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North Korea’s Wacky Regime Celebrates 70 (Miserable) Years

The brutal Stalinist regime that rules North Korea has just turned 70, and they threw themselves another military parade in the capital Pyongyang on Saturday.

As you can see from the above video, there were plenty of mass demonstrations of loyalty, goose stepping, and armored vehicle drive-bys topped by typical shrill denunciations from the Great Successor Kim Jong-un.

Thanks to the regime’s propagandists, Kim Jong-un’s family — known as the Kims — has a semi-divine status in the reclusive nation, i.e., they’re perfect beings, so the celebrations were pretty much all about them.

Not that this is news for the impoverished people of North Korea who’ve been subjected to the cult of personality ever since Kim Jong-un’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, took power in 1948.

North Koreans visit the statues of former leaders of the Workers' Party of Korea, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. (Image: Photo Credit: Irina Callegher via Compfight cc)
North Koreans visit the statues of former leaders of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. (Image: Irina Callegher via Compfight cc)

Groomed for the position, Kim Jong-un is the third generation from his family to rule the reclusive state after his father Kim Jong-il died in December 2011. His grandfather died in 1994.

Kim Jong-un is also the world’s youngest head of state.

Watchers of the regime say that the Kim Jong-un is trying to copy the habits and styles of his grandfather — i.e., haircut, how he dresses, and even his swagger.

News reports say that Kim Jong-un recently reinstalled an old habit in recruiting young girls and women into a private “pleasure squad” that entertains and serves his sexual whims. See a video report on that below:


While North Korea’s population had no choice but to celebrate the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, there was little recognition coming from elsewhere, outside a few dubious totalitarian states, including neighboring China, i.e., that guy to Kim Jong-un’s right of the still image at the very top video is Liu Yunshan, the Chinese Communist Party’s fifth-ranked official.

There aren’t many states that are as despotic as the one ruling North Korea, and here’s why.

“All basic freedoms have been severely restricted under the Kim family’s political dynasty. A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world,” states Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“They include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence. North Korea operates a series of secretive prison camps where perceived opponents of the government are sent to face torture and abuse, starvation rations, and forced labor,” said HRW.

“Fear of collective punishment is used to silence dissent. There is no independent media, functioning civil society, or religious freedom.”

To find out more about what life is like inside North Korea, watch this video below:


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James Burke
What keeps the world ticking? James is always looking for the answer and the latest news from around the globe. When he's not behind his computer, he's basking in the Thailand sun, or dreaming of the southern hemisphere, where he grew up in rural Australia.

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