On the basis that you should know your enemy, Crikey presents the latest news — in its own words — from the Korean Central News Agency:

THE ARTS: The National Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday gave a concert at the Moranbong Theatre in celebration of the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea … Put on the stage were “Glory to the General”, the fourth movement of the symphonic suite Long Journey for Songun Leadership, orchestras Thunder on Jong Il Peak and The Sound of a Horse’s Hooves in Mt Paektu and other numbers. The performers presented in stirring melodies the immortal feats of Kim Jong Il in strengthening and developing the WPK founded by President Kim Il Sung to be eternally the glorious party of the President and the guide of the Songun revolution.

WORLD AFFAIRS: Japan is working hard to host 2016 Olympics. It is busy with diplomacy to garner support and sympathy from the international community, while making eyes at the IOC. It is also keen to give impression that Japan can host Olympics. This is enough to make a cat laugh. Japan is the only country that has not yet shaken off its ill-fame of an enemy state in the political field. It is a country having bubble economy as it has nothing indigenous. As far as security is concerned, this country is plagued with hooliganism. This being a hard reality, Japan is so keen on the sponsorship of the Olympics. This only indicates that politicians and those concerned with sports in this country know little where it stands.

SPORT: A scientific symposium on President Kim Il Sung’s idea of sports and his leadership exploits was held at the People’s Palace of Culture on October 4 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his famous work For the Development of Physical Culture and Sports on a Mass Scale. The work, published on October 6 1946, set out a unique idea of developing the sports of Korea into sports for all as part of the nation-building for the sovereignty and independence of the country and its democratic development.

PUBLISHING: General Secretary Kim Jong Il’s famous work On the Fundamentals of Revolutionary Party Building was brought out in booklet by the Grafica Ah Hermanos Publishing House of Peru on October 3 … Famous work of President Kim Il Sung Let Us Bring the Advantages of Socialism in Our Country into Full Play was brought out in booklet on September 27 by a publishing House of Guyana. The work … deals with the essence and main characteristics of Korean socialism and tasks to bring the advantages of Korean-style socialism into full play.

AGRICULTURE: The Kwail County (fruit-growing county), South Hwanghae Province, the DPRK is busy with picking fruits these days. Trees are heavily laden with fruits. Apple, pear, persimmon, jujube and other fruits have ripened, colourfully decorating the vast orchard-county. The county also cultivates peach, plum, apricot, sweet cherry, grape and other fruit trees. The county has a fruit foodstuff processing factory and a famous wine factory. President Kim Il Sung visited several times the orchard, reliable base of fruit production in the country. Under the wise leadership of Kim Jong Il, the county has turned into a supply base of fruit and processed fruit for Pyongyang citizens.

Peter Fray

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