Blaine Harden recounts the fractured fairy tale origins of North Korea through the stories of the Stalinist tyrant Kim Il Sung and fighter pilot No Kum Sok who fled the kingdom.
North Korean Arc de Triomphe—a monument by Kim Il Sung in honor of... Kim Il Sung It's a vacation week for many of the pundit regulars, which could be a net positive in the fight for reason. However, not everyone decided to sleep in. Jimmy...Show More Summary
Thousands of North Koreans gathered in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang on Tuesday to show their support for their government's rejection of a recent UN resolution on human rights in North Korea. Kim Ki Nam, Secretary of the Central Committee...Show More Summary
His look and persona are consciously imitated by his grandson, Kim Jong Un
Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto (author of, for example, The Implacable Order of Things) took part in the Kim Il Sung 100th Birthday Ultimate Mega Tour of North Korea in 2012 (well, who wouldn't have, if they had the chance ?) and...Show More Summary
North Korean children sit on the shoulders of their parents at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang to watch fireworks over Juche Tower to celebrate the official birthday of the late leader on Tuesday. Image via David Guttenfelder/AP. Read more...
The young tyrant skipped the military parade and the crowds that typically mark the revered Kim Il Sung's birthday, instead apparently paying a midnight visit to the Pyongyang mausoleum where his embalmed body rests
Yesterday for the first time in the 27-year history of the Pyongyang marathon, North Korea allowed foreign amateur and professional runners to take part. Competitors from 27 countries ran in front of crowds gathered in Kim Il Sung Stadium and around Kim Il Sung University in part to celebrate Kim Il Sung's 102 birthday on Tuesday. Show More Summary
The late journalist Christopher Hitchens once suggested that it was as if Kim Il Sung -- the founder and “Eternal President” of the...
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has taken serious criticism over his ongoing relationship with North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, and his resistance of pressure to leverage that relationship for the release of imprisoned American Kenneth Bae. Show More Summary
[Illuminated portraits of North Korea's late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il glow amid the dark buildings of central Pyongyang before dawn yesterday. Photo by David Guttenfelder via AP] Read more...
Changes in Longitude It was a hot, sticky day in North Korea as we trudged up the steep hill on Tongil Street to gaze upon yet another massive, gilded statue of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung. We were in the industrial city of Kaesong, only miles from the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas. Show More Summary
While Pyongyang’s Kim regime hasn’t yet collapsed, a mosaic wall erected to honor the dynasty did, on the eve of the April 15 Day of the Sun festivities meant to celebrate the birthday of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. Conflicting...Show More Summary
Crack open a cold OB beer, beeyotches. It's Kim Il Sung's birthday!
Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung, The Associated Press reported. Girls in red and pink jackets skipped along street …
After quick stops in Seoul and Beijing, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touched down in Tokyo Sunday to meet with Japanese officials and discuss North Korea‘s recent threats. Kerry reiterated U.S. support for its Asian allies, saying Washington would “do what is necessary” to defend Japan and South Korea from any attack. Show More Summary
Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets today to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung—which also marks the start of the new year in the North Korean calendar. There was no...
As the United States and South Korea watched nervously for a North Korean missile launch, North Koreans kicked off a spring festival as part of celebrations surrounding the April 15 birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung. Thursday was also the first anniversary of Kim Jong Un's …
When North Korea‘s founder Kim Il Sung was alive, he’d celebrate his birthday by imprisoning hundreds of thousands of “ideological offenders” or unveiling a blueprint for a “communist paradise.” His son and heir, Kim Jong Il, turnedShow More Summary
Female North Korean traffic police officers gather in front of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to pay their respects in Pyongyang, North Korea on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. North Koreans turned out to commemorate what would have been the 71th birthday of Kim Jong Il who died on Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)