As the United States continues to drum up support for possible military intervention in North Korea, the propaganda attacks launched against the isolated Asian nation by the mainstream corporate press have intensified as well. Ranging from the semi-legitimate to the ridiculously absurd, the corporate media has launched a campaign of insults balanced only by its “resistance movement” to Donald Trump. In this case, however, Trump has the rare backing of the corporate press if only in the by the fact that the media is cheering for war harder and faster than Trump is perhaps willing to give it to them.
The corporate press has presented the entirety of North Korea as a state in which no independent thought is allowed, starvation is rampant, haircuts are mandated, and the population of the country is essentially kept in a massive prison camp with messages of brainwashing piped in to every home.
Yet, in the middle of all the propaganda and the talk of war, one journalist, Eva Bartlett, actually traveled to North Korea to get a firsthand impression and on-the-ground grasp of just what North Korea looks like, a sense of the culture, and what is on the minds of North Koreans. The pictures, videos, and stories she brought back with her tell a much different story than what is being portrayed on the screens of Western media.
While this writer is not attempting to paint North Korea as a utopian land of plenty and bastion of personal freedom, presentations of the country that are alternative to what corporate media outlets have portrayed cannot be ignored. After all, the Western media has repeatedly demonized and lied about nation after nation on the list slated for Western invasion and destruction. From Saddam’s incubator babies, Ghaddafi’s Viagra jihad, and Assad’s killing his own people, lie after lie has led the gullible American public to war. Unfortunately, only after the fact have the lies been exposed on a massive scale.
On August 24, Eva Bartlett and a handful of other activists and journalists entered North Korea as a delegation for the purpose of hearing what North Koreans had to say about their country, their culture, and the constant threat of war from the United States. They stayed in North Korea from the 24th to the 31st.
The photos that Bartlett returned with show impressive, ornate infrastructure that rivals anything in the United States and modern cities with clean and relatively content people. It shows a country that can indeed keep the lights on. The level to which Pyongyang has been rebuilt and developed after a war that saw the entirety of the city destroyed and nearly twenty percent of the North Korean population killed, truly stands in contrast to the portrayal by State Department and its media mouthpieces.
I highly encourage the reader to access and peruse Batrlett’s article “Photos From A Week In The DPRK,” where she has posted a collection of photographs taken on her trip to North Korea as well as a series of videos.
Bartlett has also posted a number of photos and videos showing the streets of Pyongyang full of people, in contrast to the propaganda that the city never has any civilians in it coming from many Western circles.
While corporate media outlets have used recycled smuggled footage of North Korean ghettos, starving orphans, starving people, and other gritty aspects, Eva Bartlett was able to bring back pictures of a country with excellent infrastructure, plenty of food, healthcare, and a people who, in her words, were not in any way “cowed.” Bartlett praised the level of education that the children in the schools that she visited as above the level of anything the United States or Canada is able to provide and was even able to take a few rides on the roller coaster at the amusement park in Pyongyang.
Bartlett describes a country full of people who want peace with the United States but who are not afraid of the U.S., nor are they afraid of defending themselves should that war come.
As Phil Taylor, with whom Bartlett conducted an interview that I recommend the reader take a listen to, stated,
North Korea does not exist in black and white. Witness Eva Bartlett’s photos and be struck by the colour.
Despite a barrage of propaganda designed to portray a monochromatic dystopia, North Korea is a vibrant country populated by real human beings. Phil interviews Eva, whose timely voyage to the DPRK shines a light on a land darkened by our own ignorance.
Clearly, North Korea is authoritarian and it would not be considered a free country by any reasonable standards. The question of large-scale prison camps, labor camps, and the crackdown on political dissent still exist. Its experiment with socialism alone has resulted in the curtailment of many rights. However, in 2017, how many countries could be considered genuinely free? The United States with the largest prison population in the world? France and Germany with their thought crime legislation? China with its slave labor and toxic soil? Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
North Korea has, however, managed to stay free from Western central banking and the dictates of the Anglo-European financier system and, for this reason, it has found itself in the crosshairs of the imperial West.
