bad dude dictators and general coconut heads – (en)

Dedicated to those who think that dictatorship is something from last century. Please meet the worst of the worst.
PAST AND PRESENT – FAMILY ALBUM

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Archetype of Evil: Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler become German Chancellor in 1932. Used as the modern world’s measure for evil, the Austrian-born failed artist took over Germany using its own laws, kept an iron grip on it with a repressive police state and an ideology based on fear and hatred, and proceeded to engulf the world in war for six years, a conflict that claimed an estimated 70 million lives, military and civilian. Under his reign, he purged the lands under his control of Jews and other “undesirables” in what came to be known as the Holocaust, claiming some 17 million lives.
Years in power: 12
Aleksandr Lukashenko of Belarus
An autocrat and former collective farm chairman, Lukashenko maintains an iron grip on his country, monitoring opposition movements with a secret police distastefully called the KGB. His brutal style of governance has earned him the title “Europe’s last dictator”; he even gave safe haven to Kyrgyzstan’s toppled leader when that country rose up this spring.
Years in power: 16
Malevolent Magician: Augusto Pinochet
More than 2,200 people were “disappeared” under the reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, with more than 30,000 tortured to prevent, as he believed it, the country from sliding into communism. In the meantime, he was secretly funneling Chile’s riches into the bank accounts of his family, his cronies, and himself.
Years in power: 17
Bashar Al-Assad of Syria
A pretentious despot trying to fit into his father’s shoes (they’re too big for him), Assad has squandered billions on foreign misadventures in such places as Lebanon and Iraq while neglecting the needs of the Syrian people. His extensive security apparatus ensures that the population doesn’t complain.
Years in power: 10
Father of Fascism: Benito Mussolini
“Il Duce,” Benito Mussolini, a key architect of the political movement of Fascism, was obsessed with the idea of reviving the greatness of the Roman Empire. He created a secret police and headed up an army of thuggish “Blackshirts” who used violence to quell political dissent. His ultimate goal was conquest of other lands, either through puppet governments or invasion. By the end of World War II, he was captured by communist partisans, executed, and hanged upside-down on a meat-hook.
Years in power: 23
Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso
A tin-pot despot with no vision and no agenda, save self-perpetuation in power by liquidating opponents and stifling dissent, Compaoré has lived up to the low standards of his own rise to power, where he murdered his predecessor Thomas Sankara in a 1987 coup.
Years in power: 23
Imprisoned Warlord: Charles Taylor
Liberian warlord Charles Taylor didn’t even pretend to not to rule by the gun, even using for his election slogan the ominous phrase, “He killed my pa. He killed my ma. But I will vote for him.” Even in power, he never stopped thinking like a guerrilla, and fomented civil wars throughout Africa with money he raised by running guns and trading in diamonds. Meanwhile, he fought continuous internal campaigns against insurgent groups who never accepted his rule. In 2003, a UN tribunal issued a warrant for Taylor’s arrest, alleging that he backed Revolutionary United Front rebels in Sierra Leone, a group that’s accused of, among other atrocities, abducting children to become soldiers or prostitutes.
Years in power: 6
Crony Capitalist: Ferdinand Marcos
An 80-foot monument of Ferdinand Marcos in Pugo, Philippines, is vandalized by tribesmen in 1986. Marcos actually started off well. In his first term as president, he made vast improvements to the infrastructure of the Philippines, boosted the economy, and fought corruption. But after his re-election, Marcos shifted into dictator gear, requiring all schools and businesses to display his portrait or be shut down, declaring martial law, closing the congress, and arresting, torturing, and executing opposition leaders. He also dissolved civil liberties, instituted a curfew, and shuttered the free press. Meanwhile, he transferred billions to himself and his notoriously profligate wife, Imelda, through foreign bank accounts and phony corporations.
Years in power: 21
Leader of the Last Crusade: Francisco Franco
Francisco Franco reveals his imperial ambitions as he sits on a throne in full military regalia in 1935. When the Allies declared victory over fascism at the end of World War II, they neglected to mention that there was still one fascist leader left — one who would rule Spain with an iron fist until 1975. Gen. Franco emerged the victor of the Spanish Civil War with help from Hitler and Mussolini, but wisely stayed out of the fray when his erstwhile sponsors took on the Soviets, the Americans, and the Brits. To maintain his grip on power, the self-styled “leader of the last crusade” used all the tools of the dictator’s trade: violence, torture, concentration camps, censorship, blind jingoism, the repression of minority groups and women, forced labor, and political executions.
