Dictatorship

An anti-Stalinist painting of the 1940s shows the tyrant’s face composed of starving Russians, against a backdrop of the Gulag

A decade of famine and purges: the murderous 1930s under Stalin

11 November 2017 9:00 am

He stood five feet seven in his boots — the same height as Napoleon and an inch shorter than Hitler.…

The bleak business of adoption tourism

24 June 2017 9:00 am

In many ways this is a very old-fashioned novel. Jerome is 53, and a lacklustre professor at Columbia; his wife,…

Boualem Sansal

By 2084, will Islam rule the world?

25 March 2017 9:00 am

Boualem Sansal’s prophetic novel very clearly derives its lineage from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. A totalitarian surveillance state, a fundamentalist…

Twenty things I will ban when I am elected your Dictator For Life in 2016

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  Things I am going to ban when, by popular acclaim, I am elected your Dictator For Life in 2016.…

Actors from the Belarus Free Theatre during a performance of ‘Being Harold Pinter’ at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, 2009

Theatre and transgression in Europe’s last dictatorship

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Juan Holzmann goes underground in Minsk with the Belarus Free Theatre

The museum which once displayed Enver Hoxha’s pyjamas now houses a pro-democracy radio station

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Albania is a small country of 2.7 million people, wedged within the Balkan peninsula. Separated from both Greece and Italy…

The comedy club theory of dictatorship

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The comedy club theory of dictatorship