As despotic personality cults go, Stalin's example still leads the pack. But North Korea's ruling family have taken it to a new extreme.
Could be better: daily life in Pyongyang.
Getting out of North Korea isn't easy, but tens of thousands have managed it nonetheless.
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu is tightening his grip on power even further.
Zambia's president is securing powers to consolidate his political control while generating 'plausible deniability' to whether or not he has fatally undermined democracy.
US President Donald Trump and African dictator Idi Amin - different, but the same.
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Some may say it's far fetched to compare a 1970s African dictator with the President of the United States. But the similarities between Idi Amin and Donald Trump are quite startling.
Activists wear masks of Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder of the National Front, with his daughter’s hair, Marine, currently the extreme-right candidate in France’s election.
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French voters should understand what it means to live in a country where autocratic populism is the rule.
Rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, Venezuela.
REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Rather than an outright coup, Venezuela's government has slowly eroded its democratic institutions and processes, until now.
Rejoicing in Banjul, January 2017.
The end of Yahya Jammeh should be celebrated, but his democratic neighbours had the strongest of hands to play.
Kurt Gödel, the perfect mind to examine the US constitution.
The mathematician Kurt Gödel is said to have found a way that the US constitution would allow for a dictator to take control, or so the story goes. He certainly had the mind for it.
The scene of Chile's proudest football triumphs is also a monument to some of its darkest days.
Donald Trump eats dinner with Mitt Romney (right) and Reince Priebus.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Two Italian scholars who fled fascism in the 1920s urgently warned that American democracy was vulnerable to the same gradual erosion as in Italy. Their message still rings true today.
Ranting narcissists with no patience for detail have terrorised and suppressed their people the world over. Is a new one about to join their ranks?
The dear leader, c'est moi.
Turkey is sliding into autocracy – and the man at the helm seems keen to speed things up.
An African philosophy of education offers new ways of thinking about the continent.
Adopting an African philosophy of education can be a powerful tool to help the continent's universities create real social change and justice.
Who’s making the decisions around here?
White House (Pete Souza)
Different animals and different behaviors rely on various forms and combinations of 'government' to carry out desired actions.
Lest we forget: Omar Torrijos’s mausoleum.
Hector Alcibiades via Wikimedia Commons
The junta that governed Panama from 1968 to 1989 was hardly Latin America's deadliest. But that doesn't mean it was benign.
The faces of 21 people tried for involvement in kidnapping, torture and murder at a dictatorship-era detention centre.
Argentina's right-wing press wants an end to "revenge" for crimes committed under the old dictatorship. But revenge and justice aren't the same thing.
After an exuberant 70th birthday party, North Korea is getting back down to business. Just how sustainable that busniess is remains to be seen.
Former Chadian leader Hissène Habré reacts as he is escorted by Senegalese police into the Palais de Justice in Dakar, Senegal, on July 20. He is accused of crimes against humanity and mass murder.
Former Chadian President Hissène Habré's disruption of his trial, questioning its authority over him, is a tried and tested defence strategy used by revolutionaries and rulers for eons.
Represent: Frank Bainimarama at the United Nations.
Close your eyes and think of Fiji, and you’ll probably picture a luxurious South Pacific idyll set against a backdrop of honeymoon couples frolicking on white beaches and azure seas, being served by smiling…
Running out of time: Khmer Rouge defendant Nuon Chea.
More than 30 years after they were deposed, the leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge are on trial in the country they once ruled. The body set up to prosecute them, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts…