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No mental health issues at the Australian Border Force … indies go it alone in Queensland … North Korea has fans in Melbourne …

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Asian Cup: the (financial) reasons to cheer for North Korea this summer

Australia is hosting a sporting bonanza this summer, here’s our guide to the weird, wonderful and cheap Asian Cup matches.

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Will business reporters warn us of a coming recession?

Crikey readers discuss business journalism, press secretaries and other issues of the day.

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How one of the world’s most dangerous nuclear states became a joke

The United States loves to laugh at silly old North Korea — but the Sony hack and more-than-implied threats thereafter showed the DPRK didn’t get the joke.

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Songs, impromptu dancing and the Dear Leader: life inside North Korea

North Korea is one of the most secretive countries in the world, and Westerners sometimes envision a dystopia with armed soldiers in lockstep. But North Korea tour guide James Scullin says the reality is much different.

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The atrocities of North Korea: we have to engage, not isolate

The UN report into human rights atrocities in North Korea is clear: only engagement, not isolation or aggression, will improve the situation. Deakin lecturer and north-east Asia researcher Danielle Chubb reports.

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A trip to the DMZ (and a T-shirt to prove it): Korea divided on a solution

Opinions in South Korea are sharply divided on what to do about its nuclear neighbour. Crikey visited the no-man’s-land between still-warring nations to examine whether diplomacy is still an option.

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‘Granting’ freedom of speech

Crikey readers talk sustainability, Joe Hockey and Bernard Keane’s right to an opinion.

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Cheat sheet for Michael Kirby on abuses in North Korea

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby will lead a UN inquiry into human rights abuses in North Korea. He says he has no preconceptions, but the evidence is already damning.

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Judging journos’ junkets

Crikey readers talk cybersecurity, journos’ junkets and North Korea.

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We’re on the Security Council: use it on North Korea

Australia has a Security Council seat — and is well-placed to show some leadership on North Korea. We used to be creative and front-footed on diplomacy, political commentator and retired diplomat Bruce Haigh argues. So let’s lift the ambition.

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Could North Korea nuke Australia? (Yes, but don’t worry)

North Korea is beating its chest about its nuclear potential. So would the rogue state have the capacity to bomb Australia? Freelance writer David Donaldson asks some big questions.

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The intractable problem of North Korea

Crikey readers talk George Pell, The Age’s paywall and a warning before showing the Opposition Leader in his budgie smugglers.

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Conservative or reactionary?

Crikey readers talk the IPA dinner, Tony Abbott and North Korea.

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A super debate over Gillard govt wranglings

Crikey readers weigh in to the issues of the day.

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Is North Korea on the warpath, or is it a ruse? Yes.

North Korea is moving towards a nuclear footing and ramping up its aggressive rhetoric. Is it for real? A sham? A danger? Or something in between?

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Rollerblades, Rocky and war preparations: inside Nth Korea

As North Korea gives the impression it’s preparing for war, what’s it like on the inside? The Lowy Institute’s James Brown took a trip to find out — and discovered a curious mix of the relaxed and the retro.

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In harm’s way: Australia and North Korea

With its nuclear program ramping up and increasingly aggressive rhetoric, is North Korea actually a threat to Australia? Freelance writer Sasha Petrova investigates.

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Google’s North Korea maps: what we can learn from

Google’s detailed new maps of North Korea are a reminder not to fall into the trap of demonising populations, writes Charles Richardson.

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North Korea risks sanctions to signal its greatness

The missile launch by North Korea yesterday — despite claiming it was a weather satellite — is another provocative strike against the West, writes Deakin University international relations lecturer Dr Danielle Chubb.

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Sales’ pub test … Smith v Williams … Newsweek online only …

In today’s Media Briefs: Leigh Sales pub test … Business Council of Australia on media regulation … Newsweek to become online only … WashPo develops real-time fact checking app and more …

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US reveals plans to put nukes in your neighbourhood

The US would redeploy tactical nuclear weapons to the Asia-Pacific and ask regional allies to host nuclear weapons in plans added to the draft Pentagon budget.

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Ten’s Titanic struggle … Herald Sun apologises for Logies leak

In today’s Media Briefs: Channel Ten News’s Titanic long bow, Obit of the week, Steve Jobs the movie — starring Ashton Kutcher, Gawker’s bargain basement Fox News mole and more…

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Where China stands on North Korea

Why has China not condemned North Korea’s many provocations? The status quo is unsustainable but China will go to great lengths to protect its borders, writes Evan Osnos.

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Is North Korea gearing up another nuclear test?

According to South Korean intelligence officials, North Korea is preparing for a new nuclear test to follow a contentious rocket launch later this week, reports Paula Hancocks and Jethro Mullen.

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