Jin-Sung Jang's Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee—A Look Inside North Korea PDF

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By Jin-Sung Jang

In this infrequent insider's view into modern North Korea, a high-ranking counterintelligence agent describes his existence as a former poet laureate to Kim Jong-il and his breathtaking break out to freedom.

"The normal will now input the room."

Everyone turns to stone. now not relocating my head, I direct my eyes to some extent midway up the archway the place Kim Jong-il's face will quickly appear...

As North Korea's kingdom Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed existence. With nutrients provisions (even because the nation suffered via its nice famine), a commute move, entry to strictly censored info, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his existence in Pyongyang appeared secure and safe. yet this privileged life used to be approximately to be shattered. whilst a strictly forbidden journal he lent to a chum is going lacking, Jang Jin-sung needs to flee for his life.

Never prior to has a member of the elite defined the interior workings of this totalitarian nation and its propaganda computing device. An amazing exposé informed throughout the heart-stopping tale of Jang Jin-sung's get away to South Korea, Dear Leader is an extraordinary and extraordinary perception into the world's such a lot secretive and repressive regime.

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The linguistic human rights literature rarely raises the problem of how language rights are grounded, and shares the impatience of much human rights literature with such questions. A characteristic contribution speaks of how ‘We should begin, not with a theoretical anxiety about the nature and origin of rights, but rather with a political question about what protection rights can afford us’ (Mendus, 1995, p. 17). Classically, human rights were derived from natural rights, but natural rights theories may be criticised as giving ahistorical accounts of law.

Comprehensive visions of the good life are being elaborated, as advocates categorise their global concerns as fundamental rights, correspondingly expanding the positive duties on states, communities and individuals. International human rights are further becoming incorporated into the global governance of countries through internationally negotiated post-conflict settlements, or Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers, which have replaced the former structural adjustment programmes (Chandler, 1999; 2002; 2010; Duffield, 2007; Harrison, 2004; Pender, 2002).

Grounding linguistic human rights? Language rights literature has predominantly been written from an advocacy perspective, and consequently assumes that recognising rights must advance political and social justice. However, if we understand that law historically shows both progressive and repressive strands, we cannot assume that expanding human rights is necessarily emancipatory. Unfortunately, the sincerity of endeavours elaborating detailed regulatory mechanisms does not guarantee the progressive character of human rights; or, indeed, the compatibility between the different generations of rights, including efforts to establish a fourth generation of ecological rights.

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