Dictators

Columnists keep saying the Chilean dictator was a brute who modernized the economy. Actually, he was a brute with a rotten economic record. Take heed, Egyptians.

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The literary tastes of dictators are a slightly sordid fascination. Here are the favorite books of a few of our least favorite men.

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President Obama's unremarkable speech to the United Nations will probably be picked apart and analyzed for every word he uttered about Iran. But there was one particular formulation that caught my eye. Here was what he said: 

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Maybe the Jewish New Year really has ushered in the positive change it’s supposed to represent. Over the past few days, Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, and foreign minister, Mohammah Javad Zarif, took to Twitter to wish the world a happy Rosh Hashanah.

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The last time we heard from Lanny Davis, he was doing what he does best: representing a dictator. This was all the way back in 2010, when Davis signed up with the Ivory Coast's president, Laurent Gbagbo, who held on to power after losing an election. Davis claimed there was "documentary evidence" that Gbagbo won. (He—Gbagbo, not Davis—is currently incarcerated in The Hague after nearly starting a civil war over succession).

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