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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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Lagman said even though death is a great equalizer, there is a 'distinction in history' for people who died a tyrant and a despot.
Who cares how Arab kings and sheiks, who fit nicely into the useful despot model, treat their own people or how they deny them even the most fundamental rights and freedoms?
Nobody made a sound; nobody was able to say, "A single despot is ruling over millions of people.
As a detailed collective contemplation by twenty scholars on communes and despots, and the extents and limits of considering them as distinctive entities, the essays cover a broad geographical and chronological scope that is not restricted to the political--essays on art, culture, and patronage are included.
We also need to expose, for good, the despots of the west who supported them and allowed an entire people to languish.
This is what is happening across the Arab world today, that haven for long-term despots, some of whom nurse dynastic projects.
But despots could still live with the new media broadcasting over satellites, as they could still control foreign correspondents entering their countries.
It is rare for modem despots to steal all of the funds that an external lender might provide (even Saddam built hospitals).
s conservative circles (he did a stint reporting for The Limbaugh Letter), Rosenberg ventured into fiction writing and succeeded with a series of novels that dramatized the conflict between Muslim terrorists, Middle Eastern despots, and a steel-spined U.
DICTATOR STYLE: LIFESTYLES OF THE WORLD'S MOST COLORFUL DESPOTS is a hard book to peg: pairing interior design with a funny look at history's alarming dictators, it blends a racy sense of humor with fun profiles of the inner sanctums of the terrifying.
Whatever your political bent or grievance, whatever your history in relation to the despots of old, they are gone.
s Security Council are happy to provide Third World despots and insurgents with a cornucopia of the so-called "conventional weapons" that do most of the killing and maiming on the planet--particularly when the vast majority of the victims of all these dirty little wars are the impoverished citizens of the planet's poorest countries.