African Dictators Can Run, But They Can't Hide

Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D. | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Politics
Aicha Elbasri, Ph.D.

Nowadays, rulers who have blood on their hands are likely to end up behind bars when the halls of power close. When Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivory Coast president, was hauled from his bunker and sent to the Hague, it served notice to tyrants that they can run, but can no longer hide.

Grim Signs for Bahrain in 2015 as Government Arrests Leading Opposition Politician

Nabeel Rajab | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nabeel Rajab

Shaikh Ali Salman is a political heavyweight in Bahrain. He has led Al-Wefaq, the largest political party in Bahrain for over ten years, and on 27 December 2014, he was once again re-elected as Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq at the party's General Assembly. The next day, Shaikh Salman was summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department, where authorities detained him.

The 10 Deadliest Dictators In History

AllTime10s | Chris York | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics

From the atrocities of Hitler to the madness of Mao, history is full of frightening leaders that would do anything to stay in power. Watch on to disco...

The Anti-War Left Has No Answers For Threats From Dictatorships

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

Just as the anti-war left had no answers to the massacre of the Kurdish people in 1991, just as it had no answers to the rise of fascism in the 1930s, naïve pacifism has no answer to the rise of expansionist Russia, and to the continued destruction of Syria.

Does David Cameron 'Crawl Up' To Dictators?

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

The Chinese are in town and David Cameron is trumpeting £14 billion of lovely, lovely trade deals. Meanwhile back in China, executions, political ...

The Last Of The Bad Guys

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

Everything must come to an end. The departure of Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marks the culmination of an era of bad guys who reached a truly ...

Was Thatcher a 'Champion of Freedom and Democracy'? Don't. Be. Silly.

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The reactions and tributes to Margaret Thatcher's death have illustrated the way in which modern conservatives have emptied the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' of all meaning and import. If (wo)man is judged by the company (s)he keeps, then Thatcher must be judged a champion of despotism and dictatorship, not of freedom or liberty.

An Audit of Iraq Ten Years On

Gary Kent | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Kent

The Kurdistan region is clearly thriving as the safest, most stable, and prosperous part of Iraq, with a headstart of 12 years of relative freedom from Saddam. The number of deaths through terrorism is about 200 since 2003. It has built a major energy sector from nothing in just a few years. And it has helped stabilise the rest of Iraq and could be a model for it to follow.

Dictators as Bond Villains

John McMenamin | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Comedy
John McMenamin

I thought I'd have a go at putting together a rogues gallery which puts reigning dictators in the roles of Bond villains. I've chosen ones who are unlikely to have me killed... I hope. Anyway, here's what a bit of pixel trickery resulted in.

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Cameron Under-Fire Over 'Cosy Deal' Plan For Al-Assad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has backed a safe passage for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to leave the war-torn country, if it would end the killings. The UK's ...

The Fight Against Europe's Last Dictator Continues

Sam Fisk | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Fisk

In Europe there is a country failing to hold fair, free and open elections. In Europe there is a country which tortures political prisoners. In Europe there is a country with a dictator.

The Trouble And Strife Of Being A Dictator's Wife

Posted 25.07.2012 | UK

Behind every great man is a great woman. And the same can be said for dictators. From renowned polygamist Idi Amin to 40-hours wed Adolf Hitler, th...

This House Believes the Arab Spring is a Threat to Global Stability

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 08.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

Abdullah Chaudhry and Ed Winfield debate the consequences of the Arab Spring ahead of Thursday's debate at the Cambridge Union. Abdullah contends in...

Kim Jong Il and How to Be a Leader

Tim Clare | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Tim Clare

Dictators have always been a rare and persecuted breed. In the 20th century, 77% of all dictators had at least one assassination attempt made against them. Saluting military parades from a balcony while embezzling most of your country's GDP seems, increasingly, like a dying art.

Kim Jong Il: 18 Strange 'Facts' About The North Korean Leader

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.12.2011 | UK

Deceased North Korean leader Kim Jong Il was a complex, often brutal dictator who prioritised military might and his own comfort ahead of feeding his ...

Arab Spring?

Peter Martindale | Posted 23.12.2011 | UK Politics
Peter Martindale

As Autumn nears, and the so-called Arab Spring has achieved nothing more than bloodshed, resentment and instability, the West should stop its shameful support of bloody revolution.

Fallen Dictators: Blood-Stained Despots

Huffington Post UK | Cosima Ungaro | Posted 21.12.2011 | UK

With Colonel Gaddafi's death marking the success of the people over a vicious tyrant, the Huffington Post UK looks back at the rise and fall of dictat...

Photos: Gaddafi's Pyschedlic Official Stamp Collection

Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK

As monarchs, dictators and pop stars alike have learned throughout history, one of the perks of being a tyrant is that you get to put your face on an ...