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 criticism.

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