Communism, the Cold War, the Berlin Wall – all these things fall within recent memory, but we – young people, especially – tend to think of them as relics of the distant past, as if they have little to do with the West.

But even now, communism thrives in North Korea, just as it did before in Russia and in Berlin.  This Slate piece by Suki Kim about her time teaching essay writing to North Korean college students is eye-opening – a revealing read about the pervasiveness of the North Korean regime’s propaganda and its strong, stifling hold over its people.

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