Many have criticized the decision of Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to visit North Korea, just weeks after a controversial rocket was launched. http://ow.ly/gCtvc
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.
Song Byeok was a propaganda artist in North Korea for the late Kim Jong Il. Now he’s in exile in in South Korea and does satirical art critical of the regime in Pyong Yang, including this painting of Marilyn Monroe’s body, with the head of Kim Jong Il. Reporter Jason Strother visited Song Byeok in Seoul. Listen to his report and see a slideshow of Song’s work.
Here’s a pretty dark take-down of the idea that North Korea under Kim the Much Younger (aka Kim Jong-Un) is somehow opening up. Cartoon by Dutchman Bas Van der Schot of De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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.
Canadian cartoonist Gary Clement always makes me laugh, out loud, in front of my colleagues, in my very open newsroom, even when everyone is getting very serious about, well, something serious in the news.