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Kim Jong-Un Is On The Warpath Against K-Pop

The Dear Respected Leader has “called it a ‘vicious cancer’ corrupting young North Koreans’ ‘attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors.’ His state media has warned that if left unchecked, it would make North Korea ‘crumble like a damp wall.’ After winning fans around the world, South Korean pop culture has entered the final frontier: North Korea, where its growing influence has prompted the leader of the totalitarian state to declare a new culture war to stop it. But even a dictator may have trou...
Tags: Art, North Korea, Issues, Kim Jong, 06.11.21, Warpath Against K Pop

The Observer Christmas puzzles special: bumper quiz of the year

Test your mettle against our writers’ questions on film, music, politics, theatre and more• Try your hand at the Observer’s literary picture quizWhich of these bestselling novels has not been seen on British stages this year?Life of Pi – Yann MartelThe Line of Beauty – Alan Hollinghurst Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter Small Island – Andrea LevyA hugely successful revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal transferred from the West End to Broadway this year. Tom Hiddleston's casting in the...
Tags: Utah, Books, Music, Florida, Politics, UK, New York, London, Lana Del Rey, Film, Youtube, Theatre, Christmas, Los Angeles, Life and style, UK News

How Do You Bring Hong Kongers Back To Boring Old Cantonese Opera? Write One About Donald Trump, Zombies, And ‘The Sound Of Music’

Trump on Show, which ran for four days last month at the city’s last commercial Cantonese opera theater, “tells a story of Mr. Trump’s long-lost twin, Chuan Pu, who was raised in China and works at a crematory. There he meets the undead corpse of Liu Shaoqi, the Chinese leader who died during the Cultural Revolution. The opera includes a Ping-Pong game between Mao and Nixon, who later gets stumbling drunk at a state banquet; a visit to the White House by a scheming Kim Jong-un; the ghost of Lin...
Tags: Art, White House, China, Theatre, Lincoln, Donald Trump, Trump, Mao, Nixon, Kim Jong, 05.08.19, Chuan Pu, Liu Shaoqi

South Korea to build a peace trail along the DMZ

South Korea is making big changes to the Korean Peninsula’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The country just voted in a plan that will build a peace trail along the DMZ in honor of the Panmunjom Declaration, which was signed in April of last year by President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The first phase of the project will feature a hiking trail in the Gangwaon Province, located near the east side of Korea. Tourists will be able to explore the Unification Observatory and hike alongside ...
Tags: South Korea, Design, North Korea, China, ROK, United Nations, Korea, Seoul, Mount Everest, DMZ, Kim Jong, Korean Peninsula, Robert Abrams, United Nations Command, Moon Jae, Gangwaon Province

Beto O'Rourke's hacker name was "Psychedelic Warlord," so that must mean he's done hallucinogenic drugs — right? — and is that something that's okay in a presidential candidate?

Scott Adams addresses the question whether Beto has done hallucinogens:Scott's first pass at the question is another question: "Have you seen Beto?" He giggles while waiting for the question to soak in. He says anyone who's taken hallucinogens (which Scott has) will have an "easier time" with the question.Eventually he gives his answer: He'd place a "large bet" on "yes."He's quick to add that it's not a criticism. "In fact, I might even prefer it." This preference interweaves with his reason for...
Tags: Art, Law, United States, Kim Jong-un, Propaganda, Kim, George Bernard Shaw, BETO, Trump, Lsd, Scott, Scott Adams, Kim Jong, Shaw, Robert F Kennedy, RFK

Have toilet, will travel: Kim Jong-un never leaves home without one

There is reason in his madness.
Tags: Design, News, Kim Jong

The Great Wave review – gripping mystery of North Korea kidnap scandal

Dorfman, LondonFrancis Turnly’s drama drills to the heart of the harsh politics and complex emotions surrounding a series of historic abductions of young Japanese peopleSometimes a play grips because of its subject. Such is the case with this new piece by Francis Turnly which, although dramaturgically conventional, opens up the story of the abduction by North Korea of young Japanese citizens. Documentaries and movies have been made about this, but Turnly’s play seems especially timely as we stru...
Tags: Japan, North Korea, Theatre, Culture, Asia Pacific, Stage, Kim Jong, Dorfman LondonFrancis Turnly, Francis Turnly, Turnly

North Korea's Capital Isn't Gray At All. And It Wants To Be A Tourist Mecca

"I have to say [Pyongyang] is honestly one of the most colorful cities I’ve ever been to. You expect a gray, crumbling, 1950s dystopia of decaying concrete, but they’ve made a real conscious effort to try and cheer the place up." The spit shine is part of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un's campaign to […]
Tags: Art, North Korea, Pyongyang, Issues, Kim Jong, 02.27.18

This too is misogyny: Imagining that a woman is accomplishing great things when she's just sitting there or standing there looking glam.

