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Monday, August 22, 2016

Dangerous Dynasties

Dangerous Dynasties
By Stephen Kinzer   boston globe-AUGUST 17, 2016

POLITICAL DYNASTIES HAVE a romantic appeal, but not to most people who live under them. They are inherently unstable. The iron regimes of Reza Shah in Iran and “Papa Doc” Duvalier in Haiti collapsed when sons proved unable to handle their inheritance. In some countries, like Egypt and Yemen, entire populations rose in rebellion when presidents sought to maneuver their sons into power. Surviving dynasties, like those in North Korea and Saudi Arabia, are models of much that is awful.

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