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Which Countries Have Dictators?

Which Countries Have Dictators?


North Korea’s constitution describes its
government as an “independent socialist state”, however, many other sources, including
the CIA World Factbook, list North Korea as a “one-man dictatorship”. So, what is
a dictatorship? And how many countries are still run by dictators? A dictatorship is a form of authoritarian
government in which complete power over the people and state is held by one person or
one political entity. The word is often used interchangeably with terms like “tyranny”,
“monarchy”, “totalitarianism”, “autocracy”, “despotism”, and even sometimes with words
like “republic” and “democracy”. For example, North Korea’s full title is the
“Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea”. Modern dictatorships hardly ever refer to
themselves as such. Often, they will assume the mask of a democracy, complete with phony
elections, in order to give legitimacy to their rule. Just look at the recent “elections”
in Zimbabwe and Syria for example. Once in power, dictators protect their station with
military action, restrictions on personal freedoms, propaganda and even state-sponsored
terrorism. Hallmark signs of an authoritarian regime include: state-controlled media, rampant
corruption and cronyism, and a sizeable gap between the wealthy elite and the poor. Often,
the loose term of “dictatorship” is applied to any country where civil liberties are suppressed,
and all the power is concentrated on one leader or a single political unit. How many of these dictatorships exist in the
world? It’s hard to say. The majority of national governments operate on a spectrum
between “constitutional democracies”, like the United States, and complete dictatorships,
like North Korea. There are many nations that fall in between. However, the Economist Intelligence
Unit estimates that as of 2014, 52 countries are ruled by authoritarian regimes. Places
like China, Cuba, Russia, Syria and Zimbabwe are on this list. And there are many more. Unfortunately, dictatorships grew stronger
in 2014, according to a watchdog organization, Freedom House. Their report, released in 2015,
notes that more than half of the world’s countries are considered “partly free”
or “not free”, and there was an overall decline in “global political rights and
civil liberties” last year. However, there are also studies that show
most people want a government with democratic values. In the future, trends towards globalization,
higher education, and a growing middle class may be the key to eliminating authoritarian
governments once and for all.

100 comments on “Which Countries Have Dictators?

  1. my List Dictators still in Power. 10. Bashar al-Assad of Syria. 9. Xi Janqing of China. 8. Vladimir Putin of Russia. And others.

  2. Hold on… when did North Korea dropped its claims on South Korea? Democratic Republic of NORTH Korea…. it kinda sounds a bit odd

  3. Bad video. It should be named: What is Dictatorship. I thought you will mention all countries that have a dictator.

  4. Nowthisworld is a Pro USA Propaganda… They always make north koreans the bad guys….😠😡

  5. America is not a constitutional Republic it a Constitutional Government for higher using Loopholes in the Constitution to justify what they're doing

  6. After castro stoped as leader of cuba, it became a socialist state with a democratic system.
    SO KEEP CUBA OUT OF IT.

    Ps: a one party system and democracy can?!?!
    O wow, respect cuba!

  7. A dictatorship is a totalitarian regime in which one person has almost absolute power. Basic freedoms don't exist in totalitarian countries and dictatorships include
    North Korea
    China
    Saudi Arabia
    Iran
    Iraq
    Cuba
    Venezuela
    Vietnam
    Qatar
    Burma
    And Swaziland
    Most dictatorships today are Communist or Islamist. Communism, Islamism and Fascism have been the ideologies of most dictatorships since the 20th century.

  8. You forgot Lee Hsien Loong in Singapore. Fits all of the details which you gave about a dictatorship: autocracy, wealth gap between ruling elite and masses, state controlled media, lack of human rights , etc.

  9. Everyone commenting here isn't really getting the point, Trace is just saying that the USA is a democracy, not "the most democratic", and that North Korea is another example of a dictatorship

  10. Of course you hold the US as the pinical example of a constitutional democracy, and ignore the myriad of problems

  11. Official dictatorships as of December 4, 2018:

    Cuba
    Venezuela
    Western Sahara
    Mauritania
    Algeria
    Libya
    Egypt
    Sudan
    South Sudan
    Eritrea
    Ethiopia
    Djibouti
    Somalia
    Zimbabwe
    Angola
    Republic of the Congo
    Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Central African Republic
    Chad
    Cameroon
    Gabon
    Equatorial Guinea
    Palestine
    Saudi Arabia
    Yemen
    Oman
    United Arab Emirates
    Qatar
    Bahrain
    Iraq
    Syria
    Turkey
    Iran
    Azerbaijan
    Russia
    Belarus
    Afghanistan
    Turkmenistan
    Uzbekistan
    Kazakhstan
    Tajikistan
    Pakistani Kashmir
    Tibet
    China
    North Korea
    Vietnam
    Laos
    Cambodia
    Thailand

  12. Boring Propaganda not related to the title until 1min50… Skip to 1:50 and quit at 1:59 … So that video has less than 9 seconds almost worth watching

  13. I know China is communist but do they have a dictator because that’s what I be hearing in communism

  14. Rwanda is ruled by a Dictatorship, Paul Kagame and his doing wonders for the country. Afterall, democracy is not a pre-requisite for economic success.

  15. Remove the "Turkish Flag" from the video.. Give up the politics of perception. Terrible perception terrorists.

  16. Why not showing pro-NATO, capitalist dictatorships too? Why not talking about the crimes of governments such as South Korea, USA, Turkey, Brazil and Chili? Are you blind?

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