What else could account for articles like "Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns On the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight" (in The New York Times)?[Kim Jong-un sent] his only sister, Kim Yo-jong, whom news outlets in the South instantly called “North Korea’s Ivanka,” likening her influence to that of Ivanka Trump on her father, President Trump....Flashing a sphinx-like smile and without ever speaking in public, Ms. Kim managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, in the g...
Tags: Art, South Korea, Law, North Korea, New York Times, Paris, Kim, Academy, South, Trump, Mike Pence, Smiling, Kim Jong, Ivanka, Ivanka Trump, Ingres

North Korea's Pop Musicians Are A Well-Oiled Propaganda Machine

In addition to their rare performances abroad, North Korea's modern musicians play an essential role at home as propagandists for the government. Songs are usually aimed at building the Kim personality cult and legitimizing the Kims' leadership role by invoking Mount Paektu, the sacred symbol of the family. Titles include “Our Comrade Kim Jong Un” […]
Tags: Art, Music, North Korea, Kim, Kim Jong, Mount Paektu, 02.07.18

North Korea's National Orchestra Met With Protests As It Arrives In South Korea For Olympics

"The 9,700-tonne ferry, the Mangyongbong 92, was escorted into the eastern South Korean port of Mukho, where throngs of demonstrators were waiting. Some held large photos of the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, with black crosses drawn through them."
Tags: Art, South Korea, Music, North Korea, Kim Jong, Mangyongbong, 02.06.18, National Orchestra Met, Mukho

You Know What'll Bring Revolution To North Korea? Soap Operas

"Kim Jong Un's iron grip on the North Korean people is weakening, and an information campaign rooted in soap operas and dramas could help advance a civilian uprising, a prominent defector told a congressional panel Wednesday."
Tags: Art, Media, North Korea, Kim Jong, 11.01.17

How Can North Korea Possibly Build Nukes? Because They Have 15,000 CNC Machines

Constructing a nuclear missile requires access to precision manufacturing techniques. Isolated North Korea, saddled as it is with poverty, starvation and maniacal leadership, is not known as a manufacturing powerhouse. But as it turns out, they started building their own CNC machines in the early '90s, according to Reuters. The working theory is that they got their hands on some Russian machines, reverse-engineered them and started building their own.The article doesn't say what kind of CNC mach...
Tags: South Korea, Texas, Design, North Korea, States, Pyongyang, Digital Fabrication, Reuters, Kim Jong, CNC, CNC Machines, Kim Heung, Hamhung Computer Technology University

Photographer Dan Bannino Captures Favorite Food Of The World’s Powerful People

Dan Bannino is a talented Italian photographer, art director and artist who currently lives and works in Turin. Dan likes to translate ideas into images, making photos that are telling stories. He shoots a lot of fine art, still life, food and portrait photography. More info: Dan Bannino, Instagram, Facebook (h/t: photogrist) Donald Trump: ““Power and Food” is a studio-reportage, exploring the eating habits of powerful and influential people like the Queen Elizabeth, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong...
Tags: Photography, Design, Vladimir Putin, World, Hillary Clinton, Francis, Donald Trump, Turin, Elizabeth Ii, Dan, Kim Jong, Donald J Trump, Instagram Facebook

What If World Political Leaders Were Cars?

Many politicians are often better known for the image they present rather than the policies they support. If a leader doesn’t look sharp, perform well and make all the right noises, they have very little chance of being elected. The same could also be said of cars – they have to look the part, feel the part and sound the part before any customers will take them seriously. Question is, what cars best represent today’s most prominent political leaders? Vladimir Putin – Lada Niva Believe it or not...
Tags: Elon Musk, Usa, UK, Design, London, Putin, Vladimir Putin, North Korea, Angela Merkel, Iraq, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, United States, Theresa May, Ford Mustang, Ford

North Korean construction workers fed crystal meth to accelerate skyscraper project

There are many ways to speed up a construction job, but project managers in North Korea are reportedly turning to a dangerous method to get workers to build faster. An inside source told Radio Free Asia that construction workers building a skyscraper in the capital city of Pyongyang are being fed crystal meth so they can work faster. In a country already well-known for severe human rights violations, this is devastating news. The builders in question are working on a 70-story building in the ...
Tags: Design, News, Drugs, North Korea, Paris, Kim Jong-un, Construction, Skyscraper, Crystal Meth, Pyongyang, Kim Jong, Radio Free Asia, Human Rights Violations

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