You didn't think Kim Jong Un wouldn't have a say in all this madness, did you?
A slice of good news from North Korea today. And by "good" we mean better than hearing about human rights violations, and by "North Korea" we mean the place where this story came from.
Supreme leader Kim Jong Un reversed a 20-year-old rule -- implemented by Papa Bear himself -- banning women from riding bicycles. The law was originall
y mandated after Oh Hye Young, the daughter of National Defence Commission vice-chair Oh Geuk Ryeol, was killed by an automobile while riding a bicycle in the 1990s. The law was never strictly enforced outside Pyongyang, but it was still on the books, which means the old regime wasn't going to budge.
Ultimately, this change probably doesn't represent even a microscopic shift in ruling ideology, but at least Mr. Jong Un woke up on the right side of the bed one day, realized it was 2012 -- or whatever year their calendar claims it is -- and concluded that women can ride bicycles responsibly. Hooray for progress!
Skateboarder, Patrik Wallner, put together this video of what North Korea looked like during a recent trip, which happened to coincide with the 100th birthday celebration of long deceased ruler, Kim Il-Sung. As polarizing as opinions of North Korea can be, it certainly makes an interesting backdrop for this clip.
Food Not Bombs of the Day: The US State Department this morning released a statement saying North Korea has agreed to halt all nuclear activities, including its uranium enrichment and nuclear missile tests, in exchange for 240,000 metric tons of food aid.
The six-nation disarmament-for-aid talks with the hermetic nation ceased in 2009, after North Korea withdre
Powerful Photo of the Day: Thailand-based Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj captures the oppressive bleakness of everyday life in Pyongyang with his prize-winning photo of a solitary, illuminated picture of North Korea's founder, Kim Il-sung, haunting the capital city's decaying Brutalist apartment blocks at night.
Dead Leader of the Day: Snow fell on Pyongyang as the funeral procession of North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il snaked its way from the Kumsusan Memorial Palace to Kim Il Sung Square and back again during today's three-hour-long official state ceremony.
Leading the cortege was Kim's "great successor," his son Kim Jong Un, who was accompanied by senior officials.<
Crying To Keep From Dying of the Day: Dramatic footage released by North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency shows "grief-stricken" citizens mourning the death of their Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-il, with emphatic wailing in scenes reminiscent of the ostensible outpouring that followed the passing of North Korea's founder -- and Kim Jong-il's father -- Kim Il-sung.