North Koreans who flee their homeland aren’t always government opponents. Some of those who risk their lives to escape into China, often wading through strong currents on the icy Tumen River are simply seeking a job and a way to feed their family.
North Korea’s neophyte leader Kim Jong-un fiddles around with his latest new toy in this cartoon by Manny Francisco of The Philippines. He’s commenting on North Korea’s plan to launch a satellite some time between April 12th and April 16th. Pyong Yang says the launch is to mark the centenary of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung and that it’s designed to gather information about the country’s crop output, study weather forecasts, and conduct a survey of natural resources. We’ll see.