June 10, 2003


... because they eat workers:

Cannibalism is increasing in North Korea following another poor harvest and a big cut in international food aid, according to refugees who have fled the stricken country.

The reporter is being polite. What he means to say is “Following years of communism.”

Anyone caught selling human meat faces execution, but in a report compiled by the North Korean Refugees Assistance Fund (NKRAF), one refugee said: "Pieces of 'special' meat are displayed on straw mats for sale. People know where they came from, but they don't talk about it."

Wow! North Korea is almost as bad as George W. Bush’s police state.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 10, 2003 12:37 AM

I wish I could remember (The Guardian? Some article on the slowly-dying tenets of Communism) where I read a mention of some old Fabian type (socialism, that is, not teen idol singer) proudly announcing "We still have North Korea!"

Yes, you do. All over you.

Posted by: Mike G at June 10, 2003 at 01:25 AM

I am probably one of the most cynical and hard core, evil, war loving, neo con death beasts you will ever find, but I find this report immensely sad.
Nobody deserves this in this day and age.

Posted by: Pete at June 10, 2003 at 01:33 AM

The good news is, the grape harvest was better then expected. So why not try a nice Merlot with your roasted Leg of Ling.

Posted by: JohnO at June 10, 2003 at 01:50 AM

Don't worry, the Guardian's on the case. I recently saw an article which stated that NK had restarted its nuclear program in response to a US economic blockade. So, it's all America's fault again.

Posted by: AndyM at June 10, 2003 at 01:52 AM


It's now the German's fault. It was lost in translation. OMFG, do these people ever admit they were wrong!!


Posted by: AndyM at June 10, 2003 at 01:54 AM

I agree with Pete. Even as a knuckle-dragging right-wing madman, I'm saddened to despair that the innocent victims of this insane regime, children, are suffering an even more humiliating fate then their fatal starvation. Kim and his xenophobic gang are unspeakably wicked monsters, pumping money into nuclear weapons, monuments to themselves and grandiose displays honoring the Beloved Leader even as their children die for lack of rice.

Is there a corner of Hell hot enough for these filthy lunatics?

Posted by: Jeffersonian at June 10, 2003 at 02:01 AM

The cruellest part of this whole situation is, after they eat their fellow Koreans, half an hour later, they're hungry again! (Or is that only with Chinese?)


/burning in hell

Posted by: skep at June 10, 2003 at 02:19 AM

The US response to this tragedy has been pathetic.
They have ridiculous excesses of food going to waste in the form of Michael Moore. Get him over there stat!

Posted by: Yobbo at June 10, 2003 at 03:01 AM

on the other hand when Bush finnaly gets the guts to go in we're going to have the Guardian and SMH banging on about - so where was this million plus army then? Wouldnt want to be a weapons inspector for that one.

Posted by: GILES at June 10, 2003 at 03:12 AM

Brainstorm! The People's Republic of Korea can become the newest Asian economic juggernaut by exporting their new snackfood sensation, Toddler Tartare. A perfect protein supplement for the on-the-go antiwar protester.

Kommie Kids Come Runnin' for Kiddies 'N' Bits!

Posted by: iowahawk at June 10, 2003 at 03:51 AM

"Anyone caught selling human meat faces execution."

And are then promptly eaten, I would suppose.

Posted by: Russell at June 10, 2003 at 05:30 AM

I bet PETA is relieved.

Posted by: martin orangerie at June 10, 2003 at 06:35 AM

Uh, Jim.... I think this means that they have already eaten all the dogs.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 10, 2003 at 07:33 AM

When I first read the reports, I thought that the silver lining would be that, should North Korea and the US go to war, the horrific suffering of the North Korean people would silence critics of a regime change in Pyongyang. But then I remembered the massive absence of protests of comments about the ungodly number of mass graves that keep getting found in Iraq. I remember this lack of comment about atrocities in Iraq, while I consider the screeching nonsense about "Bush lied!"

Rather depressing really.

Posted by: Anticipatory Retaliation at June 10, 2003 at 08:11 AM

Give them some credit, Andrea! They've just developed more refined tastes.

Posted by: Jim Treacher at June 10, 2003 at 08:18 AM

So how do you pronounce "soylent green" in Korean?

Posted by: No MSG at June 10, 2003 at 08:34 AM

On the bright side they have answered the question:

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Posted by: James Dudek at June 10, 2003 at 09:01 AM

Can't wait to find out what slant Pilger puts on the report: something along the lines;not only did the West make them do it but assisted.

Posted by: d at June 10, 2003 at 10:14 AM

The Children™.

Posted by: charles austin at June 10, 2003 at 11:41 AM

The Children™.

Posted by: charles austin at June 10, 2003 at 11:42 AM

Well, once you've eaten the rich, I guess you have to move on to the workers.

Posted by: charles austin at June 10, 2003 at 11:43 AM

Is there a solution here to Australia's obesity problem? We export all our fatties to North Korea, thus improving the health of both countries.

Posted by: Rob at June 10, 2003 at 01:02 PM

Den Beste had a theory a while back regarding the Bush strategy of time is on our side and that with major cutbacks of critical economic aid, N. Korea would collapse before being able to process more nukes.

Seems like he may be right.

Posted by: tallan at June 10, 2003 at 01:26 PM

These people obviously need some human shields...

Posted by: Jim Harris at June 10, 2003 at 01:46 PM

Was it just me or did anybody else think that Kim Beazley had an opportunity to finally do some good in the world.

Posted by: Todd at June 10, 2003 at 02:27 PM

MacArthur was right!


Posted by: Paul Johnson at June 10, 2003 at 04:53 PM


That's some spot-on thinking.

"MMM... Nyugen, this is the best meat yet."

"You can't beat corn-fed idiot American."

Posted by: Russell at June 10, 2003 at 07:14 PM

Yes, I heard some pretty gruesom stories about women eating their children. The only people that are fed is ther "president" and the military.

Sadly even with all of this Americans don't want to interfere. Even some of the South Koreans like to turn a deaf ear.

Posted by: Danielle at June 10, 2003 at 09:17 PM

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is imitating the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Viva la solidarity!

AndyM: your link also showed me "The War We Could Not Stop", about Guardian journalists complaining they failed to stop the war. Who do they think they are? Indymedia?

D: Meanwhile Chomsky will complain that these claims are very convenient propaganda for the US and should not be trusted without a UN inspection team. (Thinking back to his comments re Pol Pot). It's convenient propaganda, but it's fricking true!

Posted by: Andjam at June 11, 2003 at 12:44 AM

The latest North Korea publicity photo shows Kim Jung standing in a field of wheat with his group of lackeys. Could they be thinking how good the only fat man in N. Korea would taste. There is also a joke in this somewhere about nuke radiation preserving meat.

Posted by: rem0tly at June 11, 2003 at 03:44 AM

most people taste like chicken; most nks, however, taste like treebark and boiled shoe leather.

Posted by: (lowercase) matt at June 11, 2003 at 06:34 AM

Chomsky on one side, Pilger by his shoulder and Margot and Dowd following right behind , gruesome : the excrement , the excrement!

Posted by: d at June 12, 2003 at 05:28 PM