Hi! I've gone through your entire questions & answer tag and I've reblogged some of the other posts I've seen by you on my dash, so I just have a few general questions and I'm sorry if these are essentially repeats. During my 2nd year of high school (I live in the United States) we had an entire unit on the DPRK that was essentially vilifying it (unsurprising) and had several stories about foreigners (largely from the US) going there and reporting on all the atrocities. (1/?)
(2/?) there was one story in particular that I was wondering if it was
true and what it says about the DPRK if it is. Essentially it started by
talking about the fact that the citizens are constantly monitored and
have endured psychological trauma to the extent that they believe the
leader or his soldiers know what they’re thinking and live in a constant
state of underlying terror as a results. I feel like it’s probably
exaggerated, but my main question is how strict is the surveillance?
(3/?) Additionally, there was a story of a group of South Koreans who
would sneak in radios, dvds, movies, etc. to expose North Koreans to the
outside world and that people, esp younger people, were beginning to
view the leader as bad and were starting to want to rebel. I also heard
that sometimes people in south korea will send stuff in through the air,
like tied to balloons. Is there any truth to that?
(4/?) I’ve seen several videos of news reporters that have gone in with
doctors who are trying to address the health crises being faced by some
of the poorer residents. The idea behind it was that the leadership does
not care about the citizens at all, just maintaining power.
Additionally, a lot of the videos critiqued the idea of the DPRK being
at all equal or progressive because all the citizens are educated in
ways that serve only to benefit the leadership. Is this true and if it
(5/5) wouldn’t that kind of contradict you saying that the DPRK has more
equal rights that other Asian/south east Asian countries? I’m not
suggesting you are wrong about the DPRK because I definitely agree the
US and the “West” as a whole has worked at vilifying and inhibiting
DPRK’s growth for decades, I’m just trying to get a better understanding
from people far more informed that I am. Thanks in advance!
Citizens of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea are under a lesser state of surveillance than citizens in the global north (or even in South Korea) as most resources dedicated to security go specifically to the national borders – both north and south are effectively still at war as the conflict has yet to see any resolution due to the interference and presence of U.$. settler armed forces and U.$. imperialism and its lackeys.
As far as we know no one in the Korean People’s Army knows how to “read minds” and Comrade Kim Jong-un is not Professor X from the X-Men, such thoughts are endorsed by western media since it’s very fond of the racist narrative that Koreans are childish naive people that require the steady paternalist hand of white colonisers.
Electronic goods such as mobile phones, dvds, radios, televisions, and others (like movies) are sold in the DPRK.
Both north and south Korea have used balloons in the past to carry and spread propaganda pamphlets about each other, so it’s possible “stuff” (contraband) is sent from South Korea through balloons though it’s not a particularly efficient way of delivering goods considering how easily they can be spotted.
The DPRK is a workers state built on socialism, access to free universal healthcare and education are guaranteed constitutional rights unlike in capitalist countries so it is a very ill intentioned assessment to believe that the leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the government of the DPRK do not care about the workers.
Since this is a heavily embargoed and sanctioned country, when health crises happen the DPRK is unable to import necessary urgent medical goods. This deliberate policy of the U.$. and its imperialist allies is one of methodical genocide – they would rather let Koreans die of preventable diseases and famine so they can have “hard evidence” to further justify their attacks upon the DPRK.
The U.$. is not yet satisfied with having murdered millions of Koreans in the Korean War or having imposed and backed fascist dictatorships in South Korea, it further craves for the blood of innocents, for the blood of third world peoples.