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Despot

A person or group that rules a country without recourse to democratic elements like free elections. Despots believe that they should rule because they know best how people ought to live. Most governments now are democracies (at least officially), but despots continue to thrive in many areas.
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The Egyptian people's demands for democracy, rule of law, freedoms and welfare were seen as trivialities as long as these dictators continued to serve as useful despots for certain forces.
Despots who oppress with secret tricks, make much use of this feeling.
There should be no selectiveness in the neighborliness, depending on whether it is practiced on one side of the border or the other and the reactions should not be mild because the violence and speech of hatred comes from despots.
We can''t afford an army, police force or to look after our old people yet every time the unelected despots in Brussels say jump, our politicians say of course, how high and how much do you want
JUSTICE for despots appears to be going somewhat soft at the core.
THE Foreign Office was accused yesterday of putting the Queen in the position of having to dine with despots as the row over a royal lunch with foreign monarchs intensified.
The people living in states such as the USA, UK and France deceive themselves into believing that popular revolts in the Arab countries show a desire of the peoples to be like them, when in fact they are rising up against despots who are either stooges of the West or kept in power for convenience sake by western commercial contracts.
Coalition support for Libya's rebels would compensate for Europe's long-standing tolerance of and assistance to the Arab world's despots and its earlier reluctance to support the Arab's pro-democracy protests, which Europe now sees as a genuine "outburst of pro-democratic sentiment in the Western sense.
Libya's Colonel Gaddafi and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe are both despots, the difference being one has oil, the other has not.
Despots Tunisia and Egypt have fallen, Libya is tottering, Jordan, Algeria, and Bahrain are shaking, Iraq is simmering, the Saudis and Moroccans are shivering, Lebanon is Lebanon, Iran and Syria are smiling (nervously), and Western leaders are scratching their heads, unsure what is next.
According to the Telegraph, four of 32 despots in the card game include Hitler, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse Tsung and Romania's Nicolae Ceaucescu complete with information on their backgrounds.