Years in power: 36
Real-Life Baron Samedi: Francois ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier
Doctor-turned-dictator Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier wielded control over the people through roving bands of terrorizing thugs called the Tonton Macoutes, who were more feared the national army. The voodoo religion played a major role in his reign. Modeling himself explicitly on the voodoo loa, or god, of the dead, he made bizarre decisions based on superstitious beliefs (he had all black dogs put to death, and claimed he killed JFK with a curse), and required all TV news stories to be about him. His brutal and eccentric methods drove the educated classes out of Haiti, and some of those who stayed numbered among the estimated 30,000 he had killed.
Years in power: 14
Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov of Turkmenistan
Succeeding the eccentric tyrant Saparmurat Niyazov (who even renamed the months of the year after himself and his family), this obscure dentist has kept on keeping on with his late predecessor’s repressive policies, explaining that, after all, he bears an “uncanny resemblance to Niyazov.”
Years in power: 4
Hosni Mubarak of Egypt
A senile and paranoid autocrat whose sole preoccupation is self-perpetuation in office, Mubarak is suspicious of even his own shadow. He keeps a 30-year-old emergency law in place to squelch any opposition activity and has groomed his son, Gamal, to succeed him. (No wonder only 23 percent of Egyptians bothered to vote in the 2005 presidential election.)
Years in power: 29
Hu Jintao of China
A chameleon despot who beguiles foreign investors with a smile and a bow, but ferociously crushes political dissent with brutal abandon, Hu has an iron grip on Tibet and is now seeking what can only be described as new colonies in Africa from which to extract the natural resources his growing economy craves.
Years in power: 7
Hugo Chávez of Venezuela
The quack leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Chávez promotes a doctrine of participatory democracy in which he is the sole participant, having jailed opposition leaders, extended term limits indefinitely, and closed independent media.
Years in power: 11
Conqueror of the British Empire: Idi Amin
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin eats a piece of roast chicken while watching a parade in 1978. The 6-foot 4-inch former boxer was welcomed warmly at first when he seized power in Kampala, but the joy quickly turned to horror. Using his power to persecute ethnic minorities, seize the property of Asians and Europeans, and murder as many as half a million people, Amin is still best remembered for his eccentricities. He renamed Africa’s Lake Edward after himself, declared himself conquerer of the British empire and king of Scotland when the U.K. broke off diplomatic ties, and fantasized about invading Israel.
Years in power: 8
Idriss Déby of Chad
Having led a rebel insurgency against a former dictator, Déby today faces a similar challenge – from one of his own former cabinet officials, among others. To repel would-be coup leaders, Déby has drained social spending accounts to equip the military, co-opted opposition-leader foes and is now building a moat around the capital, N’Djamena.
Years in power: 20
Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea
A crocodile liberator, Afwerki has turned his country into a national prison in which independent media are shut down, elections are categorically rejected, indefinite military service is mandatory and the government would rather support Somali militants than its own people.
Years in power: 17
Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan
A ruthless thug ruling since Soviet times, Karimov has banned opposition parties, tossed as many as 6,500 political prisoners into jail, and labels anyone who challenges him an “Islamic terrorist.” What does he do with “terrorists” once they are in his hands? Torture them: Karimov’s regime earned notoriety for boiling two people alive and torturing many others. Outside the prisons, the president’s troops are equally indiscriminate, massacring hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in 2005 after a minor uprising in the city of Andijan.
Years in power: 20
Jewel-Encrusted Despot: Jean Bedel Bokassa
Jean Bedel Bokassa, or Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Republic, was a onetime lowly corporal who pinned several medals on himself, put a crown on his head, and eventually decided he was Africa’s Napoleon Bonaparte, celebrating his self-proclaimed imperial status with a $20 million coronation. He banned all other political parties besides his own, fined or imprisoned the unemployed, and instituted a morality brigade to police bars and dance halls, all while lavishing public money on himself and relative frivolities like two state-subsidized orchestras. His suddenly ascension to royalty didn’t soften his brutal touch, though — he allegedly tortured political opponents personally, and was even rumored to eat human flesh.
