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October 28, 2006

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Steve Barton

Sigh. I'm disappointed too. I read the first paragraph, saw the great movie poster, and bookmarked this post hours ago -- thinking I would come back and enjoy it when I was ready for some good, fun stuff. Rats.

Let me go check the Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, there's usually a day-brightener there.

Whaddaya know? A North Korean film festival...in Peru!

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Pyongyang, October 27 (KCNA) -- Functions took place at various units of Peru from Oct. 9 to 11 on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea and the 80th anniversary of the formation of the Down-with-Imperialism Union (DIU)....

Round-table talks and a film show were held by the National Association of Writers and Artists of Peru...

The participants of the film shows watched Korean films "Brilliant History of the Great Leadership" and "The Korean People's Army, Steel-like Ranks".

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Various units of Peru? Down-with-Imperialism Union! Steel-like ranks! Ah, now I feel better.

See here.

And I still love Doc Frankenshop's poster.

All the best, Steve Barton, Dunwoody, Georgia


ResidentClinton

Real or not, that description makes me want to watch Prairie Home Companion way more than the American, imperialist version.

Mike D.

For those who find all things North Korean amusing, I can't recommend the Sept 12, 2003 edition of Re:Mixology enough. Amazing.

http://wfmu.org/playlists/MX

Steve Barton

Mike D -- That Nork-ish mix is a hoot. Thank you!

bartelby

Nort Korea advertises some sort of electronic music on their website. I'm really curious what it sounds like but really don't want to observed purchasing and taking delivery of goods from North Korea.
Back years ago before I got fired and worked at Joe Schmoe's anarchist paper I worked at Joe Schmoes Stalinist/Social Democratic paper. That one went through a Juche period in the 70s and published a biography of Kim Il Sung which portrayed the Great Leader healing the dead and leaping over walls and performing other superhero like feats. There was a bit of a changing of the guard at one point and the incoming management was left with a huge back inventory of these books, boxes of which were still there when I was packing the place to move in 1991. Week after week they advertised at progressively lower prices for the "Kim Il Sung books" which included the bio and about a dozen other titles some from the DPRK's publishing house. Ultimately their advertisments offered the books for free to anyone who would come pick them up, nobody did. North Korea was very unpopular among the New Communist movement in the U.S. in the 70s. Even Albanian leader Enver Hoxha enjoyed more popularity.
In 1991 the Barnes and Noble Northwest of Union Square sold used books and I was able to palm a few dozen "Juche books" off on them to avoind having to pack them into boxes only to have some poor schmuck unpack/repack them 2 decades later the next time the outfit moved. The paper ended up folding a few months after they fired me anyway.

Roger K

I just ran an IP trace on www.pyang.su and it seems to be hosted in Houston/TX/USA. Very odd even by N Korean standards. My tracer did not show anything for the domain owner. I looked on another domain lookup and it did not support owner lookup on .su
I think it is either a spoof or, more likely I think, run by some odd DPRK enthusiasts.
The "official" site http://www.korea-dpr.com/ seems to be hosted in Spain and registered to the DPRK govt but rather oddly at an address in Tarragona, not even Madrid.

Roger K

Sorry, I referred to
'The "official" site http://www.korea-dpr.com/' without clarification.
It is dubious whether this one is official; it is run by a S-Korean/French guy living in London; he claims to have lived in N Korea and that this is the official DPRK site, but that seems a doubtful claim.
This one appear to be more official: http://www.kcna.co.jp, hosted in Japan which has a large N Korean community.

Raul C. Goldstein

http://www.korea-dpr.com/ claims to be official, but is the pet project of fan-boy extraordinaire and Yura- sycophant Alejandro Cao de Benos de Les y Pérez. He is a Spaniard who claims to have North Korean citizenship (however on 1 May 2007 when he departed Pyongyang and I was in the queue behind him to pass through immigration, he was traveling on a Spanish passport – not a North Korean poassport) and is probably best described as a very enthusiastic lap dog. “Lickspittle” also comes to mind. So does Waylon Smithers.

mr. mike

As of the moment I wrote this, all the links to the Pyongyang Chronicle are dead.

It follows such glorious hoaxes as manbeef.com, bonzaikitten, and National Review Online* into the oblivion of digital unpersonhood.

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* Buckley is dead; why is this fraud still taking up bandwidth?

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