Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Kim Jong Il Losing Control - News is Leaking In

The Murderer-Freak of North Korea and his misnamed Worker's Party seem to be having a little trouble keeping information out of the prison camp country. He and his equally murderous father have, for decades, been trying to convince the inmates that they are living in a prosperity that no other country in the world has, this while living in famine that has killed millions. Kim is now finding it difficult to maintain this lie.

North Korea fights to stop spread of outside influences
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Watching foreign movies clouds the mental and ideological health of the people.

Foreign hairstyles and clothing are signs of the "utterly rotten bourgeois lifestyle."

Shaking hands should be avoided in favor of bowing, as it is more hygienic and a part of the national culture.

It might sound like a cross between Miss Manners and a political screed, but this is the advice recently crafted by North Korea's ruling Workers' Party for indoctrination lectures at factories, collective farms and other workplaces.

For decades, North Koreans have been forced to attend such sessions to reinforce the national doctrine that they are lucky to live under the wise leadership of Kim Il Sung, the nation's founder, and his son, Kim Jong Il, who inherited power after his father's death in 1994.

More than 100 pages of written lectures smuggled out of North Korea this year reveal that the leadership is in a state of near-hysteria about outside influences seeping across the nation's once hermetically sealed borders. The spread of "unusual lifestyles," the lectures warn listeners, could render them "incapable of following revolutionary thoughts and sacrificing their lives" for Kim.
So, what has caused this crack in the wall?
But in the past several years, trade between North Korea and China has surged, much of it not approved by North Korea's leaders. Along with food and consumer goods, traders smuggle in DVDs, tapes, books and Bibles, radios and mobile phones. Once taboo, T-shirts with English lettering are pouring into North Korean markets from Chinese garment factories.

The regime fears not only material critical of the nation but depictions of other countries that would make North Koreans realize how poor they are in comparison.
The people are beginning to protest. The penalty for this is the firing squad. [includes a video link]

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