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  1. Kim badges may be the latest clue to waning power

    Posted Nov 26th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... official said. The small, thumb-sized metal and plastic badges, showing Kim's face or that of his father and predecessor, Kim Il-sung, are usually pinned to every North Korean's lapel. ... of Kim Jong-il have increased speculation that his tight grip on the world's most controlled state may be easing. South Korea's Joongang Ilbo newspaper quoted an unnamed South Korean ...

  2. Down the aisle with Kim

    Posted Jul 28th 2006, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... the relationships, he is said to have had a plethora of live-in starlets. That pastime was made easier by the fact that he was once in charge of North Korea's film propaganda department. Kim Il-sung ... by taking over from his father, Kim Il-sung, who died in 1994, he has been the talk of the world's jet-set juntas. No other dictator can claim to be so wild and wacky, yet so evil. Had he ...

  3. Students' NKorea trip yields book

    Posted Feb 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... strange, but they would most likely find Hong Kong strange, too.' Ng said: 'Right before we visited a bronze statue of Kim Il-sung, our tour guide told us to tidy ourselves up, remove our ... was finally approved, just a week before their scheduled departure on May 23. As the book was being completed, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il died, and North Koreans' dramatic expressions ...

  4. No, a state leader did not die... but it almost seemed that way

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... leaders have, without hesitation, thrown their support behind Kim Jong-il's untested son, Kim Jong-un, who is likely to face a difficult power transition. Beijing's propaganda machine kicked into high gear, with government-sanctioned media trying to create an impression of close bilateral ties after Kim Jong-il's death last month. Just about every mainland newspaper ...

  5. Smooth transition of power to son expected

    Posted Dec 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul The death of Kim Il-sung draped the mantle of power across Kim Jong-il's narrow shoulders. Now, with Kim Jong-il laid to rest, it is his son Kim Jong-un who ... University. 'Kim Jong-il had about 20 years to prepare and could rely on the legacy of his father Kim Il-sung, who was quite popular.' While state propaganda gushes that the Kim Jong-un ...

  6. Talking points

    Posted Jan 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... leader in a similar way to his late father and his grandfather Kim Il-sung. The birthday of Kim Jong-il on February 16 and of Kim Il-sung on April 15 are two of the country's most important ... Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories... All quiet in North Korea for Kim's big day The birthday of North Korea's new leader Kim Jong-un (pictured) ...

  7. Personality cult remains

    Posted Dec 02nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Moira Shaw The cult of personality surrounding Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il is unlikely to vanish overnight because it's too closely meshed with the foundations of the state. Once his position as dictator was secured, Kim Il-sung began to develop a personality cult to strengthen his authority. Kim had statues of himself erected, households were required to display his portrait ...

  8. Seoul survivor

    Posted Mar 05th 2008, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Sent on a mission to kill the South Korean president, Kim Shin-jo's life took a strange turn, writes Andrew Salmon He was once despatched to assassinate a South Korean president, but Kim Shin-jo was delighted at last week's inauguration of conservative Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. 'There has been something wrong in our society,' Mr Kim, 67, said of the past 10 ...

  9. Poverty echoes China's hard times

    Posted Mar 08th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Nearly one million Chinese died or were wounded in saving the North Korea of Kim Il-sung from defeat in the 1950s, but most Chinese today regard the country ... of Kim Il-sung. 'China was able to reform because Deng Xiaoping was not the son of Mao Zedong,' said Li Ming, a Shanghai businessman who has been to North Korea twice. 'North Korea ...

  10. North Korea

    Posted Jul 16th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Kay

    ... 7 In 1994, Kim was the world's largest single buyer of which product? 8 What title did the country bestow upon former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung after his death in 1994? 9 Which team beat ... many holes-in-one did Kim Jong-il achieve in his first attempt at golf? 3 By what term is South Korea's practice of reconciliation with its northern neighbour known? 4 Which James Bond ...




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