Years in power: 2
‘Firm as a Monkey Tail’: Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier
Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier was a teenager when he became ruler of Haiti after the death of his despotic father, but wasn’t happy with the role, preferring to live a lavish lifestyle as a playboy. Pressured by the U.S., he made cosmetic changes to make the government seem less repressive, but he showed no real desire to improve the lot of his people despite his absolute power. Instead, he treated the national treasury as a personal piggybank, and let the country be run by a gang of his father’s old cronies. After nearly a decade in office, he married Michele Bennett Pasquet in a $3 million wedding that angered the populace, and the couple embarked on a life of unsavory self-aggrandizement, eking profits out of drugs and the sale of Haitian cadavers to medical schools overseas — while his people grew desperately poor. He now reportedly lives in exile in Paris.
Years in power: 15
China’s Lady Macbeth: Jiang Qing
Madame Mao, as she came to be known in the West, was Mao Zedong’s powerful third wife, a committed communist and political intriguer who formed the Gang of Four and controlled China’s power centers as her husband’s health deteriorated. She and her colleagues are blamed for the excesses of the Cultural Revolution, a 10-year power struggle in which so-called bourgeoisie elements were culled, and education and non-Maoist culture came to a standstill. Countless priceless cultural artifacts were destroyed, millions forced to relocate, and, according to some, about 3 million killed.
Years in power: 14
Man of Steel: Joseph Stalin
Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin — who once infamously quipped, “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.” — forced a collectivist economy down the Soviet people’s throats, resulting in widespread famine. Hiis epic paranoia , meanwhile, led to the Great Purge, populating a vast collection of gulags with those “lucky” enough not to be executed. Millions of people — entire cultures — were uprooted and moved thousands of miles to fit into the architecture of his idealized nation-state. Estimates of the number of deaths he caused range as high as 20 million.
Years in power: 29
Eternal President: Kim Il-Sung
Women sweep the floor in front of bronze statue dedicated to North Korea’s Kim Il-Sung in 2000. Now revered essentially as a god in human guise in North Korea, the man born Kim Hyong-Jik and more famously as Kim Il-Sung (the name means “become the sun”) was a devout Stalinist even after the Soviet Union itself tried to evolve away from the unforgiving tenets of the Man of Steel. Like his idol, Kim cultivated a ubiquitous cult of personality, but whereas Stalin’s reputation fell dramatically after his death, Kim was promoted to de facto demigod status even before his passing.
Years in power: 16
Dear Leader: Kim Jong Il
The son of the “Eternal President” of North Korea has been accused of everything from killing his own brother as a child to kidnapping a South Korean director and his wife in a bizarre scheme to jumpstart the North Korean film industry. Like his father, he is the center of a grotesque personality cult in which he is worshipped nearly as a god on earth, with official accounts making ludicrous claims about his abilities (such as shooting three or four holes-in-one whenever he plays golf). He has reigned over some of the worst famines in recent memory, relying on foreign aid to feed his own people even as he pumps a huge portion of the country’s treasure into maintaining the world’s fifth-largest army as a bulwark against some of the very nations that are helping keep his people alive. (Kim himself, of course, lives a lavish lifestyle, and supposedly allots his time between 17 palaces.)
Years in power: 16
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran
Inflammatory, obstinate, and a traitor to the liberation philosophy of the Islamic Revolution, Ahmadinejad has pursued a nuclear program in defiance of international law and the West. Responsible for countless injustices during his five years in power, the president’s latest egregious offense was leading his paramilitary goons, the Basij, to violently repress protesters after June 2009’s disputed presidential election, which many believe he firmly lost.
Years in power: 5
Reddest Sun: Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong went from communist guerrilla to leader of the world’s most populous nation in 1949, and embarked on a series of programs to bring China in line with his Marxist ideals. Unfortunately, they also caused mass starvation, a culture of informants, and severe political repression in which it was a common tactic to drive opponents to suicide. In all, it’s believed Mao was responsible for tens of millions of deaths.
Years in power: 33
Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia
Worse than the former Marxist dictator he ousted nearly two decades ago, Zenawi has clamped down on the opposition, stifled all dissent and rigged elections. Like a true Marxist revolutionary, Zenawi has stashed millions in foreign banks and acquired mansions in Maryland and London in his wife’s name, according to the opposition – even as his barbaric regime collects a whopping $1 billion in foreign aid each year.
Years in power: 19
Commander-in-Thief: Mobutu Sese Seko
Mobutu Sese Seko claimed he was fighting colonialism and communism when he centralized power after taking control in a bloodless coup in 1965. But instead, he turned the government of Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) into a money-making machine profiting primarily himself. When he couldn’t buy out an opponent, he had him tortured or killed — including four of his own cabinet members, whom he had executed before a crowd of 50,000. While his people starved, he stashed his personal fortunes in Swiss banks or lavished money on palaces, luxury cars, and personal Concorde flights to Paris shopping excursions.
