Times are getting harder in North Korea

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  1. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)


    How much longer can the farce that is North Korea continue?

    Five years, ten years, or one year after the chubby son ascends The Tainted Throne?
  2. It's like some sort of grotesque theme park (well Pyongyang anyway) Which probably accounts for my overwhelming fascination with the place! Haven't you been before Biue? I want to go before they have their own revolution (whether that be 'quiet', 'silk' or whatever.) Strangely enough, I am of the opinion that if the hierarchy are toppled, those at the top will seek refuge in sympathetic regimes. These seem to becoming fewer by the day though.
  3. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    Never been, and no desire to either.

    As to the shelter regimes ... Burma? Nothing else springs to mind at the moment.
  4. It must be the masochist in me. Unfortunately, I would have to travel with a delegation from the KFA in the company of this neo Stalinist headtheball: Alejandro Cao de Benos de Les y Pérez.

    Google him. He has the rare mix of nerdiness and menace.
  5. blue-sophist

    blue-sophist LE Good Egg (charities)

    Eeeek ... is he a mate of Jim Shortt?

    Of course, he's probably also one of those who says "Catalonia non es in Espana" ... something like that, I've seen the graffiti.
  6. They had their pocket-money from Beijing cut last year. Food supplies and favourable trade terms reduced in generosity to a point finely-judged not to leave them thinking, 'what do we have to lose?'

    Think you were ronery before, you gimpish ****? you ain't seen nothin' yet.
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    This suit sux hans brix!
  8. China won't be happy to have anarchy on their doorstep, and an influx of refugees, so they will probably work hard at keeping it going or substituting a lighter regime. I can't see them being happy at a unified Korea under the S Ks with a US presence next to them.
    They will look for alternatives, possibly they are beginning a slow squeeze now.

    Oh and it's 'Catalunya no es Espanya' by the way, or 'Catalonia is not Spain', which it isn't, and your point is?
  9. It would be interesting to see if the proletariat rise up if the opportunity presents itself. 20 odd million people totally brainwashed. You're right though, change is bound to come in some form within 5 years, driven by the Chinese.
    I still want to go now though. I really dig the Socialist Realism thang baby!
  10. I don't know what the fuss is, I thought everyone knew that "North Korea is best Korea"
  11. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Stand by for asylum seekers camping out outside Battersea Dogs' Home, salivating.
  12. Andy_S

    Andy_S LE Book Reviewer

    Maybe not as hard as you might think for the elite: Rumour in North Korea's border provinces on Wednesday was that The Kim's gifts from Shanghai included sharks fin, caviar, LED TVs and other electronic goods.

    However, the customary ration handouts to the average, malnourished Park, Kim or Lee are (despite what the South's Ministry of Unification stated) drying up, according to sources 35 miles to my North.

    'Ah, but Andy!' you cry. 'How in God's name could you know what the rumour mill is saying in Pyongyang?'

    'Cos I had a chinwag with Ha Tae-kyung:
    Technology piercing North Korea's news veil - Washington Times
  13. The guy is a nut of the first order unless he has found the way of getting a healthy cash income from the bancrupt North! A bit like the way Scargill managed to get cash out of Gaddaffi or the odious twat Galloway got loads a wonga out of Saddam by crawling around his arse! see this :- YouTube - George Galloway when he met Saddam Hussein What an arsewipe Galloway is, you can even see the look of contempt on Saddams face!
  14. Galloway - Living proof that terminal cancer does indeed have its uses.

    As for Perez. He is an honorary N Korean citizen having been awarded one of their passports. Possessing a DPRK passport is about as functional as blue lights on a hearse. He is a fat greasy fantasist who in all probabilty was tiranizado en el patio de la escuela
    He has unfortunately managed to manoeuvre himself into a position of middleman between the Govt and visiting delegations (ie tourists) It appears that what he says goes. I could take it from a bona fide NK comrade, but not from some fat ex Spanish army dropout who is in love with his right hand.
  15. Oh it is, for no other outcome is possible. For example:

    North Korea reports "bright halo" over leader's birthplace

    "A "big and bright halo" floated above Mt Paektu, revered by North Korea as the sacred birthplace of leader Kim Jong-il, to mark his birthday on Wednesday, state media reported.

    KCNA news agency, the secretive state's main news outlet and renowned for its colorful propaganda, said the "mysterious natural wonder" occurred at the break of dawn.

    "The bright sun rose up, throwing its brilliant rays and the area of the Paektusan Secret Camp turned into a fascinating picturesque of spring. Then rarely big and bright halo persisted in the sky above Jong Il Peak for an hour, starting at 09:30," it said.

    North Korean history books state Kim was born in a guerrilla camp in the thick forest of the mountain. Historians say it is more likely Kim, 69, was born in the Soviet Union where his father trained as anti-Japanese guerilla.

    There has been speculation that the volcanic mountain, dormant for a century on what is now the border between the North and China, may be showing signs of renewed activity.

    Some North Korea watchers say officials in Pyongyang are horrified by the prospect of any kind of renewed activity, or worse an eruption, that could destroy Kim's legendary birthplace."

    North Korea reports bright halo over leader's birthplace | Reuters

    However, there are some who might think another type of big and bright halo might be seen in those parts