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So little is known about Kim Jong-un – the youngest son and reportedly the named successor of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il – that even his date of birth is uncertain: no-one is really sure whether he was born in 1983 or 1984.
But it is known that the third Kim, like his two elder brothers, was sent to school in Switzerland. The BBC’s Imogen Foulkes reports on the young Kim’s school days, and the unusually close relationship between Switzerland and North Korea. Kim Jong-un attended Berne’s international school, where, it is rumoured, he joined school skiing outings, and was something of a peacemaker in playground disputes…
North Korean agricultural specialists regularly spend time here studying the Swiss art of making cheese and yoghurt, which Kim Jong-il is said to love.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”