Everyone has been excited to see Evo Morales get reelected for another mandate, and I don't have much of an opinion about that. But watch out for those of you who would like to point to the reelection as an example of success for the famous, Hugo Chavez-inspired "Bolivarian Revolution."
The name refers to Simon Bolivar, not the modern-day nation, and before anyone gets too excited about the name, it's useful to take a look at what Chavez actually accomplished in his nation before shuffling off this mortal coil.
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What does it look like when the people decide it's time for you to go? It looks like this. Here's a picture from 31 October 2014 in Ouagadougou, as President Compaore decides what his next move will be. Here's what the people think: they seem to think it's time for a change in government!
Photo by Joe Penney, Reuters photojournalist in West Africa.
Hey Blaise, hope you're hunkered down over there! As far as I can tell from here, Burkina Faso is minutes away from declaring the end of you, via a huge popular protest and the support of the military - all things you'd have had a better time handling if you'd ever read my book. If you're still in Ouagadougou and wondering what to do, have a look at the chapters on Managing Uprisings and Endgame - you're going to need it.
Then, just to make sure you are getting the comfort and support you need in this time of crisis, I recommend hugging a stuffed animal. Worked for Mobutu (pictured) and the rest of the dictators in this photo series, from Khadaffi to Castro to Chavez. Everyone needs a hug from Mr. Piggy-Wiggy, eh Blaise?
I'd like to take a moment here and give a shout-out to my boys the Burmese generals. Ever been to one of those stupid movies where there's a psycho killer in the abandoned house, but the stupid girl and her sorority sisters are walking up to the front door anyway to go get slaughtered in the next two minutes of the film?
That's what watching American trying to court Myanmar is like.
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Well, we're late in wishing Baby Doc Duvalier a happy afterlife, but it's been a long time since he mattered much, and when he did matter, it was for all the wrong reasons. He got more than honorable in the Dictator's Handbook and his 15 year rule of Haiti was only slightly better than an outbreak of a deadly virus, rife with humans rights abuses, torture, and unexplained death.
Never underestimate that power of the crowds to come out and mourn the "good old days," though.
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What if you were a god? Divine? What if your every utterance were the will of the Almighty? What if you were the Almighty?
Hey, I'm just asking an honest question.
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