North Korea through the Looking Glass

North Korea through the Looking Glass

Author: Kongdan Oh

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815798202

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Fifty-five years after its founding at the dawn of the cold war, North Korea remains a land of illusions. Isolated and anachronistic, the country and its culture seem to be dominated exclusively by the official ideology of Juche, which emphasizes national self-reliance, independence, and worship of the supreme leader, General Kim Jong Il. Yet this socialist utopian ideal is pursued with the calculations of international power politics. Kim has transformed North Korea into a militarized state, whose nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and continued threat to South Korea have raised alarm worldwide. This paradoxical combination of cultural isolation and military-first policy has left the North Korean people woefully deprived of the opportunity to advance socially and politically. The socialist economy, guided by political principles and bereft of international support, has collapsed. Thousands, perhaps millions, have died of starvation. Foreign trade has declined and the country's gross domestic product has recorded negative growth every year for a decade. Yet rather than initiate the sort of market reforms that were implemented by other communist governments, North Korean leaders have reverted to the economic policies of the 1950s: mass mobilization, concentration on heavy industry, and increased ideological indoctrination. Although members of the political elite in Pyongyang are acutely aware of their nation's domestic and foreign problems, they are plagued by fear and policy paralysis. North Korea Through the Looking Glass sheds new light on this remote and peculiar country. Drawing on more than ten years of research—including interviews with two dozen North Koreans who made the painful decision to defect from their homeland—Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig explore what the leadership and the masses believe about their current predicament. Through dual themes of persistence and illusion, they explore North Korea's stubborn adherence to policies that have failed to serve the welfare of the people and, consequently, threaten the future of the regime. Featuring twenty-nine rare and candid photos taken from within the closely guarded country, North Korea Through the Looking Glass illuminates the human society of a country too often mischaracterized for its drab uniformity—not a "state," but a community of twenty million individuals who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on exceedingly hard times.

Diabetes Through the Looking Glass

Diabetes Through the Looking Glass


Publisher: Class Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9781859592090

Category: Diabetes

Page: 298

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The author combines her own experience growing up with diabetes and interviews with children and adults to provide an insight into what it feels like to grow up with diabetes. It covers the different phases of diagnosis and acceptance, hypos, blood tests and injections, school and teenage years, life beyond home.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll

Publisher: Modern Library

ISBN: 9780553902808

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Introduction by A. S. Byatt Illustrations by John Tenniel Includes commissioned endnotes Conceived by a shy British don on a golden afternoon to entertain ten-year-old Alice Liddell and her sisters, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass have delighted generations of readers in more than eighty languages. “The clue to the enduring fascination and greatness of the Alice books,” writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction, “lies in language. It is play, and word-play, and its endless intriguing puzzles continue to reveal themselves long after we have ceased to be children.” Includes a Modern Library Reading Group Guide

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Author: Nick Byrd

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781440172007

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 473

View: 199

DECODE THE MYSTERY THAT IS Y-O-U. Travel into the void of Creation as you open up to the realizations of limitless thought. Unravel the tangled chords and strings of your mental symphony as you find new ways to compose the music of your life and truly realize the Dreams you have always held in your heart. Learn simple, practical, and creatively empowering ways to discover through your own direct experiences the peace, joy, wealth, bliss and Divine Presence that exists inherit within us all; for many simply sleeping, until awoken. Meditation in its many forms exists as a way to strengthen your connection with your God, relieve stress, enliven your Intuition, and realize the deeper meanings of Love and how to open up to greater expressions of this in your life. But what is Love, and who are You, really? As you travel Through The Looking Glass, explore some of life's deepest mysteries as the illusions of the unknown begin to fall away as a magician's trick becomes known. Voyage through the Creation and Evolution of the Universe, find your higher purpose and health; and grasp greater insight into the nature of the soul, science, religion, and Love. LOVE EVOLVES

Through the Looking-Glass - Literature Kit Gr. 5-6

Through the Looking-Glass - Literature Kit Gr. 5-6

Author: Chad Ibbotson

Publisher: Classroom Complete Press

ISBN: 9781771676397

Category: Education

Page: 55

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Travel to a strange land and find out what it's like to be a piece in a chess game. A variety of question styles ensure students stay engaged with the novel and better enjoy the story. Compare Alice's movements in the mirror world to that of a pawn in the game of chess. Answer a series of multiple choice questions to show comprehension of Alice and the Queen's interaction. Using details gathered throughout the novel, draw a map of the looking-glass world. Become familiar with synonyms by finding words that mean the same as the underlined words found in the text. Compare the real world to the looking-glass world by describing events and actions that take place in both. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key are also included. About the Novel: Through the Looking-Glass is a fantastical story about a mirrored world beyond the reflective glass. The story follows Alice six months after her adventures in Wonderland. This time, Alice climbs through the mirror on top of her mantelpiece and finds herself in an alternate world from her own. Alice soon becomes part of a large-scale chess game, where she meets strange and interesting characters through her journey. Traveling the land, Alice meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee, learns of the Walrus and the Carpenter, runs into the Red and White Kings and Queens before being crowned Queen herself. Through the Looking-Glass is a strange tale of chess, strategy, and imagination. A great companion to the Disney movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass with Johnny Depp.

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Author: Liz Davies

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859846092

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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Liz Davies provides an insider's account of the annihilation of the Labour Party's internal democracy. She reveals in detail the extent to which cynical doublethink has come to permeate the party's leadership.

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There

Author: Lewis Carroll

Publisher: DigiCat

ISBN: EAN:8596547087403

Category: Art

Page: 142

View: 683

Twelve years after he wrote 'Alice in wonderland' Carroll penned this sequel to the story. By that time the first story had been acclaimed worldwide. In this second adventure, where Alice passes through a looking glass, Carroll invents another weird world where he can play around with the idea of mirror images and time going backwards.

Through The Looking Glass : Om Illustrated Classics

Through The Looking Glass : Om Illustrated Classics

Author: Lewis Carroll

Publisher: Om Books International

ISBN: 9789384225490


Page: 240

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Through The Looking Glass is the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is based on his meeting with another Alice, Alice Raikes. Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. The book takes a look at the world of the mirror and the world beyond it. Reflections, distortions, and fantasy are major ingredients in this wonderful book, which brings together the worlds of the child and the adult. Sparkling characters are found in the narrative, ranging from Humpty Dumpty to the Red Queen to the Unicorn.The story opens on a snowy, wintry night, uses frequent changes in time and spatial directions as a plot device, and draws on the imagery of chess. In it, there are many mirror themes, including opposites, time running backwards, and so on.

Democratization Through the Looking-glass

Democratization Through the Looking-glass

Author: Peter J. Burnell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719062438

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

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This book argues that our perspectives on democratization reflect the intellectual origins of the inquiry. A range of disciplines from anthropology to economics, sociology and legal scholarship, as well as different area studies, offer a rich combination of analytical frameworks, distinctive insights and leading points of concern.