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North Korea Strikes Back With Human Rights Report of Its Own

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In response to a scathing United Nations report on human rights violations in the country, North Korea has released its own human rights report, targeting the United States. Its main points, via the North Korean state news agency KCNA:

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.

The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.

At present, an average of 300,000 people a week are registered as unemployed, but any proper measure has not been taken.

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.

The number of impoverished people increased to 46.5 millions last year, and one sixth of the citizens and 20-odd percent of the children are in the grip of famine in New York City.

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…

Its chief executive, Obama, indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trip in disregard of his people's wretched life.

The Washington Post relays these same points from the KCNA, noting that most of these are criticisms based on issues many Americans care about and contends that "the only truly debatable part is on gun crime." Despite North Korea's assertions, the violent crime rate has declined in recent years.

But I'd say a few more of the points above are highly debatable too. I don't know of any "citizenship act" exacerbating racialism. (Voter ID laws don't count—I showed my ID to vote in New Jersey, which doesn't have a voter ID law, for years. In fact, the first time I remember not showing my ID was in 2012, when voter ID laws had become the new outrage).

While the Washington Post suggests the latter part of the first point is about Trayvon Martin, in that case the shooter, George Zimmerman, was not a policemen. Other policemen, white and black, have gotten away with killing unarmed (and non-threatening) individuals, black and white. As someone who's covered a lot of police abuse stories, I would suggest that while racism plays a role in some of the cases, the fundamental issue in police abuse is not racism but a lack of accountability among and an abundance of deference to police forces and other classes of government employees, especially the armed ones. In general I don't think police officers who end up killing innocent people do so because of race, they do it because their peers have gotten away with it almost every time.

The third point, about the U.S. being a living hell, is, admittedly, not debatable. It's just plain false by any metric you choose. The sixth point sounds false too, and certainly needs a citation, from the North Koreans or the Post. Neither did the U.S. actually end up at the top of a U.N. list of homicide rates. As the Post notes, that spot was taken by Honduras.

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  1. What about this one?

    “one sixth of the citizens and 20-odd percent of the children are in the grip of famine in New York City.”

    I’ve got a picture of a fat welfare queen staring at me under the ‘You May Like’ heading just above.

    1. Yeah, [citation needed]

    2. That was the one I zeroed in on as well. That’s playing pretty fast and loose with the word “famine”, even for WaPo.

    3. New York City is a vile hellscape with no hope of redemption. Every day, when the New Yorker wakes up, he is treated to the sounds of the destitute orphans slowly starving in the streets.

      Around noontime, the purge is conducted, an act of such unspeakable depravity that I can barely describe it here. At Purgetime, all the homeless that can be caught are herded into camps where they are slaughtered and their fat is rendered into soap for use by the Koch Brothers.

      Thank God North Korea and the Washington Post realize what a dark and post-apocalyptic place modern New York is.

      1. If by use by the Koch brothers you mean distribution to their frankly awesome herd* of orphan servants. The fats in hobos aren’t delicate enough for Koch skin.

        *Is this the correct collective noun for orphans?

        1. I prefer to use “a murder” when collectively referencing my orphans.

          1. Aspirational collective noun? Crows seem to be better at spatial/cognitive tests than children.

            1. Adorphans are leased out by the…lot, gaggle, swarm, bunch, glob, platoon, …?

          2. In my case, a “quarrel” seems more appropriate; need more correctional officers.

  2. That smarts.

  3. They got half of that stuff from an Obama fundraising email.

    1. And I thought “racialism” was a word only used by Ali G.

      1. Best thing that HBO ever did.

  4. To be fair, the report sounds like a typical day on MSNBC.

    1. Well, MSNBC’s stuff isn’t as coherent.

  5. All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people’s rights to existence and their inviolable rights.

    Well I’m glad to see at least North Korea is taking Balko’s work seriously.

    1. Yeah the infuriating part is he really doesn’t have to make a whole lot of stuff up to create such a report.

  6. Huh — Chris Hayes, Amanda Marcotte, and the Norks are all subscribed to the same DNC talking points feed. Who knew?

  7. Its chief executive, Obama, indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trip in disregard of his people’s wretched life.

    My main take away from this is that there was a medical breakthrough in NK and they have found a full-proof cure for irony poisoning.

  8. “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 looks like the text of Barack Obama’s next speech.

    They must have hacked his computer!

    1. gave a verdict of not guilty to a white policeman who shot to death an innocent black boy.

      lol they think Zimmerman is a cop? The mind of the totalitarian right there. If he was legally armed, he must have been a cop.

