North Korea

Photographer creates 'Google street view' of North Korea

 
A Singaporean photographer has offered up one of the most unique glimpses yet of life inside North Korea. He's done it by capturing hidden corners of the country in a series of 360° photographs. And what's more, the country's authorities don't seem to have a problem with it. Read more...
 
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North Korea unfiltered, via Instagram

 
The pictures of North Korea that we have come to know are mainly those that the communist regime in Pyongyang wants us to see, notably huge popular rallies and long processions held in the glory of their ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong-un. But that situation could be in the process of changing: back in January 2012, the Associated Press agency opened a bureau in Pyongyang and since then its journalists have been especially active on Instagram, a social network used for sharing photos and videos. At the same time, this week a large delegation of foreign journalists was invited by Pyongyang into the country and some even seemed able to connect to Twitter. Read more... 
 

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Kim Jong-un’s warmongering exasperates S. Korean citizens

 
As North Korea grows more bellicose by the day, its neighbour and sworn enemy to the south is trying to keep cool. However, South Korea’s government has warned that it would strike back with force should North Korea try to launch an attack. Three of our Observers in Seoul talk about what it’s like to live under the threat of war. Read more...

North Korea’s first beer advert: a toast to capitalism?

Three minutes of sickeningly kitsch video is North Korea's way of advertising their home-brewed lager. In the land where advertising has been, until now, non-existent, is Kim Jong-il edging North Korea slowly towards capitalism? Read more and see the ad...

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Propaganda posted in helium balloons sparks border closure from N Korea

South Korean NGOs have been floating propaganda and money in helium balloons across the border for years. No secret to the authorities, so why this morning has Jim Jong-Il's regime announced to throttle the border and flush out southerners? Read more...

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Were the latest images of Kim Jong-il Photoshopped?

In order to hush rumours about Kim Jong-il's death, the North Korean authorities released photos of the "dear leader" inspecting his troops earlier this week. But a Chinese blogger says that the photos have been digitally manipulated. Read more...

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Kim Jong-Il "dead since 2003"

A Japanese expert on North Korea is claiming that the country's dictatorial ruler has in fact been dead for years, and is simply played by same-sized doubles at public events. Read more...

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North Korea’s propaganda goes online: terrifyingly funny

Despite the acclaimed ‘IT revolution' in North Korea, there are still very few people with access to the Internet. So few, that studies gauging national percentages of Internet users, simply list North Korea as ‘not applicable'. Despite this, Pyongyang has created what can only be described as an online propaganda machine. Available in Korean, Chinese, Russian, Japanese and English, the site is an online compendium of a particularly North Korean form of cult worship centered on the ‘Dear Leader,' Kim Jong Il. It may be a serious cyber effort from Pyongyang, but for the rest of the world, it's downright hilarious. From horses and Chow Chows (little Chinese dogs) presented to the North Korean dictator, to paeans a new dam, it features everything on North Korea you always feared were true, but were too terrified to contemplate. Read more...
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