At the end of the day, however, it doesn’t matter whether or not the propaganda surrounding North Korea is true. What matters is that the United States give up on the foolish adventure of imperialism and its current job as the hammer and fist of the Western banking establishment. From the point of view of the United States, North Korea’s internal question of freedom and democracy should be irrelevant. North Korea’s internal issues are just that – internal issues – and they should be decided by the North Korean people.
Regardless of the questions of whether or not North Korea is truly a free society, Eva Bartlett’s recent trip has cut through much of the intense propaganda surrounding the country in the run up to war and the constant need to use North Korea as a tool for the strategy of tension.
More interviews with Eva Bartlett on North Korea:
UK Column, Sep 5, 2017
“Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with today’s UK Column News, including a conversation with investigative journalist Eva Bartlett, recently returned from North Korea.”
Interview with Edward Rhymes of Rhymes Media Group
Keep up with Eva’s work at her website InGaza.wordpress.com.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.
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Now there is someone DOING something – You Rock Eva!
Just like all the lies told about Germany just prior to WW2, we are being propagandized once again to form a pro war state of mind against North Korea..
Tel me, why am I not surprised by this videos, huh, if you are, you are so brain washed that anything, no matter how bonkers it is, propaganda or not, that it tells me more than anything, and what you should consider is how much else is an flat out lie.
This, video will never, ever, been shown in Norway just to give you an ex. they need the enemy to be demonized, when you read the comments in everywhere, incl Norway, there is NOTHING about whys, or whom, other than the constant bullshit sprayed all over by the ZioNazi media, never forget whom controls the MSM and gives you this, about NKs.
The ONLY reason so far I can judge, the Norse wants to slaughter everyone in NK is because of the Trumpstens insane rants, and that Kim is an Fat f…
Yeah, thats it, anything else, because I cant find anything after reading tons of shit in the MSM, but do enlighten me if you find anything, because I consider NK to more normal that the Stalinist new born state Trumpstein, welcome to the club, Norway have been that since the Joos hijacked our Gov, in the after math of ww3, since then, run by Joos, like your country.
they ran the ragheads in on you why?
Just today I had an elderly gentleman ask me if NK was as void as they must be claiming on the MSM as he actually believed that NK had no electricity, no cars & no airports as if it were some deserted island in the middle of the Pacific and I couldn’t believe that he was asking me this and he led me to believe that this is what the MSM has been telling their audiences, but, since I don’t watch television, I was not aware that they could be telling people that NK was living in the stone ages without any technology.
If anyone knows whether they are feeding this bovine scatology on the MSM programming, please let me know.
Not surprised they did the same with Iraq Libya and Syria
completely against pretty much any war…unless it is against nwo toads…however, painting communist hellholes with the innocent blood of their citizens is just as big a lie
This is a complete BS fluff piece. All you morons who think THIS is really how NK is, ARE brainwashed- just like the NK people are….
Oh okay so you have been there and your photos and video’s are available where?
Or are we to just believe you because you said so like most of the media reporting on whats happening in Syria too? Complete BS. and nothing but lies.
Its called google. Don’t get your facts from just one source.
I dont think they have Google in North Korea but Google will tell me.
Give me a link that you obviously believe as fact as I do not believe what we are being told as facts.
OK ill do your work for you.
Need some more? Anyone? For crying out loud people, stop being brainwashed!
says the random nobody in comments
NK just beat an American tourist to death for allegedly taking a picture of their dear leader from a bulletin board.
I wish all you liberals (America Haters) would go there, since you think it’s such a great country.
Leave the NK alone and let them to figure out themselves what and how to do and where to go. Stop destroying every country, whichever you want to get your profit from being in a war. How many countries you want to continue destroying to satisfy your greedy non-satiating appetite? Is our President Trump the same guy as every president before him – who were just puppets of the industrial military complex? I remember he made promises he didn’t carried out yet: stop all the wars that US have started, exit the Afghanistan (stop grabbing more and more opium from), and stop inventing the “stories” that a “country” like NK is a big danger to the US — we’ve learned similar stuff times and again…
The Khazarian mafia destroys anything good that has nothing to do with them…unless they can perpetrate regime change in order to own it.
The Ashkenazi will keep the North and South Korea in high tension and other Asian countries against China so they can prevent a united Asia; hence, something they fear the most.