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December 13, 2013
Jang Song Taek, the uncle of the secretive 30-ish North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was dramatically removed last week from a special party session by armed guards.
Calling him "despicable human scum," the state then summarily executed the man who had mentored his nephew during the transition after the death of his dictator father Kim Jong Il.
In his two years in power so far, observes The Times, Kim Jong Un has invested "the country's scarce resources in water slides, roller coasters, ski slopes and a 'dolphinarium.' "
We might dismiss it as eccentric, except that North Korea has that nuclear arsenal.
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