Radar Mag on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascist"


Shana Ting Lipton over at Radar provides fascinating entertainment mag style revelations about 10 selected despots, from Than Shwe's moving Myanmar's capital over an astrological reading to Kim Jong Il's use of enslaved actors to make movies; from Kirsan Ilyumzhinov of Kalmykia's chess mania and alien abduction to Belarus's Aleksandr Lukashenko's banning of ads featuring foreign models in an attempt to support the domestic beauty industry.

My favorite: Turkmenistan's Saparmurat Niyazov forbids TV newscasters to wear makeup.