Who Said It: the Great Leader or the Great Rebounder?

On Tuesday, former NBA star and current madman Dennis Rodman announced that he was visiting North Korea to conduct "basketball diplomacy" and run a basketball camp for North Korean children. Rodman, known for his extravagant lifestyle and wild excess, is visiting North Korea, one of the world's drabbest, most isolated states -- but maybe they're not so different after all...

We here at Foreign Policy are big fans of our "Who Said It" format, but honestly this one seemed like a bit of a stretch. Until we started looking for quotes, that is.

Can you tell Kim Il Sung, the country's now-deceased dictator who ruled from 1949-1994 (and who still holds the title of Eternal President), from Rodman, who led the NBA in rebounds per game for seven consecutive years? 

1. "He frequently arranged parties for them, as well as opium-smoking for drug addicts."

2. "This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can't see how deep it is."

3. "Death has always had a prominent place in my mind. There are times when I think somebody might kill me." 

4. "I always live with optimism." 

5. "I just wanted to kill the individual, because I was too much of a follower."

6. "They say Elvis is dead. I say, no, you're looking at him. Elvis isn't dead; he just changed color."

7. "The basketball court of the school was being monopolized by the school's basketball team and other students were off-limit to the court. Sang Wol's proposal did not ride well with some of the basketball players and they schemed to assault Sang Wol on his way home...."Hmm, that athletics teacher, Mah, has trained his running-dogs well. Those worthless worms!"

Answers below the break:




Answers: 1. Kim, 2. DR, 3. DR, 4. Kim, 5. DR 6. Sadly, DR 7. Kim..ok, maybe that one's not that hard. 


Photographer Louie Palu wins White House awards

We're excited to announce that Louie Palu's powerful photography from the U.S.-Mexico border, which appeared in FP's January/February issue, has won multiple awards from the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). The image above, which shows a 20-year-old from Chiapas, Mexico in a migrant shelter the night after she was deported from the United States, won first place in the WHNPA's Portrait category. The picture also finished in second place in the Pictures of the Year International's Portrait category. 

The photo below, of a man shot multiple times in drug-related violence in the Mexican city of Culiacán, won first place in the WHNPA's International News Picture category.

You can see Palu's full photo essay for Foreign Policy here. And check out this video of Palu discussing why he embarked on the ambitious project, which was funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. "I had been seeing a lot of news reports on the escalating violence, and I wanted to peel away the layers of what's really happening on the border," he explains.

Louie Palu/Zuma Press for FP