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Doom and Gloom or Economic Boom? The Myth of the “North Korean Collapse” [Asia-Pacific Journal / Sweet & Sour Socialism Essential Archives]

Posted in Anti-communism, Black propaganda, Capitalist media double standard, Corporate Media Critique, DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Media smear campaign, Photos, Pyongyang, Seoul, south Korea, Sweet and Sour Socialism Essential Archives on August 11, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

If you read one article about North (sic) Korea this year — or perhaps this decade — this is the one to provide the antidote to capitalist media’s endless disinformation and vilification of that dynamic and resolute nation – Zuo Shou

The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 12, Issue 18, No. 3, May 5, 2014.
Doom and Gloom or Economic Boom? The Myth of the “North Korean Collapse” 破綻か好況か 「北朝鮮崩壊」という神話

Henri Feron

Abstract: The DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] is said to be an economist’s nightmare. There are almost no reliable statistics available, making any analysis speculative at best. The few useable figures that we have, though, fly in the face of the media’s curious insistence on a looming collapse. Food production and trade volumes indicate that the DPRK has largely recovered from the economic catastrophe of the 1990s. Indeed, Pyongyang’s reported rising budget figures appear more plausible than Seoul’s pessimistic politicized estimates. Obviously, sanctions, while damaging, have failed to nail the country down. There are signs that it is now beginning to open up and prepare to exploit its substantial mineral wealth. Could we soon be witnessing the rise of Asia’s next economic tiger?

There is hardly an economy in the world that is as little understood as the economy of the Democractic [sic] People’s Republic of Korea (aka “North Korea”). Comprehensive government statistics have not been made public since the 1960s. Even if production figures were available, the non-convertibility of the domestic currency and the distortion of commodity prices in the DPRK’s planned economy would still prevent us from computing something as basic as a GDP or GDP growth figure. In the end, this dearth of public or useable primary data means that outside analysis is generally based more on speculation or politicized conslusions than on actual information. Unfortunately, the greater the province of speculation, the greater also the possibility of distortion, and hence of misinformation, or even disinformation.

The dominant narrative in the Western press is that the DPRK is on the verge of collapse. What commentators lack in hard data to prove this, they often try to invent…

Excerpted; full article link with footnotes: http://www.japanfocus.org/-Henri-Feron/4113

“Longing in February“ – Missing General Kim Jong Il on “Day of Shining Star”, his Feb 16 birthday [Naenara]

Posted in DPR Korea, Kim Jong Il, Photos on February 20, 2014 by Zuo Shou / 左手

February 16 is the Day of the Shining Star, birth anniversary of General Kim Jong Il. In February every year with this significant day the Korean people more ardently long for him and their hearts throb, thinking of him all the time in the morning and in the evening. Kim Jong Il dedicated all his life to the people.

Thinking only of the people, he crossed all steep passes in the country to call on them. He always found himself on the road of field guidance all the year round, even on red-letter days and holidays. With parental affection for children, he thought of the food problem of the people at farms and asked about the living conditions of the workers before others at factories, and uncovered the cooking pot and acquainted himself in detail with the living conditions of the people when he visited their houses. He was a kindhearted father looking after the people across the country…

The whole army and people of Korea ceaselessly visit his bronze statues with earnest longing for and eternal loyalty to him who dedicated himself only to the people all his life.

February in Korea is not a flowering season. But the Korean people´s boundless longing for Kim Jong Il grows beautiful flowers out of season. The unchangeable loyalty of the Korean army and people who hold Kim Jong Il in high respect as their eternal father is the nutriment blooming Kimjongilia, the red flower of the sun, across the country.

Kimjongilias are growing at homes and workplaces and not only grown-ups but also children raise the flowers with longing. It is a unanimous wish of the Korean people to have him amid the scent of flowers forever.

Such ardent wish of the people unfolds a sea of beautiful flowers at the venue of the Kimjongilia Festival held every year drawing many visitors. Art performance [sic], photo exhibition and other colorful celebrations held on the occasion of the February holiday also inspire the people with earnest longing for him…

Excerpted; full article with photos: http://www.naenara.com.kp/en/news/news_view.php?0+71679

Fireworks Display Marks War Victory Anniversary in DPR Korea – PHOTOS [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Pyongyang, Songun policy on July 29, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, July 27 (KCNA) — A fireworks display took place on the banks of the Pothong River on the evening of July 27, the 59th anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War.

Various places of Pyongyang including Jonsung Square, Ponghwa Street, An Sang Thaek Street and Moran Hill along the banks of the Pothong River, around the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Memorial Tower, were crowded with spectators.

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DPRK marks founding of ruling party with Arirang performace, Kim Jong Un attends – PHOTOS [Xinhua]

Posted in Arirang, DPR Korea, Kim Jong Un, Photos, Pyongyang, Workers Party of Korea WPK on October 10, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Kim Jong Un (2nd R), vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), watches mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the WPK, in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Oct. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), watches mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" is staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang

Mass gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" is staged to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) in Pyongyang

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A glance at DPR Korea people’s daily life – PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

Posted in DPR Korea, Photos, Pyongyang on October 6, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 28, 2010 

Local people read newspapers inside a subway station in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Aug. 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

 

Students learn Chinese at a university in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Aug. 16, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

 

The National Symphony Orchestra performs in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Aug. 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

 

A farmer is seen at a farm in Sariwon of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Aug. 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

 

Local women are seen in this photo taken on Aug. 15, 2010 in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). (Xinhua/Liu Yu)

 

Source: Xinhua
 

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Delegates of Workers’ Party of Korea arrive in Pyongyang for major conference – PHOTOS [People’s Daily]

Posted in DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Pyongyang on September 28, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 27, 2010 

A man walks past a sign in Pyongyang September 26, 2010. North Korea's ruling party will hold its biggest meeting in decades on September 28 to pick a new leadership, state media reported on September 21... The sign reads, "Congratulations, Conference of the Worker's Party of Korea". (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

 

Party delegates from rural areas arrive to attend a meeting of the ruling Worker's Party of Korea in Pyongyang September 26, 2010, in this picture released by North Korea's KCNA news agency on September 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

 

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DPR Korea: Workers Party of Korea Conference Sept. 28 2010 POSTER ART – PHOTOS [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos on September 28, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

 I’ll let those motivated readers do the caption translations themselves, there’s a lot of articles about this event to post.  – Zuo Shou / 左手

2010.07.17No.2010071715035
党代表者会ポスター
 
朝鮮で制作された今年9月上旬に招集される朝鮮労働党代表者会に関するポスター。「高い政治的熱意と輝かしい労働の成果で!」と記されている=2010.7

2010.07.17No.2010071715034
党代表者会ポスター
 
朝鮮で制作された今年9月上旬に招集される朝鮮労働党代表者会に関するポスター。「朝鮮労働党代表者会をわが党と祖国の青史に末永く輝く慶事に!」と記されている=2010.7

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