Years in power: 32
King of Kings: Muammar al-Qaddafi
Capt. Muammar al-Qaddafi overthrew Libya’s monarchy in a bloodless coup in 1969, and promptly promoted himself to colonel, claiming that, as the leader of a people’s revolution, he didn’t need to be a general. Though he holds no formal title, and claims that Libya is run through a direct democracy, no one doubts that he and his comrades wield absolute power — and use violence to defend it. A believer in one Arab state, and pan-African political union (he styles himself “king of kings of Africa” and “leader of the Arab leaders”), he has funded terrorist groups around the world, including the groups that carried out the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics and the 1986 Berlin discotheque bombing. In 2003, Libya finally accepted responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland 20 years earlier.
Years in power: 41
Commander of the Faithful: Mullah Omar
Perhaps the most mysterious leader today (it’s not even entirely clear what he looks like), Mullah Mohammed Omar is the chief of the Taliban, the extremist Islamic group that was the de facto government of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. According to stories, he began his path to power when he led a group of 30 men to rescue two girls who had been kidnapped and raped by local warlords, and his actions quickly snowballed into a mass armed movement that led him to be “Commander of the Faithful” and ruler of Afghanistan. As head of government, he instituted the Taliban’s incredibly harsh interpretations of Muslim law on everyone. The list of bans was long and verged on the ludicrous — among the forbidden were pictures, music, dancing, clapping at sporting events, kites, the cutting of beards, chess, stuffed animals, Christmas cards, and sewing catalogs. There were devastating punishments for minor infractions — women with painted nails had their fingers cut off, thieves had their hands cut off, and adulterers were stoned to death. In 1996, Afghanistan had become one of the most repressive countries in the world … and, in the eyes of Osama bin Laden, an ideal place to place his headquarters.
Years in power: 5
Genius of the Carpathians: Nicolae Ceaucescu
For decades, Nicolae Ceaucescu was a darling of the West, mainly because he was the leader of a Soviet Bloc country who openly bucked Moscow. But while internationally lauded for his independence, he ran an oppressive regime inside Romania that may never have been exceeded in the lengths it went to eliminate free will from its people. His secret police, the Securitate, tapped homes, required the registration of all typewriters, collected handwriting samples from most of the population, and employed half a million informants. In an effort to increase the population, Ceaucescu banned abortion, made divorce all but impossible, taxed the childless by as much as 20 percent, and made regular pregnancy tests mandatory — leading to a child-abandonment crisis that still resonates today.
Years in power: 24
Sudan’s Omar Hassan al-Bashir
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir is accused by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. According to the charges, he masterminded a campaign of murder, torture, rape, and pillage in the Sudan region of Darfur in an effort to wipe out non-Arab tribes. Some estimate the conflict has claimed more than 400,000 lives and forced thousands into slavery.
Years in power: 21
Paul Biya of Cameroon
A suave bandit who has reportedly amassed a personal fortune of more than $200 million and the mansions to go with it, Biya has co-opted the opposition into complete submission. Not that he’s worried about elections; he has rigged the term limit laws twice to make sure the party doesn’t end anytime soon.
Years in power: 28
Paul Kagame of Rwanda
A liberator who saved the Tutsis from complete extermination in 1994, Kagame now practices the same ethnic apartheid he sought to end. His Rwandan Patriotic Front dominates all levers of power: the security forces, the civil service, the judiciary, banks, universities, and state-owned corporations. Those who challenge the president are accused of being a hatemonger or divisionist and arrested.
Years in power: 10
Brother No. 1: Pol Pot
When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, failed technical student Sarloth Sar became the de facto leader of the country, calling himself Brother No. 1 and assuming the name Pol Pot (from “politique potentielle”). Convinced that for the country to get a fresh start, all of its culture and history had to be eradicated, he embarked on the Year Zero campaign, a reign of terror targeting intellectuals, Buddhist monks, the disabled, and anyone who’d ever had contact with the West. Even simply wearing glasses was enough to qualify. It’s believed over 1.5 million Cambodians died under Khmer Rouge rule before it ended in 1979 — more than one in every four people in under three years.
