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Not Going To Get Over It

Em Powers Hunter | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
Em Powers Hunter

I can teach my students to think critically, question, participate, care, and create a better world. I can share inspiration and truth that will cut through rhetoric and deception. Words have good and bad ways.

Foreign Influence Peddling: Hidden in Plain Sight

Hossein Askari | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
Hossein Askari

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is today the poster child for influence peddling by high profiled former Western politicians. He has contract...

Does Trump Have Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Nigel Barber | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Whether narcissism is a real disorder - as opposed to a dimension of personality on which we all vary - is controversial. Does Donald Trump conform to...

The Oilman Who Loved Dictators

Adam Hochschild | Posted 03.22.2017 | Politics
Adam Hochschild

President Roosevelt maintained a studied neutrality toward the Spanish Civil War that he would later regret. Texaco, on the other hand, went to war.

Which Authoritarian Was That? Identifying Donald Trump

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.15.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

You must have noticed the Hitler comparisons, right? But have you noticed that others are pointing to Benito Mussolini, Argentinian caudillo Juan Perón, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, France's Marine Le Pen or her father, the founder of that party and Holocaust denier Jean-Marie Le Pen, and even left-wing Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez?

A Country With No Immune System

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 12.17.2016 | Home
Yehia Ghanem

In human bodies, the first thing a virus targets is the immune system. As in human bodies, the first thing Dictatorships target is freedom of expression and more specifically, press freedom. If successful, the Dictators' task would be much easier in controlling their people, in sucking dry their fortunes and more seriously, their spirit.

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe

ADST | Posted 10.27.2016 | Home

Robert Mugabe rose to prominence in the 1960s as the leader of the Zimbabwe African National Union during the conflict against the conservative white-minority government during the Rhodesian Bush War and was a political prisoner in Rhodesia for more than 10 years.

'Soapy Fish' by Nature?

Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Dr. Ichak Kalderon Adizes

I picked up the metaphor of "soapy fish" in Mexico. It describes a person who is like a soaped fish. You can't catch him. It looks as if you had coaxed him to agree, or you finally understood what he or she meant to say, only later to find out he wiggled out of your hands like a soaped fish.

I'm With Stupid: Making North Korean Barbers' Lives Easier

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.28.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Previously, the men in North Korea had been able to choose from 10 different --but still pretty similar -- state-sanctioned hairstyles (women, lucky them, were given 18 to choose from).

Dennis Rodman: In the American Grain

James S. Gordon | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home
James S. Gordon

Dennis Rodman's sycophantic behavior toward and glowing testimonials for Korean dictator Kim Jong Un likely combine narrow self-interest with willful ...

Keeping Up With the Kazakhstan... or Not! Kanye West Goes South

Mona Elyafi | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Mona Elyafi

While Kanye West may not be Keeping Up With The Kardashians anymore, he is certainly has not been keeping up either with the politics of another type of "K" clan, namely the Kazakhstan's ruling family.

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | Home
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

Drivel from Dictators

Freedom House | Posted 09.18.2013 | Home
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Dictators come up with some pretty lame excuses for abusing the rights of their citizens. And these ex...

Do the People of the MENA Prefer Dictators Over Democracy?

Holly Dagres | Posted 03.30.2013 | Home
Holly Dagres

As demonstrated with Egypt, change is in continuum and it will be some time before Egyptians get the democracy they strived for in the past two years. Do not allow the people who long for the past to get in the way of the future -- keep moving forward.

Despots, Dictators And The Art They Loved

ARTINFO | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts

It is a well-known fact that taste has nothing to do with morality. On auction floors and at art fairs, autocrats and Ponzi schemers rub elbows with r...

PHOTOS 9 Most Evil Rulers In History

Gilbert Alter-Gilbert | Posted 02.18.2013 | Home
Gilbert Alter-Gilbert

The notion of dictators as "criminals" is imprecise because, while their behavior might be considered criminal in the public court of opinion, they are technically "above the law" or, in another sense, they are synonymous with the law, since a dictator's will and the law of the land are, for all practical purposes, one and the same.

The Dictators of the Middle East

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 01.26.2013 | Home
Liaquat Ali Khan

The dictators of the Middle East, arising from the core of the Muslim world, disgrace the religion of Islam, forcing non-Muslims to conclude that it must be Islam that prompts rulers to forcibly establish sole proprietorships.

Rethinking U.S. Relations With Dictators

Daniel Calingaert | Posted 12.09.2012 | Home
Daniel Calingaert

U.S. interests are best served by pushing for reform and building ties with the political opposition and civil society, including possible future leaders. These ties can lay the groundwork for continued influence and facilitate smooth transitions to democracy.

Dictators' Riches Are Stolen at Home, But Banked in the West

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

Congress and the president should act now to stop corrupt dictators and other criminals from using the privilege of limited liability to hide their identities and launder dirty money in the U.S. financial system.

The "Evolution" of Totalitarian Regimes Is Really a Throwback

Asher Smith | Posted 11.04.2012 | Home
Asher Smith

While the observation William Dobson makes in The Dictator's Learning Curvemay be true, it is incorrect to frame it as modern phenomena.

Dancing With Dictators

Rajan Menon | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home
Rajan Menon

How exactly do you convince a population that's energized by having at long last deposed a dictator to hold off on elections until the conditions are right? Who decides what those conditions are and when they are present in sufficient strength?

9 Signs the Journalism on Africa You've Just Encountered Is Trash

Imran Garda | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Imran Garda

If more than one of these apply to your print, online or broadcast journalism source, you're probably not getting your information from the most reliable place.

I Take "The Pollywog EP" On Consignment From Adam Yauch, I Play In A Band With Richie Teeter

Binky Philips | Posted 07.08.2012 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I won't take up too much of your time here. Just had a few thoughts on Adam "MCA" Yauch... and Richie Teeter. We lost Richie Teeter about 3 weeks before we lost Adam. F**king cancer!

Dictator's Survival Manual

Imran Garda | Posted 05.09.2012 | Comedy
Imran Garda

No costumes. This isn't Mardi Gras. Gaddafi was the last of the costume-wearers; they're over. Wear a suit and tie. And shave, for heaven's sake.

PHOTOS: The Dictator Yearbook

Posted 02.14.2012 | Home

On the first anniversary of the ouster of Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak and less than a year after the likes of Muammar Gaddafi and Kim Jong ...