So, 2006 was the year of dictators dying. 2007 appears to be the year of the resurgance of dictators. Or "democratators" as the Committee for the Protection of Journalists has it. Chavez has his enabling law, letting him rule by decree. Pervez Musharraf "constitutionally" gets another five years on his misrule.
A glimmer of hope: Castro's imminent death. Read about his last 750,000 words (found via The Daily Maybe).
More dictators: Maldives still not free
Added bonus link: The perils of assisting democracy, by Metta Spencer
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