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The North Korean Workers' Party Congress

The seventh Workers' Party of North Korea congress has just ended, the first since 1980 when the nations' first leader, Kim Il Sung, announced that his son, Kim Jong Il, would succeed him, which he did in 1994. This congress was convened by his son, the 33-year old Kim Jong Un, who has used it to consolidate his power. Show More Summary

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is “Arrogant and Impulsive”

This worries the U.S., South Korea and Japan since Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, was not as impulsive as his son is. Photo by Prachatai

I Miss My Dad

2 months agoHumor : Funny or Die

I Miss My Dad My dad, Kim Jong-Il, creator of rainbows, was glorious man. Submitted by: Kim Jong-Un Regular Keywords: kim jong un kim jong il north korea Views: 33

Hallowed leader's name apparently behind U.S. student's jailing in North Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. student sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by North Korea's supreme court was convicted for trying to steal a banner invoking former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, state media footage of the trial indicates.

Sacha Baron Cohen Hid in a Toilet to Evade Oscar Bosses

Back in 2012, Sacha Baron Cohen showed up to the Oscars as his Dictator character and dumped an urn —which he claimed contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il—all over Ryan Seacrest. Not only did Seacrest refuse to interview Baron Cohen on the red carpet this year as a...

Week in Pictures

From the Pope in Mexcio to birthday celebrations for the late Kim Jong Il, here is this week's news in pictures

'Kimjongilia' display celebrates late N Korea leader

North Korea opens lavish exhibition to celebrate the 74th anniversary of late leader's Kim Jong Il's birth.

North Korean defector trained in propaganda art now uses it to mock rulers

7 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Sun Mu spreads paper painted with the names Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il over the concrete floor of an art gallery. He lays the broad sheet at the gallery's entrance so that to view his work, visitors must step on the names of North Korea's late leaders, spreading dirt from their shoes into names...

Kim Jong Un: Radical or Reformer?

Watching from afar, the dramatic political theater playing out in Pyongyang around Kim Jong Il's funeral reminded my own experiences inside the hermit kingdom. It took me nine years to secure a visa into North Korea. We were finally let in with the extraordinary cultural ambassadors: the musicians of the new York Philharmonic Orchestra in [...]

North Korea's black market becoming the new normal

PYONGYANG (Reuters) - When North Korea's late "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il opened the Pothonggang Department Store in December 2010, he called on it to play "a big role" in improving living standards in the capital Pyongyang, official media said. Show More Summary

Kim Jong Elizabeth II

Beautifully done: BBC footage of the Queen’s birthday, but with sneering BBC commentary about Kim Jong Il’s birthday dubbed over it. The lovely irony. Hat tip to Philip Sterne, self-described longtime blog lurker. The post Kim Jong Elizabeth II appeared first on Chris Blattman.

In North Korea, there’s a new growth industry: statues of Kim Jong Il

10 months agoNews : BlogPost

In North Korea, there’s no escaping the Kim family. “Eternal President” Kim Il Sung continues to reign — according to North Korean lore — 21 years after his death. His son, “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il, died in 2011 but lies in state with his father in a huge mausoleum the size of Buckingham Palace […]

Did the North Korean Founder's Portrait Disappear From Pyongyang?

The image of Kim Il Sung, the founder of North Korea, was not featured at the new Pyongyang International Airport terminal, which Kim Jong Un dedicated to his father, Kim Jong Il.

The Second-Most Megalomaniacal Dictator on Earth

Everyone knows the world's most megalomaniacal dictator. That would be Kim Jong Un of the North Korean hermit kingdom, also known as “The Precious Leader,” son of the “The Dear Leader,” Kim Jong Il. His grandfather, Kim Il Sung, is still...Show More Summary

Kim Jong Un is critical of the terrapin farm.

He said: "It is hard to understand that the farm visited by Kim Jong Il did not arrange even the room for education in revolutionary history. The employees who failed to bear deep in their minds his leadership exploits could hardly perform...Show More Summary

Do North Koreans really think Kim Jong Il bowled a perfect 300 his first time out?

Recent rumors about North Korean textbooks exhorting a young Kim Jong Un’s prowess as a driver and sailor have sparked a renewed cycle of blogs and articles musing on just how weird North Korea is. Why is their propaganda so odd, we ask. Do they believe it all?

Kim Jong Un Resurrects 'Pleasure Squad'

Kim Jong Un is reportedly taking after his father and recruiting new talent to what has become known as the "pleasure squad." Kim Jong Il was a well-known fan of the troupe of female entertainers, which Kim disbanded after his father's death. But it appears he has now had a...

25 Facts of Today – February 04, 2015

Facts of Today -that the first president of Zimbabwe was President Banana Facts of Today -that in 2001 Kim Jong Il’s eldest son was caught using a fake Dominican passport to enter Japan. When asked for an explanation, he said he “just wanted to visit Disneyland.” He was subsequently disowned by his father. Facts of […]

Kim Jong Il ‘Wanted $10 Billion to Hold a Summit with South Korea’

Former South Korean President Lee Myung-ba claims to have rejected the astronomical demands for money and food

‘The Voice’ Records ‘Love Letter’ To Kim Jong Un, Is Judith Hill The New Dennis Rodman?

Kim Jong Un has accidentally been given almost as much celebrity as his father Kim Jong Il, thanks to Dennis Rodman, The Interview, an interesting looking game called “Glorious Leader”. In light of the Interview debacle, the North Korean leader has gained a new fan. Show More Summary

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