Everday Lives in North Korea

Barbara Demick
Asia-Pacific and South Asia
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American journalist and author Barbara Demick highlights the severity of the North Korean dictatorship compared to other regimes around the world. Whereas other regimes stifle the voices of dissidents, North Korea has no dissidents; while other governments try to control the flow of information on the internet, North Korea has no internet. Meanwhile, the dictatorship has crafted an enormous lie to its citizens: that North Korea is the greatest country on Earth in which to live. Demick states that conditions in North Korea have worsened, but since the Arab Spring has begun, it may be the last dictatorship standing. The future will reveal how long the ruling party can block out the influences of the outside world and maintain its rigid grip.

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