A couple of meaty links for Friday.
Not brand spanking new , but worth your time anyway: the Taishi village elections.
For some time now, village-level elections have been held in certain parts of China. These elections are treated as experiments to see how to roll out the elections across the country, first at the village level and then at the town level later. We are supposed to learn from experiments, but we are not getting enough feedback about what is happening in those villages.
Taishi is that big case study.
On a smoewhat different matter: bored with the big, bad bogeymen? Discover Degenerate magazine, the place that gives the henchmen their due. Now featuring Lavrenti Beria. Not updated frequently, but a fine archive.
And if you're inthe market for a daily dose of Pyongyanginess, go to North Korea News and sign up for the KCNA mailout. Today's standout:
Choe Thae Bok Meets Member of House of Lords of Britain Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- Choe Thae Bok, chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly of the DPRK, met and had a talk with member of the House of Lords of Britain Guthrie and his party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall Friday. On hand were Ri Jong Hyok, deputy to the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly who is chairman of the DPRK-Britain Friendship Parliamentary Group, officials concerned and British Ambassador to the DPRK David Arthur Slinn.
Now what was that all about?