For those who can't get enough of North Korea, here is a link to its official news agency
's web site, actually hosted on a Japanese server. Probably the most interesting thing about the stories on here are that they are so incredibly boring. Moreover, there is a self-importance to them, such as the one announcing that Korean People's Just Cause Supported by Ukrainian Figure
, who is probably one of about six members of the "Ukrainian 'Treasured Sword of Songun' Association for the Study of the
Juche Idea." Even if there are eight members, it's still not exactly a mass movement of workers and peasants rallying to the cause of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Something else comes through too, a sound like one hand clapping. Take for example this story announcing Kim Yong Nam Greets Belgian King
, and another Kim Yong Nam Greets Colombian President
. Neither admits that the King of Belgium or the President of Colombia ever greeted Mister Kim back.
It must get lonely in Pyongyang.
Further, North Korea's news site
is as drab and boring as meditations on the glory of Kim Jong Il's haircut. Strangely, the North Korean government has a much better designed site
, with nice pictures, especially of a smiling Great Leader and Dear Leader, along with their inspiring biographies
Additionally, it is fully of good information, including for business people interested in setting up operations in North Korea
. One of the main advantages cited is:
Highly qualified, loyal and motivated personnel. Education, housing and
health service is provided free to all citizens. As opposed to other
Asian countries, worker's will not abandon their positions for higher
salaries once they are trained.
Nor let us forget:
Stable. A government with solid security and very stable political system, without corruption.
That "solid security and very stable political system" is definitely worth noting.
So for those interested in the North Korean viewpoint, there are ways to see it. The only problem is that one site might make you laugh
, and the other could bore the dead