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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

North Korea: Happy Populations Don't Defect . . .

Area involved is circled
The Current Kim-in-Charge (CKIC) is keeping his happy people in the North Korean worker's paradise through an "urban renewal program" of a sort, The Chosun Ilbo reports in "N.Korea Demolishes Border Villages to Stem Defections":
North Korea is demolishing villages near the border with China along the Duman River and forcing residents to move south in order to prevent defections.
The Duman narrows as it passes Onsong, making the area a popular spot for defectors to cross into China.

Activists in South Korea who help North Korean defectors said one Onsong resident was executed by firing squad recently after being captured in the attempt to defect. "The regime believes that stemming defections is an effective method of staying in power," the government source said

The North has stepped up border patrols and installed high-tech surveillance equipment, including devices that track the sources of cell phone signals.
Things slide from bad to worse.

But, the CKIC has a nuke or two. So he's got that going for him.


  1. Anonymous6:48 AM

    Kind of like building the Berlin Wall to prevent the flood of Germans seeking the joys of the totalitarian life from overwhelming yet another (fortunately bygone) worker's paradise.....


  2. One must also wonder if the government's push for low-range electric cars and bicycles portends subtle equivalency right for a future U.S.

  3. Anonymous6:55 AM

    It's probably less a question of the government, as a whole, than people in the present cabinet and a couple of departments. I think it's also a function of the preferred urban lifestyles of some factions that support the current administration (though one might note that their idea of urban rarely includes Detroit, Watts or the South side of Chicago as preferred habitats), college kids who don't have to travel much and the farther out componant of the environmental folks. Toss in the oil=Bush=Bad people and you have a trifecta. A bit of croney capitalism doesn't hurt, either.