  9. Very funny. Hysterical overstatement countered by deadpan understatement.

  10. The Great Grad-School Experiment in Utopian Socialism

    The Student Union of Michigan ran an interview last week about a gutsy move by six Duke graduate students: For the past two years, they have collectivized wages. That is, they take their “stipends” (university-speak for “paychecks,” a sleight of verbiage that gets universities out of all sorts of labor laws) and put them into one big bank account[…] “everyone is his own bureaucrat,” and they’ve been able to self-police with complete success[…]

    Everyone his own bureaucrat? Where do I sign up?!

    I have to say I’m so impressed that I will forgive the self-named “Duke Collective” for referring to both “epistemological limits” and the French Marxist Louis Althusser in casual conversation. It’s really incredible. So many of us bemoan income inequality in general?and, in higher-ed circles, the continuing chasm between the ever-dwindling tenured Haves and the teeming hordes of contingent Have-Very-Littles?but what do we do?

    6 cash-strapped grad students decide to pool their resources. Truly nothing this radical has ever crossed the mental horizons of those squares in the Dean’s office.

    It’s entirely possible that the Duke Collective’s micro-utopianism will come to an abrupt end as soon as one of them graduates and starts making either real money or no money.

    You don’t say.

    1. Six Duke students pool money voluntarily. This is proof that a hyper socialist state based on government violence, envy, and theft could work miracles! #slatepitch

    2. So they’ve proven that what families have been doing for millennia works.

    3. Just for fun, a think tank should offer one a huge-salary job, and the school should can one of them due to ‘lack of government funding’.

      See how long this utopia lasts.

    4. lol yes, never before in the history of humanity have unrelated adults pooled resources together voluntarily.

      Oh crap, I have to give my roomate my share of the rent, and collect the Internet bill from him.

    5. They don’t exactly say HOW they self-police. That’s what I would like to know. Social shaming maybe?

      Moreover, they don’t say if the students share a house together, which would make more sense, since they are sharing food and rent bills.

    6. it initially began as a kind of emergency fund, where we didn’t put our entire wage in but only some of our stipend for collective use, mostly as a substitution for a lack of summer funding opportunities to friends who were on international visas, and therefore weren’t allowed to work, at least not legally.

      That’s the crux. It began to counter the institutional discrimination that some of their friends faced. International students cannot legally work off campus, and therefore cannot get summer jobs, so if they don’t get a summer stipend, they cannot legally get any income.

      It’s one thing to bail out a friend who *chooses* not to work. it’s another thing if your friend is legally forbidden from working due to xenophobic government policies.

  11. Anyone have any experience with the DJI Quadcopter?

  12. He’s got a point. All those bureaucrats and militarized cops are working hard to MAKE America a living hell. But it’ll be another few months before we catch up to North Korea.

  13. Its chief executive, Obama, indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trip in disregard of his people’s wretched life.

    Huh. This one’s actually true.

    1. Well, not the “people’s wretched life” part. At least not if you’re comparing it to a country where millions die of famine.

  14. “Obama, indulges himself in luxury almost every day, squandering hundred millions of dollars on his foreign trip in disregard of his people’s wretched life.”

    WE ALSO ARE DROWN IN SEA OF FiRE LIKE IMPERIALIST RUNNING DOGS WE ARE

  15. The third point, about the U.S. being a living hell, is, admittedly, not debatable. It’s just plain false by any metric you choose.

    The *complete* third point reads “The U.S. is a living hell as elementary rights to existence are ruthlessly violated.” I dare say much of H&R deals with ruthless violations of elementary rights to *aspects* of existence. Whether one considers such violations as comprising “a living hell” is perhaps a function of one’s, um, sensitivity.

    1. Well, the North Koreans are spared Justin Bieber.

  16. Agreed. Go to the CBS story to see this in action, re Tony and american socialist. ugh.

    1. That was meant for Rich|5.3.14 @ 1:25PM

      derp.

  17. The number of impoverished people increased to 46.5 millions last year, and one sixth of the citizens and 20-odd percent of the children are in the grip of famine in New York City.

    I would guess that most of the 25 million people in North Korea would love to be so “impoverished” or endure such a “famine.”

  18. and one sixth of the citizens and 20-odd percent of the children are in the grip of famine in New York City.

    This was one of the more Onion-esque parts of this article — the former mayor was trying to limit sugary soft drink portions because the poor people were getting too fat.

  19. “on the top of the world list of homicide rates”? Not even close, but #3 among our 34 peer OECD nations, which is bad enough. Unfortunately there is a grain of truth to the absurd exaggerations, enough that the propaganda will have some effect. This is easier to see among Russians, as the Kremlin as acquired slightly more subtlety since Soviet times. It is a pity that the US has unilaterally ceded the moral high ground with such catastrophes as Drug Prohibition and surveillance.

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