Note: Sorry for the delay in getting pictures of my trip up, they should be up soon.
It seems North Korea has confirmed that they have arrested two American reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee. By the way, Laura Ling is Lisa Ling's sister - I've always been a bit of a fan of Lisa ever since seeing her on Channel One News in high school (and her work on National Geographic was awesome).
By coincidence, I was watching The Vice Guide to North Korea last night - I had seen the first few episodes before but finally got around to watching the whole thing. It's an incredibly fascinating documentary showing some very rare footage taken inside North Korea. The journalists were not supposed to be recording and took some serious risks getting this film made (I'm still not quite sure how they managed to do it). In any case, it's very interesting and well worth the watch. The whole thing runs around two hours, divided into 14 episodes. Here is the first two...
The Vice Guide to North Korea: Episode 1
The Vice Guide to North Korea: Episode 2
For Episode 3 and the rest, click here to go to VBS.tv.
While I don't necessarily agree with all of Shane Smith's attitudes and assumptions (then again, I haven't been to North Korea), I do think this documentary is well-done and gives us a glimpse of what a bizarre country North Korea can be - seemingly stuck in a 1950's era-Communist mentality, cut off from the rest of the world and many of the developments of the last fifty years that many of us take for granted. Yet the common people seem like any other - kind, gentle, curious, full of smiles once you get to know them.
Scary place to be arrested though. Best wishes to Laura and Euna, I hope they make it out of this okay.