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Mr Majestik
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Posted:well, i was just crusing around the net today and browsing some other Forums when i found this



rare photos from North Korea



i found it quite an eye opener, i'm sure you will too.


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alien_oddity


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Posted:it just go's to show how repressive the communist regime is. by the sounds of it being allocated a "guide" your only going to see what "they" want you to see

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Yell fire!
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Posted:I would take that forum with a pinch of salt. The author seems to have his own agenda and some of the photos and captions are kind of funny.

A completely out of focus photo with the caption, "They still havent figured out how to make flat glass withtout bubbles" !?

Many of the issues the photos show are common to all developing countries (like the slums), not just socialist countries. I think you would find worse slums and more poverty in India for example, a capitalist country that is constantly hailed for its rapid economic growth. I'm sure there are many things about North Korea that should change (you could say that about just about any country), but I refuse to believe that it's as evil as the mainstream media make it out to be.

I was fortunate enough to visit Cuba last year and what an eye opener that was! Having never been exposed to anything but anti-socialist, anti-Castro western (mostly American of course) propoganda, I didn't really know what to expect. It turned out that most of what I'd heard was rubbish. Yes, Cubans are poor by developed country standards, but EVERYONE has a house, food, clothes, education and of course access to one of the best healthcare systems in the world. That is a lot more than any capitalist developing and many developed countries can say. And contrary to popular belief, Cubans are not arrested for hanging out with foreigners. We spent most of our time with ordinary Cubans, staying in their homes. And whether you like it or not, there is also very strong support for Castro among common Cubans. Once again, I'm not trying to say that everything out there is perfect, just that what you hear in the mainstream media is very biased at best, and a complete lie much of the time.


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Birgit
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Posted:Reminds me of East Germany really. Well, not the slums, but the way guests were escorted through a very pretty street with old buildings, while the invisible back of the same street was still half-ruined from the war 40 years ago...

Standard practice in Africa, too, make one sector of the capital ber-pretty and completely neglect the rest.


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Rouge Dragon
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Posted:I've seen worse when I was in Romania.

That's not to say North Korea isn't in a not-too-good state, just that there are countries who might be so called "free economies" even though their people are not.

There was a show on the ABC a few months back about The Games they have in North Korea where all the kids do the dance and contortion. I found that much more of an eye opener as it showed the brainwashing of the children from the propoganda.


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
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TheHappyRobot
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Posted:I quite enjoyed Romania rouge_dragon, people seem reasonably happy (except about the economy), although the crappy parts really are crappy.

I like the fact that communists tend to make massive monuments and obelisks reaching towards the sky, its actually inspiring.
The 3rd picture down of the whole city with that massive pyramid like thing looks awesome.

Does anyone else think the Russian guy looks like David Baddiel?


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alien_oddity


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Posted:hmmmmmmmm i had the pleasure of visiting zimbabwe.......................NOW that is a messed up country................only reason we went there was on abeer run because there was a shortage in zambia ubblol



rule of thumb..............NEVER drink from the bottle wink


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Domino
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Posted:Damn Interesting article - North Korea's "Secret" Hotel

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alien_oddity


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Posted:ubblol so it's been stood empty and unused for nearly 30 years

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Rouge Dragon
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Posted: Written by: A_Happy_Robot


I quite enjoyed Romania rouge_dragon, people seem reasonably happy (except about the economy), although the crappy parts really are crappy.




Oh don't get me wrong, I love Romania! And I'm sure many people here will tell you that! But I think their cities and country towns were worse than those photos of North Korea. Worse probably exists in NK than those photos as well. But I think one of the biggest differences is (as initially drawn to my attention by my Romanian sister) that in communist countries, everyone knows they aren't free. However, in many post communist countries, like Romania, that are still young in their new government situations, the world thinks they're free but the reality is far from different.

But sorry, I'm offtopic


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Domino
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Posted:Just looked at the pictures on that forum, you can see the hotel in the third one down

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_Clare_
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Posted:The pictures were very interesting - the metro looks incredible...

But the commentary seemed very biased to me.

'Why is it that in capitalist countries the roads are better than in communist ones?'

Hmmm... let's think about that for a second?!


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_Clare_
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Posted:And read through some of the comments posted afterwards by soldiers...

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jeff(fake)


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Posted:I've heard far too much about North Korea for the good of my mental health. There are probably worse places, but not many.

According to Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Dynamics, we may already be making love right now...

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alien_oddity


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Posted:zimbabwe jeff ???? ubblol


or maybe the north part of papua new guinea..............possibly angola, maybe even the congo


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Mr Majestik
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Posted:while i concede that the commentry is one sided, the photos are quite interesting in themselves. especially those columns and cubes that can be knocked over to block roads in case of an invasion.

i just found it interesting as one of my brothers friends was a missionary in South Korea for two years and spoke often about how much worse it was in the North. its just all very different from what i take for granted.


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faith enfire
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Posted:i think that it is cool and smart to have roads protected like that
what if Iraq had that....?
it doesn't look that bad really. not what we may be used to, but...i don't know shrug


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jeff(fake)


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Posted: Written by: faithinfire


i think that it is cool and smart to have roads protected like that
what if Iraq had that....?
it doesn't look that bad really. not what we may be used to, but...i don't know shrug


It's alright, so long as you don't voice any disent or don't mind an exceptionaly painful death for you and your extended family.


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simta
BRONZE Member since Apr 2006

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Posted:some of the comments on the pics was really annoying

"the geeks have got you" - Gayle

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faith enfire
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Posted:I was talking about the roads. the homes are better than some I have seen in Wisconsin. I am not speaking on the political aspect.

verrrrry annoying comments, just put the facts. ex: hotel that never was.


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