Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag by Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot

By Chol-hwan Kang, Pierre Rigoulot

North Korea is at the present time one of many final bastions of hard-line Communism. Its leaders have saved a good take hold of on their one-party regime, quashing any nascent competition hobbies and sending all suspected dissidents to its brutal focus camps for "re-education." Kang Chol-hwan is the 1st survivor of 1 of those camps to flee and inform his tale to the area, documenting the intense stipulations in those gulags and supplying a private perception into lifestyles in North Korea. half horror tale, half historic record, half memoir, half political tract, this list of 1 man's discomfort provides eyewitness facts to an ongoing sorrowful bankruptcy of recent history.</Div>

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Truth will out! 1 Ronnie Hatley is a academic consultant at PUSdEP who feels fortunate to have three homes: the United States, Indonesia and Australia. 2 See Audrey Chapman, ‘Conceptions of National or Political Reconciliation’ in Raymond G. J.  257–277.  266–267. We should note that in all the states she discusses the primary perpetrator of violence was the state, as also was the case in Indonesia in 1965. 3 Nguwongke is a Javanese words meaning to view or treat someone as a person, or in a humane way.

In other words, as far as the 1965 tragedy is concerned – whether that be the 1 October incident in which seven military officers were killed or the incidents of mass murder of Indonesian people that began in the third week of October 1965 – there remain many unanswered questions. Particularly when people rely on the official narrative of the New Order, with all its interests. Once again, let me say that without stating whether or not the New Order narrative is true or false, such narratives should be critically examined and compared to others.

21 Why too, did Soeharto, who was the Commander of KOSTRAD (Army Strategic Reserve Command) at the time, even though he knew there was to be a large event in the capital, Jakarta, not report to his superior, namely General Ahmad Yani, or to the Supreme Chief of the army, namely President Sukarno? And what about the probability that the international context, specifically the dynamics of the Cold War, played a part as the background to the 1965 tragedy? Then, there is the report of the ‘mutilation’ of the bodies with razor blades which, it transpires, does not concur with the result of the visum et repertum noted and reported by the official medical team from the University of Indonesia appointed to carry out the autopsy.

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