North Korea has recently made an effort to boost tourism in the authoritarian country. One tactic is the opening of a shiny new airport terminal, complete with modern amenities like an “internet room.” The only problem? The internet room doesn’t seem to have any internet.
I like this visualization, perhaps because its crude, almost childish look contrasts with the horror it depicts in such a simple way: Worldwide dictators ordered by the number of killings, one drop, one million dead.
Kim Jong-il, the former supreme leader of North Korea who died on Saturday of cardiac arrest at 69, was known for his quirks, including an obsession with Elizabeth Taylor. But scientists say his idiosyncrasies added up to some serious diagnoses.
North Korea, one of the world's poorest and most isolated countries, is rapidly adding users to its cellphone network. But don't expect that to increase the information flow to dissidents. The proliferation of gadgets is making North Korea's security services increasingly nervous - and the best dissent technologies…
A new statistical analysis indicates that the more Facebook fans an African politician has, the more likely they are to be forced from power.
Ahmadinejad, Qaddafi, Chávez, Mugabe and Kim Jong-Il. All the same dogs with different collar, scared about the same thing.
Over at Foreign Policy's Passport blog, Joshua Keating links to an odd study by Dustin Beckett of the Federal Reserve and Gregory Hess of Claremont McKenna, in which they investigate why dictators have so many kids. In the paper, our intrepid wonks write: