Twitter and Facebook, both social media sites, were key forums for public discourse and important tools that helped to mobilize the masses that brought down long-time autocrats
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia, and helped coordinate the mass demonstrations against the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during Iran's disputed June 2009 presidential elections.
He said that the PCNS should not have been made, as this was the creation of an army autocrat
and added instead the cabinet's Defence Committee should be strengthened.
knows what he wants from the people, situations and how to get things completed in his way without causing resentment.
They may no longer be twinned with the other surviving absolute monarchy, Saudi Arabia, but the popes are one with the former absolute monarchs, now autocrats
acting like monarchs, such as the sultans of Oman and Bahrain, and the emirates.
The sight of the slimmed-down autocrat
gliding across a ballroom on Lithuanian Strictly Come Dancing while keeper Eduardas Kurskis is throwing the ball in the back of the net and getting himself sent off when there are no substitutes left, leading to humiliation and defeat must be the last straw.
On September 19, 2006, in a now-infamous post on the blog run by Grist, an ultra-left radical environmentalist magazine, armchair autocrat
David Roberts wrote of global warming "deniers": "When we've finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we're in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these b***ds--some sort of climate Nuremberg.
He was an autocrat
and an incompetent chief of the Russian armies, whose incompetence led to the death of at least one million Russian soldiers.
And that ambivalence unsurprisingly turned to concern when it was announced last week that, on the eve of his 80th birthday, the autocrat
underwent serious surgery and provisionally handed power to Raul, his brother and Cuba's military chief.
Indeed, the first few chapters of Rats, Lice and History sound a lot like Holmes' The Autocrat
of the Breakfast Table.
In this unusual take on the Biblical story of the Flood, Noe (Noah) is a centuries-old cantankerous autocrat
with a direct line to God, who appears to him in multiple forms and gives him bizarre tasks.
Moreover, the death of an autocrat
tends to be followed by a substantial improvement in growth rates.
To others he is an inflexible autocrat
with blinkered vision, obsessed with bikers and motorists at the expense of burglary and car crime.