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No. Korea Puts On a Show as Kim Jong Il Memorial Comes to an End

In this photo, a camera crew seems to be omitted and the snow appears whiter. Photo: KCNA/Reuters

The world has seen more of North Korea since the death of Kim Jong Il than it has in the many years prior. With the world watching, the isolated and secretive country has been sure to put on a show for global onlookers.

Over the past week and a half, we’ve become familiar with the overwhelming expressions of grief coming from the North Korean people, which some speculate may be exaggerated because the authoritarian government wouldn’t have it any other way. We have an ABC news clip about that after the jump.

The Guardian also suspects that an image from the memorial service (above) may have been Photoshopped (click to their website for the original image). It’s not clear what would be gained by altering the photo, but we’re confused over most everything else about this country.

Today was also the public coronation of Kim Jong Un, Kim Jong Il’s son, to “supreme leader.”

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North Korea’s Media Force Field Even Repels Twitter

Kim Jong Il liked the movies and was said to have a collection of 20,000 of them.

News today has focused on the next steps for North Korea, a country that manages to keep itself shrouded in mystery despite the forces of social media and other information-sharing tools.

What we know: newscasters wept on-air and citizens were weeping openly in the streets after news hit of Dear Leader’s death; Kim Jong Il wanted his youngest son Kim Jong Un to take the leadership role once he was gone; the U.N. has once again raised the issue of ongoing human rights abuses in the country; and one man’s trip to lay flowers at the North Korean embassy in London is newsworthy.

What we don’t know: mostly everything else.

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