Thursday, August 18, 2005

Your ridiculous clamour for "human rights" is nothing but a shrill cry!

This is awesome! Someone in California has taken North Korean propaganda from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) from 1996 to the present, and dumped it into a searchable database with a Web interface.

KCNA is like China's Xinhua News Agency on PCP. Xinhua has always been careful to toe the party line, but there are no such restraints on KCNA -- it is apparently always on rabid attack dog mode. It's famous for threatening war against the United States, launching personal attacks against U.S. leaders, and publishing ridiculous stories about acts of nature that apparently show support for Kim Jong-il and other North Korean "leaders."

I had always assumed that KCNA, like Xinhua and other state-run news agencies, was stored in LexisNexis and Factiva, but that is not the case. This Californian programmer decided to make the data available, by not only mirroring the KCNA website, but providing a search mechanism and RSS feeds ... and a hilarious, KCNA-based random insult generator!

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