Film-maker Aram Pan’s new video gives viewers control over where they look to provide an alternative to the carefully staged images often seen
By The Guardian
A young girl performs politely for the camera, displaying the image of North Korean excellence that tourists are encouraged to capture and share with the world. The difference is that this time viewers can scroll around the room to see the westerners gathered around her, clutching their cameras, and a music teacher watching anxiously alongside.
By James Pearson
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents as more people have the cash to spend on bicycles to get around.
By Emma Batha
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Lee Hyeon-seo was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack.
But Lee and her classmates grew up convinced they lived in the “greatest nation on earth” run by a benevolent god-like leader whom they loved in the way many children love Santa Claus.
It wasn’t until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to discover the full horror of the government that had fed her propaganda since birth.
By James Pearson
SEOUL (Reuters) – Designer shirts, duty free watches and cosmetics, and chocolate fondue will soon await visitors to North Korea, according to photos of Pyongyang’s new airport terminal released by state media on June 24.
Three pages of Thursday’s ruling Workers’ Party official daily newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, were devoted to images of leader Kim Jong Un and his wife inspecting shops, restaurants and waiting areas in a large, glass-fronted terminal building state media said would open on July 1.
NASA’s satellite images of the Korean peninsula at night are a well known and graphic visualization of the huge gap in economic development between North and South Korea.
But it turns out, there are other lessons that can be learned from nighttime pictures of North Korea. An economist at Stanford University has studied almost two decades of satellite pictures of the country to conclude the government in Pyongyang is shifting economic activity to industrial centers, reducing the effect of sanctions on city dwellers while increasing their impact on those in the countryside.
Lee Yong Suk analysed nighttime images taken by the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, a U.S. Department of Defense program from which images of the world at night are made available.
A NASA satellite has captured the seasonal fires burning across North Korea at present as farmers clear land for fresh crops.
In images snapped by its Terra satellite, smoke can be seen getting carried by the wind right across the Sea of Japan to over Hokkaido and northern Japan.
I now have the full video of the incident on Thursday at the United Nations when a North Korean diplomat interrupted a discussion on human rights.
It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
At the meeting, the diplomat began speaking just after a defector ended his speech and without being recognized by the chair, journalist Barbara Demick. After giving him a few moments to speak, Demick asked them to reserve their comments for the question and answer period, but they continued.
You can see the whole thing here.