The lesson we are indebted to Egypt for, our future generations learned that in the face of oppression silence is never golden.
There is not a special imposition on writers to be activists. All that does is encourage writers to write propaganda. Propaganda can be written by anybody, including dictators.
Mubarak was adept, as were many other U.S.-backed dictators, at playing the sane middle to the 'lunatics with beards' he so often used as bogeymen to guarantee the support of foreign allies.
The misconception that aid falls straight into the hands of dictators largely stems from the Cold War era.
More harm was done in the 20th century by faceless bureaucrats than tyrant dictators.
Tyrants and dictators have incited hatred against ethnic and religious minorities for centuries in order to consolidate power for themselves.
Warlords, dictators and terrorists are normally okay with the U.S., as long as they do the bidding of U.S. corporate interests.
Italy in the 1920s, Germany in the '30s, East Germany in the '50s, Czechoslovakia in the '60s, the Latin American dictatorships in the '70s, China in the '80s and '90s - all dictatorships and would-be dictators target newspapers and journalists.
Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people.
Even socialist dictators have an interest in gorgeous supermodels.
In the '60s, I did many satirical portraits of dictators.
For years, successive Arab dictators have tried to keep discontent at bay by distracting people with the Israeli-Arab conflict.
When Tunisians overthrew Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 29 days and Egyptians Hosni Mubarak in 18 days, it was an appropriate rebuke to dictators and Bin Laden.
It's pretty well known that the CIA has been installing friendly dictators around the world for years.
Mobs and dictators were made for each other, and when mobs appear, dictators will soon flourish.
Bashar al-Assad's henchmen stomped on the hands of famed Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat. Our dictators tailor wounds to suit their victims' occupations.
When demagogues and dictators ban art, this is the reason: art is the great solvent of obedient fundamentalism.