The DPRK is a land of illusions in which things are rarely what they seem--a Potemkin village
on an unprecedented scale.
Two hundred years later, cynical denizens of Atlanta's poorest communities might wonder if the Olympic stadium and the surrounding Olympic village amount to a modern Potemkin village
Still, Branstetter suspected, the display of advanced fishing vessels in Leningrad may have been the industrial equivalent of a Potemkin village
To preserve this illusion, western dignitaries are arriving in staged visits to the Libyan capital, a virtual Potemkin Village
show in which they pretend their new guy is in control.
I believe that under the dictatorial watch of Mayor Duterte, he has successfully converted Davao City into a Potemkin village
, "a pretentiously showy or imposing facade intended to mask or divert attention from an embarrassing or shabby fact or condition" where like in the Animal Kingdom, "some are more equal than others.
It was a Potemkin village
scene come to London's East End.
The weary Americans will believe the good news they create and begin to withdraw--and we will tear down the farcical Potemkin village
and establish the rightful Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in its place.
What the Chinese think they know about the outside world is often a Potemkin village
IT HAS BECOME A COMMONPLACE TO SAY THAT New York is no longer hospitable to artists, that Chelsea is a sort of Potemkin village
fronting for a city whose economic realities make it increasingly difficult to keep a practice going, and whose Disneyfied ambiance provides diminishing incentive to try.
They look like a Potemkin village
of brick townhouse fronts, with large multistory office buildings towering above them.
He even participated in the notorious Potemkin Village
trading floor, a fake trading room that EES threw together to impress visiting stock analysts.
Although new Christian Coalition President Don Hodel and Executive Director Randy Tate tried to insist that the group is non-partisan and exists simply to "educate" voters, portions of the Potemkin Village
CC leaders tried to erect kept collapsing, exposing the raw partisanship that lurked just beneath the surface.
The result of this duality -- an authoritarian establishment and a Potemkin Village
democratic faE*ade -- is that Russia occupies a unique geopolitical no-man's land.