Saturday, October 08, 2005

Reverse Slavery

Increasing Number of S. Korean Children Sold Abroad

Pyongyang, October 7, 2005 (KCNA) -- Sale of children to foreign countries is rampant in south Korea, according to the south Korean MBC Monday. The number of the children adopted by other parents reached at least 13,800 and more than 8,200 of them were sold abroad from 2002 to the first half of this year. This was disclosed by a paper presented by the Ministry of Health and Welfare to the "National Assembly."
Yet another one of the many advantages of living under a communist regime. The international corporate shipment of infants, is banned. Unlike counterfeit money, drugs, and weapons technology.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Long Overdue?

BEIJING, Oct 7 (Reuters) - North Korea, which has a robust ballistic missile programme and claims to have developed nuclear arms, began production on Friday of the country's first home-built bicycles, China's Xinhua news agency said.
This is quite possibly, the most pathetic North Korea stories I have ever read... And I've read a few. Considering how much of the population needs a bike to get around, one would expect the North Koreans would make a bike or two for themselves. I mean, 7 million? Fuck.

With annual production of up to 300,000 "Peony Peak" bikes a year, the Chinese-invested plant will cut reliance on the second-hand imports from neighbours Japan and China which have supplied the largely isolated socialist nation until now, the report said.
Energy-starved North Korea needs up to 7 million bicycles, the article quoted a company source saying. The joint-venture firm has more than 50 models including one that it said would become the new workhorse of the postal service.
Chinese investors own a 51 percent stake in the $650,000 Pyongyang factory, with North Korea holding the rest.

Is there nothing North Korea can accomplish without their "Dark Red Commie Lords" having a say in it?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Kim Jong Il's Palace(39"36'52.59"N 124"37'50.32" E)??

Incredible. Ten miles up. Seems like a nice place to hang out, eh...

Top Story

Pyongyang, October 4, 2005 (KCNA) -- The famous work of leader Kim Jong Il "The Workers' Party of Korea Is the Party of the Great Leader Comrade Kim Il Sung" was brought out in booklet by the Socialist Popular Party of Mexico on Sept. 28. The work, made public on Oct. 2, Juche 84 (1995), serves as an undying great programme for party construction and activities as it proudly reviewed the glorious history of the WPK which paved a new path of building a revolutionary party under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung and indicated ways of developing the WPK into the eternal party of the President.

That's exceptional. It really is.
My football team "published" their work in Mexico on Sunday October 2, 2005...

Tyrannic Baton

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
World Tribune
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has decided to pass the mantle of leadership to his second son, Kim Jong-Chol, according to AERA magazine, a publication of Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper. AERA quoted an informed official as saying Kim Jong-Il has made up his mind to transfer his power to his 24-year-old son. North Korea has already begun political indoctrination campaigns during the past several months exalting "the Commander" Kim Jong-Chol as the legitimate successor to his father's personality cult, the weekly said.
Such a campaign would be unimaginable without the direct blessing of the North Korean leadership, it said. "The Commander" could make an appearance at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the ruling Workers Party on Oct. 10, AERA said. According to AERA, Kim, who was born on Sept. 25, 1981, studied at an international school in Switzerland. He is such an enthusiastic fan of U.S. NBA professional basketball that his doting father built basketball courts at his villas throughout North Korea.

Well, it's obvious "lil Il" is a chip off the ol' hypocritical block...

A South Korean government official said North Korea's two-month festival of "Arirang" to mark the Party's founding might be aimed at forging a festive mood ahead of the unveiling of the country's next leader. "At the end of the event, North Korea may announce its leader Kim Jong-Il's successor-designate," said a Unification Ministry official. Seoul's intelligence sources also indicated North Korea may announce Kim's successor in the near future. In an apparent bid by Kim to reinforce the country's dynastic rule, he has purged Jang Song-Taek, his brother-in-law and closest aide, according to the sources. Jang had long been believed to be a strong candidate to succeed Kim. But the Pyongyang regime has recently described Jang as a "tree" that is now cut off, a strong indication that he was officially removed from the power. Kim Jong-Chol was also competing with his elder half-brother, Kim Jong-Nam, to lead the country. But Jong-Nam has been considered out of contention after Japanese authorities caught him attempting to enter Japan illegally in May 2001, an act that caused Pyongyang severe diplomatic embarrassment. As opposed to what? The daily D.P.R.K "routine"?!?! Gimme a fucking break.

I was to understand that Kim Jong Nam was next in line, but that kid is more of a fucking geek than his old man. North Korean intelligence seems to be ahead of the situation, as a picture of the elusive Kim Jong Chol is simply not available on the internet...

Oppressive Rations

Tuesday, October 4, 2005
By Annie I. Bang

The Korea HeraldNorth Korea has reportedly resumed its public food distribution system after closing down cereal sales at markets on Saturday. Some analysts here say that Pyongyang's management in the long-run would only allow the government to regain a tight control of its people. This is the "progress" America is bargaining for? It's just more of the same policies that are starving North Koreans to death.

"The food rationing system might promise the same or equal provision of food to the poor who couldn't afford the high-priced food in the markets, but in the long-term, more people would depend more on the government to live," said Yoo Ho-yeol, professor of North Korean Studies at Korea University.

The World Food Program on Friday reported on its Web site that as of Oct. 1, "cereal sales in the markets will cease and public distribution centers will take over nationwide distribution."
Experts said Pyongyang's decision to resume food rationing came as North Korean authorities expect a bigger harvest this year.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Help Wanted

Iranian Diplomats Help Korean Farmers
Sinchon, September 30, 2005 (KCNA) -- Iranian Ambassador to the DPRK Jalaleddin Namini Mianji and staff members of the Iranian embassy here helped the farmers of the Korea-Iran Friendship Saenal Farm on Sept. 30. Hey, that's great. An Iranian in North Korea that wants to share farming technology. I think...

They joined farmers in threshing rice The North Koreans are certainly devoted communists. You have to give 'em that. and appreciated an art performance by kindergarteners of the farm during a break and conversed with farmers, deepening the feelings of friendship. Good.

They handed aid materials over to the farm.
I hope the aid included a thresher...

The Temple of Freedom... Rises.

By Barbara Demick, L.A Times Staff Writer
MT. KUMGANG, North Korea — Watched by impassive granite peaks and the suspicious eyes of the North Korean secret police, a Buddhist temple is coming back to life in this most inhospitable terrain. For the last 11 months, South Korean monks and craftsmen have been living in North Korea, rebuilding a famous temple destroyed during the Korean War. Among the myriad North-South ventures underway, this one is extraordinary uhmm, mostly hypocritical. because it is happening despite the communist regime's hostility to religion.
Houses of worship have not fared well in North Korea, but there are some, mostly catering to foreigners. Shingye Temple is one of those. North Koreans will soon start to wonder when granite temples will rise, for them. Ones that AREN'T fucking private property of Kim Jong Il.

According to State Department reports, 1,500 churches were destroyed in North Korea during the early decades of the communist regime, after World War II. Pyongyang, the capital, once was a stronghold of Christianity on the Korean peninsula. Now the city has just three churches that mostly serve expatriates. Some North Koreans seem to view organized religion as a foreign intrusion. "There used to be foreign missionaries in this area, and they robbed people and stole cultural relics," said Kim Song Gun, 37, a guard at Mt. Kumgang. These days, foreign religious organizations in North Korea only provide food and development aid.
Are the Americans REALLY the ones guilty of "atrocities"? It was a bad war. Let it go. Let Kim Jong Il "go" while your at it.

Let the Shingye Temple rise from the ashes of oppression.