North Korea’s Hall of Mirrors: Fake Global Network of Shell Companies Key to Illicit Arms Exports

North Korea’s Global Hall of Mirrors: Shadowy front companies crucial to banned Pyongyang arms exports Investigation reveals complex web of false shell corporations spanning the world enabling DPRK arms exports By Nate Thayer NK News May 30, 2013 (See entire story at NK News http://www.nknews.org/2013/05/the-front-companies-facilitating-north-korean-arms-exports/ ) Four years after an aircraft was seized in Bangkok with a cargo […]

Artist with “Strange Watch” Charged with “Possessing an Explosive Device” at U.S. Airport: Cite “watch itself was on incorrect time.”

Artist with “Strange Watch” Charged with “Possessing an Explosive Device” at U.S. Airport: Cite “watch itself was on incorrect time.” Police officials said that no actual explosives were found but “McGann was carrying potentially dangerous materials and appeared to have made alterations to his boots which were unusually large and stuffed with layers of insoles.” […]

North Korean Officials Implicated in Scores of Drug Trafficking Incidents

North Korean Officials Implicated in Scores of Drug Trafficking Incidents By Nate Thayer North Korea has categorically denied state sponsored criminal syndicates of drug trafficking, trafficking of counterfeit U.S. currency, and other smuggling-for- profit activities by North Korean military, intelligence, and diplomatic officials since 1976. But the evidence solidly suggests otherwise. The Kim family dynastic […]

The Spy Sub, A Poisoned Diplomat in Russia, and a Naked, Drunk American Preacher in Pyongyang

The North Korean Spy Sub, a Poisoned Diplomat in Vladivostok, and the Naked, Drunk American Preacher  in Pyongyang The 1996 secret mission that caused tremors from Washington to Seoul to Vladivostok By Nate Thayer#north Kore On a lonely stretch of coastal highway on September 18, 1996, South Korean cab driver Lee Jin Gyu noticed a […]

Tycoon Says He Financed Hun Sen Coup

Tycoon Says He Financed Hun Sen Coup; $1 Million Underwrote Cambodian Takeover The Washington Post July 24, 1997 By Nate Thayer A powerful Cambodian businessman and suspected drug kingpin says he gave more than $1 million in cash and gold to co-prime minister Hun Sen and his allies to fund a coup that ousted rival […]

Drug Suspects Bankroll Cambodian Coup Leader

Drug Suspects Bankroll Cambodian Coup Leader; Narcotics Traffic Booms as Loans, Gifts Flow Washington Post July 22, 1997 By Nate Thayer When a prominent businessman and senior adviser to Cambodian co-prime minister Hun Sen was implicated in an attempt to smuggle seven tons of marijuana out of the country recently, a top official in the […]

Cambodia: Asia’s New Narco-State? Medellin on the Mekong

 Cambodia: Asia’s New Narco-State? Medellin on the Mekong Far Eastern Economic Review COVER STORY (Three story package below) 23 Nov 1995 By Nate Thayer Has Cambodia become a mafia state? Nate Thayer reports that in the two years since UN-run elections, criminal syndicates protected by high-ranking have turned the country into a major centre for […]

Thai Border: A Wild West of Anarchy

Thai Border: A Wild West of Anarchy By Nate Thayer Phnom Penh Post Friday, 20 November 1992 BANGKOK, Thailand-Thai officials, black market traders, and U.N. workers who have operated on the Thai-Cambodian border for years say U.N. efforts to impose economic sanctions against the Khmer Rouge will be virtually impossible to enforce. The U.N. hopes […]