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Google’s Spymasters Are Now Worried About Your Secrets

There is a growing acceptance and indeed a demand for additional surveillance cameras, cellphone eavesdropping, location checks and biometric identifiers.

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Genocide Trial of Ex-Guatemalan Dictator Put on Hold

An appeals court has suspended the trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt after the country’s president intervened just hours before a criminal court was scheduled to reach a verdict.

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AP / Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service

Kim Jong Un Takes Charge

As his father Kim Jong Il lies in state, North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong Un is taking over the family business, assuming a position of power vis-à-vis his country’s military, his people and even a couple of visiting dignitaries in from the not-so-friendly neighboring nation of South Korea to pay their respects.

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‘Democracy Now!’: The Koreas of the Future

As Amy Goodman points out in this report from Tuesday’s edition of “Democracy Now!,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death came as a surprise to the U.S., which also underscores a more general lack of knowledge in America about either of the Koreas. Fortunately, she brings in some experts on the region to bring us up to speed.

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Grieving for the Dear Leader

Since North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il’s death last weekend, images of his countrymen grieving en masse have passed through the country’s ironclad borders to the outside world, provoking a range of reactions—incredulity and puzzlement among them. So what’s the story behind the weeping and gnashing of teeth?

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Robert Mugabe Does Not Approve of This Humorous Fast Food Ad

Zimbabwe’s own Robert Mugabe is the unlikely star of this startlingly funny little number that its sponsoring chicken restaurant chain, Nando’s South Africa, calls “Last dictator standing.” This did not please the real-life version of the ad’s fun-loving dictator.

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The Monster

I stopped believing in monsters on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, when my stepfather came downstairs for dinner wearing black dress pants, a white collared shirt, a pair of freshly polished black leather shoes and only one sock.

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Gadhafi, Son and Aide Buried in Secret Site

Putting a ceremonial end to a 42-year era in Libya, the nation’s late leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi was laid to rest, along with his son Muatassim and his defense minister, Abu Bakr Younis, in an undisclosed location. The three died after their capture last Thursday and ... (more)

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‘Colbert Report’: The Demise of Another Nocturnal, Burrowing Dictator

What’s the protocol for making jokes about dead dictators—is the same day too soon? Stephen Colbert throws propriety to the wind and takes on not just Col. Moammar Gadhafi himself in this clip, claiming that losing the Libyan leader is like losing “Yves St. Laurent, George Burns and Pol Pot ... (more)

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AP / Richard Drew

Gadhafi Is Reported Killed in Libya

After months of local turmoil and international military intervention, a major development has occurred that constitutes the end of an era in Libya, as official media in the North African nation reported Thursday that longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Updated (more)

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Yemen’s President Vows to Give Up Power

After 33 years in power, Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh said he will step down in the coming days. Earlier, after returning from Saudi Arabia where he received medical treatment for injuries sustained in a June assassination attempt, Saleh called for early elections, a move that set off violent protests.

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U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

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AP / Jerome Delay

Be Consistent—Invade Saudi Arabia

Once again an American president summons the passions of a human rights crusade against a reprehensible ruler whose crimes, while considerable, are not significantly different than that of dictators the U.S routinely protects.

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Gadhafi Locked

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White House / Pete Souza

Team Obama Divided on Egypt Approach

Maybe you’ve noticed that the Obama administration’s strategy with regard to the ongoing Egyptian uprising has lacked a certain consistency. That’s partly because of divisions within the president’s closest circles about how to deal with the crisis and its various factions ... (more)

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Baby Doc Tries to Do Good

In a transformation befitting of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, now back in his homeland after years in exile, wants to lay his hands on millions of dollars, he says, to help rebuild his catastrophe-ridden homeland.

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AP / Ramon Espinosa

A Tale of Two Dictators

There’s a certain irony in the fact that as one bloody, corrupt dictator headed off to ignominious exile, thousands of miles away another returned.

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The Lives of Dictators

Dictators do not usually die in bed. Successful retirement is always a problem for them, and few solve it.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE


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Romanians Dig for Ceausescu’s DNA

Who’s buried in Nicolae Ceausescu’s grave? Some inquiring Romanians, including Valentin Ceausescu, the sole surviving son of the European nation’s late dictator, would like to find out with the magic of DNA testing.

