Excellent Job d_taddei2
Highly appreciate and admire your clean sheet report/observation on DPR Korea. All the earlier documentaries/reports that I have seen or read are mostly with a pre-concieved notion and mentality that the particular individual have had after getting exposed to the various media reports. So their tone and content was basically based on/centered on the image created by the western MSM of DPR Korea. Even the earlier RT documentary was sort of pathetic as the reporter went in their with sort of an established mentality about the nation rather than learning it from his own clean sheet.
Good job buddy. Can't thank you enough for a clean refreshing report as seen by a citizen not soiled by prior western reports!
I would have loved to see and hear more about the agricultural sectors, pharmacy, their locally manufactured consumer products and the various expos that happen in DPR Korea, but not given any coverage in MSM.
Also, I would love to see their rocket/satellite launch videos/animation in HD, their animation on the launch - the trajectory, progress, status, as seen during their last couple of launches have been excellent. Loved it!
I have my own personal observations of DPRK that I have over the years seen trickle from the Japanese and Korean media. Both are biased, as expected, to their northern neighbor, but the Japanese at times let out truth and if you are lucky you catch it in their broadcast/programmes. One such fact was same as what you mentioned, North Koreans may not be rich and 'glamorous' as their southern neighbor, but people are not 'widely' starving to death (as propagated by western media) and they enjoy their own little life with whatever is at their disposal with family on the beach etc.
Wish you were there during their satellite launch. would have loved to get some good pictures from the various sites.
KCNA official website
they have collective farms but the day i went to visit was National holiday so nobody around, but they were telling us that everybody spends 14 days a year helping the farmers out as to give something back to the state, and they usually get some food in return as well.
I also visited a cosmetics factory, water bottling plant, they seem to produce a lot of there own things, the bicycles you see then riding around on may look old but there new built, it seems as far as bicycles go they have kept the same design since the 1970's lol, but a bicycle is a bicycle to them no fancy bicycles here, they also produce there own cars but i think they had help from the chinese in setting up this, i will post some pics etc, North Korea is also famous for its Ginseng products, such as Ginseng tea, and soap, of which i bought both, they also produce vases, which i also bought but only a small one due to limited space, i even managed to buy a North Korean film on dvd called "Order no.27" havent watched it yet, also bought some books in english called "man's destiny and juche idea", "Kim Jong Il on the Juche idea", and "Kim Jong Un towards final victory", but yet again havent read them yet.
you mention rocket launches i got a chance to visit there museum in regards to rockets etc, and they darken the room and you sit and stare at the roof which is a giant dome, and they show you a video on the dome of the stars and rocket launches likewise i will post pics unfortunately it was too dark for my camera to take vids/pics of the show.
your spot on with the bias media and i also think that journalists who visit DPRK then come back and do a report they totally go over the top and make it out to be something different, but then again would anyone outside of DPRK really want to know the truth or some made up madness,
when i went to the beach i was swimming with the locals and the beach was busy as it was holiday season and people did stare me out of interest. But you have to ask yourself if the people in the country were really unhappy there is nothing stopping the people and the peoples army from starting a coup like every country, the people have a breaking point and that obviously hasn't been reached in DPRK. yes they will never be millionaires, drive fancy cars, and they maybe never travel the world, but they see what they have and everyone in society gets the same. One thing that did interest me was that once a year the people of Sinuiju get to go over to Dandong(China) to visit, so its obviously not as bad as some make out. But they cant receive mail from outside of the country as i wanted to keep in contact with the guides but it was impossible, i have heard some tour agencies can receive mail and pass it on but its difficult to do so. Another interesting point was some christian americans have been given permission to set up a goat farm in the north east of the country and have been given special passes to move around.
thanks for replying and taking the time to view the pics,
pics will follow soon and i think i have a clip of one of the factories but will have to upload to youtube
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