Turkmenistan: Burning Craters And Empty Cities

Emma Rosen | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rosen

Standing at the edge of a crater the size of an American football field that is leaking flaming gas, my old nemesis of vertigo was making himself known. Or was it just the smell of the methane fumes? I was standing alone at the edge of the Darvaza Gas Crater, central Turkmenistan, which is also known as the 'Door to Hell' - a very fitting accolade.

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.

Quo Vadis Latin American Left?

Manuel Barcia | Posted 14.01.2017 | UK Politics
Manuel Barcia

Has the New Left failed? Honestly, it would be difficult to find sound arguments to demonstrate that it has.

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, the Tragicomic and the Farcical

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Algeria's next Presidential elections will be held on 17th April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962.

Sudan: Reform or Face Destruction

Olivia Warham | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Olivia Warham

Sudanese have plenty of reasons to demonstrate against the disastrous state of the country's finances; inflation is running at 40% and years of oil revenues have been frittered away. Beyond the capital, Khartoum, there has been little investment in infrastructure, education or heath facilities. Unemployment and under-employment have demoralised those millions who do not benefit from the crony capitalism that has sustained the ruling elite for decades.

Britain Is Getting Cosy With Another Authoritarian Regime in North Africa

Hamza Hamouchene | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK Politics
Hamza Hamouchene

Lord Risby, David Cameron's Special Trade Envoy to Algeria will be leading an important trade delegation to the country next week. UK foreign policy aims to lock North African natural gas into the European and British grid and is heavily influenced by arms and fossil fuel corporate interests.

People Power Must Save Egypt

John Sargeant | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Welcome to the slaughter mad house that has become Egypt. I have no words of comfort. Freedom always has a price, and often the generation that pays it never gets to reap what they sow. Patriots hope to live to see such freedom, but know their actions and those of their fellow countrymen and women can bring such an end that they may never see. In history, it is the only thing that ever has.

Egypt: General Sisi Seeks Popular Mandate to Suppress

John Sargeant | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

There is a bloodlust to settle disputes between rival factions once and for all. Sisi is finding that being in the limelight, doing the public leader thing is actually so good combined with a military uniform he might just want to add another title to the collection.

Europe's Last Dictator

Charlotte Eagar | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Eagar

Don't get me wrong - the EU does know this isn't right. We've had sanctions against Belarus for the last few years. But the irony is that the sanctions aren't working - not just on Belarus, but on our own companies.

Brutal Former Argentine Dictator Dies In Prison, Aged 87

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK

A brutal army commander, who rose to be Argentine president during the period known as the “Dirty War”, has died in prison, aged 87. Jorge Rafael ...

Hungary to Destroy European Economic Recovery and EU?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

It looks like PM Victor Orban and his Fidesz party are prepared to take on the whole European Union (EU) in trying to transform Hungary into an authoritarian state. If Orban succeeds in his plans, this will not only harm the Hungarian people and economy, but also the 'European project'.

Is That A Bun In The North Korean Oven?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK

Kim Jong Un paid tribute to his late father a year after his death, alongside his wife who appeared to be sporting a baby bump. The couple were at...

Death Or Exile?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK Politics

As David Cameron declares the UK would support a "safe passage" for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, if it was to stop the the bloodshed in the count...

Hark, Is That The Pitter Patter Of Tiny Dictator Feet?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK

North Korea’s favourite couple made a joint appearance on Monday, dashing scurrilous rumours all was not well in paradise. Kim Jong Un and Ri So...

I Feel Betrayed by Aung San Suu Kyi

Nang Seng | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK Politics
Nang Seng

Many Kachin people are now losing trust in Aung San Suu Kyi, but the only beneficiary of this is the regime. Aung San Suu Kyi was one of the few people who had the ability to gain the trust of all ethnic people. If that trust is lost, then this could be a big problem in the future. The military and their allies have always played divide and rule.

Putin's Prisoners

The Cambridge Union Society | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Universities & Education
The Cambridge Union Society

These women are Putin's prisoners. Just as their act was political, so too was their trial, with the Kremlin egging on the judiciary in an attempt to imprison the women and crush dissent more widely.

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...

Nothing to Hide, Nothing to Fear

Tiernan Douieb | Posted 07.06.2012 | UK Politics
Tiernan Douieb

In November of 2010, Cameron took a little visit to China. During that visit he spoke to them about human rights and made a lovely talk about how impo...

Deprivation and Despotism in Djibouti

Paul Reynolds | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK
Paul Reynolds

Djibouti is home to a large French military base. It is also home to an expanding multi-agency US base, 'Camp Lemonnier', about to undergo its next phase of development in the wake of events in Iran, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Radical Islamism Will Continue to Grow in the Maldives if Left Unchecked

Benedict Rogers | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

When a democratically elected president is forced to resign by rebels within the police and military, threatened with bloodshed if he refuses, frog-marched by police and military to a press conference to announce his decision, detained for several hours, beaten up as he addresses a peaceful gathering of supporters, and then a warrant for his arrest is issued, I call that a coup d'état.

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...

I'm Convinced: Santa Claus Is a Dictator

Sean Faye | Posted 21.02.2012 | UK Comedy
Sean Faye

As we Western liberals reflect on the unshackling of thousands from life under dictatorship this year, our glee merely covers our own seasonal devotion to a charismatic and powerful despot: the self-styled 'Father Christmas'.

Why Kim Jong-Il's Death Got Me Thinking Of Football.

Matthew Handley | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK
Matthew Handley

With Kim Jong-Il's death part of the seemingly impenetrable opacity of North Korea may have just been breached. Maybe one day the world will get to see 'the real Korea'. Until then however, we have to find alternate ways of understanding this most complex of regimes; I'd argue that football isn't a bad place to start.

Stop Another Deadly Attack Against Camp Ashraf

Naghmeh Rajabi | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK
Naghmeh Rajabi

Camp Ashraf and its residents are a symbol of freedom for many Iranians, young and old; and helping to save an Ashrafi's life, is recognising and respecting the value of a human's life, and understanding and accepting freedom as a god-given right to every man, woman and child on this planet.