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Lest We Forget . . . .

Forty-six years ago today – just before midnight EDT on 14 April 1969 – Deep Sea 129 was shot down by North Korea. Burn in hell, Kim Il-Sung. Burn in hell.

Did We Even Know He Had A Wife?

North Korea’s first lady, Ri Sol Ju, made her first public appearance this year on Monday during celebrations marking the birthday of the country’s founding leader Kim Il-sung, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday. Kim Jong Un’s wife was spotted wearing a wedding ring on her left hand, Agence France-Presse reported. Kim and [...]

North Korea’s first lady Ri Sol-Ju appears in public for first time this year

last weekNews : The Raw Story

North Korea’s first lady has appeared in public for the first time this year as part of celebrations marking the birthday of the country’s founding leader Kim Il-Sung, state media said Tuesday. A grinning Ri Sol-Ju, wearing what appeared to be a wedding ring on her left hand, was...

North Korean Leader's Wife Makes First Public Appearance of the Year

North Korean first lady Ri Sol-Ju has reportedly appeared in public for the first time this year as she took part in celebrations dedicated to the birthday anniversary of the country's founding leader, Kim Il-Sung.

North Korea to Fire Ballistic Missile Into Sea of Japan

North Korea will launch an upgraded intermediate-range ballistic missile later this week and early next as the Communist state prepares to mark the 103rd birth anniversary of its founding father Kim Il-sung.

Kim Jong-un Assembles New ‘Pleasure Squad’ of Young Women

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, has reportedly ordered the recruitment of a “pleasure squad” of young women - a family tradition from the days of North Korea’s founding ruler Kim Il-sung. The women are supposed to “entertain”...Show More Summary

The Failed Assassination of Kim Jong-il (Extra Scene from 'Propaganda Over Pyongyang')

last monthNews : Vice News

In this extra scene, VICE News speaks with a former lieutenant of the North Korean People’s Army about a failed assassination attempt on Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

A Visual Guide To North Korea's Totalitarian Operating System

From a calendar that starts with the birth of Kim Il-sung to the "Naenara" web browser, Red Star is a study in state-controlled technology. This story contains interviews with Dan Bowerman, IT consultant and editor of the Opening Up North Korea blog; and Martyn Williams, a John S. Show More Summary

My Personal Memories as Deng Xiaoping's Interpreter: From Oriana Fallaci to Kim Il-sung to Gorbachev

Distributed by the Guancha Syndicate SHANGHAI -- August 22 marked the anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's birth 110 years go. Though it has been 17 years since he left us, his eyes, sharp and deep, remain vivid in my memory. Though his demeanor...Show More Summary

North Koreans forced to donate metal for giant Dear Leader statues

North Koreans in Sinuiju, a border city, claim that they were forced to donate metal to a "loyalty fund" for statues of two of North Korea's deceased leaders. The statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il were difficult to finance, since North Korea doesn't have an abundant metal supply. Show More Summary

Kim Jong-Un’s Limp Gets Worldwide Stares

10 months agoNews : ABC Headlines Blog

By EURIE HWANG SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong-un limped  onto center stage today to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of his grandfather and the nation’s founder, Kim Il-sung. State media broadcasted live footage of the mass memorial, packed with thousands...

Kim Jong-Un Has a Limp in Latest Video From North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was filmed limping across the stage during a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of his grandfather Kim Il-sung's death. See also: North Korea's Marathon: A Rare Chance to Tour Pyongyang on Foot State-run...Show More Summary

Going In

In 2012, the Portuguese writer José Luís Peixoto, on the occasion of Kim Il-Sung’s 100th birthday, went to North Korea for a fifteen-day trip. The experience led him to write a travel memoir, Inside the Secret, which you can read in serialized form online at Ninth Letter magazine. You could also read Pulitzer laureate Adam Johnson’s new […]

Kim Lit

This week has been full of news about unorthodox children’s book authors. First, there was Keith Richards’s picture book, and now an Australian academic claims that Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung wrote children’s books, too. “I was astounded that children’s books (purportedly) written by Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung were vastly more readable than one […]

Climate craziness of the week: climate scientist presented as a God, like Mao and Kim Il-sung?

This picture looks a lot like some murals we’ve seen in the past to deify “heros of some revolution”.  Compare the photos below. Jo Nova writes: A friend at Curtin University, Western Australia reports that a new mysterious and imposing … Continue reading ?

Meet the Only Westerner to Work for the North Korean Regime

Alejandro Cao de Benos holding a pin of Kim Il-sung. (All photos courtesy of Alejandro Cao de Benos.) This weekend saw the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. While you no doubt spent Saturday toasting the memory of the fatherland's...Show More Summary

Kim Jong-Un Is No Master Strategist

Despite their reputation for irrationality, North Korean leaders have always been masterful strategists. The country’s founding leader and eternal president, Kim Il-Sung, masterfully exploited the Sino-Soviet split throughout the Cold War to extract aid from both without having to offer much in return. Show More Summary

Kim Il-Sung Transformed Into Comic Supervillains on Defaced North Korean Banknotes

North Korean banknotes aren’t much use for buying anything, but if you’re German artist … Read More

President Kim Il-sung Reimagined as a Justice League Comic Villain on North Korean Money

2 years agoHumor : Laughing Squid

Injustice League Of North Korea is a series of defaced North Korean currency by German artist and designer Aslan Malik showing political leader Kim Il-sung (1912-1994) on the 100, 1,000 and 5,000 won banknotes reimagined as a Justice League comic book villain. images via Aslan Malik

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