North Korea: Is Kim Jong-Un “Gangster” Enough to Maintain the Status Quo?

April 9th, 2012
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Much has been made of the fact that, like most dictatorships, North Korea in many ways resembles a “mafia state”:  brutally enforced centralized power, grossly distorted distribution of wealth, general disregard for international laws and conventions, informal and arbitrary taxation system, not to mention  its drug and arms trade, currency counterfeiting, and other illicit activities. 

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  • mkw

    Incredible article.

  • mkw

    Incredible article.

  • James_c

    Great piece, I really enjoyed that. Lets just hope the kims move away soon.

  • James_c

    Great piece, I really enjoyed that. Lets just hope the kims move away soon.

  • guest

    Rubbish! NKNews says this is a must? This would only satisfy the eyes of dummies on the DPRK. KJU is not in control of the military yet and there are many signs of that. KJU, gangster enough? DPRK as a mafia state? This is so cheap. Please don’t do this, NKNews.

  • guest

    Rubbish! NKNews says this is a must? This would only satisfy the eyes of dummies on the DPRK. KJU is not in control of the military yet and there are many signs of that. KJU, gangster enough? DPRK as a mafia state? This is so cheap. Please don’t do this, NKNews.

  • Robert Boynton

    I think you mean “Gangsta’,” no?

  • Robert Boynton

    I think you mean “Gangsta’,” no?

  • Ecs_various

    Well done article and yes gangsta seems appropriate way to describe the style of rule in north Korea.

  • Charlie Munchford

    Pour out some top-shelf liquor for Uncle Jiang. And his family and his whole damn crew. So hellz yeah he was gangsta enuf to be top dawg of the DPRK. Spaar was spot on while other fools were doubting. But who could have predicted the bromance with Rodman?