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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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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
ARTINFO

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...

Guatemalan Dictator Faces Genocide Charges

AP | Posted 01.23.2013 | Latino Voices

GUATEMALA CITY -- A judge in Guatemala has begun pre-trial hearings in a genocide case against former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. Rios Montt is accus...

PHOTOS 9 Most Evil Rulers In History

Gilbert Alter-Gilbert | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World

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 ...

2011: The Death of the Despots. The Death of Fashion.

Kareem Tabsch | Posted 03.05.2012 | Comedy
Kareem Tabsch

Let's face it. While the deaths of Hussein, bin Laden, Gaddafi, and the recent passing of Kim Jong Il have been good news for democracy they have really been terrible blows to the echelons of theatrical world leaders.

Kim Jong Il's Strange Food And Drink Cravings

Food Republic | Posted 02.18.2012 | Home
Food Republic

The elder Kim kept such draconian control of information that very little is known about the country. What we do know comes from the handful of dissidents who have escaped.

PHOTOS: 7 Reasons That America Made The World More Dangerous

Andrew Feinstein | Posted 01.08.2012 | Books
Andrew Feinstein

The arms trade stretches across a continuum of legality and ethics from the official, or formal trade, to the grey and black markets, what I refer to as "the shadow world." In practice, the boundaries between the three markets are fuzzy.

The Deaths of Dictators: Neither History Nor Their People Will Ever Absolve Them

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I would have liked to see Muammar Gaddafi before a court, indicted for the crimes he committed against his country. I think the violent deaths of the satraps only gives them an aura of martyrdom they do not deserve.

More PR Shame: Associated Press Cooperates With Dictatorial Propaganda Machines

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Media
Thor Halvorssen

Is any of the dark, undeniable reality of life under Castro mentioned in a single caption of the thousands of photographs offered by the AP? Not once. Castro, they repeat, is a "revolutionary hero."

The History Of Dictators Brought To Trial

Posted 10.03.2011 | World

Six months after the start of the protests on Tahrir Square, Egyptian former president Hosni Mubarak was brought before a Cairo court on Wednesday, ch...

No Way Out: Ancient Wisdom On Putting Bad Guys Up Against A Wall

Marc Gopin | Posted 07.31.2011 | Religion
Marc Gopin

There is an ancient law in the Jewish Torah that forbids combatants from surrounding an enemy on all four sides, requiring instead that there is always an escape route.