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Kim Possible: Why North Korea's New Strongman Should Quit for His Own Good

Instead of leading his country further into 1984-style dystopia, Kim Jong Un could blaze the trail to North Korean liberalization.

The death of Kim Jong Il, the dictator who ruled North Korea since his father’s death in 1994, leaves a power vacuum at the top of the opaque, erratic, nuclear-armed nation, which is still technically at war with South Korea and the United States after all these years.

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Five Things You Should Know About Václav Havel Václav Havel's Life Lessons

A great statesmen, artist, and intellectual has passed. These are some things you should know about his time with us.

Václav Havel died yesterday, but you might have missed it amidst all the Kim Jong Il news. Havel lived a life envied and appreciated by many, with stints as a playwright, activist, and politician, but he wasn't well known or hotly discussed the way North Korea's Dear Leader had been, even in death. That's a shame, especially because Havel, who was 75, helped lay the foundation for many of the global uprisings we're seeing today. Here are the top five things you should know about him.

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