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The star-struck Claretta, Mussolini?s last love. According to her diaries, he radiated a ?god-like potency? and a ?bull-like? magnetism.

?I?d like To Jump Onto Your Bed Like a Big Tomcat?

Benito Mussolini had two wives, several mistresses and dozens, possibly hundreds, of casual lovers during his lifetime

Star-struck Claretta Petacci was determined to conquer her ?divine Caesar? ? and was finally strung up beside him. Claretta Petacci, born 28 February 1912, was perhaps the biggest love in Benito Mussolini?s life, a man 30 years her senior. Brought up in a wealthy family, Clara?s father was the pope?s personal physician.

As a child in fascist Italy, Clara Petacci (known as Claretta) was dutifully adoring of Benito Mussolini and the Cult of ducismo. She gave the stiff-armed Roman salute while at school (the Duce had declared handshaking Fey and unhygienic) and sang the fascist youth anthem ?Giovinezza?. Her father, was a convinced fascist, for whom Mussolini was the incarnation of animal cunning ??furbizia?? and the manful fascist soul. Claretta herself would have to wait before she met the ?divine Caesar?.

The story begins like a romantic novel. On a glorious spring day in Rome in April 1932, stunning heiress Claretta Petacci and her dashing fiance, an army lieutenant, took off in their chauffeured limousine for a day at the beach.

Giggling excitedly between them on the back seat of the Lancia was Claretta?s nine-year-old sister, Myriam, there as chaperone. The road to the coast was a marvel of modern engineering, a motorway built at the command of Italy?s fascist dictator ? prime minister Benito Mussolini. He was at the height of his powers, adored by Italians who knew him as Il Duce and feted by leaders around the world. Winston Churchill called him the ?Roman genius?, and even Mahatma Gandhi praised his ?passionate love for his people?.

That same day, Il Duce was also taking a spin in the sunshine along the Via del Mare in his bright red Alfa Romeo 8C, with its long running boards and rear fin like the crest of a Roman god?s helmet. Near Ostia, Mussolini?s car recklessly overtook the limousine, blasting his horn as he did. The young woman in the back smiled and waved. For a fleeting moment, Mussolini looked into her eyes ? and was smitten. Pulling over, he signalled for the Lancia to stop. Claretta recognised Mussolini at once and scrambled out of the car. ?I?m going to pay homage to him,? she declared. ?I?ve been waiting for such a long time.?

Claretta had been besotted with Mussolini for years, ever since a 1926 assassination attempt when the insane Irish aristocrat Violet Gibson took a potshot at him with a revolver. The bullet just nicked the bridge of his nose. Then a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Claretta had been aghast at the news and penned a gushing letter to him: ?O, Duce, why was I not with you? Could I not have strangled that murderous woman??

She told him she dreamed of putting her ?head on your chest so I could still hear the beats of your great heart. Duce, my life is for you?. Now her teenage fantasies were about to be realised.

The cars drew level, and Mussolini pulled over to confront his pursuer. Petacci was 19; he was 49. But to judge by her diaries ? first published in Italy in 2009 as?Mussolini segreto?(Secret Mussolini) ? the encounter was love at first sight. As the weeks went by, the doctor?s daughter began to court the Duce in a decorous way, first by sending him perfumed billets-doux, then by calling him on the telephone.

Mussolini, never one to resist a woman?s advances, soon took her to bed.

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His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Idi Amin at swearing-in ceremony, October 02, 1975. Photo:Bettmann/Corbis.

His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Idi Amin at swearing-in ceremony, October 02, 1975. Photo:Bettmann/Corbis.

Idi Amin

During his rule he banned hippies and mini-skirts.

He is reported to have kept the severed heads of political opponents in his fridge

Warning some parts of this story maybe?disturbing.

To understand Amin’s reign of terror it is?necessary to realize that he was not an ordinary political tyrant. He did more than murder those whom he considered his enemies: he also subjected them to barbarisms even after they were dead. These barbarisms are well attested. It was common knowledge in the Ugandan medical profession that many of the bodies dumped in hospital mortuaries were terribly mutilated, with livers, noses, lips, genitals or eyes missing. Amin’s killers did this on his specific instructions; the mutilations follow a well-defined pattern. After Gofrey Kigala was shot in 1974, his eyes were gouged out and his body was partially skinned before it was dumped outside Kampala. Medical reports on deaths of Shaban Nkutu, Lt.Col Ondoga etc stated that the bodies had been cut open and that a number of internal organs had been tampered with.

