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
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 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
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...
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 ?
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
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
The North Korean dictator Kim Il-Sung gets a comic book makeover.
North Korean banknotes aren’t much use for buying anything, but if you’re German artist … Read More
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
? While North Korea was celebrating the 101st birthday of founder Kim Il-sung, people in South Korea were protesting against North Korea. Consequently, North Korea “has issued new threats against South Korea, vowing ‘sledgehammer blows’...Show More Summary
North Koreans celebrated the 101st anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung. Koreans attended concerts and paid homage to the dead dictator. There had been speculation that Pyongyang might use the occasion to conduct a missile test. … Continue reading ?
Thousands celebrate Kim Il-sung's birth in capital Pyongyang, as tensions continue over the country's nuclear programme.
N. Korea keeps world guessing on birthday plans (via AFP) All eyes are on North Korea on Monday to see if it marks the birthday of late founder Kim Il-Sung with an expected missile launch, despite tension-reducing noises from Seoul and Washington. North Korea has a habit of linking high-profile military tests with key dates [...]
Even though North Korea is going to blow the world up any day now, the country still hosted an international marathon as part of a national holiday celebrating the birth of its founder, Kim Il-sung. Read more...
"North Korea is not a State -- it's a cult." -- Former North Korean spy Kim Hyun-hee, quoted by the Daily Mail, on how she was taught "that our leader, Kim Il-sung, was a God."
Seriously, now. What would the "Eternal President" Kim Il-Sung think about this?! [ more › ]