Category Archives: dictators (African)

Dark days

In Africa one is grateful, writes Dalrymple,

for a president who, however dictatorial, does not eat his opponents.

Who or what is to blame for the continent’s lamentable state of affairs? Some blame the multinationals, but, says Dalrymple,

if there is one thing worse than being exploited by a multinational, it is not being exploited by a multinational.


Jean-Bédel Bokassa: large appetite

A paranoid-schizophrenic African dictator

Screen Shot 2016-08-24 at 08.54.18The worst dictatorships, writes Dalrymple,

try to destroy not only people but memory itself.

Among the worst dictatorships in a century full of dictatorships

was that of Ahmed Sékou Touré, president of the West African state of Guinea for more than a quarter of the 20th century. A third of a population fled his rule, and many thousands were tortured and killed, victims of the dictator’s paranoia.

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