Idi Amin Dada, whose brutality and disregard for the rule of law led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and plunged the country into chaos and poverty became known as the ‘Butcher of Uganda’ for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africa’s post-independence dictators. Amin seized power in a military coup?in 1971 and ruled over Uganda?for 8 years. Estimates for the number of his opponents who were killed, tortured, or imprisoned vary during his eight-year Ugandan dictatorship. Is it possible to distinguish the man from the monster?

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“They?went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”

-Imelda Marcos

The Marcos Regime is primarily known for its brutality and corruption. However, Imelda Marcos is known notoriously for her love of material things and most infamously shoes.

Imelda Marcos, in full Imelda Romu?ldez Marcos, n?e Imelda Remedios Visitacion Romu?ldez (born July 2, 1929, Manila, Philippines) public figure in the Philippines who wielded great power during the 20-year rule of her husband, Pres. Ferdinand Marcos. She remains one of the richest politicians in the Philippines through her collection of clothing, artwork, and jewellry, along with money in offshore bank accounts under the pseudonym “Jane Ryan”. As a result, she has been called a kleptocrat by her critics who accuse her of plunder.

The harsh rule of?Ferdinand?Marcos?and the Marcos regime led to much of the poverty in the?Philippines?and suffering. Yet, Imelda and the presidential?family?hardly suffered. They lived a lavish,?ostentatious,?glamorous, royal?lifestyle?at the expense of their people. Draining most of the funds from the Philippine?government,?Imelda?Marcos purchased extravagantly. Imelda travelled to New York and other?destinations?to buy fashions, high-end jewellery and other luxury items. She visited all of the major palaces and cities of mankind and purchased items left and right. Imelda bought the world’s biggest diamond in 1983. She bought a Michelangelo piece?for three and a half million dollars. In addition, she bought a 26 story?skyscraper?in Manhattan.

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” Moderate ” Turkey controlled by brutal dictator

If you were in any doubt about the status of Turkey this article will remove it as it tells you about the thousands of Turkish soldiers who are being raped and starved as punishment for the failed coup against?President?Dictator Erdogan. According?to Amnesty International they are also being left without water in terrible cramped conditions.

Pictures have emerged on social media, reportedly of soldiers being held in Turkey

Pictures have emerged on social media, reportedly of soldiers being held in Turkey

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Photo Getty Images. Iraqi Imams, or mosque prayer leaders, view the 605-page Koran written with 24 liters of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's own blood donated over three years at the "Mother of All Battles" Umm al-Maarik mosque March 11, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. The mosque was built with minarets styled after Scud missiles. The complex includes a lake in the shape of a map of the Arab world.

Photo Getty Images.?Iraqi Imams, or mosque prayer leaders, view the 605-page Koran written with 27 litres of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s own blood donated over two years at the “Mother of All Battles” Umm al-Maarik mosque March 11, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq. The mosque was built with minarets styled after Scud missiles. The complex includes a lake in the shape of a map of the Arab world.

Saddam?s Koran Written In His Blood

Saddam Hussein, by many accounts, was a?megalomaniac.? As a testament to his own greatness, Hussein erected more than 300 palaces across Iraq and dozens of statues ? of himself ? throughout the country, during his reign.

But for all of Hussein?s egotistical endeavours, perhaps not were more outlandish than his copy of the Koran.

It was etched in the blood of a dictator in a ghoulish bid for piety. Over the course of two painstaking years in the late 1990s,?Saddam Hussein?had sat regularly with a nurse and an Islamic calligrapher; the former drawing 27 litres of his blood and the latter using it as a macabre ink to transcribe a Qur’an. But since the fall of Baghdad, it has stayed largely out of sight – locked away behind three vaulted doors. It is the one part of the ousted tyrant’s legacy that Iraq has simply not known what to do with.

The vault in the vast mosque in Baghdad has remained locked, keeping the 114 chapters of the Muslim holy book out of sight – and mind – while those who run?Iraq?have painstakingly processed the other cultural remnants of years of Saddam and the Ba’ath party.

“What is in here is priceless, worth absolutely millions of dollars,” said Sheikh Ahmed al-Samarrai, head of Iraq’s Sunni Endowment fund, standing near the towering minarets of the west Baghdad mosque that Saddam named “the Mother of All Battles”. Behind him is the infamous Blood Qur’an, written in Saddam’s own blood.

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Fuhrer My Eyes Only!

Adolf Hitler despised this ‘undignified’ picture of him in short trousers.

In Lederhosen (The Tracht Lederhose is the fashion item for every gent. The short Lederhosen made of buckskin or suede is the main component of the Bavarian Tracht)?and knee-high socks, Adolf Hitler lounges against a tree in a pose more twit than tyrant.

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