Monday, December 19, 2011

HuffPost World Daily Brief: Kim Jong-il Dies.. Meet North Korea's Designated New Leader

Monday, December 19, 2011
Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of the recently deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, has long been expected to succeed his father.
'Dear Leader' Dies
Death Toll In Tahrir Rises Again
North Korea Missile Test Reported
NATO: Afghanistan Night Raids Will Continue
Last U.S. Troops Whoop, Fist-Bump Their Way Out Of Iraq
Michael Moore: A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse
When anyone asks me, "Who started Occupy Wall Street?" sometimes I say "Goldman Sachs" or "Chase" but mostly I just say, "Bradley Manning." It was his courageous action that was the tipping point.
Raghida Dergham: Mutual Interests for Baghdad and Washington
President Barack Obama has taken his containment policy through partnership to a new level this week by crowning Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki as a strategic player in the Arab-Iranian-Turkish equation.
Courtney C. Radsch: Egyptian Blogger Sentenced by Military Rulers Amid Accusations of Human Rights "Cronyism"
Blogger Maikel Nabil was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday, a one-year reduction from his three-year sentence handed down on Apr. 11 by a military tribunal in closed session.
Barry D. Wood: Havel: Hero of Our Time
What a thinker, the man who declared "truth and love will always triumph over the lie and hatred." We're unlikely to see the likes of him again.
Marty Kaplan: China's Christian Bale PR Nightmare
Suddenly, ironically, being a Christian Bale fan can now -- for an ordinary Chinese citizen -- signal opposition to officially-sanctioned human rights abuses and corruption. It's a debacle they designed themselves, which makes it especially delicious.

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