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North Korea and Cuba use similar propaganda language against the U.S.
by Ted Lipien Free Media Online, Dublin, CA — Using similar
language to score propaganda points, the North Korean communist party
newspaper and Cuban communist leader Fidel Castro accused the Bush
Administration of genocide and other grave crimes against humanity. Both
North Korea and Cuba themselves face accusations from democratic
governments and international organizations of serious human rights
abuses and denying their citizens freedom of expression.

A commentary in the North Korean Communist Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun
concluded that “the vicious human rights abuses such as maltreatment,
torture and killings of those detained in the prisons of the U.S.
forces, including the prison [at] the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, are
little short of atrocities committed by the fascist German
law-enforcement agents.” The newspaper accused the Bush Administration
of trying to “legally revive fascism and establish a fascist system in
the U.S.” Rodong Sinmun called the U.S. “the most cursed empire of evil
and the worst human rights abuser in the 21st century.” [Link]

Accusing the U.S. of supporting fascism and making comparisons with Nazi
crimes has been a constant propaganda theme of various communist regimes
since the start of the Cold War. Most of these regimes were responsible
for mass murders of political opponents and ordinary citizens.

Cuban leader Fidel Castro used a similar technique and language to score
propaganda points against the Bush Administration in a letter sent to
Nicaraguan president-elect Daniel Ortega congratulating him on his
recent electoral victory. Addressing Ortega as “Dear Daniel,” Castro
wrote that “the Cuban people are full of joy over the Sandinista victory
and condemn the shameful actions of the U.S. terrorist and genocide
government.” [Link]

Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based international nongovernmental
organization supporting freedom of expression, has recently named both
Cuba and North Korea as “Internet Enemies.” According to Reporters
Without Borders, North Korea continues to be “the world’s worst Internet
black hole.” The same organization also put North Korean leader Kim
Jong-il and Cuban leader Fidel Castro on its list of “Predators of Press
Freedom.” Castro was described as “the planet’s longest-serving
dictator” for whom the secret of his longevity has been to ban all

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