In which CanKor editor Erich Weingartner probes the private motivations of loyal servants of the DPRK system that keep them locked into defending regime survival whatever the cost. (First published in CanKor Report 317, 16 October 2009.)
Erich Heinz Weingartner: Mr. Pak, I really wish there were a better way to communicate with you. It’s been too long since we last talked.
Pak Kim Li: I called you once in May.
EHW: Yes, and although I have hardly traveled at all this past year, you call me on the one day when I’m out of town.
PKL: Perhaps I should tell you what has been happening lately.
EHW: I know what has been happening lately. The front pages of newspapers the world over have been reporting what’s happening lately! Is there no way I can call or email you other than by leaving a message at the DPRK UN mission? Read the rest of this entry »