My Dictator

My Dictator

My Dictator is a regular Popula column exploring the afterlives of political leaders who don’t go when we tell them to go, lingering on in our minds and identities long after their terms are expired.
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My Dictator: Jean Chrétien

Whenever I told people that my great-grandmother taught him English, they would joke that she hadn’t done a very good job.

My Dictator, Hastings Banda

Naively, they thought with Banda and about 500 of his supporters in jail, everything would just go back to “normal.”

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Loving Moi

Propaganda works on the young.

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War Has Broken

Remembering the Father of the Nation, in Silence

My Dictator, Chiang Kai-shek

In the Shadows of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial

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Saddam Is a US butcher! Down with the US butcher!

Far as we were from Iraq, Saddam Hussein was a bogeyman that haunted us.

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When Things Could Only Get Better

Because of course Blair disappointed. These bright, handsome men always do.