Hu Jintao has slipped out of the list of top-five dictators compiled by Parade Magazine, due to a strong showing by Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and a surprise massacre launched by Uzbekistan’s Islam Karimov. Kim Jong-Il retains the number two spot.:
A “dictator” is a head of state who exercises arbitrary authority over the lives of his citizens and who cannot be removed from power through legal means. The worst commit terrible human-rights abuses. This present list draws in part on reports by global human-rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Freedom House, Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International. While the three worst from 2005 have retained their places, two on last year’s list (Muammar al-Qaddafi of Libya and Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan) have slipped out of the Top 10—not because their conduct has improved but because other dictators have gotten worse.
The West is red, and so is the Far East and much of the globe. An interactive map pointed to by Thomas Barnett displays each country’s exposure to China, with higher levels of integration indicated by darker shades of red.:
AsiaPundit is a firm integrationist , and welcomes the pink hues that cover the G7 economies. The dark red that covers Sudan, Angola, Kazakhstan and some other disreputable regimes does give AP some pause. (Curiously, no data is available for North Korea).
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Mao: The Unknown Story - by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday:
A controversial and damning biography of the Helmsman.
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