For North Korea to end its war on the South, and accept the South as a legitimate, coequal government on the peninsula, would mean abandoning the quest that has legitimized the Kim family’s rule for three generations. The decision would call into question why, exactly, North Korea should hold power at all. It would be system-threatening — a mistake on the scale of the string of blunders by President Mikhail S. Gorbachev that doomed the Soviet Union.
And so the North, rather than committing to a legally binding (and potentially destabilizing) peace treaty, is likely to do again what it has gotten away with in previous meetings with the South: dangle aspirational goals in jointly signed, but totally unenforceable, official statements.
The representation of Africans in [Soviet] posters suggests also the ambivalence of the Soviets towards their African "brothers": many contain stereotypically racist imagery, with more than a hint of objectification. And as the collection's curator, Yevgeniy Fiks, admits, propaganda like this—celebrating the fraternal love of Africans and Soviets—was often motivated by a desire for moral one-upmanship over America. The extent to which they serve as evidence of genuine affection and warmth on the part of Soviet artists is unclear.
My grandfather's opinion was this: If pupils peep into their teacher's private life frequently, they lose their awe of him; the teacher must give his pupils the firm belief that their teacher neither eats nor urinates; only then can he maintain his authority at school; so a teacher should set up a screen and live behind it.