"Originally established as a homeland for free American slaves, it's been enslaved by one dictator after another ever since. The latest was American-educated, self-declared president Andre Baptiste. President Baptiste was my best customer, but I was in no hurry to meet him; he'd gotten a reputation for routinely hacking off the limbs of those who opposed him. His seven-year civil war has been described as 'a relentless campaign of sadistic, wanton violence.' That kind of sums up Andy for me."
—Yuri Orlov, Lord of War
"With some irritation, I told him that I had no intention of repeating the various horror stories told told me by those who had been ruined by his government, their businesses seized, their livelihoods ended... An owner would come into work one morning to find an army officer sitting at his desk, directing what had been his business the day before.
Heikal was scornful. 'So we take their money. So they are not happy. So what? At least they are still alive! That's something!' He felt this showed great restraint on the part of the government and perhaps he was right."
—Gore Vidal, "Nasser's Egypt"
"You know when a shithead wins the lottery, and immediately buys a frozen champagne sculpture of his own scrotum and a pack of Filipino slave boys to hold up his home shelving units? Well, if that person was a city, it would be Dubai."
"Millions of Brazilians have been protesting in the streets for more than a year over the superfluous spending on stadiums that'll be abandoned and probably turned into shantytowns two weeks after the games. The government's solution? Spend even more money coming up with sci-fi-looking measures to curb the protests...In other words, Brazil has finally caught up to the dystopian future shown in the movie Brazil from 1985."