Wednesday, March 26, 2003

I caught the repeat of a fascinating programme on BBC2 last night. In Holidays In The Axis Of Evil, Ben Anderson, armed only with a hidden camera, tours North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and Cuba.

Last night's programme revealed the fascinating contradictions of North Korea - vast amounts of money spent on megalomaniac statues and megalithic unfinished architectural projects, while apparently millions may be dying of starvation. The celebration for the Dear Leader's birthday was simply astonishing, with hundreds of thousands of people in an impressive display of precision choreography. And then there's what seems to be the national hobby: a stadium full of people flicking over bits of coloured card to create ever-changing mosaics of the Great Leader, the Dear Leader and assorted symbols of Communism. Human pixels on a stadium-sized monitor.

Next week, Anderson visits Libya, Syria and Iran. Sadly, I missed the Iraq one last week.

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