How did the years of autocratic rule
within the auspices of the USSR affect the relative economic performance of the former Soviet republics in the 1990s?
They serve to corroborate LeVine's thesis that "in Putin's Russia the state cannot be counted on to protect the lives of its citizens," and, more pointedly, that the country is on a "visible slide toward autocratic rule
The assault on Deir Al Zor, capital of a restive oil-producing province, began exactly a week after Assad sent the army to seize control of the city of Hama, a focal point of nearly five months of protest against his autocratic rule
Moreover, dictatorships are not just about the dictators, who typically have the support of the military, a mass party, a group of clans, recipients of patronage, and all those who keep order, collect taxes, oversee or participate in the economy, and otherwise benefit from autocratic rule
Speaking through his lawyers, Ben Ali denied the charges against him and mounted a defense of his time in office, which many Tunisians say was marked by autocratic rule
, corruption and abuses of human rights.
They began attacking villages and burning crops in a scorched-earth policy designed to break the will of the local residents who had participated in protests demanding democracy an end to Assad's autocratic rule
We want to see an implementation of past resolutions and further sanctions against this terrorist government" Netsreab Asmelash from theEritrean National Commission for Democratic Change said, adding "we are calling for support from the international community to depose this autocratic rule
which is a threat to regional and global security".
About 40 Irish nationals in Libya are seeking to leave the troubled north African state as violent protests over Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year autocratic rule
Protesters are celebrating in Egypt as Hosni Mubarak steps down as president, ending three decades of autocratic rule
Qin Shihuangdi remains a controversial figure in Chinese history; his autocratic rule
was heavily marked by tyranny and bloodshed, yet he set in place innovations that modernized and unified a country left fragmented by the Warring States period.
If the local council is serious about opposing this autocratic rule
then they should have the courage to refuse to implement it and put the matter to a referendum of all the people of the borough.
However, Dave Bing has attempted to establish autocratic rule
over the City of Detroit, placing his own ideas above the law, above the rights of working families, and above question by the voters and taxpayers," continued McNeil.