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Kim Jong Un, Ph.D.

From The Guardian:

A Malaysian university is facing public criticism after it awarded an honorary doctorate in economics to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

The private HELP University said a simple ceremony to mark the award was held in early October at North Korea’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

The event initially went unnoticed, but it was reported briefly by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency. The decision attracted widespread criticism on social networks in Malaysia this week after the US-based Foreign Policy magazine posted a blog article expressing surprise about the decision.

Even with the Ph.D., I don’t think he’s much of an economist.

— Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute. You can write to him on Twitter at



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