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Liberty in North Korea

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Daniel Mainwaring

Documentary, Society & Culture:documentary, Society & Culture, History

51.1K Ratings

🗓️ 20 February 2024

⏱️ 38 minutes

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Western media reports on North Korea tend to focus on the nation’s missile launches, nuclear weapons program, and involvement in illegal activities such as weapon and drug smuggling. The despotic regime of the Kim Family are usually front and center in any reporting. But what about the millions of North Koreans living a dystopian nightmare under the regime? In this episode, I speak with Sokeel Park of Liberty in North Korea an organization that assists people wishing to escape the so-called hermit kingdom. The group also helps North Koreans settle abroad, sends information into North Korea, and as its name implies has the ultimate aim of bringing liberty to the nation. Resources: LiNK website: https://libertyinnorthkorea.org/ Donate to North Korean freedom: https://libertyinnorthkorea.org/donate Sign up as an ally of North Korean people: https://www.withthenorthkoreanpeople.org/ Article by Sokeel Park on how to change North Korea: https://www.globalasia.org/v18no2/cover/old-truths-new-tools-bringing-slow-change-to-north-korea_sokeel-park Documentary, The Jangmadang Generation: https://www.nkmillennials.com/ LiNK youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@LibertyinNorthKorea LiNK instagram: https://www.instagram.com/libertyinnorthkorea/ LiNK twitter: https://twitter.com/LibertyinNK LiNK facebook: https://www.facebook.com/libertyinnk/ Music: Pixabay This episode is sponsored by World History Encyclopedia, one of the top history websites on the internet. I love the fact that they’re not a Wiki: Every article they publish is reviewed by their editorial team, not only for being accurate but also for being interesting to read. The website is run as a non-profit organization, so you won’t be bombarded by annoying ads and it’s completely free. It’s a great site, and don’t just take my word for it they’ve been recommended by many academic institutions including Oxford University. Go check them out at WorldHistory.org or follow this link: World History Encyclopedia

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This episode is sponsored by World History Encyclopedia, one of the top history websites on the internet.


I love the fact they're not a wiki. Every article they publish is reviewed by the editorial team, not only for being accurate, but also for being interesting to read.


The website is run as a non-profit organization, so you won't be bombarded by annoying ads,


and it's completely free. It's a great site, and don't just take my word for it. They've been recommended by many academic institutions, including Oxford University.


Go check them out at world history.org. Or follow the link in the episode description.


North Korea, the country synonymous in the West with missile launchers, cyber attacks, weapons and drug smuggling, all


held together by the cult-like dynastic regime of the Kim family. North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs pose a great threat to the peace and security of the world,


and I strongly condemn their reckless action.


Rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.


For people within North Korea, the decades-long rule of the Kim regime has been a dystopian nightmare that it's still without end.


But there are people working to change that. In today's episode I speak with


So Kil Park of the group group Liberty in North Korea, an organization that helps


smuggle North Korean refugees through a treacherous 3,000 mile ramp to safety. But their work doesn't end there as they help these individuals adapt to life in what for them is a strange new world.


And as their name implies, Liberty in North Korea's ultimate goal is to bring freedom and justice


to everyone within North Korea.


The state of North Korea arose from the ashes of World War II when the Soviets occupied


North Korea and Stalin cast KGB leader Ber, with hand-picking a suitable individual to lead the territory.


The man he chose was an avowed Korean communist and hitherto unremarkable individual named Kim Il Song.


But to give the new man credibility, the fictitious backstory of his heroic past was created,


and very quickly a personality cult in the mould of the one around Stalin himself and China's Malcy Tung was born.


But whereas the personality cults around Stalin and Malcy Tung ended pretty quickly after the deaths,


while Kimil Singh's daily leadership role has since passed to his son and now his grandson, the long-dead


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