- New Zealand is an odd place to find a North Korean prison. (HT to reader)

– MUST READ: Over at Sino-NK, Professor Andrei Lankov has penned a wonderful post on why the history of North Korea’s founding busts a lot of the myths held by both left and right. To sum up, regardless of what the South Korean left would life to believe, the Soviets micromanaged affairs in the North on a scale that far exceeded American control in the South, and that the many reforms undertaken in the North were, in fact, undertaken by the Soviets, not the Koreans themselves. Regardless of what the right would like to believe, however, the regime the Soviets put in place in the North had a great deal of popular support.