You know, as a friend remarked last night while we sat drinking Diet Coke and watching cable TV, it’s really easy to forget that things are happening in other parts of the world other than the middle east. The 24-hour news channels are almost entirely devoted to Iraq, as are the mainstream news bulletins. A significant part of both the BBC News site and all the daily papers are given over to the conflict.

Still, things are happening in other parts of the world and it would be remiss of us to ignore them. Take for example, Robert Mugabe, that very model of a good African despot. He’s busy making speeches comparing himself to Hitler (I kid you not. Check the link above.) and then launching waves of violence on the opposition party. Nice guy. Hussain may be the dictator of choice at the moment, but he’s far from the only complete bastard with his hands firmly on the reins, rifles and mobs of power.