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March 1st, 2011
11:26 am


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South Korea sends helium balloons with news of revolts into North Korea
State censorship won't keep North Koreans from learning about the civil resistance in North Africa and the Middle East. Thousands of helium balloons will be soon released over the Korean border with information about the uprisings that toppled the Tunisian and Egyptian governments.

If they don't include information about Libya, too, this doesn't seem entirely honest. There are some cell phones in North Korea, but this doesn't sound like enough. On the other hand, the government there might be pretty brittle. Interesting times.

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Date:March 2nd, 2011 11:05 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if it will work, anyway - I could see it being viewed as another South Korea attempt at corruption. For that idea to work, you'd need a critical mass of people who are discontented with the government and only need to be convinced that a revolution can succeed, and while of course it's impossible to really know, the few indiciations I've seen (like that French journalist who went there) don't seem to show it.

Maybe I'm wrong, though. THat would be nice.
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Date:March 2nd, 2011 11:22 am (UTC)
From what I've heard, there are more North Koreans who are disgusted with their government than there used to be-- there was resistance to a change in the currency which would have wiped out people's savings.

As you say, these things are very hard to predict. No one (afaik, including the Egyptians) knew that country was ready for a revolution.
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