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North Korea bombards South with used toilet paper

North Korea bombards South with used toilet paper | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Balloons used to deliver human waste as well as propaganda messages into South
Korea
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This is at once so funny and so gross as to demand mention. I can only imagine the slave labor required to collect the used toilet paper. My only surprise in this is how does North Korea get toilet paper and helium. Clearly, their economy is doing better than we'd hope given its isolation. At any rate, Korea—north and south—is a place I would not want to live. 

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The Gulags of North Korea

The Gulags of North Korea | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When North Korea makes the headlines, you can be almost certain that it won't be for good reasons. With depressing regularity, we hear stories about military provocations against South Korea and the North's ongoing efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Or we hear about trivialities like the opening of an amusement park or the disgraceful antics of a former basketball star. But an issue of far greater importance than the trivial stories, and of equal importance to the security questions, gets only scant coverage: North Korea's atrocious record on human rights.
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That the rest of the world tolerates and deals with this regime, even if it is to send humanitarian aid, is an offense against our common humanity. That China continues to protect this dictatorship is one of the best reasons I know for not buying anything made in China. We should be pushing our government(s) to demand that China help stop the oppression of the people of North Korea.

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A snub for China, North Korea’s reported nuclear test shows Beijing’s waning influence

A snub for China, North Korea’s reported nuclear test shows Beijing’s waning influence | Upsetment | Scoop.it
China wasn't warned in advance of test, reflecting deteriorating relations and its powerlessness.
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A major problem is what happens if Korea is unified. China fears the influence of the US in that new Korea that sits right next door. But, would we be willing to back off from that unified country if China was willing to recognize the new country and not try to step in to the vacuum left by an American withdrawal? Has anybody suggested such a coordinated approach to Beijing? 

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