Christopher Hitchens has a piece over on Slate that gives us a window into North Korea's plight (for lack of a better term):
Here are the two most shattering facts about North Korea. First, when viewed by satellite photography at night, it is an area of unrelieved darkness. Barely a scintilla of light is visible even in the capital city. (See this famous photograph.) Second, a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.Interesting piece...give it a look. Hell, it's Hitchens. He's always interesting.