Tag Archives: dictator

Update: Myanmar and Muslim Violence, with Military Leadership Framing the Crisis

Last week I wrote about Aung San Suu Kyi’s silence in the face of Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing, and international criticism from other Nobel prize winners around the world. New sources point now more to the challenges of military leadership, dominating this crisis on both sides of the conflict. Violence and discrimination against the Ryohinga Muslim […]

Is Provocation Leadership? Kim Jong Un and the Diplomacy of Aggression

Dictatorship has its privileges, it seems. Including threatening war in order to — well, that’s not quite clear, yet. Ernesto Lonono, in a thoughtful profile in the Washington Post, notes that “making sense of the Kims has been more of an art than a science. A cadre of North Korea scholars has spent decades piecing […]

“Irony-Free” Leadership Zones: N. Korean dictator “sexiest man alive?”

The Onion‘s satirical announcement became real news in Mainland China this week. The online version of the People’s Daily picked up the Onion’s annual insult to the world’s most notorious dictators (and to People Magazine’s annual fluff feature), celebrating Kim Jong-Un’s international sex appeal with a 55 page photo spread.  Wow. 55 pages! I wish I’d seen […]

Update: Teddy Bear Leadership (Belarus Dictatorship Protest)

The Teddy Bears no picnic in Belarus… 879 stuffed emissaries of peace fell from the sky over Belarus on July 4, 2012, dropped from a single-engine plane, bearing the message”We support the Belarusan struggle for free speech.” Studio Total, a Swedish advertising agency, sponsored the event, which generated arrests and diplomatic ejection from within Belarus […]

“Comedy is the Soft Spot of All Dictators”

I just watched “The Red Chapel,” a documentary about two intentionally bad Korean-Danish comedians coming to perform in North Korea, and this is the opening salvo by the creator: “Comedy is the soft spot of all dictators.” Then the film proceeds with an exploration of the paradoxes of performing comedy/satire within a dictatorship, complete with […]

Teddy Bear Leadership: Belarus Peace Protest

“Itʻs raining teddy bears!” 879 stuffed emissaries of peace fell from the sky over Belarus on July 4, 2012, dropped from a single-engine plane, bearing the message”We support the Belarusan struggle for free speech.” Studio Total, a Swedish advertising agency, wanted to offer their support for the Belarus democracy movement, Charter 97. Check out Studio […]