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Victims of torture during the brutal reign of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco are hoping they will finally see justice, as an Argentinian judge has issued arrest warrants for four former Franco officials.
Leave it to a fictionalized period drama to celebrate advertising's potential to change the world. “No”, set during the 1988 Chilean plebiscite to vote Augusto Pinochet out of power, turns history into a feel-good dramedy about a mass-media triumph.
"Be careful what you wish for," the saying goes. When prosecutors ordered the death penalty for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak for complicity in killing over 800 protesters, would he find out it was a prediction he made long ago?
Shot by a firing squad for "crimes against the state," Romanian president Nicolae Ceausescu and wife Elena were later buried in a military cemetery in Bucharest, but the bodies have been exhumed for verification.
Georgian authorities have torn down two statues of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, one of them in his hometown of Gori. They removed the Gori monument overnight, out of concern about pro-Stalin sentiment.
Ex- president Frederick de Klerk of South Africa urged military action to remove Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe from power yesterday. It has also just become known that Mugabe's top military commander was injured in an assassination attempt.
In a brilliant FrontPage article by Gustavo Coronel, who served in the Venezuelan Congress before its dissolving by Chavez and is now a declared enemy of the state, Mr. Coronel analyzes some startling developments in Venezuela vis-a-vis Hugo Chavez.
A photo op with a dictator at G8 Summit in L'Aquila in July, 2009. From left to right is Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, Barack Obama, President of the United States, Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Reynaldo Bignone (left)
Philippine President Ferdinard E. Marcos with Secretary of State, George Shultz, in Washington in September 1982. Marcos' administration was marred by massive authoritarian corruption, despotism, nepotism, political repression, and human rights violations.
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Tony Blair, former British prime minister is widely criticized for offering Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi "the hand of friendship." Blair first visited Libya in 2004, and was instrumental in transforming a pariah state into an ally and helping BP to seal a big energy deal with Gaddafi's regime.