Tag Archives: DPRK

Propaganda 101

13 Dec

There aren’t a lot of Stalinist dictatorships left in the world, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea is the weirdest of all. Led now by a Swiss-educated twentysomething, it is effectively a large jail with its own currency, and the world’s only Communist dynasty. 

This week, North Korea sent a satellite into space. For a country that follows long-discredited communist central planning and considers anyone not in the military or the party to be disposable, launching a rocket seems to be hardly a priority. But for all the tea party dummies, this is communism, and this is communist propaganda. It’s a dying art; one that was once practiced throughout the globe.  Clap in unison, comrades for the “Hot Wind of Kim Jong-Un”, the sun of the nation and the lodestar for unification

If you want to learn a bit more about the reality of the concentration camps within the national prison that is the DPRK, watch this: 

Pyongyang Traffic

26 May

Here’s something odd I found on a North Korea Flickr group. A person rode around Pyongyang taking picture of buses and trolleys, categorizing the types he found. Here are two incidental finds that I found puzzling, as these vehicles are distinctly American, and we don’t exactly export to the hermit kingdom. 

The first shows a Dodge Ram van, sold until 2003 and replaced by the Mercedes-built Sprinter vans. The second shows a VW Routan, which is a rebadged Chrysler Town & Country minivan. It’s a vehicle that is not sold anywhere outside of North America, as the rest of the world is too good for such a cynically awful amalgam of American mediocrity and European badge engineering. My best guess is that they’re either owned by Canadian diplomats, UN services, or some NGO or another. I just think it’s surreal.

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Traffic Control in North Korea

2 Mar

The question here is, how did someone get a modified Mini Cooper S into North Korea?

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North Korean Markets – wait, what?

4 Feb

One of the oddest articles I’ve read in a long time, for this reason:

Some analysts say the main reason for the currency revaluation was rein in the newly emerging middle class, many of whom have made their money trading in the free markets.

I wonder what it will take to blow the lid off the tyrannical Kim dynasty. If Albania could do it, the DPRK can, too. Plus, it has a really wealthy brother living just next door.