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North Korea's Kim celebrates completion of 'modern mountainous city'

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    balooga
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    Maybe it's just a bad photo in the article but it doesn't look like much to me. A few generic apartment buildings, an uninspiring government complex, and a hotel convention center? Though I'm...

    Maybe it's just a bad photo in the article but it doesn't look like much to me. A few generic apartment buildings, an uninspiring government complex, and a hotel convention center? Though I'm probably unfairly jumping to conclusions, this "city" looks more like suburbs where I live. Not to mention, if history is any indication, most of those building are (and will remain) empty, unfinished facades anyway.

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    1. Keegan
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      That's what I'm worried about. The North Korean government is awful, but it isn't the fault of the people and they should be getting decent places to live.

      most of those building are (and will remain) empty, unfinished facades anyway

      That's what I'm worried about. The North Korean government is awful, but it isn't the fault of the people and they should be getting decent places to live.

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    2. nothis
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      Uhm... it's North Korea. The only thing interesting is how they present it and what picture it paints of their current ability get anything done (from kinda awful to awful). Sounds awful as usual.

      Uhm... it's North Korea. The only thing interesting is how they present it and what picture it paints of their current ability get anything done (from kinda awful to awful).

      Delays in construction prompted the Kim regime to mobilise youth labour brigades, which defectors and human rights activists likened to "slave labour" as they get no pay, poor food and are forced to work more than 12 hours a day for up to 10 years in return for better chances to enter a university or join the all-powerful Workers' Party of Korea.

      Sounds awful as usual.

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    3. [2]
      Loire
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      Why would you be "unfairly" jumping to conclusions? No it isn't much. It was built by North Koreans. This isn't a country well known for exemplary anything. There is only one interesting building...

      Why would you be "unfairly" jumping to conclusions? No it isn't much. It was built by North Koreans. This isn't a country well known for exemplary anything. There is only one interesting building in that entire country and its been sitting unfinished and empty since 1987.

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      1. balooga
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        Mainly because I can't tell what's out of frame in the picture and I don't know what any of the buildings are actually supposed to be. I don't like casting judgment on anything with so little...

        Mainly because I can't tell what's out of frame in the picture and I don't know what any of the buildings are actually supposed to be. I don't like casting judgment on anything with so little actual information. I feel I can reasonably extrapolate based on what I know about North Korea, but I'm really just making educated guesses. Frankly I'd love to be proven wrong.

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  2. daychilde
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    Shocking in a country where he can just round up people and send them to labour camps. Seems like a lame excuse. Accidental almost-humanity. heh. 😠 ¹ emphasis mine

    delayed by shortage of building materials and labour. ¹

    Shocking in a country where he can just round up people and send them to labour camps. Seems like a lame excuse. Accidental almost-humanity. heh. 😠


    ¹ emphasis mine

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