Such the welcome, they present.
The event: North Korea has been holding birthday celebrations for its leader, Kim Jong-il, who with the military holds a firm grip on his country.
The legend: Official accounts say he was born on 16 February 1942, on Mount Paektu, a sacred site for Koreans, with a double rainbow and a bright star marking the event.
The more likely reality: Most analysts believe he was in fact born in Siberia, where his father was in exile. Some put the birth year at 1941.
The sadness: How often do we still see this nonsense where a government wallows in its myopic selfishness while the populace starves? There is no justifiable reason why countries such as North Korea remain cloaked in darkness and shrouded in starvation.
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