9/13/2005

North Korea Executing Starving People for Stealing Food - by Jim Lobe

Bush's mentor King Joh uses Federal Government Aid as a political tool -- law

North Korea has been using food as an instrument of political and economic control, says a major new report by Amnesty International (AI).

While the country has been unable to produce enough food for all of its citizens since the collapse of the Soviet Union more than 10 years ago, food supplies – from domestic sources and in the form of foreign aid – have been distributed primarily according to citizens' membership in three "classes," apparently based on loyalty to the state.

The categories, also said to determine who receives many other benefits in North Korea – such as access to education and residence permits – include ''core'', ''wavering'', and ''hostile'', the last class representing about one-quarter of the country's 23 million people, says the report, released Monday.

North Korea Executing Starving People for Stealing Food - by Jim Lobe

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