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July 29, 2009

Kim Jong-il's love of the people in the military-first era

It is a small stand against incalculable evil but if Italy's move to block the sale of two yachts gets up Kim Jong Il's nose I am all in favour. Also encouraging, in a roundabout way, is news of a new North Korean "luxury" resort hotel. Note to enthusiastic undergraduates, sheltered academics and one Manchurian president: This is the best statism has to offer.

North Korea on Monday celebrated the completion of what it has hailed as a "world-class" hotel in the Majon resort area in Hamhung, South Hamgyong Province, North Korean Central Broadcasting reported Tuesday.

The broadcast said the Majon Hotel "is equipped with top-class accommodation and recreation facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, a steam sauna, a public bath, and even a beach resort."

An accomplishment that could be matched and exceeded by an average Korean immigrant family to Canada with a bank loan and dream.

Brutally related: North Korea Economy Watch hosts the "most authoritative" map of North Korea on Google Earth. The map includes a baffling array of mines and monuments making it a bit tricky to find the concentration camps, test sites and military facilities formerly viewable only by intelligence analysts and now available for your cubicle-based perusal.

This Google Earth project offers an extensive mapping of North Korea’s economic, cultural, political, and military infrastructures. Through the topic menu, users of this program have easy access to geographical information on North Korea’s agriculture projects, aviation facilities, communications, hospitals, hotels, energy infrastructure, financial services, leisure destinations, manufacturing facilities, markets, mines, religious locations, restaurants, schools, and transportation infrastructure. In addition to locations of economic interest, this map also displays anti-aircraft locations, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Northern Line Limit Line (NLL), incarceration facilities, political monuments, political residencies, military bases, and nuclear facilities.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 29, 2009 08:04 AM


He's no Vladimir Poontang, that's for sure.

Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2009 08:50 PM