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As Amy Goodman points out in this report from Tuesday's edition of "Democracy Now!," North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death came as a surprise to the U.S., which also underscores a more general lack of knowledge in America about either of the Koreas. Fortunately, she brings in some experts on the region to bring us up to speed.

Grieving for the Dear Leader

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Since North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il's death last weekend, images of his countrymen grieving en masse have passed through the country's ironclad borders to the outside world, provoking a range of reactions -- incredulity and puzzlement among them. So what's the story behind the weeping and gnashing of teeth?

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