- Buddhist monks from South Korea join ceremony marking the 908th anniversary of the death of Ch'ŏnt'ae Order founder in Kaesŏng, North Korea (AP via WaPo)
- Fresh from his tour of the Far East, US President Barack OBama says Asia trip was about jobs and calls for more American exports to Asia as a way of expanding US employment, a possible prelude to a support of the ROK-US free-trade agreement (WSJ, Bloomberg)
- Deadly fire in Pusan indoor shooting range on November 14 claims twelfth victim as 37-year-old Japanese tourist dies from burns (Yonhap)
- Two North Korean diplomats arrested in Sweden for smuggling 230,000 packs of Russian cigarettes (Korea Times)
- North Korean state news media blames Seoul for lack of progress in bilateral ties (Yonhap)
- Naver reveals that 98.2% of Anti-English Spectrum's online members are English teachers keeping an eye on the "racial" group (Yonhap)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Daily Kor for November 22, 2009: Our dear leader is not the Dear Leader
Story #1, about the South Korean monks visiting North Korea for a chesa for the founder of their order, is a repeat from yesterday, when the monks had headed off for Kaesŏng. But I liked the picture below so much, that I decided to run it again, post-ceremony. Indeed, the room pictures below may be the only one in North Korea where the dominant portrait is not the Dear Leader or the Great Leader. This all makes me wonder how much or little religious freedom this isolated group has.
As usual on the weekend, it's a slow news day: Government offices shut down, reporters don't report on reportable things, and criminals stay home and watch OCN with their kids. It also doesn't help that yesterday's Daily Kor was several hours later than usual, with some of yesterday's stories rightfully belonging in today's news roundup. So if you're really Jonesing for some news, go check out yesterday's edition.