It is fairly common knowledge that Kim Jong Il deprives and starves his people to buy luxuries for himself and build monuments to his rule, but I did not know how many more luxuries and monuments he can now afford by selling luxuries and monuments to other statist tyrants.
Only in Africa or the Middle East can Kim Jong Il still serve as a role model for great governance.
According to the source, North Korea has earned $66.03 million from Namibia alone thanks to the construction of the Presidential Palace ($49 million); the Cemetery of National Heroes ($5.23 million); a military museum ($1.8 million); and Independence Hall ($10 million).
It has also earned almost $55 million from Angola via the AntÃ³nio Agostinho Neto culture center ($40 million); Cabinda Park ($13 million); and the Peace Monument ($1.5 million).
Additionally, the North has constructed a basketball stadium ($14.4 million) and an athlete academic center ($4.8 million) in the Congo, earning almost $20 million dollars in total.
Thanks to the Monument to the African Renaissance in Senegal, the North has made another $12 million dollars.
There are around 19.8ãŽ¢ set aside for a vacation spot for the president of Equatorial Guinea, which is supposed to earn Mansudae around $800,000, not to mention a government office building ($1.5 million), Luba Stadium ($6.74 million) and conference halls ($3.5 million).
The source also reported, “The money earned from these construction projects is managed by the No. 39 Department. Some of these dollars are used for domestic governance, while the rest go to secret accounts in Switzerland or Macau to become Kim Jong Il’s secret funds. [Daily NK]
An aside: how the hell do they find this stuff out? Nice pictures there, by the way.
Personally, I’m incensed at the thought of all of the nerve gas and uranium hexafluoride the African people are being denied so that their leaders can have these things instead. But thanks to North Korea’s trade with Africa, at least Kim Jong Il won’t lack for elephants, even if the elephants still aren’t white.