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All Along the DMZ — Part IV

This is Part IV of a five-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired by Barry Lancet’s geopolitical thriller, The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about the DMZ and JSA. This originally appeared in Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm. “How would you like to fly up to the […]

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All Along the DMZ — Part III

This is Part III of a five-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired by Barry Lancet’s The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about “the scariest place on the earth.” Did someone say road trip to the DMZ? That’s what happened in August 2000 when I was invited back to the JSA, […]

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All Along the DMZ — Part II

This is Part II of a four-part series on the Korean DMZ inspired in part by Barry Lancet’s The Spy Across the Table and my articles and essays about the DMZ and JSA. Summer 2000. Somehow I had talked myself into writing feature stories about the 50th anniversary of the Korean War for the Korea […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — The Bridge of No Return, Joint Security Area (JSA)

Reading about President Obama’s visit to the JSA and OP Ouellette this past weekend, reminded me of all the times I’ve been to the JSA/Panmunjom. My first time was on December 31, 1996, the day after the bodies of North Korean commandos, who had been killed in a firefight with South Korean troops (many also […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — A North Korean Through the Looking Glass, December 31, 1996

My first trip to Panmunjom, which is not really Panmunjom per se, but the Joint Security Area (JSA) was on a cold, deary New Year’s Eve in 1996. The weather made me feel like I had stepped into some Cold War thriller. When you step out on Conference Row and enter one of the Military […]

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Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — North Korean School Trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA), 2000

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A North Korean school trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA) and Panmunjom. This was back in the summer of 2000 during my second trip to the JSA and a trip that I would write about for my first article about “the scariest place in the world.” Of […]

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Remaining Vigilant at Freedom’s Frontier

The first time I went to Panmunjom, or the Joint Security Area was on Dec. 31, 1996. It was a cold, gray, dreary day, which almost seemed fitting for the world’s most dangerous and scariest place with all its Cold War underpinnings. Over the next couple of years I would return to Panmunjom quite regularly […]

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25th Anniversary of the Panmunjom Ax Murder Incident — Part 2

The following day a Military Armistice Commission (MAC) meeting was held, at which time the senior MAC member, Rear Admiral Mark P. Frudden, delivered a strong protest and demanded assurance from the KPA that this would never happen again. It was also the first time at a MAC meeting that a UNC representative defamed the […]

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25th Anniversary of the Panmunjom Ax Murder Incident — Part 1

Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Panmunjom Axe Murder Incident August 17, 2001 Of all the times I visited Panmunjom—whether on a tour or as a journalist, the most memorable one was on August 17, 2001 for a special, somber ceremony to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1976 Panmunjom Axe Murder Incident. That one […]

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