Jang’s poems now tell of public executions, hunger and desperate lives. He said that the piece he chose to submit to London’s Poetry Parnassus festival, “I Sell My Daughter for 100 Won,” is based on one of his worst memories in North Korea - recollections of a mother trying to sell her daughter in the market place.
In a delightfully creepy bit of propaganda out of North Korea, the makers of this video inadvertently toss Hitchens' line about not being able to escape Pyongyang's totalitarian system until you die on its head.
"Don't worry about us, sister. Our father is still with us."More >>
First, it's unlikely that its being circulated domestically. Internal propaganda in North Korea is almost never the same as the external propaganda that the KCNA publishes to the world.
Secondly, on the off chance that it is being publicized inside the country, it wouldn't really be all that sensational. As early as the mid-1990s, people started to find out, and now its established fact known by most North Korean citizens, that material life in China is better than in the DPRK. However, North Korea has never prioritized the improvement of material conditions as being a vital part of its ideology or justification for legitimacy.
The mistake journalists commonly make is assuming that the DPRK was anything like the Communist Bloc in ideology, and that the inflow of goods made in capitalist societies will be any kind of a tipping point. It won't.
Thirdly, its also possible that such an index is being circulated in China as a somewhat less than tacit acknowledgement that North Korea would like to follow in the steps...More >>
North Korea on Friday threatened to launch "unpredictable and merciless" fire against South Korea over its anti-Pyongyang leaflets, the latest warning amid a flurry of diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula and revive stalled talks on the North's nuclear programs.
South Korean activists and defectors frequently send hundreds of thousands of leaflets calling for a popular revolt to topple North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, which the North sees as psychological warfare against it.
They wouldn't be complaining if it wasn't effective. Keep it up, boys.More >>