Years in power: 4
President Bottlecaps: Rafael Trujillo
Rafael Trujillo was elected president of the Dominican Republic in 1930 but, once in power, he did away with elections and served as generalissimio while various proxies acted as president under him. Known behind his back as “Bottlecaps” because of his penchant for awarding himself medals, he required all churches to post signs reading, “Trujillo on Earth, God in Heaven,” enacted an openly racist policy against black Haitians, and attempted to assassinate the Venezuelan president. In 1937, he ordered the massacre of 20,000 to 30,000 Haitians living on the border with Haiti.
Years in power: 31
Raúl Castro of Cuba
Afflicted with intellectual astigmatism, the second brother Castro is pitifully unaware that the revolution he leads is obsolete, an abysmal failure, and totally irrelevant to the aspirations of the Cuban people. He blames the failure of the revolution on foreign conspiracies — which he then uses to justify even more brutal clampdowns.
Years in power: 2
‘Hitler Tenfold’: Robert Mugabe
“This Hitler has only one objective: justice for his people, sovereignty for his people, recognition of the independence of his people and their rights over their resources,” Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe once said. “If that is Hitler, then let me be a Hitler tenfold.” Regardless of his spotty grasp of history, the onetime guerrilla fighter against white rule in Africa himself assumed the role oppressor once in power. He has directed his government to get involved in neighboring conflicts, and targeted whites, homosexuals, and political opponents (his men allegedly hacked off the hands and feet of a political rival’s wife, then set her on fire). His once-successful country now claims the lowest life expectancy in the world — 37 years for men, and 34 for women — and the world’s highest inflation rate — 11,250,000 percent by June 2008.
Years in power: 30
Scourge of the Middle East: Saddam Hussein
Though he inarguably brought stability to Iraq, Saddam Hussein was ruthless, executing anyone who threatened him from the very moment he came to power. He persecuted the Kurdish minority (even using chemical warfare), started wars against Iran and Kuwait. In case his cult of personality didn’t win his people over to him (he had his image festooned on nearly every availably space in Iraq), his feared secret police were fond of using torture and assassinations to keep Iraqis obedient.
Years in power: 24
Leader of Turkmens: Saparmurat Niyazov
After the Soviet Union fell, easily the most bizarre of the republics that took its place was Turkmenistan, thanks to the personality cult of its eccentric president, Sapamurat Niyazov. When the ubiquitous pictures of Lenin, Stalin, and Marx went down, Niyazov saw to it that his image replaced them. He renamed September after a book he wrote, January after himself, and April after his mother. Golden statues of him were erected everywhere — including one that rotates to always face the sun — and Niyazov took it upon himself to enact outlandish laws, such as one forbidding lip-synching. Critics of his regime were allegedly kidnapped and tortured to death.
Years in power: 16
The Man on the Peacock Throne: Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Before the Ayatollah, there was the Shah. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, to be exact, the second — and last — shah of Iran. Taking power after his father was ousted by a joint British-Soviet military operation in 1941, Pahlavi was intent on modernizing Iran, but alienated religious Shi’ites while doing so. While he luxuriated in wasteful opulence (in 1971, he celebrated the 2,500th anniversary of monarchy in Iran with a $100 million party in a 160-acre city of lavish pavilions), the Shah’s secret police, or SAVAK, agents assassinated opponents and tortured suspected threats to his rule with methods such as cattle prods, rape, snakes, acid, burnings, mock executions, and the extraction of teeth and nails.
Years in power: 37
Power Through Hatred: Slobodan Milosevic
Clawing his way to the top of a disintegrating communist Yugoslavia with the use of Serbian-nationalist rhetoric, Slobodan Milosevic made good on his promises once in power as Serbian president (and later as president of the Yugoslav federation), restricting the media and passing laws like one that made ridiculing Serbia punishable with three years in prison. As Serbian nationalism grew more fervent in the late 1980s, Milosevic took advantage of the tensions to gather more power for himself by enflaming ethnic and religious hatreds. Eventually, according to his critics, he prodded Yugoslav Serbs to strike out and form a Greater Serbia — through four wars in the 1990s that killed a quarter of a million and left 2 million homeless.
Years in power: 11
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea
Obiang and his family literally own the economy, having reportedly amassed a fortune exceeding $600 million while the country’s people remain in desperate poverty. Equatorial Guinea’s extraordinary oil wealth puts its GDP per capita on par with many European states – if only it were evenly shared. Instead, revenues remain a “state secret.”
