Dictatorship

Most of Latin America Has Adopted Democracy. Will Cuba?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Though still very far from the ideal, countries like Chile, Columbia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico have adopted political democracy and market economics, and are moving forward because of it. With any luck, Cuba's dictatorship will also soon crumble, and at long last allow its people to live in freedom.

Trudeau May Not Be Alone in Admiring Dictatorships

Sean Holman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Holman

When Justin Trudeau said last week that he had a "level of admiration" for China's "basic dictatorship," the understandable knee-jerk reaction from some politicians and pundits was to kick the federal Liberal leader. But while that gaffe was reprehensible, it was hardly incomprehensible and perhaps entirely understandable given the structure of our own political system, the parties within it and how some Canadians feel about dictatorships.

Harper's Two Faces: Flirting with a Dictatorship

Maria Fleming | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Maria Fleming

It didn't take long for Harper to express his opinions about Chavez's government after his death. On the very same day that the controversial ruler of...

How Iran's Student Movement Has Shaped Democracy

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

On this day in 2009 I and a few other online activists worked an intense and thrilling 16 hours to publish live updates on Persian2English about mass opposition student protests in Iran. It was National Student Day, or as the Iranians call it, 16 Azar. This year the lunar calendar caused 16 Azar to fall a day earlier, but there were no signs of opposition protests in Iran yesterday.

Ethiopia's Late Prime Minister: Dictator or Freedom Fighter?

Tigist Gebru | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Politics
Tigist Gebru

The late Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been described as both a dictator and a progressive leader. But one cannot measure Ethiopia by Canadian or American standards. The fact is that most western civilizations did not start out as unified nation we see today and the fact is that democracy is a process.

My Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Video)

Tarek Fatah | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Tarek Fatah

Open Letter to Yemeni Foreign Minister Dr. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada
Qais Ghanem, MD

Believe me when I say that writing this has also been a painful decision, provoked by the sight of the two Yemeni doctors on TV, who might have been the two of us 30 years ago, clamoring for medical equipment and ambulances.