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  • No Exit: Inside Look at a Prison Camp in North Korea

    It’s one of Washington’s most truculent adversaries. North Korea’s nuclear tests and sharp rhetoric have raised concerns about the safety of South Korea and how the United States ought to respond. The North Koreans have even threatened to pull out of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

    Yet North Korea’s harsh treatment of its own citizens – up to 200,000 people are believed to live under brutal conditions in prison camps – is often overlooked. The United Nations Human Rights Council is now considering a formal inquiry into possible crimes against humanity.

    Tightly controlled images of the country show only propaganda, military drills and a people seemingly in cult-like devotion to their leader, Kim Jong-un, the scion of the political dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its establishment in 1948.

    As ABC News’ digital reporter Joohee Cho reports from Seoul, his people place him on a pedestal and North Korean state television has shown citizens pledging to sacrifice their lives

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  • Hugo Chavez Death and Venezuela’s Future

    When Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died on Tuesday, schools were shut for seven days, his body lay in state at the Military Academy in Caracas, and supporters were called on to dress in the three colors of the Venezuelan flag.

    For 15 years, Chavez has been nearly synonymous with Venezuela’s identity. Yet as he battled cancer and recurring infections, the 58-year-old president had not been seen since last December.

    As the head of the revolutionary movement Chavismo, the leftist leader made virtually every decision for his country. It’s a legacy that will endure beyond Chavez’s life, according to Dr. Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, in an interview with Christiane Amanpour.

    “Any successor would have to prove he's more Chavista than Chavez himself,” said Arnson. “The social policies are likely to continue, the foreign policy alliances are likely to continue and the overall political direction of the country is not going to change."

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  • The Catholic Church In Transition

    As the Catholic Church prepares to appoint a new Pope after the unprecedented resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, a cloud hangs over the Vatican. Many Catholics are uneasy about the leadership of the church. To discuss the church in transition Christiane sat down with Italian Journalist Marco Politi.

     In his book, “Crisis of a Papacy,” Politi actually predicted the pope might resign, long before the news broke. Leaning on his German heritage, he knew that Pope Benedict wouldn’t allow himself to stay on if the physical and mental stress became too much.

     But beyond the physical and mental stress that go with the position, Politi said he believes that the frequent scandals and controversy surrounding the church pushed him to resign. 

     “This resignation was the last act in a series of crises. (Benedict XVI) is a great thinker, a philosopher and theologian, a preacher. He has not the temper of a leader; he lacks leadership,” Politi said.

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