North Korean men hoping to emulate "dear leader" Kim Jong-il by sporting a bouffant hairdo have been instructed to do their bit for socialism by cutting it off. \nNorth Korean state television is showing a series of programs instructing shabbily coiffured men on the personal grooming required of a citizen of the vehemently anti-capitalist state. \nThe five-part series, entitled "Let's trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle," exhorted them to opt for one of several officially sanctioned haircuts, including the crew cut and the "high, middle and low" styles. Hair should be kept between 1cm and 5cm in length and should be trimmed every 15 days, it said. \nBut even the world's most conformist state is prepared to allow a little flair in special cases: men over 50 may grow their hair to the positively bohemian length of 7cm on top to hide the effects of balding. \nThe TV series, which began last year as part of the regular Common Sense program, claimed that long hair is unhealthy and adversely affects "human intelligence development." \nOfficially atheist North Korea is unaware of the fate of Samson, who lost his strength when his hair was shorn as he slept, but the program warned that excessive hair growth "consumes a great deal of nutrition," thereby sapping the brain's energy. \nBreaking with the Stalinist tradition of broadcasting the names of model citizens, a second series named guilty parties. A hidden camera exposed long-haired men at various locations in Pyongyang. \nSome ran away, while others were given the chance to explain themselves. Several said they were too busy to get a trim. Their names and addresses were given as a warning to others. \nFor the authorities, it seems, grooming and attire are crucial to protecting a political identity.
FORCED LABOR: Customs officials have seized a 11.8 tonne shipment of products made from human hair on suspicion they were produced by people facing human rights abuses Federal authorities in New York City on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp. US Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officials said that 11.8 tonnes of hair products worth an estimated US$800,000 were in the shipment. “The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in
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