Authoritarian regimes often dream through propaganda. To see what they're fantasizing about, we regularly check in on what state-controlled media outlets have been churning out.
Kim Jong-il looking powerful
The Korean Central News Agency, you might be surprised to learn, has its own version of the wacky Kim Jong-il Looking at Things Tumblr: Kim Jong-il Looking Powerful. During the North Korean leader's recent trip to Russia, he was described by Western journalists as limping and looking frail, a possible consequence of his reported stroke in 2008. But you wouldn't know it by looking at the photos that accompanied to recent KCNA reports on Kim providing "field guidance" at the construction sites of "modern cultural and service facilities" (lead photo above) and a power station (below). And it looks like he managed to work in some helpful advice. At the power station, Kim reportedly peered out at the dam and manmade lake and declared that "the more one watches them, the more fantastic they look." At a wading pool at the next site, he proclaimed that the body of water is "of weighty importance in bringing up school youth and children to be pillars of the country equipped with knowledge, good moral character and good health and ensuring a happy life of the people in the county."
Iran honors 9/11 anniversary with conspiracy theory
With the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks fast approaching, U.S. news outlets are busy reflecting on the meaning of the attacks ten years later and what we've learned in the interim. But not Iran's state media, which is aggressively anti-American. The country's Press TV, which is operated by the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, is running an article today claiming that new 9/11 footage indicates that the U.S. government "staged the attacks on New York to eliminate the threat of Saddam Hussein to Israel and take control of Iraqi oil." Here's the clip that Press TV is running alongside the piece: