Meet the New Bosses

The leaders of North Korea and Zimbabwe are both ill or aged and expected to be succeeded shortly. Who would replace them?

meet the new bosses

In North Korea, the most likely successor may be the third son of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong-un. Just like the “Great Leader” label of his grandfather and “Dear Leader” title of his father, he is named “Brilliant Comrade”, and is reported to be line up to succeed his father as the head of the Korean Workers’ Party. That would make him the de-facto head of state of North Korea. (Please note that the photo above alleged to be of Kim Jong-un has since been refuted as a picture of him, and we still don’t have a good idea of what he looks like.)

Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, Joice Mujuru is the person believed most likely to succeed President Robert Mugabe and has the nom-de-guerre Teurai Ropa (“Bloodspiller”) from the civil war, in which she rose to become one of the first women commanders in the liberation forces forces. At independence in 1980, she became the youngest of Mugabe’s cabinet ministers, and has been vice president since 2004.

In both countries, the new bosses won’t be the same as the old bosses. While Kim Jong-un has been educated in Switzerland and could be a force for positive change in North Korea, there is fear that the opposite is true in Zimbabwe looking at Joice’s violent biography and policies.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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12 Responses to Meet the New Bosses

  1. Adamu says:

    Ohh, so that’s NOT Kim Jong Un. When the hell will they reveal what he looks like?

  2. Markus Wolf says:

    “While Kim Jong-un has been educated in Switzerland and could be a force for positive change in North Korea” why use the would “could”. There is no indication that he is anything but a copy of his father, he hasn’t made any public utterances, we don’t know what he looks like, so what if he was educated in Switzerland, so why paint him in a more positive light than Joice? Surely the easiest course and the more likely course is for him to rule N. Korea like his father and thus keep the military sweet.

    Where Gaddafi’s son, comes from the same background – dictator father, schooled in Switzerland… but at least he has came out and said what sort of reforms he will be bringing upon his fathers death/abdication. There is no hope in Kim.

  3. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    As Pete T. said.. “Meet the new boss – same as the old boss” (Won’t get fooled again)

  4. Bob Harrison says:

    Does anyone else think that there will be a serious power struggle in North Korea? Ideally a pragmatic general will take charge and pursue a Chinese style economic development policy. I don’t think there’s any chance of reintegration of the Koreas any time soon unfortunately.
    Zimbabwe is a lost cause, South Africa should just annex it.

  5. Markus Wolf says:

    I think there is a power struggle at the moment, especially if the father is getting old and ill. Didn’t he disappear some while ago and then turn up (or maybe he didn’t) at a football game. If I was general, I would be looking at Kim and thinking when your father dies, you get buried with him. All you need is big Kim to die, Korea to have another shocking famine, which looks like happening, and you position yourself as the gentle dictatorship to save the people and give the olive branch to the rest of the world. Stop the nuclear programme and that will save money, and get free aid and you look good. Isn’t there something in Kaplans CA essay that people don’t care about their political masters as long as their material comforts are met or words to that effect?

    Zimbabwe – deep down do we care?

  6. spandrell says:

    “South Africa should just annex it.”

    Like that’s gonna help. South Africa, that civilizing force.

  7. Markus Wolf says:

    Spandrell – there is only one real solution and that is for you and I should lead a band of mercenaries and re-colonize Africa and its minerals. Thinking we should start with one of the oil rich countries, as that will get us the wealth and then take it from there. See you in Abuja.

  8. Bob Harrison says:

    “Like that’s gonna help. South Africa, that civilizing force.”
    I stand corrected!
    Isn’t Zimbabwe home to like 40% or some ridiculously high proportion of the worlds Palladium group metals? It’s important for that alone.

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  10. lirelou says:

    My knowledge of Korea is three years out of date, but unless they have made changes, being the head of the Korean Workers Party does not make Kim Jonh-un the de facto head of state. Being the head of the National Defense Commission would do that. Unlike Kim Il-sung, the grandfather, who gave legitimacy of the Korean Workers Party and used it to balance the military, Kim Jong-il has governed through the military as the Chairman of the NDC. As for the generals getting rid of Kim Jong-un, that’s what all the defense analysts were saying about Kim Jong-il when KIS died. Yet he survived quite well. My best guess is that the same nation that gave us Juche, the ‘Communist’ Kim dynasty, and the Moonies could also give North Korea another miserable decade or two of almost survival under the latest whatever leader.

  11. spandrell says:

    there’s another solution.
    Fuck Africa. Forget about it. They wanna sell us oil? Let’s buy it. But that’s the limit of the relationship. No aid, no reform, no shit.

    They’ll probably kill themselves in 50 years and then we can go get the goodies.

  12. von Kaufman-Turkestansky says:

    “Next of Kim”