The report may be glowing, but it's nothing compared with the reaction back home to Kim's visit, as chronicled by KCNA. Earlier this week the agency noted that, upon hearing of Kim's impending Russia visit, the "whole country" became "swept by a hot wave of general offensive for flinging open the gate to a thriving nation in 2012 without fail." We learn that scientists, engineers, and factory workers are rushing to hit production targets and "making great achievements in their work to delight" Kim when he returns home Don't believe the North Korean people are excited? KCNA has a photo to prove it:
Myanmar keeps things brief and dry
On Friday, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Thein Sein for the first time since she was released from seven years of house arrest in November. While the meeting was generally hailed as a positive step by Myanmar's new, nominally civilian government to reach out to its critics, it was hard to say much else about the development because the state-run media released scant details about the encounter. In a brief, the New Light of Myanmar said only that the pair "tried to find out potential common grounds to cooperate in the interests of the nation and the people putting aside different views." Suu Kyi simply told reporters, "I am glad to see [the president] and I am encouraged." Footage of the meeting broadcast on Myanmar state television provided no further insight:
Myanmar's state-run media seems to apply this strategy a lot. The New Light of Myanmar's articles are short and matter-of-fact, with little color, context, or commentary. For example, The Economist notes this week that Myanmar is gradually and grudgingly drifting into China's orbit as the West spurns the country. But New Light of Myanmar posts this week on Burmese officials working with their Chinese counterparts to collaborate on mineral exploration and electric power make no mention of this dynamic.
When's your next day off? Ask Uzbekistan's president
In the U.S., federal holidays occur at fixed dates or days in the year. But not so in Uzbekistan, apparently. There, the whim of the ruler holds sway. An Uzbekistan National News Agency brief today casually reports that President Islam Karimov has decided to move around days off in connection with the country's independence day on September 1, making the Saturday and Sunday before working days and the Monday and Tuesday before days off (if we have this right that means August 31 is a working day, which doesn't seem efficient). "The decision has been made in order to create favorable conditions for the rest of the people and rational use of the work time," the news agency explained. Ah, we see.
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