Shopping in North Korea
In this report from the Associated Press we learn that a new shopping mall opened in North Korea earlier this year. In the South such malls are a dime a dozen, or even a dime a few dozen, but in the North shoppers are unaccustomed to actually being able to inspect goods in shopping isles as most stores there keep wares behind the counter. The North Korean government insists, however, that this new shopping mall is not a capitalist enterprise, but instead represents a grand example of the state’s generosity towards its citizens. Maybe someone should tell that to the millions who live far beyond the state’s beneficence in rural provinces outside Pyongyang currently facing dire food shortages.
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