The Sometimes Apocryphal Sins of Bolivia's Worst President

Mariano Melgarejo loved four things: sex, booze, gambling and having it all.

Gambian Warriors Fight for a Greener Future

The tiny West African nation is emerging as a model of activism in battling climate change and managing waste.

How to Get Away With Dictatorship in the Age of Democracy

Dozens of men around the world resist the tide of democracy.

Yahya Jammeh: The Worst Dictator You've Never Heard Of

This eccentric African president claims he can cure AIDS.


Real Talk Real Change

Compelling conversations on race to meet the moment.

Islam Karimov: The Tyrant Everyone Is Dying to Woo

The Uzbek strongman can’t seem to commit a crime that would lose him supporters.

Alexander Lukashenko: Europe's Last Dictator

Meet Alexander Lukashenko, the longtime autocrat who’s trying to out-macho Vladimir Putin.

Africa’s Wannabe Mao With a Mustache

He took his country from under Ethiopia’s thumb — and placed it under his own.

Choummaly Sayasone: The L-7 Weenie of Tyrants

This unassuming man runs one of Asia’s economic rising stars with an iron fist.


When Katty Met Carlos

From the BBC and OZY comes a fresh perspective on the debate about America’s future as a nation and its relation to the world during the 2020 US election.

Mswati III: The Playboy King

In the first of a series on little-known dictators, we look at Mswati III’s iron fist and fleet of luxury cars.

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