This is not schadenfreude

A couple of months ago, TAFKAS wrote a post about an Australia student (at ANU) running a tourism business into North Korea.

The student, Alek Sigley:

 founded a business called Tongil Tours; a business to facilitate “educational” travel to North Korea.

Writing for the Guardian, Sigley suggested:

Despite heavy sanctions, Pyongyang has a small but growing consumer class, due in part to government policies to liberalise sections of the economy.

Well it appears not so liberal because Sigley has reportedly been arrested at a university in North Korea.

Alek Sigley, 29, who has been studying at Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, was named in South Korean media overnight as having been taken into custody by North Korean officials.

It is not known why he was arrested but just three months ago, Sigley wrote an article for The Guardian about life in the notoriously secretive country, saying he was able to travel freely in the capital without a chaperone.

This on the back of American student Otto Warmbier being beaten into a permanent vegetative state by North Korean security officials and dying in 2017.

Socialism in action.

TAFKAS wishes Sigley a safe and speedy return to Australia, but honestly, even useful idiots have a finite value to totalitarian dictators.

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26 Responses to This is not schadenfreude

  1. stackja

    When will they ever learn?
    Probably never.

  2. billie

    the gift that keeps giving

    I love being lectured by people about things, then watching them fall on their faces

    this is not schadenfreude .. I disagree

  3. I’ll bet the loony Left will be pleading, shouting, cursing, the government to do something about this. What’s the next adventure going to be, bicycle tours through known mine fields in SE Asia? What is wrong with these people?

  4. Mitchell Porter

    It’s very unlikely this guy is as naive as you seem to think. He’s not just some guy on a tour; he’s proposing to *run an international business* that will place students from around the world in North Korean universities. Such an enterprise must be closely monitored by interested parties from the clandestine world, if indeed it is not a wholesale invention of one or another intelligence agency. At the very least, he must already have some kind of evolving understanding with both Australian and North Korean secret services. Also, in his Guardian article, he says he’s half-Chinese and first met North Koreans at his university dorm in China. There’s a very good chance he’s “Australia’s Dennis Rodman”, our man in North Korea, there exactly in case North Korea liberalizes one day, and there’s a scramble to build commercial and other ties with the country.

  5. feelthebern

    We should start a Go Fund Me page.

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    How about a holiday in Vietnams Viet Cong Tunnels ,quite cosy they are ,and fed on weeds rice and grasshopoer stir fry,profits to go to getup ,good socialists give some of the tazxpayer money you live on for this worthy cause.
    As for comrade sigley , mass support demos with millions of protesters ,thhe smh and age camppaign gainst ythe Nork comrades and a special QA orogramme of support with snowcone leading the ati Norkattack. We stillhiwever. Don agree with Trumps sanctions on the comrades .

  7. Mitchell Porter

    More about Alek Sigley here. His wife is Japanese, and they married in Pyongyang.

    “Please note that because of my studies and work in-country I generally steer clear of politically sensitive issues in my blog. At any rate, I’m not particularly interested in saying what has already been said a thousand times before about North Korea.”

    Incidentally, it’s rumored that Kim Jong Il’s Japanese sushi chef, who ran away to Japan, then tearfully returned to North Korea when Kim Jong Un took over, and who opened a sushi restaurant in Pyongyang, has also been detained or arrested.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    TAFKAS wishes Sigley a safe and speedy return to Australia

    He might be there a while.

    American in Vietnam sentenced to 12 years in prison for ‘attempting to overthrow the state’ (24 Jun)

    Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam and has lived in the United States since he was a child, was detained in Da Nang last July on suspicion of activity against the government, according to the Orange County Register.

    The 55-year-old was visiting relatives and friends when he was pulled off a bus by authorities and arrested with three other people.

    Nguyen will be deported after serving his sentence, his lawyer told the BBC, adding that the verdict was “too heavy.”

    Anyone who has ever written anything on social media that doesn’t render Chairman Ho as a glorious enlightened leader shouldn’t visit Vietnam. Ditto the Norks and anyone with the name Kim.

  9. Up The Workers!

    Just like the three Greenie expeditions in three successive years to the North Pole a few years ago, to symbolically demonstrate that the polar ice shelf was tragically melting due to the horrendous gerbil worming – and each expedition had to be rescued a great cost and personal risk to rescuers’ lives, because the cretinous gullible idiots got snowed in by blizzards, the expanding ice-sheet and the ferocious freezing cold weather.

    You cannot educate idiots.

    The A.L.P. is “Mensa” for dumb people!

  10. thefrollickingmole

    Shadenboner status, online….

    Good, imagine spruiking for a country as shit as that.

  11. Just like the three Greenie expeditions in three successive years to the North Pole…

    Just like the failed millennial love-tours of Balsamic territories to prove that love is found everywhere, until it’s not.

  12. egg_

    Sh1thole Tours not doing so well?

  13. egg_

    Shadenboner status, online….

    Spacechook needs a Schadenboner button.

  14. JohnJJJ

    You can’t beat the March to Aleppo for peace. It was a huge success. By the time they (sort of) got there, virtue waving across Europe combined with civic activism and loads of selfies, the war was over.
    Not quite the way they wanted it. But, hey, over is over.
    So now they are after the Nobel Prize. “thank you but really really we don’t deserve it” http://civilmarch.org/
    Take that, you cynics!

  15. TAFKAS wishes Sigley a safe and speedy return to Australia

    Not me. I’m sick of this shite. These fvckwits need to learn a lesson (obviously Otto the Warm Beer lesson wasn’t enough)
    The problem with modern Western Civ is that we didn’t only master most of nature, which used to kill us regularly, but we’ve almost erased Darwin’s Law.

  16. Iva Right

    Why couldn’t I actually care less? Perhaps because this idiot was always going to end up in this position and should have known better!

  17. Megan

    There are always those who are bound and determined to learn the hard way and ignore or deride the experience of others.

  18. Up The Workers!

    Hard to imagine, but I suspect that Ernie Sigley might have more up top than Alek Sigley.

    Stupid is, as stupid does!

  19. J.H.

    Well I dunno….. You can’t completely visit Nth Korea without a trip to the Gulag. Fer the full cultural experience an’ all that.

  20. Tel

    I suggest this might not be the best approach to advertising a tourism operation.

    It would seem that there IS such a thing as bad publicity, at least in the tourism business.

  21. NuThink

    feelthebern
    #3058663, posted on June 27, 2019 at 10:21 am
    We should start a Go Fund Me page.

    Surely you mean in this instance a Go Find Me page?

  22. Clam Chowdah

    TAFKAS wishes Sigley a safe and speedy return to Australia

    This is where your last sentence should have ended.

  23. Clam Chowdah

    Not me. I’m sick of this shite. These fvckwits need to learn a lesson (obviously Otto the Warm Beer lesson wasn’t enough)
    The problem with modern Western Civ is that we didn’t only master most of nature, which used to kill us regularly, but we’ve almost erased Darwin’s Law.

    You’re a shit****.

  24. Davey Boy

    Meanwhile an Australian citizen has been languishing in detention in Vietnam

    Nary a word from nor a finger lifted by our political class.

    Maybe it’s because the citizen in question is the wrong type of refugee

  25. Paul

    This reminds me of the couple that were on a bicycle holidays through the middle East and were run over by terrorists. Their blog was all about how safe it was there etc…

    https://www.npr.org/2018/07/31/634373403/d-c-couple-killed-in-tajikistan-attack-were-biking-around-the-world-together

  26. billie

    whether any person is naive or not, there are consequences to actions and poor decisions

    such is life

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