Doubtful News indeed. As I noted from @mirandachale on Twitter, who clued me on in this story, it is NOT The Onion.
North Korea has long been known for its love of titles for its leaders. Mr. Kim’s grandfather, the nation’s founder, was known as the Great Leader; his son, the Dear Leader. The country seems not yet to have decided on the same kind of moniker for Mr. Kim — settling for workaday titles like marshal of the military. But now a university in Malaysia has bestowed upon the 30-year-old leader an honorary doctorate that allows him to spruce up his title count.
If the North Korean state news agency has it right, the particular doctorate is perhaps as much of a surprise for those outside the isolated nation as the honor itself. Dr. Kim, it says, is now a doctor of economics. The news report does not mention that he oversees one of the world’s poorest and most dysfunctional economies.
It didn’t go over well in the press outside the troubled nation. But this is a thing: North Korean diplomats often persuaded universities to bestow honorary degrees to the leaders. You know, to pad their resumes and add to the list of titles that have to be read when they appear places. SA-WEET!
While there hasn’t been a famine in North Korea for a while, the new Kim’s policies have been so oddball that UN sanctions have been imposed, certainly NOT good for the economy.
There you go, your LOL for the weekend.