Tag Archives: communism
November 2, 2011

Pyongyang through a tour bus window

Here is the last of the footage shot while we were driving around Pyongyang. Not many recognizable landmarks in this video, but there are some large portraits of Kim Il-Sung and other propaganda.

October 19, 2011

POTD: The Brezhnev / Honecker kiss on the Berlin Wall

Brezhnev and Honecker kissing on the Berlin Wall

This one of the more amusing panels you will see at the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery. It is a reproduction of a Berlin Wall graffiti painting titled “My God, help me to survive this deadly love” that depicts an actual kiss that took place between Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker in 1979:

A quick peck on the cheek was a typical greeting among communist leaders in Eastern Europe, but Honecker apparently took it to extremes, provoking the ire of General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last communist leader of Poland. In a 2005 interview, Jaruzelski claimed that one of the most unpleasant parts of his job was kissing Honecker, due to his “disgusting way of kissing”.

June 7, 2011

POTD: Noseless Stalin in Moscow

When the Soviet Union fell, the symbols of that regime – the innumerable statues of Marx, Engels, and Lenin – were brought down as well. Many were melted down, demolished, or sold to wealthy Westerners who installed them in American casinos. Some of these statues still survive throughout the former Soviet Union, however, either in the town squares of small towns or places like Fallen Monument Park in Moscow, which houses a large collection of old Soviet statues, including this one of Stalin. I don’t know how Stalin lost his nose here, but I’d like to imagine that it was the result of a large sledgehammer wielded by an average Soviet citizen.

May 20, 2011

POTD: Pyongyang high-rises

A high-rise apartment building in Pyongyang. The building on the left is the Koryo Hotel, which is basically the Ritz-Carlton of Pyongyang. Like most hotels in North Korea, it features a revolving restaurant.

April 14, 2011

North Korea: Driving through the streets of Pyongyang, continued…

Today I uploaded more footage taken while driving through Pyongyang.

The first video includes footage of Kim Il-Sung Square, the Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang Traffic Girls, and the Grand People’s Study House.

This second video was taken while driving through Pyongyang in the evening. There is not much to see, due to the lack of electricity, and therefore lighting, in Pyongyang.

January 19, 2011

POTD: North Korean dancers at rest

Near the Monument to the Foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party, a group of North Korean dancers waits to be dismissed by their supervisors.

January 3, 2011

POTD: North Korean students observing a mass dance

north korean students at a mass dance

north korean students at a mass dance

North Korean students attend a mass dance that was taking place to celebrate the DPRK’s independence day on September 9, 2009.

December 22, 2010

POTD: Taekwondo at the Arirang Mass Games

arirang mass games

arirang mass games

Taekwondo athletes perform at the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea. What exactly are the mass games? Well, take 100,000 North Koreans, place them in the largest stadium in the world, add some perfectly choreographed gymnastics, dancing, singing, and a heavy dose of propaganda, and the end result is a massive show glorifying the achievements of North Korea and its eternal President, Kim Il-Sung.

December 2, 2010

POTD: The last Karl Marx monument in Moscow

In Teatralnaya Square, directly across the street from the Bolshoi Theatre stands Moscow’s last remaining monument to Karl Marx, which was erected in 1961. The inscription reads “Proletariat of all countries, solidarity!” (aka “Workers of the world, unite!”) While the Communist Party still occasionally rallies around the monument, some have suggested replacing the monument with, among other things, a bronze statue of Vladimir Putin.

November 12, 2010

POTD: Communists near Red Square

Yes, they still exist, and occasionally hold small rallies. Photo taken in the summer of 2003.