North Korea’s abysmal human rights record is pretty well known at this point. And it will take more than a marathon to change the country’s image. But, North Korea apparently has decided it's not going to be the world’s human rights-abusing piñata anymore and has come up with a plan. Control the news cycle.
So, late last week, the reclusive and dictatorial pot went in search of a kettle that it could pick on. And with that in mind, straight from the good folks at the state-run Korea Central News Agency in Pyongyang, comes this “News Analysis on Poor Human Rights Records in US.” The North Korean analysis of the U.S. begins subtly: “As the world's worst human rights abuser…” And away we go. If you want a take away Cliffs Notes version of the piece, here it is: “The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.”
If you’re in for the long haul, here are the data points that KCNA connects to show that life in the U.S. is, objectively, “a living hell.”
Under the citizenship act, racialism is getting more severe in the U.S. The gaps between the minorities and the whites are very wide in the exercise of such rights to work and elect. The U.S. true colors as a kingdom of racial discrimination was fully revealed by last year's case that the Florida Court gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot to death an innocent black boy. That's why 52 percent of the Americans have said that racism still exists in the country while 46 percent contended that all sorts of discrimination would be everlasting.
At present, an average of 300,000 people a week are registered as unemployed, but any proper measure has not been taken.
Housing Prices (a bit technical, but we’ll roll with it):
The housing price soared 11.5 percent last year than 2012 and 13.2 percent in January this year than 2013, leaving many people homeless.
All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people's rights to existence and their inviolable rights.
The U.S. government has monitored every movement of its citizens and foreigners, with many cameras and tapping devices and even drones involved, under the pretext of "national security".
Meanwhile, bills on easing arms control were adopted in various states of the country, boosting murderous crimes. As a result, the U.S. has witnessed an increasing number of gun-related crimes in all parts of the country and even its military bases this year. In this regard, the United Nations on April 10 put the U.S. on the top of the world list of homicide rates.
The U.S. also has 2.2 millions of prisoners at present, the highest number in the world. For lack of prisons on the part of the government, individuals are providing detention facilities to make money. A Russian TV said that in the U.S. the wealthy classes are now keen on the investment in providing private prisons for their high profit and so more people will be imprisoned.
So, that’s it. North Korea, apparently, is so American in its aversion to human rights it could be the 51st state. The comparison of the U.S. to North Korea is obviously far-fetched and wrong. The points made are, of course, problems the country faces, but are already much debated in American society. I’m not going to go over each, mostly because others already have. Check out Matt Ford at The Atlantic for a thorough analysis of the, ahem, analysis.
If nothing else, this North Korean news analysis marks the country’s grand entrance into the modern media world—where you had better be over-the-top, only partially partial to facts, and willing to make outlandish comparisons no matter where the hide. So, welcome North Korea. Along with the "a Russian TV said" citation, throw in a few Holocaust comparisons and soon you’ll have your own cable news show.