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  1. #1 North Korea unveils heir, Kim Jong-un, and its military might 
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    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news...-1225936840052

    NORTH Korea unleashed a huge display of military might at a 65th anniversary parade, overseen by heir-apparent Kim Jong-un.

    As the regime celebrated its longevity and plans for leadership succession, news emerged of the death of one of the Stalinist state's most senior defectors, Hwang Jang-yop, the target of assassination attempts by North Korea.

    South Korean police said the 87-year-old's death was not suspicious, but a report in the Korea Herald said intelligence authorities in Seoul were investigating the possibility of assassination.

    At the parade in Pyongyang's enormous Kim Il-sung Square, thousands of soldiers marched in square formations before the regime's elite, and foreign diplomats and officials from China, to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Korean Workers' Party.

    Missile trucks, tanks, artillery pieces and armoured personal carriers also rumbled through the square during the parade, which was televised live by North Korea's state-run media. Unusually, selected international television networks were invited to broadcast the parade in a sign of the regime's desire to emphasise its military strength and the successful implementation of its leadership succession.



    The telecast included close-up shots of the dictator, Kim Jong-il, and his son on the balcony overseeing the parade. Kim Jong-il, who is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, appeared more robust, although he was limping slightly.

    Dressed in his standard khaki Mao suit, the dictator occasionally clapped and raised his right hand to salute the thousands of goose-stepping troops. His portly son, clad in a dark Mao suit, also clapped and saluted.




    You just want to pinch those fat little cheeks!
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    his son looks like a bond villain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m00 View Post


    his son looks like a bond villain.
    His dad met almost all of the criteria for being a Bond villain:

    • Jumpsuit: Check
    • Army of obedient drones: Check
    • Nuclear weapons program: Check
    • Penchant for kidnapping beautiful women: Check
    • Isolated hideout: Check
    • Fluffy white cat: X

    He was just one fluffy white cat away.
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    I dont know if I would call the DPRK a Stalinist state. That seems like a little bit of a reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KhrushchevsShoe View Post
    I dont know if I would call the DPRK a Stalinist state. That seems like a little bit of a reach.
    Well, it's a Democratic People's Republic. What else would it be. Liberal Socialism? Social Liberalism? Okay, I can buy that. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by KhrushchevsShoe View Post
    I dont know if I would call the DPRK a Stalinist state. That seems like a little bit of a reach.
    You have to be kidding.

    The DRPK is the only surviving Stalinist state on the planet. Why would you think that's "a reach"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    You have to be kidding.

    The DRPK is the only surviving Stalinist state on the planet. Why would you think that's "a reach"?
    I dont think there are any Stalinist states left, and there may have only ever been one.

    The communist party structure in the DPRK is very different than what it was in the USSR. The Red Army never had the political power the People's Army has. That's not to say it didn't have influence, it just wasn't a wing of the party itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    You have to be kidding.

    The DRPK is the only surviving Stalinist state on the planet. Why would you think that's "a reach"?
    You stand a better chance of having an intelligent conversation with a bag of lawn clippings than you do with KhrushchevsShoe.
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    It's a Stalinist mausolocracy. They worship dead Kims.

    Will you settle for that?

    Whatever. Your precious DRPK is a basket case.

    Someone who's smarter and stronger than the rest of NK society has co-opted and perverted an entire country into perpetual worship of a monster and his family, using communism as a shield.

    Doesn't say much for communism, does it, that that could happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hampshirebrit View Post
    It's a Stalinist mausolocracy. They worship dead Kims.

    Will you settle for that?

    Whatever. Your precious DRPK is a basket case.

    Someone who's smarter and stronger than the rest of NK society has co-opted and perverted an entire country into perpetual worship of a monster and his family, using communism as a shield.

    Doesn't say much for communism, does it, that that could happen.
    Communism is the victim here.
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