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What's really going on in North Korea
What's really going on in North Korea

It was a news story that read like the plot of a Peter Sellers or Mike Myers picture: Vertically challenged dictator of a starving populace, overweight and addicted to imported Swiss cheese, falls off his high heels and breaks both ankles. He is sent off to rehab and, in his absence, rivals jostle for preeminence as the world anxiously looks on and speculates. Rather than the plot of an upcoming movie, this was one story about North Korea when "The Marshal," Kim Jong Un (military experience: none), the third-generation Kim to rule the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, disappeared from view for weeks. The international media were feverish with speculation about a...

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