8.18.2010

A look inside

Foreign Policy has an interview with an American economist who has taken two tours -- apparently you actually can do that sort of thing -- in North Korea:
FP: Did you encounter any other investors in the "special economic zone"?

PC: Matter of fact, we bumped into some Americans. They actually were missionaries, based just across the border in China. They can't preach in North Korea, of course, but they've come as "investors" to build and run an orphanage, a bread factory, and a soy-milk factory. These "businesses" don't make money; they're just there to help people. To this day, one of most popular themes in North Korean propaganda involves evil Christian missionaries who inject Korean children with deadly germs, before the revolution. They even put the story in comic books for kids. Officially, they're inhuman monsters. Unofficially, the government invites them in because they're the only people willing to extend a lifeline.
There are many, many other gems at the link -- check it out.