Saturday, July 10, 2004


Tyranny fries

Animal farm:

Comrades! You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in
selfishness and privilege ... Milk and apples (this has been proved by science, comrades) contain substances absolutely necessary to the wellbeing of a pig. We pigs are brain workers, the organisation of the farm totally depends on us.

North Korea:

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has introduced one of the strongest culinary symbols of capitalist America - hamburgers and french fries - as "quality food" for students in the Stalinist state.

A hamburger factory was built in North Korea at Kim's instructions in 2000, the North Korean government newspaper, Minju Joson, said.


In September 2000, Kim called a senior official to say: "I've made up my mind to feed quality bread and french fries to university students, professors and researchers even if we are in hardship."

Thereafter, Kim received reports on the construction of the hamburger factory and ordered the use of up-to-date facilities for mass production, the paper said.

Hamburger factories? Not small-business fast food outlets? No doubt the North Koreans are wary about hamburgers on the grounds that it may lead to capitalism.

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