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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-14-10 09:25 PM
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Amnesty warns of healthcare crisis in North Korea
Source: BBC News

North Korea is failing to provide the most basic healthcare needs for its people, Amnesty International warns.

An investigation by the human rights watchdog found barely-functioning hospitals, poor hygiene and epidemics made worse by widespread malnutrition.

Many people were also too poor to pay for treatment, the report citing North Koreans and health workers said.

Pyongyang spends less than $1 (0.65) per person on healthcare a year, World Health Organization figures show.

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Conservatives: "You see what happens with big government?" But overall North Korea's a big ol' $%#^&hole anyway.
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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-14-10 09:58 PM
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1. Have they tried getting rid of Dear Leader?
That might help.

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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-14-10 10:57 PM
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2. Imagine
If Prescott had won the Presidency in 1952.
Then when he died in 1972, George Hideous Wanker took over.
And then he got old and wanted to play golf, so in 2000 his Dim Son took over.

We might all be eating roots and berries, and wondering how to get rid of them too.
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Diclotican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 05:56 AM
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4.  onehandle

That could not be so easy as it sound.. State Security have 100 percent control, and if anyonw dear to even rice their head against "dear leader" they would either be shot, or put in the north korean gulag.. State Security in North Korea is one of the most repressive in the world - it have far more controll than even KGB had when they was in their most powerfull times.. We use to think that KGB, and the sister organisations in the East Europe was repressive.. North Korea is by war more repsesive than even KGB was under Josef Stalin, when millions was arrested and put into the gulag system

And most North Korean have enough with figthing for the daily bred, they have no time to even think about revolution in any kind.. And they have also learned from the day they was born, that the regime, and most important the leaders is off holy origin, and should be treated as sutch (it is a korean tradition going way back in history, not just the last 60 year or so) And most north Korean would not dear to do anything to make revolution.. They have just no ressurses to do it.. When the East Europeans did it, it was becous the grip from the different regimes was fading away, and it was more easy to comunicate with others.. From the early 1980s, the contact with the rest of the world, by tourist from west, was making more and more east europeans able to know what happend elsewhere.. Not that they had not know it before, but in the 1980s, when the differet regimes was desperate after foreign cash - and tourist tend to spend hard cash most peoopole also got more and more knowlegde. And in the country, where the language between the east og west was similar, or like as in West and East Germany, they even could watch TV from the other side - and many East germans did that...

And even then, the regimes in the East Europe, was not even near the repressive regime North Korea is.. And compared to North Korea, even Albania, who was more og less stalinist to the end in 1991, had a pourus border, compared to the iron gates that North Korea have.. Even in East Germany who had one hell of a border to cross to freedom, it was posible to make it.. In North Korea that is a remote posibility, as the southern border is the most militarized in the world. And the other borders, also have their share of fortifications.. The only contry, and posibility is either to Russia and China.. And both nations are not that happy about it at all.. And want North to be quit, and mind their own busiess..

Not easty to make revolution in a country where even Josef Stalin would envy the koreans their seucrity apparatourus..

And another thing.. North Korea hava also the ugly habit of arresting, and find gulty familiy members, if one familiy members are found gulty in something... That is in it self a detterence against reolutions

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ballaratocker Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-14-10 11:45 PM
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3. Meh.
Conservatives: "You see what happens with big government?"
The only thing that the government spends money on these days in the DPRK is the military and the state security apparatus. Actual funding for services that could help people got deprioritised after 1995.
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Old Troop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-15-10 05:07 PM
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5. This is clearly right wing propaganda. As you can see by this article
North Korean scientist are far ahead of anyone else in the world in medical care.

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