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NORTH KOREA WORKER’S PARADISE

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    A picture of the late leader of North Korea, Kim Il-Sung, is seen through a rain covered window in Pyongyang. After his death, he was designated in the constitution as the country's "Eternal President" though North Koreans generally refer to him as the "Great Leader."
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    Passengers look out from a bus window in the rain in Pyongyang.
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    A North Korean woman loads a pistol for firing practice in Pyongyang.
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    The barrel of a tank and various diagrams of tank systems decorate a classroom in Pyongyang.
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    A North Korean soldier points out the DMZ, the de-militarized zone that serves as the border between North and South Korea on a scale model of the Korean peninsula in Pyongyang.
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    An image of Kim Il-Sung's pistol is displayed as a mosaic made of 20,000 people holding colored cards during the Arirang Mass Gymnastic in Pyongyang. One-hundred thousand performers participate in the mass gymnastics, the largest propaganda spectacle in the world.
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    An attendant stands near the tracks as a metro train arrives in the station in the subway of Pyongyang.
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    A Korean woman carries a bouquet of yellow flowers down the escalator into the Pyongyang metro subway.
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    Hundreds of dancers perform in the Arirang Mass Gymnastics in Pyongyang.
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    A woman waits under a bridge overpass in Pyongyang.
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    A patient lies in bed in the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital.
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    The Korean Workers' Party monument is seen through curtains in Pyongyang.
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    A teacher stands before a class, under the portraits of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, while students busy themselves with physics experiments at a model secondary school in Pyongyang.
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    Korean women walk along the road carrying shovels on the outskirts of Pyongyang.
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    A North Korean cashier inside a shop for foreigners in Pyongyang.
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    A man is illuminated by the headlights of a car while he walks through the snow at night in Pyongyang.
North Korea Worker’s Paradise

North Korea has systematically isolated itself from the world and applied communist thinking to the upmost extreme. The Kim regime has vanquished any traces of capitalism, foreign imperialism, and the enemies–real and imagined–of the radical left. Even as communism collapsed elsewhere and over a million people died of starvation in the 1990s, the government did not waver from its course. The result is a paranoid militarized society, an astounding cult of personality, and the formal absence of any individualism.

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