In North Korea, the propaganda machine is kicking into gear, laying the foundation for Kim Jong-un to replace his father Kim Jong-il. Earlier this month, father and son attended a massive military parade together. Ostensibly meant to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party, the parade was really about giving the son a big coming-out party – a first introduction to domestic and foreign audiences. And departing from the usual script, the North Korean regime allowed Western journalists to cover the event live and on-site. Hence the video above. Using Canon 60D and 1DmkIV cameras, the Guardian brilliantly captured the propagandistic essence of the moment.
Related note: It hasn’t been updated in a while, but the blog North Korean Economy Watch uses Google Earth to provide the most extensive mapping of North Korea’s economic, cultural, political, and military infrastructures. It’s a great way to further demystify the secretive state. Thanks to Ed for the tip.