The Big Picture collects some shots from North Korea

April 24, 2009  

The best of Aiden Foster-Carter of the Asia Times

April 20, 2009  

I made pizza for Kim Jong-Il

This is a wonderful story of a chef who went to North Korea just to make pizza.  Fascinating read in three parts:

  1. Welcome to Megolopolis
  2. Hot ovens at the seaside
  3. The great man eats

There’s a lot more on this if you search for Furlanis North Korea

They eventually ended up opening a pizza place… possibly the first smart thing North Korea has done.

Renowned documentary photographer Tomas van Houtryve entered North Korea by posing as a businessman looking to open a chocolate factory. Despite 24-hour surveillance by North Korean minders, he took arresting photographs of Pyongyang and its people—images rarely captured and even more rarely distributed in the West. They show stark glimmers of everyday life in the world’s last gulag.


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