Kim Il-sung Consolidates Power

We are all born mad.

Some remain so.

                            Samuel Beckett

Kim Il-sung had led his country into a bloody disaster of a war that had left a quarter of his country’s population dead. When the war ended, his response was twofold – lie and blame others. First, he sought scapegoats to blame for his failure, and second he distorted reality and proclaimed that North Korea had won a great victory by repelling the U.S. and South Korean aggressors who had started the war.      Continue reading

North Korea – Kingdom Of Lies

According to Human Rights Watch, North Korea is one of the most harshly repressive countries in the world. A 2014 U.N. Commission of Inquiry found that abuses in North Korea were without parallel in the contemporary world. This series of articles traces the rise to power of the Kim family dynasty, beginning with the founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Il-sung.      Continue reading

Our Disordered World October 2015

This post, the first in a regular series, aims to provide a snapshot of the major issues shaping global politics by presenting short quotes from recent stories in the news. Today’s blog focuses on a selection of recent stories from the U.K. Financial Times newspaper.

Please feel free to add recent quotes from your national media which you think will be of interest to readers of Disordered World around the globe.      Continue reading

Why We Need to Put Morality Back at the Heart of Politics

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed at the U.N. in September 2015, together set out a vision of a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

The vision is of a world in which no one is poor or hungry, where a sustainable model of economic growth benefits everyone and combats climate change, where there is greater equality within and between nations, and where every individual is treated equally regardless of gender, race or religion. Achieving such a vision will, in turn, require national and global institutions that are capable of delivering greater equality and fairness for all.

Unfortunately, however, our major political and economic institutions have been moving in the opposite direction for decades. As a result, inequalities have increased and self-interest now dominates societies, to the neglect of the common good.

A central challenge posed by the SDGs is to shift the cultures of our political and financial systems from self-interest to concern for others, and demonstrate once again that morality is a viable option in the modern world.     Continue reading