Which dictator will be the next to fall?

by Karen Topakian

First it was Tunisia. The Jasmine Revolution.

Now it’s Egypt. Whose dictatorship is ripe for ruin.

Today’s NY Times reports that the King of Jordan fired his government after weeks of demonstrations challenged his regime.

Who will be next?

Which Middle East despot should be watching his back for a crowd of young angry educated unemployed adults ready to demand democracy?

Could it be Syria, Yemen, Libya???

Note to dictators across the world. This is what happens when you refuse to hold open and fair elections, rig the ballot box, rule with an iron fist, make dissent illegal unless authorized by you. Beware dictators across the globe. You could be next.

Here’s my short list of where I would like to see peaceful protest overthrow a corrupt government: Chad, Myanmar, Uzbekistan. Who’s on your list?


  1. Kim Jong-il (NKorea) and Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe) are leading the top ten of the worst dictators. Coming next: Somalia, Chad, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central African Republic, Guinea and Pakistan.
    See http://www.inthenews.co.uk/news/film/asia-pacific/kim-jong-il-and-robert-mugabe-top-list-of-world-s-worst-dictators-$21380612.htm
    Another list:

    Just wondering, how much support each of these dictators are receiving from Washington, just like Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah of Jordania.

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