Eyes on the DPRK: Samples from the People’s Daily Series

*Note: People’s Daily Online, a Chinese newspaper, has a series called Eyes on the DPRK. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea, is a socialist state that tolerates no interference from the outside world, and as such heavily controls what the West can access in their country.

The DPRK has friendly relations with China, however, and therefore Chinese media has access to North Korea that the West does not. The Red Hammer is giving readers a sample of some of the photos that People’s Daily has provided of life in the DPRK. We hope it will serve to challenge some of the worst, most ridiculous myths about socialist Korea.

Night-time photo of Pyongyang, capital of North Korea. Anti-DPRK propaganda states that this city shuts down entirely at night, turning off all of their lights and plunging the city into darkness.

Ignoring that energy conservation is not a bad thing, we can see in this photo that indeed the city stays lit after the sun falls. Apartment buildings, like the ones on the lower left of the photo, clearly show rooms where people have their lights on. Continue reading

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Fatuous, Dangerous, Utterly Irresponsible

by Eddie Ford

We call for the immediate legalisation of all drugs.

Few issues generate so much irrationality as the question of drugs. Rather we get tabloid-driven, moralistic sound and fury, where small things like facts and evidence are blindly ignored – indeed, themselves become objects of righteous condemnation. Naturally, the government – and, of course, the Tory government-in-waiting – is compelled to join the ‘anti-drugs’ mob, locked as it is into the unwinnable ‘war on drugs’, a prisoner of its own myths and desperate rhetoric.

Hence on becoming prime minister, Gordon Brown promptly – and stupidly – declared that cannabis was “lethal” and, following a media frenzy about the supposed dangers of ‘skunk’, insisted that cannabis be re-reclassified from its then current official governmental status as a class C drug back to the more ‘dangerous’ class B it had been prior to David Blunkett’s 2004 regrading (or downgrading). While the ‘anti-drugs’ Daily Mail was cock-a-hoop at this development, this Alice-in-Wonderland comment set the tone for the Brown administration’s thoroughly backward and reactionary approach to the whole issue – which, in just about every respect, has been more irrational than the one pursued by Blair or the previous Tory government (yes, including Margaret Thatcher). Continue reading