went to North Korea, but it's his daughter's unexpected travelogue that captures the reality of the trip.
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- Excellent post by Eric Schmidt's daughter! It's so much into Orwell that even former Soviet Union pales in comparison.Jan 21, 2013
- Just wish it was an easier read. Google Sites couldn't be worse. Tried to run it through Instapaper; didn't solve the two-column disjointed nightmare.Jan 21, 2013
- "An aside: For a country that banned religion, and has sent thousands of practicing Christians to prison camps, the Christmas trees were rather incongruous.
When asked, Minder 1 chuckled and offered, "New Year's trees?""
USSR dwellers knew it was a New Year Trees, not Xmas ones. Most of us - emigrated to the US - are still putting in New Year Trees. It has nothing to do with any religion, a New Year was one of a few if not only a holiday not ruined by politics in USSR. North Korea apparently took a lot from Soviet Union.Jan 21, 2013
- "Ours was the first American delegation in over a year, and the North Koreans we met were unfailingly polite and engaging, even excited to meet with us (particularly Eric). How that squares with official NK agitprop that Americans are super-evil imperialist bastards is beyond me."
It was the same in former USSR. Mr. Putin turned out to be much more successful in anti-American propaganda and most of people living in a modern Russia thinks about America as their main enemy who's main goal is to destroy Russia. That's very sad.Jan 21, 2013