North Korean monuments under the African sun

Interview | Tycho van der Hoog on the shady world behind the façade of remarkable structures A surreal discovery: North Korea built monuments all over Southern Africa. When Tycho van der Hoog (25), researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden, encountered a Stalinist-looking building in the center of Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, he could not … Continue reading North Korean monuments under the African sun

“FAKE REFUGEES OUT”

Seoul – While the sun sets over Gyeongbokgung palace, an angry mob shouts “fake refugees out!” About 1500 people have gathered at a demonstration organized by an online organization called “refugees out”. The target of protest are 500 Yemeni refugees who arrived at Jeju Island earlier this month. The diverse demographics of the crowd surprised me: … Continue reading “FAKE REFUGEES OUT”

“Peace between the South and the North, Seoul is also with you.”

After president Trump and Chairman Kim signed the Joint Statement earlier this week, there is tension in the air. Today, I walked past Seoul’s city hall and encountered this gigantic poster covering almost the full side of the building. The text on the poster reads: “Peace between the South and the North, Seoul is also … Continue reading “Peace between the South and the North, Seoul is also with you.”