Years in power: 31
Myanmar’s Silent Ruler: Than Shwe
The chief of Myanmar’s military junta is Senior General Than Shwe, a close-lipped soldier who is rarely seen or heard from in public. An open critic of democracy, he rigs elections, and uses his prisons to muzzle the Burmese free press and eliminate opponents of his regime — including Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
Years in power: 18
Yahya Jammeh of Gambia
This eccentric militarist has vowed to rule for 40 years and claims to have discovered the cure for HIV/AIDS. (Jammeh also claims he has mystic powers and will turn Gambia into an oil-producing country, no luck yet.) A narcissist at heart, the dictator insists on being addressed as His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh.
Years in power: 16
Yoweri Museveni of Uganda
After leading a rebel insurgency that took over Uganda in 1986, Museveni declared: “No African head of state should be in power for more than 10 years.” But 24 years later, he is still here, winning one “coconut election” after another in which other political parties are technically legal but a political rally of more than a handful of people is not.
Years in power: 24
For a more comprehensive list (still incomplete though) please visit:
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=List_of_Dictators
In the psychiatric side of the equation
Case of Study: Meles Zenawi -prime minister of Ethiopia (forwarded by By Girma Tassew, M.D.
http://www.ecadfm.com/component/content/article/56-Must%20Read/261-the-pathology-of-dictators-mind.html
The past and present dictators like Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Mugabe and others have a clearly defined psychiatric diagnosis called Malign Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Meles Zenawi,  is no different; he has the severest form of this pathological personality disorder.
Spectrum of narcissism can extend from benign form which most of us have (certain degree of self interest is healthy) to a more serious forms of self-obsession including malignant narcissism and psychopathic. Malignant narcissism is high end of narcissistic severity which all dictators share.
Deciding what is normal mental health and what is not is tricky. Sometimes the answer is pretty clear. Individuals like Melees Zenawi, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Mugabe and the likes can never be classified as mentally healthy.
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is a 2-inch-thick book which classifies and describes more than 300 types of mental disorders. The book, published by the American Psychiatric Association, is used by mental health providers to diagnose everything from anorexia to voyeurism. According to DSM the above individuals fall in the category of mental disorder called Narcissistic personality disorder
Traits of narcissistic personality disorder include the following:
-Preoccupation with fantasies that focus on unlimited success, power, intelligence
-Belief that he or she is “special” and unique, and can only be understood by other special people
-Expectation that others will automatically go along with what he or she wants
-Inability to recognize or identify with the feelings, needs, and viewpoints of others
-Envy of others or a belief that others are envious of him or her
-Hypersensitivity to insults (real or imagined), criticism, or defeat, possibly reacting with rage, shame, and humiliation
-Arrogant behavior and/or attitude
The Following are some of the symptoms narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) that can be seen in the tyrant Meles Zenawi:
He misrepresents facts, opportunistically shifts positions, ignores data that conflicts with his fantasy world, is overly confident and acts as statesman despite commensurate merits and narcissistic life achievements. Considers himself above the low, displays false modesty while sublimating aggression and grudges. As a narcissist he has the emotional maturity of a child, or even an animal, but the intellect of a man. What makes this guy dangerous is his lack of consciousness combined with his high self-serving intelligence and his superb performance that has fooled and outsmarted many. As a malignant narcissist his survival is dependent upon having control or the perception of control. When the control is challenged, he feels threatened and responds as though his very survival is at stake.
He has surrounded himself with codependents, enablers and followers and if anyone of them challenge his authority he just discards them as they never existed, because the victim only matters in relation to how he can support the grandiosity of the tyrant; beyond that he is faceless nameless and worthless.
Malignant narcissism is a syndrome consisting of a cross breed of the narcissistic personality disorder, the antisocial personality disorder as well as paranoid traits, all of which manifested in our dictator. The sufferer of this disorder is an emotional vampire, cruel and sadistic and enjoys other persons suffering. Most of the serial killers fall in this category.
We should all agree to the idea that those who wish to become head of any country submit to strict mental check-ups prior to being trusted as prim ministers or presidents as millions of lives depends on sanity of these leaders.
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Bad Dude Dictators and General Coconut Heads – Dugutigui

About Dugutigui

In the “Diula” language in Mali, the term « dugutigui » (chief of the village), literally translated, means: «owner of the village»; «dugu» means village and «tigui», owner. Probably the term is the result of the contraction of «dugu kuntigui» (literally: chief of the village).
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