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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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Su ch parsimonious explanations may be relevant to many species of despotic animals that have been studied and possibly even to plants, where a kind of despotism is also described (for a study on a hemiparasite, see Prati et al., 1997).
According to most scholars, Montesquieu offers the following account of despotic fear.
The reluctance of despotic Dogra ruler to accept the popular demand of Kashmiri people to announce Jammu and Kashmir's accession with newly created Pakistan had
The 'bridges' Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta are talking about and intend to build will turn Kenya into an authoritarian and despotic Kenyatta and Odinga Monarchy.
Leahy's point is that continuing to enable a despotic government by shipping over US-made Apache helicopters, missiles and ammunition is not only unwise but almost certainly unlawful.
Like many other ordinary citizens who have never got into trouble with the legal system, Karaca is being targeted by the Erdoy-an regime that is growing increasingly despotic. In a country where even young people aged 12 or 13 are imprisoned on charges of insulting Erdoy-an, about 30 people who were protesting the intimidation operation of Dec.
Jazayeri said another reason behind the US public's opposition to the federal government was the White House's trade, political, military and cultural ties with the despotic rulers of "dependent and reactionary" regimes, which he did not name.
Iran, a majority Shi'ite country, has welcomed popular uprisings in the Arab world, calling them an "Islamic awakening" against despotic rulers, and it says the revolts were influenced by its own 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Surely the sensible way forward is to put more pressure on the United Nations to insist on reforms in these despotic places.
The appalling arrogance, despotic actions and ingratitude of Malawi''s government and judicial system speak for themselves.
Archbishop John Sentamu, who is increasingly the voice of reason and decency in this country, a Ugandan, is right when he compares what is happening in Zimbabwe to what happened in his native country under the despotic rule of Idi Amin.
Dear Editor, Congratulations on Vince Cable MP, acting Lib Dem leader, for boycotting all junkets to mark the visit of despotic Saudi King Abdullah (Cable boycott, Post Oct 29).