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‘Dirty War’ Dictator Goes on Trial

A former military dictator of Argentina is on trial again. Gen.  Jorge Videla, who helped lead the country’s “Dirty War” of state terror in the late 1970s and early 1980s, is one of more than 20 defendants being tried for the 1976 murders of 31 jailed dissidents.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Bags Big Money to Play Deposed Dictator

“Deadline Hollywood” proprietress Nikki Finke and her poached Variety scribe Mike Fleming reported, via “Deadline New York” on Friday, that Sacha Baron Cohen, who scored with “Borat” but stumbled with “Brüno,” has wooed Paramount to back his newest comedy vehicle ... (continued)

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America Performs Its Familiar Role of Propping Up a Dictator

Could there be a more accurate description of the Barack Obama-Gordon Brown message of congratulations to the fraudulently elected Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan? Now we have the venal, corrupt, sectarian Karzai in power after a poll far more ambitiously rigged than the Iranian version, and – yup, we love him dearly.

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Meet Josef Stalin, ‘Competent Manager’

Is Vladimir Putin’s dictator chic to blame for Josef Stalin’s makeover? The Soviet tyrant who presided over the suffering of millions and helped launch World War II has been rebranded as a “competent manager” and, if Moscow’s deserted Gulag Museum is any indication, Russians appear to be lapping it up.

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Should Hitler Be the New Face of AIDS?

Invoking the notorious images of dictators like Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and Saddam Hussein as part of an AIDS-awareness ad series constitutes a serious gamble at best—and a deeply misguided move at worst, according to critics of the new “AIDS Is a Mass-Murderer” European campaign conjured up by a Hamburg advertising firm.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Protesters Venture Out in Tehran

The crowds that emerged in Tehran on Thursday to once again contest the recent national election numbered only in the low thousands, but the first mass protest in 11 days demonstrated that the postelection unrest has yet to be resolved in Iran.

Posted on Jul 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Charles Taylor Finds Yahweh

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has found a new religion, reports say. The one-time African dictator, on trial at The Hague accused of crimes against humanity, has decided to convert to Judaism. According to one of his wives, after arriving in the Netherlands “he got to know that he really, really wanted to be a Jew.”

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D Is for Dictator

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U.S. Official: Kim Jong Il May Have Had Stroke

Rumors are flying after the North Korean dictator skipped a parade in honor of the country’s 60th anniversary. A U.S. intelligence official said Kim apparently “suffered a health setback, potentially a stroke.” Or he could be fine. News travels slow out of the hermit kingdom.

Posted on Sep 9, 2008 READ MORE


Kim Jong Il and soldiers
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Food, Not Bombs

Remember when North Korea loomed menacingly as the next big nuclear threat on the world stage, with cognac-swilling Communist Kim Jong Il starring as the latest dictator du jour? What a difference a few years can make: The North Korean government has now demonstrated its willingness to halt the country’s nuclear weapons program and has begun accepting food shipments from the U.S. and increased aid from the World Food Program.

Posted on Jun 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Getting Back at Black

McCain campaign aide Charlie Black is in hot water after word spread that he’d suggested McCain’s chances for taking over the White House would improve if another terrorist attack happened on U.S. soil, as well as for characterizing Benazir Bhutto’s assassination as potentially beneficial for McCain’s presidential bid. Well, here are another few things to worry about vis-à-vis Black, courtesy of MoveOn.org.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Controversies Live On After Suharto’s Death in Indonesia

On Monday, a day after his death, former Indonesian President Suharto was given a state funeral and buried in Java, sparking mixed reaction as Indonesians recalled both the strong points and the controversial (even despotic) sides of the man who was their nation’s leader for more than 30 years.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008 READ MORE


Bush Gets Mugged

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‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Charlie Chaplin on the Villainy of War

Now seems as good a time as any to revisit the genius of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.” In this climactic scene, Chaplin rails against the menace of war and hopes for a world where people actually care about each other.

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A Tale of Two Tyrants

Agusto Pinochet’s death and the looming execution of Saddam Hussein inspires former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando to compare and contrast two of America’s favorite dictators.

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Pinochet and Thatcher
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Thatcher Saddened by Despot’s Death

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has expressed her sorrow following the death of brutal Chilean dictator Agusto Pinochet, a friend until the end.  Victims of Pinochet’s atrocities have also expressed sadness, now that the tyrant will escape trial for years of abuses against his people, including torture and the disappearance of some 3,000 individuals.

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A Life, Wasted

The father of a soldier killed in Iraq calls his son’s death “wasted in a belief that democracy would grow simply by removing a dictator—a careless misunderstanding of what democracy requires.” Read the column

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Booking Pinochet

The bloody Chilean dictator is a whisker away from trial. Marc Cooper weighs in on the significance of the recent booking of the 90-year-old General Augusto Pinochet.

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Hussein on Trial

My enemy’s enemy was my friend. . . . In the early 1980s, the U.S. was shaking hands with Saddam Hussein after he had committed crimes for which he’s now on trial.

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At Hussein’s Hearings, U.S. May Be on Trial

With the gravest charges facing the former Iraqi dictator, Americans are implicated either through acts of commission or omission.

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