Kim Jong Un
and Other Great Moments in North Korean Sports
*/ What Kim Jong Un’s government has called the “hot wind of sports blowing through Korea” wasn’t just Dennis Rodman dropping by. Even as the country appears increasingly unstable, Kim, like his father and grandfather before him, has been obsessed with sports. Athletics, it turns out, have offered a rare window into the secretive country since its founding in 1948. Here, we present a historical highlight reel. July 1966 An Improbable World Cup Success North Korea becomes the first Asian team to advance to the quarterfinals after beating Italy 1-0 in the first round.
The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.
Why Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was no fluke
Why Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea was no fluke.
Write it down. Write it. With ordinary ink on ordinary paper; they weren’t given food, they all died of hunger. All. How many? It’s a large meadow. How much grass per head?
The death of North Korea’s “Dear Leader,” Kim Jong Il, marks the end of his 17 years of strict control over the starved and crumbling state. While his eccentricities were often worthy of parody—the overblown legend involving new stars and double rainbows pronouncing his birth, thousands of books penned, and one strikingly good round of golf—his reign was marked more distinctly by the extreme suffering of the North Korean people.