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After all the praise for despots, a refreshing dose of reality

Beverly Beckham’s Globe weekly column about Shin Dong-hyuk, an escapee from a North Korean prison camp (“A story counter to Rodman’s nonsense,” March 10), provided a much-needed reality check. This month we have witnessed the exaltation of two of the world’s biggest despots by celebrities whose opinions are less than fact-based.

The death of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela brought out the usual stellar crowd of Hollywood pontificators, and now Dennis Rodman spouts off about the popularity of the leader of North Korea.

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It seems our entertainers have existed far too long with their heads in that special place in the clouds. The elevation is obviously affecting their brains.

Marilyn Oldach-Engle


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