An attempt at silencing critics of North Korea instead showcased the adaptability of written Chinese when internet users in China found a clever workaround for a banned nickname for Kim Jong Un.
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North Korea is going rogue again. On August 15, the DPRK will institute a one-time-only, death-to-imperialists version of "Spring Ahead", setting the country's time zone back by a half hour. The new GMT +8.30 time zone will be called "Pyongyang Time".
Kim Jong-un showed off North Korea's modern international airport this week, which includes a rich cornucopia of duty-free goods, "espresso-based drinks" and other luxuries. But the story behind the airport's design is unmistakably tyrannical.
To celebrate the New Year, the national North Korean television network has broadcasted this footage of the supreme leader flying a plane. According to local media, the almighty Kim Jong-un piloted and landed the aircraft by himself — with the help of his two assistants.
Last year, an Atlantic article introduced us to an activist group run by a former North Korean who now uses balloons to airlift information and technology into into the tightly-controlled country. Now, its members want to use their balloons to tote in copies of The Interview, Sony's beleaguered comedy about Kim Jong-un.
Despite rumours that Sony Pictures would officially blame North Korea for the recent hack that exposed everything from its payroll to its employees medical records to unreleased scripts, a North Korean diplomat now says his country didn't do it. The New York-based official says it's just "another fabrication targeting the country".