Government is good.
Big Brother is watching you.
The State wants to take care of you.
north Korea scares me to death. the fact that a place like that still exists in modern day. those people are prisoners.
1984 is here and now
this is too 1984 to be real
why the fuck have i barely heard anything about this shit? Why aren’t more people outraged about this? and talking about this? this is fucking horrible! Something has to be done it’s fucking 2014 why the fuck is this even happening
i have family in North Korea that no one has seen since the war.
Why isn’t anyone telling us about this?
I’m a sophomore in high school. Who gives a shit about The Second Great Awakening? What about this? What about the Korean Reich that’s strangling it’s own people? Why hasn’t anyone at least pretended to care? Fuck Beyoncé, fuck whatever is coming soon to theaters. Why isn’t the suffering of human beings the first headline in the NY Times? Why hasn’t my history teacher taken a moment out of the 53 minutes in our class to inform us? Why?
There’s no oil there to steal, so the richer countries of the world couldn’t care less.
no one is talking about this because no one is supposed to know this information
i have to ask if you people are being sarcastic…?
because, do you seriously mean you haven’t heard about this until now? This is after all one of the most famous examples of dictatorship and oppression in the world.
Didn’t James Franco recently make a movie about assassinating the current dictator, Kim Jong Un? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2788710/ http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/25/world/asia/north-korea-the-interview-reaction/
And like, for your information, the United States and the UN were involved in supporting South Korea in the Korea war, wasn’t they? And the US still have loads of military bases in South Korea ready to support them in any eventual conflict with North Korea. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War
I mean, governments around the whole world, such as members of the United Nations, has implemented some serious economic sanctions in protest against how NK treat the people. http://www.sanctionswiki.org/North_Korea
Okay, and a couple of reasons why the US or other UN members or NATO hasn’t done any military intervention there in recent years is because
a) the last korean war got very very very bad
b) China and Russia might be seriously pissed off at increased military activity because this country borders to them, and they would feel threatened by the presence of any other superpower’s military activity in the area. http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/politics/2014/06/05/tsr-dnt-sciutto-alliance-russia-north-korea.cnn&iid=article_sidebar&video_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fedition.cnn.com%2F2014%2F09%2F01%2Fworld%2Fasia%2Fnorth-korea-ripley-americans-interviewed%2Findex.html%3Fiid%3Darticle_sidebar
c) North Korea may or may not have the equipment to make nuclear weapons, meaning the regime can pose a serious threat to their enemies if they are provoked. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/06/world/asia/north-korea-reported-to-test-short-range-missiles.html
d) a lot of people in North Korea have relatives in South Korea and other countries. Many of whom were refugees. If other countries resort to military action againsk NK, it is completely possible that North Koreans who have relatives abroad will be percecuted and perhaps killed or worse by the government as a consequence of that. As if the civilians’ situation isn’t bad einough already. North Korea also has prisoners from other countries, including americans. All this makes it very risky for the US and others to take immediate action. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/world/asia/north-korea-says-it-will-put-american-on-trial.html
The issue here is not that noone talks about NK. If you haven’t heard about this before, you can’t possibly have read any major newspaper regularily for the majority of your lifetime.
I mean for fucks sakes every major newssource in the west has talked about this regularily for like as long as North Korea has been in existance, so if you live in a free country with a free press and freedom of speech and haven’t heard of this yet, you must have either lived under a stone or have the worst journalists in the world.
I doubt I am the only person here who read a newspaper in their life before being a highschooler?
I mean, here in Norway I’ve experienced that North Korea is a fairly regular news- and conversational topic, ranging from the crazy story about the rainbow unicorn prophecy, to the stories of defectors and refugees on the horrible crimes of the state.
A damn lot of this stuff has been visible on english language google news and major international newssources several times throughout the past decade. Unless you live in a country that is subject to sensorship of newspages and the internet, I find it very very odd that you are not familiar with the information.
You talk about “1984 is here” as if information is being held back from you. But North Korea is on the news all the time, in the BBC and the CNN and AlJazeera and NY Times and The Guardian and all that.
PS: on the cnn links, look at the sidebar for MORE articles.
The Guardian has a whole section dedicated to NK politics: http://www.theguardian.com/world/north-korea
So don’t try to pretend this is something mainstream media has been ignoring, just because it hasn’t caught your eye. There are people who work hard to get information from there to journalists out here.
And, for the high school sophomore, i find it seriously shocking if you learn nothing about it in history classes or in social studies or in government or politics studies classes in high school. That is a serious failing of the educational system.
In Norway we learn about the Korean war when we learn about the Cold War in middle and high school, and in international english and social english studies class several of my classmates took initiative to hold presentations or write papers on NK issues when we were discussing international politics.
It seriously baffles me that so many people have not been aware of these issues until now, but I can understand it can happen if there is limited press freedom in your countries, or if you can not access the news sites linked to above.
No, no, don’t worry. We do have easy access to this information. And I personally learned about the Korean War and the current conditions in North Korea from multiple teachers in high school (in SC, which supposedly has the one of the worst education systems in the country). The problem is that so many young people just tune out until the information is presented to them in some bite-sized info-graphic like this one. Seriously people, you’re only as uniformed as you want to be.