» 09/20/2012, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
Not just Kate: Pyongyang censors first lady’s past
Instead of fighting the famine, the regime led by Kim Jong-un has launched a campaign to retrieve a CD containing the songs by "companion Ri", wife of the dictator. The "pop" image clashes with that of the sober matron concerned about the revolution and the people.
24/05/2011 NORTH KOREA
Still some Christians “alive and respected” under Kim regime
South Korean Protestant Pastor: "In North Korea there are still about 40 thousand Christians: some tortured and committed to labour camps, but who set an example for everyone." The Catholic Church does not confirm these figures but praises the attitude of those who managed to escape, "missionary of hope for us all."
13/07/2012 NORTH KOREA
Not just Mickey Mouse: The New Korean dictator loves pop culture
In a big show broadcast on state television Disney characters were followed on stage by dancers in miniskirts and low-cut tops and a band playing Frank Sinatra. Even aired the finale of Rocky IV, when the U.S. sends to the Soviets to the rug. An analyst: "It is no turning point. But at least the new dictator seems convinced that the ideology of his predecessors is a mess."
19/02/2009 KOREA - UNITED STATES
Pyongyang ready for "all-out confrontation" with Seoul and Washington
The statement, released by the official North Korean news agency KCNA, comes as U.S. secretary of state Clinton visits South Korea. Analysts say that the threat is intended to draw the attention of the United States to the nuclear question, and aid to the North. In China, a scholar has disappeared who released news about Kim Jong-il's health condition.
06/11/2008 NORTH KOREA
Ghost of Kim Jong-Il's health flits about North Korea
The official KCNA news agency continues to issue photos and statements attesting to the presence of the communist dictator at public events and state engagements. Analysts say that this is propaganda aimed at stopping rumors about his health. From Japan, confirmation that an expert in brain surgery went to Pyongyang recently.
26/07/2012 NORTH KOREA
Forget Kate and William: the wedding of the century was in Pyongyang
The North Korean regime confirms: the young dictator Kim Jong-un is married. The wife - presented by his uncle Jang Song-taek - straight out of billboard propaganda: beautiful and intelligent, she is the daughter of a professor of nuclear physics and a gynecologist. The marriage was celebrated before the death of "dear leader", and the publicity that surrounds it is a sign of the changing style of the system, more and more oriented to pop culture.
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