ìSigns That North Korea Is Coming to Market,î by James Brooke, New York Times, 3 June, p. W1.
ìNorth Koreaís Drug Habit,î by Victor Cha and Chris Hoffmeister, NYT, 3 June, p. A27.
Kim gives a rare economics lecture to a factory thatís been designated a new showcase of profitability. Ooooh! Hereís the joke about such an experiment in a regime that controls the economy as tightly as Pyongyang does: all such ìexperimentsî succeed simply because everything associated with their production, labor, distribution, etc. is prioritized in the otherwise-totally commanded economic system.
Meanwhile, a good story about how Kim really keeps his amazingly cruel regime propped up: the government directs farmers to grow opium poppies which are then harvested and marketed globally by the regime as heroin. Good evidence exists that Pyongyang exports its illegal narcotics to at least 20 countries.