a trip to North Korea

Chris Doss itschris13 at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 20 07:07:15 PDT 2000

Speaking of North Korea, I have a question for ya. I was under the impression that the country is a textbook example of squalor. However, perusing the WHO health statistics pages, I discovered that North Korea has just about the lowest infant mortality rate in the region (22 out of 1,000).

What gives?

>From: Elisabeth Vincentelli <teppaz at panix.com>
>Reply-To: lbo-talk at lists.panix.com
>To: <lbo-talk-digest at lists1.panix.com>
>Subject: a trip to North Korea
>Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 00:10:45 -0400
>Those who understand French and have an interest in reading about the
>excesses of contemporary totalitarianism may want to have a look at a
>mesmerizing article in the Parisian daily "Liberation":
>A reporter visited North Korea "undercover", as part of a small group of
>tourists, and simply describes what he saw, from a capital without
>electricity (except for the army buildings of course) to people scrounging
>for roots in public parks to the two underground nuke-proof palaces built
>the rulers to store the hundreds of thousands of gifts received over the

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