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Investigative Journalist’s Report On North Korea Sold As ‘Eat, Pray, Love’-Style Memoir, Because All Books By Women Are The Same

Risking incarceration and death in one of the world’s most tightly controlled dictatorships is exactly the same as a rich white lady “finding herself” in the mystical land of brown people.

Kelly Kanayama |

North Korea’s Newest Satellite Flew Over The Super Bowl Stadium

Unfortunately they were an hour late to catch the game, but everyone knows that Kim Jong-un is a bigger basketball fan anyways. 

Lauren Vinopal |

Amnesty International: Iranian Women Are Being Made Into “Baby-Making Machines”

An Iranian bill restricting the availability of contraception and abortions in order to boost the country’s population is effectively going to turn Iranian women into “baby-making machines.” …

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Margaret Cho’s Shtick At The Golden Globes: Not Racist, Just Tired

Last night at the Golden Globe Awards, Margaret Cho played a character named Cho Yun Ja, a movie reporter from North Korea, in a misguided attempt to coast off fumes…

Megan Reynolds |

“The Interview” Will Be Released On Christmas Day After All

Only a few days after President Obama held a press conference and criticized Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” from theaters at a cyber hacker’s request, the studio has decided…

Katie Oldenburg |

The Hacked Sony E-Mails Are A Distraction From The Larger Issues, And It’s Wrong To Use E-Mails Stolen From Anyone, Ever

I don’t take George Clooney that seriously, most of the time, but his interview with Deadline spoke to a lot of things I’ve been reflecting on about my job lately.

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate]
Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Elle Magazine Promotes “North Korea Chic” As Hot Fall Trend

For the most part, Elle’s list of “top fashion trends” for this autumn reads like any other: nautical, punk, pastels, Victorian, and Wednesday Addams are all fairly standard fodder for…

Rachel Krause |

These Are Your Haircut Options In North Korea

Remember that time you accidentally became a huge fan of Skrillex and decided to shave off the hair on one side of your head? Yeah, well, if you lived in…

Julie Gerstein |

International Fashplomacy: Noko Jeans From North Korea

These days, starting a denim line seems just about as formulaic as making a Duncan Hines cake: get some organic cotton, mix in a celeb name, slap on a pricey…

Leonora Epstein |