Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows, Mr. Trump.
(Shakespeare. The Tempest)
North Korea Slavery- a reminder…
Now that the leader of ‘the free world’ has befriended such strange bedfellows as Vladimir Putin
and Kim Jong-un
and now that he thinks these are his besties while Nato and the EU are his new enemies, perhaps it is worth remembering that nuclear weapons and ‘the safety of America’ are not the only issues here. A report by the Walk Free Foundation today has concluded that North Korea has the highest number of slaves in the world – 2.6 million people forced into brutal and unpaid work. That’s more than a tenth of its total population and many of them are children. In 1860 there were 3.9 million slaves in the US and yet, here we are in 2018 with two thirds of this number slaves in North Korea today and we hardly bat an eye.
This is from The Dweller’s Guide To The Planet entry for North Korea:
“Have you heard the joke? One North Korean says to another North Korean, ‘How’s it going?’ ‘Mustn’t grumble’, he replies.
Just in case you’re thinking of emigrating, here’s what Freedom House had to say in 2017:
‘North Korea is a single-party state led by a dynastic totalitarian dictatorship. Surveillance is pervasive, arbitrary arrests and detentions are common, and punishments for political offences are severe. The state maintains a system of camps for political prisoners where torture, forced labour, starvation, and other atrocities take place.’
They were being unnecessarily generous.
Since then, there have been more missile tests, more UN sanctions, more threats of nuclear annihilation, but not to worry, they sent a joint hockey team with South Korea to play in the winter Olympics, and they are talking peace and have blown up their already bombed out nuclear test site, so it will probably all be alright. President Trump is cautiously hopeful a solution will win him the Nobel Peace Prize. The 150,000 – 200,000 North Koreans held in isolated internment camps without charge, trial or any kind of judicial process might be less optimistic.”
North Korea may have sent Kim Yo Jong (Kim Jong-un’s charming sister) to woo us all at the winter olympics:
but the real faces of this terrible regime will never be seen.