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.
It’s happened again … and it won’t be the last time.
The parody DPRK News Service Twitter account has fooled someone and made it onto national television in the U.S.
The subject in question was a couple of computer problems that hit United Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning. The United problem, which was blamed on a network router, caused a nationwide grounding of all flights that weren’t in the air while the NYSE glitch resulted in a 3.5-hour halt of trading.
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.
Not much is known about North Korea’s intranet — the Internet-like system that links up libraries, universities and other organizations throughout the country but goes no further than the country’s borders.
Few foreigners get a chance to access it and delve into the websites and services it offers, but thanks to sharp-eyed Aram Pan and his DPRK360 Facebook page, we now know a little more.
The Singaporean photographer spotted this poster on the wall of the e-library in Rason in the country’s north east. It details some of the sites available from computers in the facility.
North Korea has at least two more satellites ready to fly “at any time,” two of the country’s space scientists have told CNN in an interesting interview conducted in Pyongyang.
The interview builds on one given a month ago to The Associated Press during which one of the two National Aerospace Development Administration (NADA) officials said it was developing a more advanced satellite than one launched in late 2012.
Both interviews appear to be part of the country’s build-up to a launch that experts outside the country predict will occur later this year.
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.