy Cush

This morning, Dennis Rodman emerged into a conference room at Manhattan’s Soho Grand Hotel, cigar in his mouth and sparkly scarf around his neck, to a sea of eager reporters. Flanked by representatives from the International Crisis Group and the Irish betting firm Paddy Power, he rambled, seemingly without forethought, through references to his wedding […]

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04.11.13 Marina Galperina

Apparently, ANIMAL “inspired” a part in the new Taiwanese animation video, the time that we enlisted North Korea expert Michael Malice to explain the photos of Kim Jong-un in Grease, the musical. The CGI reenactments of bunnies jumping into the anal cavities of a dictator in bondage and stuff? That wasn’t us. Dear Animal New York, We came across Marina’s article while doing […]

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04.09.13 Marina Galperina

Before Kim Jong Un inherited his dictatorship over North Korea, “Dear Leader might have been just another goofy pre-teen in a school play.” That’s what the Atlantic says about those photos. The question mark at the end of the headline says they’re not sure but what they hey, clickity-click-click. The Sun goes all in though: […]

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04.03.13 Kyle Petreycik

Anonymous knows no bounds with who or what they will attack, but the group has since chosen to attack their boldest target yet — the government of North Korea. The attack has so far included the collection of over 15,000 passwords used to access the website Uriminzokkiri.com, a website that provides Korean language news and propaganda from North Korea’s central news agency. The group has […]

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