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Assassination attempts on autocrats thus bring considerable risk: They appear to increase the chance of democratisation if the attempt succeeds, but lessen it in the far more likely event that the attempt fails.
Asian autocrats tended to be modernizers, like Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew, and you see the results today: Singaporeans waiting in line for 10 hours to pay last respects to a man who vaulted them from nothing into the global middle class.
The extent of moral corruption in diplomatic relations with Egypt is becoming more repulsive each day; with so called consolidated democracies' unprecedented efforts to make the notorious autocrat that is called Al-Sisi feel "welcome" in world's capitals.
As autocrats find clever new ways to suppress dissent and prolong their regimes, the democracy assistance community can employ this knowledge as it helps local activists promote transparency and accountability in their own governments.
Directing himself to the youth who were the backbone of the uprising against Mubarak, Hegazy said "we will protect you from terrorism, acts of violence, corruption, and not leave room for terrorists and autocrats to lead your future.
Summary: For Libyans there was a welcome change last month when the country's national bank started to circulate new notes, replacing the image of toppled autocrat Moammar Gadhafi on Libya's money with scenes of revolutionary triumph.
Whereas beleaguered Arab peoples protested, global superpowers, such as the United States, Russia, China, and the United Kingdom, ignored their plight in favour of Arab autocrats and their crony networks.
Editorial: Texas, an election model for autocrats (The Washington Post): "When it comes to democracy and election transparency, Greg Abbott, the attorney general of Texas, is apparently taking his cues from post-Soviet autocrats like Russia's Vladimir Putin and Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The Wahabi regime, and autocrats of Qatar, are playing power politics.
According to the report, he was also offended by a play satirising Middle Eastern autocrats, and a film, which sees a rich businessman stand for parliament.
Politically the continent shed itself of the remaining comprador leaders who acted as agents for foreign powers in North Africa and the toppling of autocrats in Libya and Cote d'lvoire.